About ACES: ACES is a cross-curricular program that combines strong academics, demanding technical education, and real world experience. Students gain an advantage in high school, post secondary education and future careers. Students compete in competitions such as robotics and app design, go on field trips to interact with industry professionals, and get involved in real-world projects through problem-based learning. Students have priority for several classes and some AP classes before other students*
Students will choose one of two pathways for their high school years. Students must commit to a minimum of two years in the pathway they choose.
*PLTW = Project Lead The Way STEM curriculum.
**All AP classes are contingent on students meeting prerequisites. ACES students that meet prerequisites get preferred admission to AP CSP and AP CSA.
Computer Science Pathway: The Computer Science Pathway centers on computer science, game design, and computer hardware engineering. This pathway includes 2 AP courses and 1 Project Lead the Way (PLTW): AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science Applications and Engineering, Design and Development. Please click the Computer Science Pathway link on the left for more information.
Engineering Pathway: The Engineering Pathway focuses on engineering fundamentals, physics, aerospace, and mechanical engineering. Students will begin with Introduction to Design (IED), UC-approved art & design course that covers the use of engineering tools, sketching, measuring, 3D modeling, 3D printing, and the fundamentals of design. Sophomores will take Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA). Juniors take Engineering, Design and Development and Seniors can opt to take Principles of Engineering for enrichment. Please click the Engineering Pathway link on the left for more information.
*All AP classes are contingent on students meeting prerequisites. ACES students that meet prerequisites get preferred admission to AP CSP and AP CSA.