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PACE Career Academy Charter School

Our Mission: PACE Career Academy is dedicated to allowing students to partner in the design of their academic, career, and personal growth paths with a goal of becoming an essential part of their community, family, and place of work. We take extreme ownership of our PACErs and offer a highly personalized combination of personal development, core academics and career experience.

PACE Career Academy is committed to providing individualized learning and wrap around support to all our students, whom we call PACERs.  We are dedicated to allowing students to partner in the design of their academic, career, and personal growth paths.  It is integral to our work that we engage with young people and their families to identify goals and remove barriers to  becoming an essential part of their community, family, and place of work.  Specifically, we do this through a combination of project based education, social emotional learning, career exploration, and relationship building.   

PACE was designed to be a smaller community of students so that we can keep classes and life skills groups to 8-12 PACErs.   Teachers, and several support team members including social work interns, AmeriCorps members, and local college interns work to support each PACEr and their family.  We support all our graduates in their next phase of life whether it’s college, trade school, or the workforce and offer alumni support services (including scholarships) for two years post graduation. 

PACE is giving an opportunity for young people to succeed; empowering them and their families to break out of cycles by exposing and connecting them to what they are good at.  We are able to provide a culture of success and  a wrap around support system because of our small size.  This coming school year we will have 66 students and 12 committed PACE staff to support them.  We see the impact we have on our students everyday, PACE is -not just a learning environment  but a safe space as well.   We take extreme ownership of our students, leveraging our community partners to provide a connection and relationships to continue to support our PACEr once they graduate.  Our partners such as Manchester Community College, companies such as DHL, and others ensure our PACEr have support when they get there.  By exposing our students to the community partners early, raises the probability of retention and success.  We have come a long way, but still have some way to go to ensure this model is sustainable and available to young people in our communities in the future.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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