Alliance for Choice in Education

aka ACE Scholarships   |   Greenwood Village, CO   |  Acescholarships.org

Mission

To provide children of low-income families with scholarships to private schools in grades K-12, and to advocate for expanded school choice. Our vision is that all children have access to a quality education.

Ruling year info

2000

CEO

Mr. Norton Rainey

Main address

5251 DTC Pkwy, Ste 1150

Greenwood Village, CO 80111 USA

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EIN

84-1531066

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ACE Scholarships is working to eliminate the opportunity gap in education for low-income children through school choice, via partial tuition scholarships to K-12 private schools. Currently, we operate in ten states: Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Utah and New Mexico.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarships

ACE provides partial private school tuition, with an average of $2,000 per year for grades K-8 and $3,000 for grades 9-12. ACE also offers annual extensions, provided the student remains enrolled at an ACE partner school and ACE continues to raise the funds necessary to support its scholars.  ACE serves children whose families qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program ($43,568 annual income for a family of four). ACE scholarships are not merit-based, but rather need-based to purposefully provide alternatives to “high-risk” youth who have struggled in their assigned public schools.  Scholarship applications are available through schools in our network and are due each April. The ACE program team confirms students’ eligibility, and allocations are approved by our Program Committee each May. Tuition payments are made directly to schools for allocation in October and January.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our average scholarship is $2,700

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ACE is working to close the opportunity gap in education by offering school choice to those who do not have the financial privilege to access quality schools on their own.

Each year the Board of Directors reviews ACE’s strategic business plan to ensure its compatibility with current and projected market changes. This comprehensive plan is revised annually, with input from ACE’s staff and various boards. The plan outlines departmental goals and strategies to accomplish measurable objectives, and risk management tactics. ACE continues to cultivate support for its programs through the Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, and the Associate Board, and through the support of these philanthropic boards, ACE is able to meet its scholarship commitments to our scholars, while planning for future growth.

ACE continues to plan for future growth through expansion into new markets, with the addition of a Chief Development Officer, creation of an endowment fund, and ensuring that our regional markets are well positioned with strong donor support to increase scholarship funding in local communities. The program also receives support from ACE's national office, which is staffed to offer additional development and operations support as needed. ACE is also backed by a strong scaffold of a well-connected board of directors.

Change in the education system is not happening fast enough for the children who need it most. For far too long, low-income students have achieved far below their peers by no fault of their own—a reality that is misaligned with our nation’s commitment to equality. For instance, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, teens who come from low-income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes. With such dormant results, the time to take a stand against this injustice is now. Education cannot wait, and with an ACE scholarship, it does not have to. ACE scholars have the opportunity to attend a high performing school they would not have access to otherwise. As a result, our students of all ages achieve higher academic proficiency, spend more time participating in the arts and sports, and have a greater chance of graduating from high school and college. According to our third party research results, 93% of ACE scholars graduate from high school, compared to 68% of their low-income peers, and of those graduates, 82% receive a four-year degree within six years, compared to just 16% of their peers. ACE scholars are achieving in lower grades as well: ACE 3rd graders 2.5 times more proficient in reading and ACE 8th graders are 5 times more proficient in math. Our students also report spending more time playing, doing chores, and completing homework than their peers. Furthermore, our research also indicates that our scholarships promote overall family success and well-being. According to our evaluation results, 8% of low-income parents nationwide spend time volunteering at school, while 29% of low income parents read to their children regularly. Contrastingly, 56% of ACE parents volunteer regularly, while 72% read to their children often, and nearly 90% of ACE families report eating dinner together as a family most evenings. In addition, once involved in the program, ACE parents are more likely to earn higher wages and pursue higher education themselves.

Financials

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Alliance for Choice in Education

Board of directors
as of 04/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Smith

Partner, Bartlit Beck

Term: 2018 - 2022

Alex Cranberg

Aspect Energy, LLC

Lindsay Brown

Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

Joe Smith

Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Liz Wright

Community Volunteer

Tom Zanecchia

President, Wealth Management Consultants, Inc.

Jerry Sommer

Matt Turner

Mike Ward

Bert Williams

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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