About Us

ACE/ACT Program provides communication, social skills, transportation, recreation/leisure, independent living and vocational skills training in the community. Community-based instruction in these areas provide opportunities for a variety of experiences and activities in order for students to exit the program and the Anchorage School District, having acquired the necessary skills and numerous community connections to insure a successful and fulfilling life. ACE/ACT is a post secondary community based instructional program for adult students (18 to 21 years old) needing additional transitional supports after completing the required core credits at their neighborhood school. Students participate in their natural graduating class ceremony, however send their diploma or certificate of achievement to ACE/ACT to hold until completion of our program. Students may continue earning elective credits with an emphasis on vocational skills/employment, recreation/leisure and independence within the community. 

Vocational Skills

Aligned with Alaska Department of Labor the ACE/ACT program utilizes 25 Work Maturity Skills to teach vocational skills. Work maturity skills are the job-related skills every person needs in order to be a successful employee. These skills are introduced, taught and reinforced in the classroom as well as on work training sites. Assessments, goals and evaluations are based on these target skills necessary to be successful on the job

Community-Based Skills

Community-based instruction is a critical component of the ACE/ACT Program. The community is where students are given the opportunity to acquire appropriate daily living skills during the transitional school years at the ACE/ACT Program. The exception is that students will live, work, shop, and play in integrated environments in the community, and that they will participate, either independently or with accommodations and supports, in typical activities across the variety of settings.

Recreation/Leisure Skills

Recreation and leisure skills are a critical dimension of the quality of life for all people. These activities are a vehicle through which people have fun, meet new friends, and develop skills and competencies. With supports available to them students at the ACE/ACT Program can choose to participate in a full range of community recreation and leisure activities based upon their personal interest and desires


Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills are weaved and taught throughout the ACE/ACT Program. Knowing how to make good purchases, cook, clean, and do other daily tasks and skills are learned. Independent living includes the skills and knowledge an individual needs to direct the students’ life at home and in the community.