"Work on real life projects, develop and practice skills, and contribute to our community"



Students engage with all academic content through Student Projects focused on topics from the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) industries.  A Project Based Learning academic model is used to provide active, hands-on, and relevant educational experiences.  Student projects are created from actual leading commercial construction projects in New Mexico.  Teachers take challenging problems from these commercial projects and design Student Projects using industry experts to help them ensure that what they are teaching is relevant to the ACE professions and cutting edge.


Students must demonstrate mastery of skills and content, as well as project completion publicly in the form of Exhibitions, where students present and discuss their projects with industry experts, community members, and teachers at least once per trimester.


These projects  create experiences allowing students to work on real life projects, develop and practice skills under the mentorship of professionals, and contribute to our community in very tangible and meaningful ways. 















Credits are earned through demonstration of mastery. This means each student must produce evidence that they have learned something and can apply that new knowledge to real-world problems and projects.

Letter grades reflect this mastery in that an ‘A’ means a student has 90-100% mastery of their learning outcomes. ‘B’ means a student has mastered 80-89% of their learning outcomes. On the other end of the spectrum, an ‘F’ means that a student did not produce enough evidence to begin to determine mastery. Students can earn an ‘I’ for incomplete, which means work towards mastery is still in progress. To earn credit for any course the final exhibition must be completed. 21st Century Skills are evaluated using these rubrics for communication, collaboration and being client driven.

Performance assessment is key to our assessment practices. Performance assessments are long-term, public, and relevant assessment methods that provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate a synthesis of what they have learned through experience.



ACE Leadership High School is aligned to state required graduation requirements,  however, per our charter some electives are required at ACE. These electives are Advisory and Capstone. Unlike most schools, students at ACE must apply to begin their Capstone project and be considered a senior at ACE. They must demonstrate that they are ready to meet the ACE graduate profile. All students must take and pass their Capstone project to graduate. The Capstone Project is an intensive final year project that investigates aspects of the design and construction process.  Students collaborate in teams to research, create, and publicly present on topics including, construction management, heating and cooling systems, structural and foundation systems, architectural design, and communication strategies.  In addition to the value of working in the context of a real life project, the students consult with and are mentored by ACE industry professionals.  Students participate in community and weekly design meetings with the actual professionals who are executing the job to understand what it takes to succeed in the exciting and competitive field of the building industry.

See the ACE Graduate Profile Here

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you should occasionally
look at the results.”

Winston Churchill


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