Access to College Education (ACE) is an innovative, one of a kind, grassroots partnership among several local H.S. districts and four nearby colleges: SUNY Cortland, Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. The basic purpose of ACE is to motivate students to begin planning for their future.
We offer a wide variety of over 30 educational and cultural programs per year for both our H.S. students and their parents. These events are provided throughout the school year and during the summer at our member schools and college campuses.
Through our workshops, ACE tries to present a varied selection of fun, interactive and informative learning opportunities for ACE families.
(Study Skills, Financial Aid workshops, College Plays and Career programs are just a few our offerings.)
ACE is completely unique to central NY. It includes 13 area school districts with roughly750 enrolled 9th-12th graders for the 2017-18 school year. We are still adding new students for the 2017-18 school year.
As of November 2017, Districts now include: Cincinnatus, Cortland, DeRuyter, Dryden, Homer, Lansing, Marathon, McGraw, Moravia, Newfield, Port Byron, South Seneca, and Southern Cayuga.
Typically students join at the end of 8th grade, but may also join in later grades. For information on joining, please check with Your School District's ACE liaison.
The more students and parents participate in ACE, the more they benefit from being in it.
Developed in 1989, Access to College Education (ACE) is an innovative, grassroots partnership among several local school districts and four area colleges.
ACE is a unique consortium of four institutions: Cornell University, Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College, working in partnership with the associated school districts.
Each of the four colleges host various ACE events. However, these are grade based, educational ACE programs for both students and parents and are in no way intended as a "recruitment tool" for that campus.
ACE is designed around the idea of early identification of the factors in a youngster's life which might inhibit his/her aspirations toward a higher education. Once selected by staff in schools, students are given the opportunity to participate in a series of activities based on their interests/abilities throughout their secondary school years.
Students begin joining ACE in the spring of their 8th grade year, but may also join later. If you are interested, contact your district's ACE liaison now for more information: ACE School Districts.
ACE offers approximately 30 educational and cultural programs per year for both students and their parents. These events are provided throughout the school year and during the summer. A variety of events are scheduled at both the high schools and each college campus.
The more students and parents participate in events, the more they benefit from being in ACE.
Students strive for specific levels of academic achievement and may participate in an assortment of fun and educational ACE-sponsored events throughout their years in high school.
ACE now includes 11 school districts and has roughly 600 students in grades 9-12 enrolled in the Program. Districts include:
(Cincinnatus; Cortland; DeRuyter; Homer; Lansing; Marathon; McGraw; Moravia; Newfield; South Seneca, and Southern Cayuga)
Typically students join at the end of 8th grade at their school's ACE "Info. Night", but may also join later. For more information, please check with Your School District's ACE liaison.