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BLAST » PACE Model

PACE Model

Playlist- and Project-Based Science and History Curriculum

In science and history, our school replicates a university environment, giving students flexibility and choice over time usage, while maintaining supports, interventions, and age-appropriate structures as they progress through the playlists- and project-based online curriculum. Alliance has partnered with Summit Public Schools to access and share their curriculum with the ACRMA 21 students. 

Students learn at their own pace, receiving immediate feedback and taking more ownership of their educational progress. The online digital content addresses individual student needs, ensuring that students are neither held back nor left behind.

Teacher Guided Strategic Intervention/Acceleration

Teachers will offer targeted mini-lessons for pre-selected groups of students. Students and topics will be selected based on data from academic classes. Mini-lessons will focus on specific standards-based skills. Each hour of forum will be divided into four 15-minute chunks of time. During each chunk of time, a teacher from a difference subject area will lead this station.

Capstone Projects

Every year of our students grades 6 - 12 experience, each student will complete an interdisciplinary “Capstone Project” incorporating learning and mastery from multiple subject areas. Capstone Projects will take the form of business plans. Each student will design his/her own independent business.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Student will learn the specific strategies and content knowledge necessary to develop a business plan through NFTE, which is incorporated in the instructional plan for our Advisory program.

Core Content Support

All teachers will serve as business consultants for their students, ensuring that core classroom instruction is aligned to the principles of Project Based Learning and supportive of students’ Capstone Project business plans. For example, math teachers will work with students to develop the skills necessary for calculating budgets, inventory, etc.

Entrepreneurship Fair ("Shark Tank")

At the end of each year, students will present their capstone projects at an entrepreneurship fair, where students will “pitch” their business plans to local business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs, who will in turn provide feedback an guidance for students.

Opportunities for Students 

Through the Entrepreneurship Fair, business leaders will have the opportunity to form professional relationships with students. This may take the form of internships, job offers, or even financial investment in the businesses created by particular students.