Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Due to their efforts to meet the educational challenges of the 21st Centruy, Alice Christian School (ACS) was recently recognized for their excellence with a Model Status designation.

This is the highest level of recognition awarded by the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) School of Tomorrow, which regulates the school's curriculum.

Alice Christian School is a ministry of Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Each year, a representative from ACE visits schools to review school records and ensure the campus is following a regulated curriculum. After reviewing the class size, student grades, teacher credentials and attention to curriculum, ACE found the Alice Christian School to be a model of excellence.

ACS Administrator Don French said all of the ACS students are held to a high academic standard. He said that every piece of work turned in must score at least an 80 or higher to be accepted. Using the individualized Bible-based curriculum of ACE, the school focuses on Christian character training and outstanding academic accomplishments by its students. For the 2006-2007 school year, ACE found that the average student's grade in all subject areas was 94.16 percent. French said that as a campus, ACS strives to maintain a high standard.

"We welcome any inquires for students who want to excel," French said. "We run a tight ship here."

With more than 6,000 schools utilizing the ACE curriculum, Alice Christian School is just one of 200 schools in the country to achieve Model Status this year. French said 95 percent of students who graduate from ACS go on to college, and that colleges and universities both in the State of Texas and beyond are happy to accept their students because they know the standards to which the school holds.

ACS officials said they believe their school's achievement is attributed in part to community commitment to maintain an atmosphere where a school such as ACS can effectively educate the youth of today for tomorrow's achievements.