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Student Engagement

January 24, 2024
By Academy of Christian Education

ACE is more than just a high-performance academic environment. At our school we strive to give our students rich, well-rounded, and engaging experiences because we are not just shaping students—we are helping our families create a generation of young people who are excited to create, socialize, and compete.

Our new basketball team had an amazing first game just recently, tying the game with a three-point shot by Eli CN (7th grade) and going into overtime! It’s not just about winning, though; Luke G (8th grade) says that he enjoys basketball the most “because it’s really fun to run around with our friends and the coach is super nice.”

This idea is echoed all throughout the school. Our student government exemplifies the joy of servant leadership. Evan M (8th grade) loves being able to “collaborate with all the people from different grades,” and that as the Treasurer he enjoys the responsibility and creative opportunities he as with the budget. A fellow student council member, Maksim B (8th grade) says he enjoys being a part of the team “because I get to help people at ACE. I like it because I get to plan events and help ACE be a better school.”

When asked about their favorite thing at school, the eighth graders loved to talk about how much fun they have with their peers and friend groups. Gaby Q(8th grade) talked about lunch and writing stories with her friends. Sophie M (8th grade) spoke on how important it was to be close to her friends.

Our teachers believe in this too. Sarayu M (8th grade) remembers the day before our Winter Break. “We all went to classrooms and it was a free day to have with your friends and do fun activities. It’s really nice of the teachers to prepare that for us.”  

Whether you are already one of our families at ACE, or thinking of joining us, we know that you will love our rich, challenging, loving community of athletes, artists, leaders, and friends. 

Preserving the Role of Parents

September 21, 2023
By Academy of Christian Education Staff

Parents are waking up to a lamentable reality: School districts are embracing controversial curriculum flowing downstream of America’s broader culture. But perhaps the more problematic detail is that places like Montgomery County are denying parents the right to opt their students out of these lessons. Just last month, a federal court in Maryland ruled that students must participate in curriculum featuring LGBTQ+ content starting as young as Pre-K. Parents across diverse religious traditions have united to push back against what they consider to be indoctrination. They’ve been fighting for the parental choice to opt out, and for the time being, they’ve lost. It seems Montgomery County public schools deny parental authority when it comes to their child’s education.  This raises the question; what should be the role of parents in their child’s education?

At ACE, it’s our belief that the responsibility of a child’s education belongs firstly to his or her parents. In the book of Proverbs, parents are instructed to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6) Parents possess an intrinsic power, designed by God, to influence their children in a uniquely profound way. The authority of parents is primary, while the authority of their child’s school is secondary.

When parents entrust their children to the care of a school, they are merely delegating a particular job for a particular purpose to that school. The role of the institution, therefore, is not to supplant parents under the guise of education; it is to support and collaborate with parents for the sake of children’s education. A school’s authority, whether public or private, has been granted in each child’s life by his or her parents – it is derivative and it has limits.  

A disordered educational institution tries to demote parents from their natural place. It acts in the life of a student without respect given to whose primary care he or she is under. As in the case of Montgomery County, fathers and mothers are seemingly disregarded. A rightly ordered educational institution, however, honors the authority of parents in a child’s life. A healthy school educates with transparency and acts in the life of a student with appropriate consideration for parental input.

ACE is committed to being a place where parents are esteemed as the first and primary influence in their child’s life. Parents carry the responsibility to opt into an educational partnership with teachers and administrators committed to preserving their role as parents… At ACE, we honor and welcome your presence, your participation, your voices, and your freedom to choose how to teach Family Life education. 

Madeleine O’Neill, “Parents Lose Challenge to Gender Guidelines at Montgomery County Public Schools,” Maryland Daily Record, accessed September 20, 2023,

Welcome Back!

September 14, 2023
By Academy of Christian Education

The new school year is underway at the Academy of Christian Education! We’re thrilled to be welcoming new and returning families through the doors and into our growing community. With gratitude for the last 27 years of God leading and sustaining ACE, we continue to answer His call to build a place of robust Christian education. We’re offering rigorous academics with a biblical worldview, training up the next generation of students to love, lead, and serve an ever-changing world.  

Since 1997, we have seen firsthand the difference our advanced curriculum and faith-filled teachers have had on our elementary students. As ACE has grown in recent years, we’ve been able to nurture the minds and hearts of middle school students as well, and it’s with great anticipation that we celebrate our inaugural 9th grade class! The walls of the Academy have expanded, lending an incredible new space for our middle and upper school students to flourish. We are especially excited for our older students to make use of this brand-new addition to our building featuring spacious classrooms, a lunchroom, library, technology lab, and theatre. We are ecstatic for these budding leaders to have their own spaces to develop their study habits, collaborate on projects, serve their communities, and fellowship with one another.

As ACE students find their footing in September, we want to invite our families to get engaged this school year at ACE. We encourage you to attend events, participate in extracurricular activities, join clubs, and seize service opportunities as they arise. We hope that you’ll grow in friendship with one another as we strive together to fulfill our mission. And we welcome you to follow our blog over the coming months as we continue to discuss the landscape of education, introduce you to our fantastic staff, and highlight new, exciting things going on behind the doors of ACE.

Welcome back, friends! 

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