What is AACE, Inc.?Affectionately known as “Friday School,” Alamo Area Christian Educators, Inc. is an organization comprised ofparent volunteers who coordinate with our tutors for tutoring sessions on a weekly basis. These volunteerscoordinate the facilities for our families, the tutors, and the church (for which we are a ministry). In order toregister with tutors for classes, you must first register with AACE, Inc. as the umbrella organization for our tutors.Because we are a volunteer-led organization, parental volunteer time, parent orientation class, andregistration with AACE, Inc. are mandatory.
I. Statement of FaithWe are excited about what God is doing for this ministry and with our students. Because teachers and leaders willintegrate Christian beliefs into the lessons as they deem appropriate, please be aware of the statement of faith wefollow at AACE, Inc. We are happy to minister to students of any faith and sincerely hope that anyone who has notyet received Christ will see His love lived out each week during "Friday School."
"We believe that the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the Word of God: that they are inerrant in theoriginal writings: and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice." (Luke 24:27, 44; 2 Timothy3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Peter 3:15b-16)
“We believe the primary responsibility of training a child in the way he/she should go falls upon the parents(aunion consisting of one man and one woman joined in marriage) and is not the responsibility of the community,the church, or the school.” (Matthew 19:4-5; Genesis 2:24; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians6:4)
“We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the importance of iron sharpening ironin order to build up, edify, challenge and hold accountable those that call themselves believers.” (Proverbs 27:17;Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:12; Matthew 18:15-16)
AACE, Inc. is not a school or a co-op. We are an organization of parent volunteers who coordinate with ourteachers for tutoring sessions on a weekly basis. The sessions are in addition to your home schooling, not asubstitute for parent-led instruction. While many teachers have courses that require weeklong schoolwork, it isyour responsibility as the home school parent to oversee your child's education and to ensure that the work iscompleted prior to class on Friday. All policies regarding attendance, tardiness, and grades are dependent uponthe individual teacher. There are no formal grades or transcripts issued from AACE, Inc.
While AACE is not a co-op (an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual,social, economic, and cultural benefits) in which each member is part of the decision-making and policy producingprocedure, we are interested in what you have to say. Our goal is to be on the cutting edge oftechnology while maintaining the “comforts of home” in our homeschooling environment. So if you observe anarea that requires attention, please do not hesitate to bring it to our attention. We do ask however that youfollow a few easy steps to make sure your voice is heard. Please DO NOT call individual members of theAdministrative Team or The Board with your suggestions, constructive criticism, or complaints. The Board willaddress only issues brought to our attention in writing (via email or USPS) for discussion and action. Noindividual member of either The Administrative Team or The Board is at liberty to make decisions on his/herown, so please be respectful and do not place any person in leadership in an awkward position by askinghim/her to make a decision on an issue that has not been brought before The Board.
Because we want to honor Christ in all that we say and do within the AACE, Inc. spectrum, we would ask thatyou refer to the guidelines laid out in Matthew 18:15-17 as it concerns issues within Friday School, and godirectly to “the brother who has sinned against you” first to address any situation which may arise due to adisagreement. Only after an unsuccessful personal attempt has been made, you may then contact a member ofour Administrative Team or the board members. “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him hisfault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he will not hear, takewith you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17Andif he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like aheathen and a tax collector.”
Thank you for helping the volunteers who keep AACE, Inc. running smoothly focused on the main objectivesinstead of getting side tracked by frivolous accusations, time-consuming complaints, and divisivegeneralizations.
Together we can make Friday School the best that it can be!
We (the AACE, Inc. instructors, directors, and executive board members) would like to honor God by beingresponsible as we carry out the duties entrusted to us while diligently caring for the facilities provided for our use.We also want to teach our students reverence for what the Lord has provided for us. In this spirit, please note thefollowing:o Families must be registered with AACE, Inc. in order to attend tutoring sessions with our tutorson church grounds. No student may be enrolled with any tutor without an AACE. Inc. registrationnumber.o Parental involvement is MANDATORY in order for your student to attend tutoring sessions withAACE, Inc. We need participation from every parent regularly to monitor the building, to assist insetup/cleanup, and to help in numerous other ways. Parental commitment consists of one dutyshift per month for families taking one through five classes and two duty shifts per month forfamilies with over five classes. Failure to volunteer bars you from further participation withAACE, Inc. Volunteer hours are tracked when you “clock in” to the AACE, Inc. laptop when youarrive to serve your volunteer time. If you do not “clock in” to the laptop, you will not beconsidered “in good standing.”o A mandatory orientation will be required of ALL parents, regardless of prior enrollment, length ofhome schooling status, or volunteer position.o To join AACE, Inc. there is a $125 family membership fee if paid at the May registration ($150 ifpaid at the August registration). This fee will include I.D. cards for each family member (up to fiveper family).o Every family member will be required to have an I.D. card. If your family needs more than fivecards, additional cards are available at $7 each.o To enter or exit the building, an I.D. card is mandatory and must be shown to the attendant atthe front desk. A new I.D. card will automatically be issued for a fee of $7 upon the secondattempt at entering the building without an I.D. card.o Tuition is due one month in advance and is to be paid on the first Friday of each month. You mayalso choose to pay for classes by the semester or for the whole year.o Each tutor who is not paid on time will charge a late fee of $10 per week.o Please register for classes carefully. Our tutors are making a commitment to teach yourchild/children for the full term, and you need to make the same commitment. Refunds are notgiven for the family membership fee or for any class. By enrolling in a class, you are reserving aspot that cannot be refilled once the semester begins, and you are committing to attend eachweek. If you withdraw your student after classes begin, payment for the remainder of thesemester will be due to the tutor. In addition, the instructors may impose additional “drop fees”as well. Supply fees are not refundable.o Students who have not been homeschooling for at least one year will need to meet with us briefly prior to enrolling. o It is the parents' responsibility to inform the tutor if the child will be absent. Please do not bringyour child/children to Friday School if they have had fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or any contagiousconditions in the previous 24 hours. You will be required to administer any medications to yourchild/children.o It is the parents' responsibility to inform AACE, Inc. of any allergies or conditions that could putyour child at risk while attending classes.o It is the parents' responsibility to provide for their own children’s lunches if needed. The SnackBar only offers drinks, candy, and muffins.o To withdraw from a class or from AACE Inc., you must follow our withdrawal process and turn inthe appropriate forms. Failure to do so will jeopardize the possibility of returning to classes atFriday School in the future.o Only students 16 years old or older (and with parental permission) are allowed to leave campus.No student under 16 years old may leave campus without a parent or an adult guardian. Allstudents and parents must check in AND out at the front desk so AACE, Inc. knows at all timeswho is on campus.o Students are to assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the church facility by helping tutors set upor break down classrooms and picking up after themselves and others throughout the day.o AACE Inc. is not responsible for students while on the grounds of the church; parents bear theultimate responsibility for their children and their children's actions. The church is not liable forany accidents or mishaps that may occur on church premises. Likewise, Alamo Area ChristianEducators, Inc. is not liable for any accidents or mishaps that may occur on the premises.o Parents must pick up students or remain on site with students who have more than one classperiod off between classes. Students must remain in designated areas if they are not in class.Anystudent with more than one class period off will either need to be picked up or pay to attend ourStudy Hall (fee is $60 per class period per month).o All students need to be picked up as soon as their last class is over each week. No student maystay later than 5pm. If you are not able to pick up your student on time, you need to makealternative arrangements so the directors and administrators may also go home by 5pm.o If weather conditions prevent us from meeting on any given Friday, an email will be sent out by7am that morning. Please check your email before leaving your home when questionableweather conditions exist in our area. If notification can occur sooner, it will. We will also post itto our website at www.fridayschool.com as soon as the information is available.o If you need to reach us, please do not call the church office. San Antonio First Church of theNazarene is gracious to host Alamo Area Christian Educators, Inc.. However, the church's staffdoes not answer questions concerning AACE, Inc. or homeschooling. Please email us email@example.com. That email goes directly to our Communication Coordinator andsomeone will call or email you as soon as possible.o If there is an emergency, please call your child's mobile number first. If your child does not haveone, you may call (210) 468-6435. This is a track phone for emergency use only.
IV. Code of Conduct
As a member of AACE, Inc. I agree to conduct myself in ways that honor God and others in speech, conduct, andoutward expressions. I agree to model desirable social behaviors and to guide my children in following the AACE,Inc. model of Biblical standards.I will respect the beliefs and scriptural foundation with which AACE, Inc. was established, and I agree totheirpolicies and requirements. I will be responsible for my children and expect them to respect AACE, Inc.'s policiesand requirements as well.I will teach my children to respect the facility and leave it cleaner than we found it.I will teach my children to be a blessing to their classmates, teachers, and surroundings and not be adistraction by being discourteous, late, or ill mannered.I will not allow my children to skip any classes.I will teach my children to respect all adults and students.I will teach my children to obey all adults present and not argue with any adult.I will be respectful of any Scriptural teachings and prayers led by the teachers and will expect my childrento do the same.I will look for opportunities to help others and encourage others with kind words and expect my childrento do the same.I will model modest dress and hold my children responsible to do likewise. (You may wear shorts or skirtsas long as they are knee length or longer. You may not wear shorts or skirts that are above the knee andno leggings as a substitute for pants. You may wear leggings under shorts or skirts as long as the shorts orskirts are knee length or longer. Shirts may not be low cut nor have “spaghetti straps.” No clothing maybe sagging or expose undergarments. Jeans and capris are acceptable.)I will refrain from: using nicotine products or alcohol, uttering profanity, or possessing weapons of anykind while on campus. I will hold my children responsible to maintain those same standards.I will model moral behavior defined by Scripture, and my children will be responsible to do the same.I will refrain from conversations that are not appropriate for all ages and will expect my children to beresponsible for their conversations as well.I will refrain from displaying any offensive materials (i.e. books, literature, flyers, posters, videos, etc.),and my children will refrain from displaying objectionable materials as well.I will stay in the designated areas allowed for use by AACE, Inc. and will hold my children accountable todo the same.My children and I will consistently exhibit self-control, even in difficult situations.Above all, I agree to demonstrate behavior pleasing to God and to reflect the uncompromising Biblical standardsand Christian values held by AACE, Inc.
If there should be a violation of the Policies or Code of Conduct by you or any of your family, please be aware ofthe following consequences.First offense - You and possibly your children will be asked to meet with the teacher, Leadership Team, and/orBoard of Directors.Second offense - Your family will be asked to leave and your membership will be revoked. Future membershipapplications to return will also be denied.