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ACE Program

Student with cap and gown on for graduation.The Achieving a College Education Program (ACE) is a nationally recognized program that targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a baccalaureate degree to be an achievable goal. Upon graduation from high school an ACE student may earn up to 24 transferable college credits.  It is a scholarship-based college preparation program for juniors and seniors attending certain high schools located in the West Valley. Admittance into the ACE program is competitive. The program is designed for students to begin college while still enrolled in high school.  Courses may be considered for addition to a student’s transcript and/or calculated into a student’s GPA.

The ACE Program
  • Is designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school through the community colleges on to a university and completion of a bachelor’s degree. 
  • Recruits high school students in their sophomore year to participate in the program in their high school junior and senior years
  • ACE students are enrolled in concurrent college courses as high school juniors and seniors
  • Students can earn up to 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school
  • From 1988-2009 ACE has served over 11,000 students

The ACE Program is available through the Dysart Unified School District at Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College.