Accelerated Christian Education Ministries

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A.C.E. provides Bible-based K-12 curriculum, consisting of reading programs, core subjects, electives, and student programs. A.C.E. equips churches and parents in the training of their children with character-building academic curriculum like none other.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Accelerated Christian Education Ministries
PO Box 2707
Hendersonville, TN 37077-2707


Phone: 615-612-5200

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 752819736

CEO/President: Esther Howard


Board size: 3


Ruling year: 2000

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Academic achievement is one of the greatest strengths of A.C.E. School of Tomorrow®. Graduates from the A.C.E. program are attending more than 1,400 colleges and universities globally with outstanding performance.

Conventional educational programs take the student through a spiral of material while introducing him to new skills in sequence. Since students are grouped chronologically, they are lockstepped and receive the same material at the same time. However, students do not necessarily all have the same level of maturity as others of their chronological age, and their natural learning rates are not lockstepped with other students. The above-average student may master the skill the first time he is exposed to it, the average student may pick up part of it, and the below-average student will often grasp only a minimum amount or fail to understand it entirely. As the spiral continues, some students stay out in front while others are left behind for a season (or for good).

The A.C.E. program is designed around a new format: that of building skill upon skill. The scope and sequence ignores the concept of grade level and moves with continuous progress beginning with the first skill to be mastered. Depending on their ability and motivation levels, students may move ahead rapidly or take as long as necessary, but each student masters the material.

As the student moves upward, level after level, and moves into new concepts, he is far better prepared to learn because he has mastered the skill on the previous level. He does not advance until he has mastered each concept. He is not lockstepped with his classmates but is learning individually and completely before advancing. A.C.E. implements a unique and effective system.

Mission statement

To operate a private elementary and secondary school to provide a biblically based education in all branches of knowledge.

Statement of faith

We believe in:

The plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible, equally and in all parts and without error;

The one God, eternally existent Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Who created man by a direct, immediate act;

The preexistence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven, and second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;

The fall of man, the need for regeneration by the operation of the Holy Spirit through personal faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour on the basis of grace alone, and the resurrection of every person to either eternal life or eternal damnation;

The spiritual relationship of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, living a life of righteous works, separated from the world, and witnessing of His saving grace through the ministry of the Holy Spirit;

The Biblical mandate of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission for all Believers to proclaim the Gospel and to disciple all nations.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating837 of 111046 of 49
Fund acquisition rating473 of 111134 of 49
Resource allocation rating1035 of 111148 of 49
Asset utilization rating653 of 111036 of 49

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$190,195$193,458$299,990$339,182$413,253
Short-term investments$1,687,670$3,093,399$4,314,574$4,181,026$4,277,589
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,555,525$9,971,991$9,226,569$8,792,050$8,196,435
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,817,658$1,817,658$1,817,658$1,817,658$1,817,658
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,817,658$1,817,658$1,817,658$1,817,658$1,817,658
Total assets$12,373,183$11,789,649$11,044,227$10,609,708$10,014,093
Payables and accrued expenses$68,987$205,452$209,300$175,602$95,410
Other current liabilities$555,830$588,193$507,208$484,346$488,976
Total current liabilities$624,817$793,645$716,508$659,948$584,386
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$111,274$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$111,274$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$736,091$793,645$716,508$659,948$584,386
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$11,637,092$10,996,004$10,322,719$9,942,760$9,383,707
With donor restrictions$0$0$5,000$7,000$46,000
Net assets$11,637,092$10,996,004$10,327,719$9,949,760$9,429,707
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$21,551$20,706$11,563$30,222$25,211
Program service revenue$1,802,490$1,736,313$1,484,253$1,490,857$1,591,177
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$54,903$46,305$226,977$240,030$10,666
Other revenue$949,120$1,033,195$861,924$845,852$734,121
Total other revenue$2,806,513$2,815,813$2,573,154$2,576,739$2,335,964
Total revenue$2,828,064$2,836,519$2,584,717$2,606,961$2,361,175
Program services$1,348,059$1,380,207$1,409,241$1,447,995$2,123,097
Management and general$732,789$788,027$797,517$638,913$0
Total expenses$2,080,848$2,168,234$2,206,758$2,086,908$2,123,097
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$747,216$668,285$377,959$520,053$238,078
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$747,216$668,285$377,959$520,053$238,078


Esther HowardPresident/Director$133,959
Scott SpencerExecutive Dir of Finance$102,691
Florence HesterSecretary/Director$57,252

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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