Admissions

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ACE Academy is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for the gifted student, nurturing each child’s diverse academic, social and emotional needs with challenging curriculum, warm support and creativity. We look forward to getting to know you and your child during the admissions process.

We specialize in educating Gifted and Talented students. Our educators and staff are trained to support the special social and emotional developmental needs of these students. We do not specialize in working with students who have Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, or other emotional or  developmental disorders that are best served with the support of trained specialists. While learning disorders are just as common in the gifted population as the population-at-large, we are not a specialty school or a therapeutic program. We want to see all students thrive, and as we consider applications we strive to ensure that students are placed in an environment where their needs are truly met.

Application Process

We accept students throughout the school year as space is available.

We currently have limited openings.

How to Apply

To determine if ACE is the right school for your child, you have these opportunities:
  • Information sessions are offered monthly throughout the year and are encouraged (but not required) for all parents of applying students. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to admissions@austingifted.org.
  • Parent Observation – With prior arrangement, we are happy to have parents sit in the classroom for a short period of time to see how we teach, what our students are like and how they interact. To schedule a visit, email admissions@austingifted.org.
Once parents have determined that ACE is the school for their child, we require proof of qualification in the form of IQ test results (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – WISC-IV or WISC-V – for children six years and up or the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – WPPSI-III or IV – for children under six). IQ testing can be obtained by an independent psychologist. ACE Academy has a list of recommended assessors in the area.
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For your child to be considered for admission, you must provide the following:

  • $100 Application Fee*
  • ACE Parent Questionnaire – We believe you know your child better than anyone else. Your thoughtful responses to these questions will help us better understand your child’s unique abilities, passions, and needs.

*Please note the application fee is non-refundable.

After qualifying, children spend part or all of the day at ACE to observe and experience our environment. Following your child’s visit, we will contact you to discuss your child’s experience and our staff’s impressions. We may ask that your student return for an additional visit.
After the final Student Shadowing Day, the Admissions Office will make a final review of all materials and feedback and make a determination of fit. Notification of the admissions determination may take up to two weeks. Notification will come by phone call or by email and an enrollment contract will follow by email. Enrollment contracts will reflect placements in general program levels; specific class placement may be determined at a later time.
Once you accept an offer of admission, we will contact you to schedule a final Enrollment Meeting. Once you schedule an Enrollment Meeting, it is our expectation that you have chosen ACE for your child and are ready to submit a signed tuition agreement and a non-refundable enrollment fee of $750 to hold your child’s place. The balance of tuition will be spread out as stated in the contract depending on the time of year you enroll your child. As part of your child’s enrollment, he or she may be asked to submit a writing sample and take a math assessment test to determine placement.