A.C.S. vision - to provide Christ-centered schooling for children and teenagers on the Taieri and wider district community.

A.C.S. Secondary

Two Bible based Curricula

Amana Christian School provides an excellent education standard, using two Biblically-based curricula infused with Godly character that go beyond simply helping students to achieve a high standard of education.

The base of the curriculum is the attributes of God which is taught in a nondenominational way integrating Biblical studies within a child's life while still learning the base education courses such as Math, English and the Sciences.

Interact Curriculum

Amana uses a curriculum called 'Interact' which was founded here in New Zealand but has also migrated to be used in other countries like Australia and South Africa.

The Interact Curriculum has been written and developed in New Zealand for Christian Schools. It has a four-year cycle and is based on sixteen attributes of God, with one a term as the overall theme.
It covers Biblical Studies, Science, Social Studies, English (Oral, Written, Visual), Technology, Health and Art.

The strength of this programme is that the theme provides an integrated approach across the whole school so that activities are easily and logically related to each other with varied learning experiences. There are many opportunities for diverse learning approaches with input from the whole School community and the wider community.

Most of these subjects are presented in the afternoon sessions of the timetable.
It complements the learning of those students using A.C.E.

A.C.E. Curriculum

Secondary students use A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) which is an internationally accredited curriculum for university entrance in over 140 countries including New Zealand! It ensures consistent learning.

A.C.E. is a Biblically-based educational programme geared to meet the learning needs of individual children. Students are taught to see life from God's point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning and to walk in godly wisdom and character. Students are prepared for tomorrow's world through an 'extaordinary educational approach, Biblical in its core... while giving them traditional moral values that will last a lifetime.'

The strength of the A.C.E. programme is that it provides students with the opportunity to progress at the level of individual ability. Realistic goals are set, achievement is tested and addressed straight away and progress is tangible. Students become self-motivated as they take on ownership of their own learning.

At present students are being introduced to A.C.E. subjects as they approach Year 7 and Year 8. This provides flexibility to progress beyond a specific year level or to gain a further grounding in weaker areas of learning.

Curriculum approach (from wikipedia) According to the curriculum section on its website, the ACE "program is individualized and nongraded." ACE states that its "core curriculum is an individualized, Biblically-based, character-building curriculum package". The material for the classes has an emphasis reflecting the Christian ideas and principles of the company, including memorising Bible passages and learning creationism.
The program allows students to advance through high school. The Accelerated Christian Education curriculum is based on a series of workbooks called PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education). At the beginning of each PACE is an overview of what the child will be learning, a scripture to memorize, a character trait to strive toward, and a "heads up" on what supplies the student will need. Each subject has 12 PACEs per grade level. The basic subjects of ACE are mathematics, English, science, social studies, bible, Literature & Creative Writing, and word building (spelling and word usage). Test keys are published for corresponding PACEs. Additional PACEs apply.

High School studies

At the High School level the student is able to choose from over 30 elective courses, for example - Art, Bible, Business, Computer Science, Foreign Languages, English Literature, Government and History. This curriculum is currently being used in more than seven thousand Christian schools in over one hundred and thirty countries around the world. It has also been used successfully by thousands of families who have chosen to educate their own children at home. An ever increasing number of students have graduated and have either entered the work-force successfully or gone on to complete tertiary studies.

Accelerated Christian Education offers four certificate levels:

. The A.C.E. Year 10 General Certificate is for students who are planning to enter the work force or leave school after Year 10. This certificate does not qualify a student to enter an institution of higher learning such as a University.

. The A.C.E. Year 10 Academic Certificate is for students who are planning to continue their education past Year 10 or have the ability to continue their formal education past Year 10.

. The A.C.E. Year 12 General Certificate is for students who want to further their education past Year 10, but are not planning on attending University.

. The A.C.E. Year 12 Academic Certificate is for students who plan to attend university or a similar institution of higher learning.

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ACE and New Zealand Universities

The ACE curriculum has been successfully studied by thousands of students in New Zealand since its introduction in 1977, and today it is used by many thousands of Christian Schools and Home Educators throughout the world. ACE is the only Christian based curriculum that has been recognized by the New Zealand Vice-chancellor's Committee for it's academic excellence. The ACE Academic Certificate Level 3 is recognised by ALL New Zealand Universities. The New Zealand Vice-Chancellor's Committee has recognised the A.C.E. Level 3 Certificate with the following statement:

"This is to certify that the Year 13 [ ..now re-named Level 3] Certificate of the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is accepted by New Zealand Universities for admission ad eundem statum at entrance level. This means that for the purpose of entrance to a university, the qualification is deemed to be equivalent to the officially established common entrance standard in this country."

Obviously, for entrance to popular courses, the individual's personal grades will be used to select successful candidates. This is the same for all candidates, regardless of the qualification. The New Zealand ACE Certificates provide entrance qualifications to all institutions throughout NZ. The Ace Academic Certificate Level 3 is one of 4 qualifications recognised for entry to NZ Universities. The other three are: N.C.E.A. Level 3, Cambridge Y13, International Baccalaureate Y13.


Accelerated Christian Education offers eight secondary school qualifications based on students gaining credits for work completed at various achievement levels using the ACE curriculum. ACE Certificates are available to students throughout the world, with the following currently available to students in New Zealand.

You can find more information about the ACE Certificates on the FACENZ website.

Academic Certificates:

Academic Certificates:
NZ ACE Certificate Level 1 (Yr 11) (17 credits)
NZ ACE Certificate Level 2 (Yr 12) (23 credits)
NZ ACE Certificate Level 3 (Yr 13) (29 credits)
NZ ACE Certificate Level 3 With Honours (Yr 13) (29 credits)

Achievement Certificates:
NZ Certificate of Achievement (Minimum) 5 credits
NZ Certificate of Achievement 1 15 credits
NZ Certificate of Achievement 2 20 credits
NZ Certificate of Achievement 3 25 credits

NB It should be noted that these certificates do not comment on the Christian character of the candidate.

Curriculum Principles

The curriculum at Amana is based on the following principles

- Pointing children to God and glorifying Him
- Agrees with and upholds Scripture
- Promotes a true view of God, creation, sin, life, work and marriage
- Develops good thinking skills
- Teaching goal setting
- Finishing tasks
- Self reliance
- Social concern

Key Attributes

We believe that the following key attributes are important and are taught to the children

- Speak, listen, read, numerate, sing, and paint with all the ability God has given them
- To love and enjoy God
- To read the Bible
- To pray
- To worship and serve God
- To love their neighbours
- To obey and respect lawful authority

E.R.O. Report

The Government's Education Review Office having reviewed Amana and the results of it's education method wrote in their report "Consistent with the school's vision, its special Christian character is central to the school's curriculum and evident in the way students and staff relate. Students who spoke with ERO were very positive about their school. They described it as safe and friendly and stated that they enjoyed their learning."