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ACE Pathway- Art, Architecture , Construction and Engineering

ACE Pathway and GATE

Digital literacy [where concepts of color, form, and collage are part of the everyday narrative] demands that we treat art as the next R, just as important as the traditional 3 Rs. This is one of the most pivotal shifts in literacy that the digital age has inspired,and we should not deny our students these important literacy skills. (Ohler, J., 2009, Orchestrating the Media Collage, Educational Leadership, 66(6) 8-13

Many gifted students are bored in school.  The ACE pathway (art, architecture, construction, and engineering) was created to offer motivated and/or gifted students a higher level of academic instruction in reading, writing, mathematics and the arts so that they will be better prepared for life in the 21st century. We believe that a  complete education must be a vehicle to  incorporate tactile, visual, analytical, cognitive, social and emotional intelligences.

  1. We hope to train students to be motivated, thoughtful and joyful learners, while also gaining the skills necessary to successfully compete for admission to more selective schools such as Cal Poly SLO, the UC system and private colleges.
  2. Students will also be introduced to careers in art, architecture, engineering and related fields.

Who: 64 9th grade students with demonstrated academic excellence  may request to enroll in Art and Architecture I and II.  Preference is given to GATE identified students as well as students who express a strong interest in architecture and engineering who have demonstrated proficiency in math and reading in the 7th and 8th grades. 

WHAT: The curriculum in Art and Architecture  is a “hands on” application of principles explored in Geometry and Algebra.   9th grade ACE students will also share a teacher in their math class to give them the opportunity to  form a social community for their first year in  a large (2,000+), urban, comprehensive high school.  We also have an after school studio/ study hall for ACE, where students meet, snack and help one another catch up on their school work.

WHY:Our experience has shown that the coring of the art and math classes allows students to become highly successful in both subjects. Expect to spend significant time outside the regular classroom hours working in the studio if you wish to do well.

ACE PATHWAY: If students wish and are selected to- they may choose to continue on in the ACE Pathway in the 10th -12th grade  taking AP Art History,  AP Studio Art, Advanced Architectural Design and Advanced Drafting. Internships are offered after school in all grades as well as College classes at CCSF for interested students.

HOW: To enroll request it on your course selection sheet and email Karen J. Melander at Make sure to include the full name of the student and the HO #.