ACE teachers become a counselor and a true mentor to students. Since school has previously been a place of mistrust and neglect, ACE teachers go the extra mile, by staying late after class and even conducting home visits. By creating an authentic relationship, the student becomes comfortable voicing their goals and pushing themselves academically.
- “My teacher became a counselor and a friend. I could tell her anything and she gave me good advice. She always motivated me to never stop and keep pushing myself.” - Ivan Xavier, ACE Graduate ‘17
Teachers don’t only connect with students—they connect with the whole family. We listen to parents and collaborate with them in building the school and its culture. Most of our families have not previously been involved with schools or felt a part of a school community, so we make them feel important, wanted and respected. By instilling confidence in parents, they, in turn, instill confidence in their children.
- "Before ACE, I didn't like visiting my son's previous school. I felt uncomfortable and ignored. When I asked to talk to teachers, no one ever called me back. At ACE, as soon as I walk on campus, everyone is happy to see me. If I want to talk to a teacher, I see them right away or that same day. The staff always say they want to see me more, so now I come to meetings even though I work late." -ACE Parent