(New York, USA)
I have always loved learning and valued education, even as a young child. I thank God for that, because otherwise I would have learned very little from ACE. I started ACE curriculum in high school. I worked very hard to get a good education, and I think I did. I scored pretty well on my ACT. But, it was a lot of self-motivation and discipline, as well as extra studies not included in the curriculum.
I cannot say that any of these things are true for my classmates. The system is far too easy to cheat, or memorize the order of answers on a test and get a descent score that way. (many of the tests barely change the order of Q/A that was on the practice quiz.)
You really don’t have to know the ins and outs of the material to get a B or even an A if you just figure out the test pattern.
Also, there is little assistance when a student is struggling with the material. I don’t recommend this curriculum at all for students who are not strong readers. It is OK for students who are good readers, highly motivated, and a strong code of honor…but if that is the case they could probably benefit more from a more challenging curriculum.
I did appreciate that you could learn at your own pace, since I am self motivated. I didn’t like that there was little critical thinking, debate, or discussion.
I am a VERY devout christian, and love studying the Bible. I feel very strongly about the importance of living a righteous life, and loving God with all your heart. That being said, even I found the moral and spiritual propaganda in the paces nauseating, legalistic, and patronizing.
In summary, If you have to use it, it can work. If you don’t and have other, better options…I’d try something else.