Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership – Fresno

There are many reasons why you could love the school’s campus. The Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership-Fresno (ACEL) has small class sizes, under 25, that allow for meaningful connections between students and teachers.

The school is a mobile-device friendly campus. Each student is encouraged to bring their own tablet, laptop, or smartphone, for teacher-guided use. ACEL provides tablets or laptops on an as needed basis for qualifying students.

ACEL Fresno offers Technology-Rich-Learning! Students are guided to use technology to learn and practice new skills, such as video production, Innovative Music Programs and more. Students have a wide range of opportunities to learn music and grow as a performer by offering digital music and instrumental music courses.

ACEL also offers a community involved Art Program. Student-created artworks are displayed throughout the community including via ArtHop events. Students have also been commissioned for client work.

ACEL Fresno values Creative Self Expression and Leadership. Students are encouraged to share ideas and feelings with peers and adults and to participate in school planning and problem-solving.

Civic Engagement through experience. As we are located in downtown Fresno, students are able to learn from community leaders and to participate in solving real problems. With Project-Based-Learning students learn academic skills and then apply them through small group projects (Inquiry/Service/Entrepreneurship/Civic Engagement).

Student-Centered Instruction. Teachers give multiple ways for students to learn the academic content and skills. The school also offers College Preparation where each student develops a plan for career and college planning and preparation. ACEL Fresno is WASC Accredited. See also this post about Fresno City College’s history.

A Brighter Future Film Festival

“Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.” John Dewey

Are schools preparing students to analyze and solve the complex problems that challenge their generation? Are students learning to appreciate the rights of U.S. citizenship, along with the responsibility to honor civic obligations and to serve their country and community? The community that, by the way, has now seen the birth of a new professional football club!

There is a hidden treasure in Fresno, that transforms, through innovative education,  the lives of teens and contributes valuable services to our community. A public charter school, the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (ACEL) is one of 13 high schools in the state to earn the Civic Learning Award of Distinction, the first in Fresno County.

ACEL leaders challenge students in Fresno County to learn about how the water system works, to analyze the causes and impacts of the water crisis, and to discover innovations and potential solutions to the crisis. They created the Brighter Future Film Festival, with a Fresno premiere that took place in May 2015. These young leaders are guiding their peers to understand and address a critical issue facing their generation and to produce short films about this. Rather than apathy or anger, ACEL students choose to engage in a community service project to contribute to a brighter future, both at the high school and the college level.

The 120 students and 12 staff at the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership were very grateful for all the support they received for this civic learning project. Film Festival publicity, prizes, venue, equipment, refreshments, etc. cost $7,000. The ACEL Board and students raised $2,000 and donations of $1,000 or more were recognized as sponsors on the Film Festival publicity and each video shown at the Film Festival Premiere in May. Donations of any amount were gratefully welcomed.

Fresno Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership School
1713 Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93721, Phone: 559-286-0133