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ACE Recommendation

To receive the ACE RECOMMENDATION students must:

  • Attend TWELVE qualifying ACE EVENTS during their time with the ACE program. At least 8 of the 12 are required to come from the Qualifying Group of events; see below.)
  • Maintain at least a B range GPA throughout their years in high school.
    (B- to A+)

The ACE Recommendation documents and rewards student participation throughout their years in the program. The Recommendation letter is placed in the student's permanent school folder and is then sent out during the college application process which is usually in the fall of Senior year.

This means students should have already done 12 before they enter the 12th grade, but they may make 1 or 2 up early in the fall to be on time.

Completing at least FOUR events per YEAR is required to complete the program by the time College Applications are sent out in the fall of Sr. year.  If you keep to an average of 4 per year in 9th, 10th, 11th grades, you will have 12 events done before 12th grade begins.
(Some students start in the 8th grade with the "Welcome", and "Summer Programs".)

Students are welcome and encouraged to do many more than 12 ACE events. They may attend as many programs as they like and can fit into their schedules. The more you attend, the more you benefit.

Most students receiving the Recommendation have done 15-20 events by the end of 12th grade. A few have over 30.

Qualifying Group

At least eight from this group. You may do many more than eight if you wish; all count towards the 12.

  • Regional Institutes Educational event for both Students AND Parents. They are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Each has several workshops to choose from. You may attend as many Regional Institutes as you like, and you may also repeat the individual workshops. Parents and students may attend the same workshops or may each attend a different one.
  • Campus Visits High School Field trips that are  grade specific. In each grade, students will be taken to one of the four ACE colleges. (9th-Ithaca College; 10th-SUNY Cortland; 11-TC3; 12th-Cornell.)  These are NOT recruitment  visits, they are career/educational programs hosted at these colleges. Students should attend the program even if they do not intend to apply to the host college.
  • Campus Events Student AND Parent programs that are also grade specific and there is only one per grade each year. In each grade, students and their parents will experience a different educational program at one of the four ACE colleges. Each grade's planned "event" is different based on the needs for that grade level, if you miss one you may not repeat it. (8th-Welcome-TC3; 9th-'Spirit Day'-SUNY Cortland; 10th- 'Dream &Achieve'-Cornell; 11th-'Making Choices'-Ithaca College; No 12th grd. program)  
    REMEMBER: These programs are designed for BOTH the student and parents  to attend together. The events are set up for Parent/Student interaction. Therefore Parent(s) should attend with their student, but students may still attend alone if need be.
  • Miscellaneous Campus Programs Student AND/OR Parent programs that may or may not be grade specific. These may vary year to year. Mailings will be sent.
  • ACE Field Trips A variety of special programming hosted by one of our coalition campuses. (Hospitality Edu. and/or Science Edu.-Cornell; Dollars & Sense- Ithaca College, etc.) These are space limited programs, you must contact your liaison about attending.
  • Summer Programs  A variety of  workshops that are of varying lengths (half day, full day, two or three day). They are hosted by our coalition campuses. (Examples are: "Study Skills"; "Writing Process"; "College is in Your Future"; and "What's the Science Behind Our Food".)
  • The Path of Success Although not an ACE organized event, in years when it is offered, ACE will give full ACE credit for attending. This free, all-day Academic and Leadership Seminar usually takes place at Ithaca H.S. in early fall. It "equips high school students with the skills necessary to set high goals and achieve success in their relationships, academics and future careers."  Check out The Path of Success website    

Additional Events

The final four may be selected from either the above required "qualifying group" and/or from any of the programs listed below:

  • College Theatre Campus Theater Productions. Every fall and spring ACE students and their parents are able to attend the final dress rehearsal of a production by the theater departments at SUNY Cortland and/or Ithaca College. There is no charge, however each family is limited to 3 tickets for the student and parents. (Extras may be available for siblings, please call to be sure.) The selected productions/dates are listed in the  Newsletter calendar. To register, you must contact the ACE Office.
  • Gallery Talk and Tours An exhibition tour and Q&A session with the Dowd Fine Arts Gallery Director and art students. The art work is by SUNY Cortland Students. This is a great event for any students interested in art or an art career. To register, you must contact the ACE Office. (See the Newsletter calendar for the date.)
  • College Night at TC3 A "College Fair" where you can learn a little about a lot of colleges. Over 100 colleges are represented. This is a "walk -in" program. You may cruise the tables collecting brochures and asking questions. Just be sure to sign in with ACE when you get there for credit.
  • College Visits Personal College Visits by students with their parents or the school. We will grant ACE participation credit to individual visits students make to any college campuses (outside of the ACE sponsored field trips). Students must take, fill out and return to ACE the proper form. See the Newsletter or your liaison for more information and the required "College Visit" form. (Remember: these personal visits do not count as one of the 8 "required" events.)

    ACE Students are invited and encouraged to attend the open houses offered by the four participating colleges. To receive ACE credit you must still complete the 'College Visit Form'.
    ACE coalition colleges visiting  Info: SUNY Cortland, Cornell, Ithaca College, TC3
  • All events are FREE for ACE students/families. You may contact us for information on any events.
  • Fliers are only sent out for the major events. We do not send a separate flier or invitation for College Theatre, Gallery Talk and Tour, or College Night.
    You must make a note of them from the ACE Newsletter/Calendar.
  • Students may and are more than welcome to do many more than 12 events.
    Many do well over 20-25 total events!  A few even do more!

    You may contact us for information on any events.