Ace High School Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a charter high school?
Are charter schools free or do they charge tuition?
How does ACE High School differ from regular high schools? How does it work?
Is ACE an accredited high school?
What other endorsements has Ace received?
Where is ACE High School?
How do I become a student at Ace High School? Does it matter where I live?
What is ACE's school schedule?
How is the teaching method at Ace different from other high schools?
What is "Building Trades?"
What is �CADD?�
What is �Diesel Equipment Technology?�
What other benefits are there to being an ACE student?
What type of job can I get by taking one of the career programs offered at ACE?
Does ACE offer the same things as other high schools � sports, prom, etc.?
Does ACE have a graduation ceremony for seniors?

What is a charter high school?
Charter schools are autonomous, publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that are responsible for achieving certain results set forth in a charter (a well-defined performance contract detailing the school�s mission), in lieu of operating under many of the procedural statutes that most public schools abide by. Oftentimes, Charter schools are held more accountable for student outcome, rather than processes and inputs.

While some charter schools simply aim to provide a more efficient, effective form of general education, some charter schools offer a specialized curriculum in addition to the standard core subjects of English, math and science. As the Academy for Career Education, ACE offers a specialized education in construction, engineering and construction-related trades such as architecture, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and diesel mechanics. The goal of ACE High School is for 80 percent of its graduates to be employed in construction related fields or enrolled in post-secondary education at the time of commencement. Currently, 90 percent of its graduates have met this goal. back to top

Are charter schools free or do they charge tuition?
As they are part of the public school system, charter schools do not charge tuition but admission is often limited. ACE High School is free for all enrollees, however there is a $180 deposit required for books, uniform, technology and lab fees. Admission is limited to 240 students.

ACE High School is sponsored by the Washoe County School District and meets all criteria set forth by the state of Nevada. It is funded by the state of Nevada as well as federal and local grants from organizations such as the Commission on Construction Education, Nevada Works, and Microsoft Licensing and IQ Systems. back to top

How does Ace High School differ from regular high schools? How does it work?
ACE students focus on 3 subjects every 9 weeks, earning 1.5 credits toward high school graduation. All credits are transferrable between local high schools and many of these classes are also applicable toward college credit. In addition to a standard diploma, ACE graduates also receive a Career and Technical Education endorsement on their diploma.

ACE High School is smaller than a typical public high school. While many high schools may have more than 200 students per grade, ACE has approximately 200 students in total. Class sizes are reduced, thereby creating a more intimate, intensive, hands-on learning environment. ACE teachers tend to be far more involved in the students� learning process and invested in their success.

ACE High School does not provide transportation to and from school; however, it does offer transportation assistance to those students who demonstrate a need.

All ACE students are members of SkillsUSA, a student organization that prepares students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Each spring, ACE students compete in a variety of events such as carpentry, plumbing, masonry, diesel technology, architectural drafting and job interviewing in the hope of bringing home a gold medal and moving on to the national competition. To date, ACE has placed five times at the national competition and holds 22 gold medals in 10 categories.

All ACE Building Trades students are required to complete the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour General Industry Safety Course. back to top

Is ACE an accredited high school?
Yes. ACE High School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and is sponsored by the Washoe County School District. ACE meets all requirements established by the State of Nevada in addition to earning �Exemplary� and �High Achieving� ratings for academic test scores required by the �No Child Left Behind� Act. ACE has also received a �Silver Star� award from Truckee Meadows Tomorrow for its workforce development program as well as the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region 5�s �Innovative Career and Technical Education Program of the Year� award.

Previously, ACE was recognized for having the �Skills USA Advisor of the Year,� �Career and Technical Educator of the Year,� �Northern Nevada Math Council Outstanding Math Educator� and the �Most Innovative Career and Tech Program� in 17 states. back to top

What other endorsements has ACE received?
ACE High School is endorsed by the Associated General Contractors Nevada Chapter, the Builders Association of Northern Nevada and the Sierra Nevada Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. In addition, ACE recently received an �IT Makeover� grant from Microsoft Licensing and IQ Systems, earning a $15,000 upgrade to its computer systems and software programs. The Nevada Commission on Construction Education also awarded the school a grant for new Estimating software and computers for its Building Trades program. back to top

Where is ACE High School?
ACE High School is located at 2800 Vassar Street in Reno, just to the north of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. It�s building site is located at 4941 Hombre Way off of South McCarran Boulevard and Rio Poco Road. back to top

How do I become a student at Ace High School? Does it matter where I live?
All you need to do to become an ACE student is apply. It does not matter what school district zone a student resides in. Each year, ACE admits up to 240 students and applications are accepted year round. The majority of students begin in the fall, however there may be openings at the beginning of the spring quarter (January) as space is available. Typically, students who apply during the late spring and summer months are admitted for the upcoming school year. To apply now, click here (create link to application page on Web site). back to top

What is ACE's school schedule?
ACE begins its school year in August and concludes each May with senior graduation. ACE students observe all major holidays and break periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break.

A typical day at ACE High School includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd period classes from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at which time students are released for off-campus lunch until 12:30 p.m. Upperclassmen end the day here, while underclassmen continue on to 4th period from 12:30 to 2:10 p.m. back to top

How is the teaching method at ACE different from other high schools?
ACE High School utilizes a research-based method of teaching that is more hands-on that the typical high school. ACE focuses on infusing career-applicable methods into the standard curriculum, teaching students how to use the skills they�re learning in the real world. For example, rather than writing essays and reports on general subjects, ACE students are taught how to write business plans, resumes, briefs and reports. ACE students learn how to best utilize a specified amount of space in a room, building or yard, rather than simply learning how to calculate the area of a circle.

In addition, each student at ACE High School chooses a �major� or course of study to focus on outside of the school�s core curriculum. ACE students can choose from CADD (computer-aided drafting and design), Building Trades or Diesel Mechanics. back to top

What is "Building Trades?"
ACE�s Building Trades program teaches students the essential knowledge points needed in construction management and related trade fields. Ranging from power and hand tool recognition and use to hand drafting, estimation, surveying and carpentry, Building Trades students receive a well-rounded education in all aspects of the construction industry.

Each year, the Building Trades program constructs one house from start to finish including completion of all plumbing, roofing, landscaping, concrete and HVAC work. Upon completion, the proceeds from the sale of the house directly benefit the upcoming year�s academic program. Building Trades students may also earn up to 13 college credits towards a construction management degree at Truckee Meadows Community College. back to top

What is �CADD?�
CADD, or Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, is used to create digitized drawings and designs for everything from homes to machinery to toys, based upon figures and sketches provided by engineers, surveyors, architects and scientists. These drawings provide visual guidelines to be followed during the construction process. Prior to the invention of CADD, plans were drawn manually using protractors, triangles and other drafting devices.

The Auto-CADD program at ACE High School gives students the chance to receive training in residential drafting, mechanical drawing, light commercial drafting, structural and commercial detailing, and structural steel drawings using 2-D, 3-D and 3-D VIZ formats. CADD students may also earn up to 13 college credits at Truckee Meadows Community College. back to top

What is �Diesel Equipment Technology?�
The Diesel Program at ACE is a one- to three-year program providing basic to advanced training required for employment in the diesel mechanics field.

Diesel and heavy equipment technicians repair and maintain construction equipment such as bulldozers, cranes and road graders; transportation equipment such as heavy trucks, buses, locomotives, ships and automobiles; and farm equipment including tractors and combines. Diesel and heavy equipment technicians use a variety of computerized testing equipment to pinpoint and analyze malfunctions as well as numerous power and hand tools to perform repairs.

ACE�s Diesel Mechanics program gives students the opportunity to practice shop and work safety, locate and interpret repair specifications and processes, remove and replace components, operate tools and equipment, service and repair, and diagnose conditions of defective components or systems.

Students in the Diesel Mechanic program may earn Truckee Meadows Community College�s one-year Certificate of Achievement, leaving them with just one year of course work to complete upon entering college before earning an Associate�s degree. back to top

What other benefits are there to being an ACE student?
College Credit: More than half of all ACE students graduate with college credit, resulting in the average community college student taking only one year to earn an associate�s degree�that�s half the time it would normally take. The most popular majors for students who go on to post-secondary education are construction management or civil, mechanical and industrial engineering.

Employment: Many northern Nevada construction industry professionals recruit interns, apprentices and other entry-level employees directly from ACE High School rather than opening the positions up to the public. Additionally, more than 60 percent of ACE graduates in 2008 were employed at the time of graduation. back to top

What type of job can I get by taking one of the career programs offered at ACE?
The career opportunities open to construction, diesel mechanic, CADD and engineering students at ACE High School are seemingly endless. In 2006, construction workers had 7.7 million jobs, and engineers had 1.5 million jobs with expected growth anticipated at 10 and 11 percent, respectively, by 2016.

Careers available to students in these fields range from architecture, construction project management and civil engineering (environmental, geotechnical and construction engineering; urban planning; water resources, etc.) to heavy machinery mechanics, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other construction trade specialties.

Some job descriptions for the most popular college majors for ACE graduates include:
Construction managers are essential to the construction process, whether it be residential, commercial or industrial. Construction managers are responsible for supervising all on-site construction and land development, including scheduling sub-contractors, resolving day-to-day problems on the job site and inspecting all work during construction to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and relevant building codes. Construction managers work directly with construction project managers and superintendants and are often promoted to these positions.

Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise the construction of facilities essential to modern life. These facilities vary widely in nature, size, and scope and include space satellites and launching facilities, offshore structures, bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, transit systems, dams, airports, harbors, water supply and wastewater treatment plants. Civil engineers work in diversified areas such as structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, transportation engineering, ocean and coastal engineering, and construction engineering.

Industrial Engineers plan, design, and supervise the installation of operational systems.  Industrial Engineering is practiced in all kinds of endeavors such as industry, service business, government, health care, education and military and in organizational levels including production, marketing, procurement, personnel and product design. 

Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture and test tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices. They work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines and steam and gas turbines. They also develop power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment and robots used in manufacturing. back to top

Does ACE offer the same things as other high schools � sports, prom, etc.?
ACE does not offer extracurricular activities outside of SkillsUSA but students are welcome and encouraged to participate in these activities at the high school within the appropriate Washoe County School District zone. back to top

Does ACE have a graduation ceremony for seniors?
Yes. ACE holds its graduation ceremony in a private room in the Lawlor Events Center every year. All graduates wear a traditional cap and gown and receive either a standard or honors diploma similar to other high school students. ACE graduates also get an added Career and Technical Education endorsement upon completion of their degree program. back to top