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The Academy of Christian Education is transitioning into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that ACE will be a tax-exempt, charitable organization.

What Changes Can You Expect?

There will be no changes to the curriculum or how ACE operates on a daily basis. A distinct provision is the tax deductibility of donations made to ACE. The school and our students will be afforded more opportunities in the areas of scholarships, competitions, grants, and field trips.

ACE Remains Committed to Our Students, Staff, and Families

We are committed to serving our students, families, staff, and community. We will continue to provide a safe, loving Christian environment where our children can build a strong academic foundation and where they can grow in character.

ACE Non-Profit Organization (NPO) FAQs

1Why has The Academy of Christian Education (ACE) decided to transition from a for-profit organization to a non-profit organization?
Becoming a non-profit organization allows ACE to provide its students with more opportunities and better fulfill its mission. As a non-profit school, ACE students will have to ability to compete in more academic competitions. ACE will also have the ability to apply for grants and other aid to help keep up with the new innovations in technology to teach in the classroom and to assist in providing scholarships to students.
2What is ACE’s mission?
ACE’s mission is to: “Provide an accelerated, high quality, Christ-centered education for toddlers through middle-school in a safe, loving Christian environment where students can discover their potential, learn servant-leadership and contribute positively as global citizens.”. ACE ‘s mission is the practical way ACE works toward its vision, which is to: “Prepare students to lead and serve like Jesus Christ in an ever-changing world, built on a strong academic foundation with a Biblical world view.”
3What is the difference between a for-profit school and non-profit school?
The key distinction between a for-profit and non-profit school is the way that revenue earned by the school is invested. For-profit schools have investors that they must answer to, and these investors expect to make a profit. This means that most for-profit schools operate with profitability as their chief imperative. Money earned by the school may be used to pay out investors and award bonuses to executives, as well as sustain the operation's profitability through marketing and recruitment strategies. By contrast, non-profit schools must reinvest the money earned through enrollment into the educational mission. The result is usually a more consistent and reliable quality of education, instruction, and curriculum.
4Will my student’s education change now that ACE is a non-profit school?
No. Our curriculum and daily operations will remain the same.
5Is my tuition now tax-deductible?
No. Tuition payments, before/after care and club payments are not tax deductible. However, any separate donations to ACE such as cash and non-cash donations (e.g. computers) that follow IRS rules are tax-deductible. As always, we are happy to provide dependent care receipts for families who request them for tax purposes.
6Who is on the ACE Board? And why were they selected?
Click here to read about the ACE Board members. Mrs. Rogers, as the ACE Head of School, is now the NPO president. Mrs. Rogers asked parents she believed would be a good fit as servant leaders to help start this new initiative.

Meet the NPO Board

President - Kristen Rogers

Kristen Rogers is the Head of School at The Academy of Christian Education. She began teaching Junior Kindergarten at the Academy in 2002 until 2004. From 2004-2006 she taught in both Prince William County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools. She then left the public schools to return to ACE where she taught Preschool and ran the ACE’s Summer camp. In 2011, she began serving the ACE as the Vice Principal. In 2013, she became the Principal until 2016 when she took over as the Head of School. She earned a degree in child development psychology and holds a Commonwealth of Virginia Teaching License. She is a mother of two children who attend ACE. Kristen, her husband Ben, and their two children attend New Life Church in Chantilly, VA.

Chairperson & Treasurer - James Tong

James Tong is the Senior Director for Digital Health at Perspecta, Inc. Prior to joining Perspecta, James held management positions at IQVIA and PricewaterhouseCoopers. James and his wife, Tina, an Associate Director for the Vaccine Research Program at the Division of AIDS at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, have 2 children at ACE. James holds a B.S. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed the Kenan-Flagler Leadership Initiative. James and his family are actively involved in short-term missions trips to Kenya through David's Hope International. James and his family attend McLean Bible Church, where he volunteers in Kids Quest.

Secretary - Sharon Mendis

Sharon Mendis is a mother of two children who both attended ACE. She holds and Applied Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto and prior to leaving the workforce to raise her children, worked as a design engineer in land development. During her children's six years at the school, Sharon volunteered her time in various capacities, including the Academy Parent League. She is also a previous employee of the school, where she worked as an aide for first grade. Sharon, her husband Richard, and their two children attend St. Mark's Church in Vienna.

Director of Community Engagement - Owen Reese

Owen Reese is an Emergency Management professional with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquartered in Washington, DC. Over the past 16 years he has helped state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) governments and their citizens prepare for and respond to all types of disasters. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the FEMA Integration Team program that is co-locating FEMA staff with state, local, tribal and territorial partners. Owen has volunteered as a youth leader for his local church, participated in the 2008 Convoy of Hope in Washington, DC and mentored new FEMA employees. Owen currently lives with his wife and two sons, who are students at ACE, in Northern Virginia.

Director of Development - Daniel Butler

Daniel Butler serves as the Senior Director of Development for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He came to nonprofit fundraising following a career as a floor trader on the American Stock Exchange in New York. Mr. Butler and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and attend Vienna Presbyterian Church. They have one child enrolled at ACE. Dan volunteers with the Great Falls-Reston Soccer Club, Pennsylvania Olympic Training Center, and Vienna Youth Soccer. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Finance Committee of Penn Wrestling's Grapplers Club.

Student and Family Representative - Justin Ciaccio

Justin Ciaccio is the Director of Sales leading ViON's national sales team, which is focused on Fortune 500, state, local, and education (SLED) clients. Previously, Mr. Ciaccio served as Business Sales Manager for Sprint. Mr. Ciaccio earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration from James Madison University. Justin and his wife, Emily, have been ACE parents since 2017 and they have two children attending ACE. Emily has recently made the decision to stay home and raise their two children. Before choosing to leave the workforce, Emily was an Executive Account Manager at AT&T Federal Solutions and also worked at Sprint. Emily earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration from James Madison University as well. Justin and Emily attend New Life Church in Chantilly, where Emily volunteers with the children's ministry and leads at MOPS.