About Us Questions
- Are breakfast and lunch served at school?
- Are students required to wear uniforms?
- Are volunteer hours required?
- Do you have aftercare programs available?
- Do you have bus transportation?
- How can my child be placed in gifted classes?
- What are the school hours?
- What curriculum does ACES follow?
- What is the difference between ACES and a regular public school?
- What is your school capacity and class size?
- When is the lottery and how will I know if my child was accepted?
Are breakfast and lunch served at school?
Yes. Lunch and breakfast are provided daily and are catered by a private company. Breakfast prices are $1.90 and lunch prices are $3.90 (prices are subject to change). Students are also welcome to pack a bagged lunch. Your child may qualify for a free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. Applications are accepted starting the first day of school.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes. All ACES students are required to be in proper uniform. Chai Tee is our sole uniform provider. Friday is an optional dress down day. This is a fundraising opportunity for ACES where students are asked to donate $1.00 in order to dress down.
Are volunteer hours required?
Yes. Parents must abide by their contracted volunteer hours of 20 volunteer hours for one child attending school and 30 contracted hours for two or more siblings within the school. Volunteers must check in with the receptionist prior to doing any volunteer work. If families do not fulfill their volunteer hours as agreed upon when admitted to ACES, the students will be placed back on the wait list for the next school year.
Do you have aftercare programs available?
Our aftercare hours are from 3 pm–6 pm. We also have sibling connection which is a free 30 minute program for elementary student(s) wishing to travel home together with their middle school sibling(s). There are several fee based sports, dance and enrichments programs available after school as well.
Do you have bus transportation?
Yes. We provide school bus transportation through A1A Transportation, a MDCPS approved contractor. Children eligible for transportation must live between 2-5 miles from the school. Parents may also opt to independently secure private bus transportation at their own expense.
How can my child be placed in gifted classes?
Gifted placement requires high academic performance, a specific IQ score and a teacher rating scale that must meet district requirements. There is an extensive process that must be followed before any child is placed in gifted classes.
What are the school hours?
8:30 am to 3:00 pm for K-5 students
8:30 am to 3:30 pm for 6-8 students
What curriculum does ACES follow?
ACES follows the Florida Standards and supplements with rigorous material and offers meaningful experiences that help to develop the whole child. The curriculum’s sequence is rational, with more complex ideas building on simpler ones, respecting each student’s developmental levels and prior learning. Teachers and students are accountable for all state and local assessments in addition to internal formal and informal assessments and observations (e.g., Florida Assessment, Benchmark Assessments, FAIR, SAT -10, and classroom assessments).
What is the difference between ACES and a regular public school?
ACES students are considered Miami-Dade county public school students. Our school is funded in the same way as a public school and must adhere to all State and Federal guidelines governing public schools. Our board is comprised of the City Commission and City Manager. We have the autonomy to select our own instructional resources and the freedom to tailor our academics and special offerings to meet the needs of our population.
What is your school capacity and class size?
Our school capacity is 1020 students. We average 19 students per class for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 22 students per class for 3rd through 8th grade.
When is the lottery and how will I know if my child was accepted?
After open enrollment ends, all applicants who applied during the open enrollment window will receive a lottery ID number in the mail. With this number you will be able to go online and view your child waitlist position. The lottery results will be posted to the school’s website, aventuracharter.org in March. If your child is selected, you will be contacted by mail or phone.