#IChooseCollege ACE 2020 Celebration Event

Unfortunately, ACE’s 2nd Annual #IChooseCollege Event scheduled for Sunday, April 26th will be postponed; we will be sharing the new date as soon as plans are finalized. Registered attendees, speakers, and sponsors will receive a separate email communication regarding next steps.

A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters for this event--we look forward to getting together to celebrate our alumni and their successes as soon as possible!

For any questions, please reach out to efukushima@acecharter.org


Last spring, ACE hosted its first annual #IChooseCollege event, which raised over $125,000 for key programs at ACE, including curriculum that helps target students catch up and then excel, family outreach that works closely with parents to ensure the success of every student, and alumni services to help our first-generation college students graduate with a degree. The 2019 10th Anniversary Event featured presentations from ACE alumni currently enrolled at UC Berkeley, UC Merced, and San Jose City College and from guest speaker Jim Plunkett, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Super Bowl XV Most Valuable Player.

We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to our lead sponsors for the event

- Lisa and Case Swenson and Robert and Sharon Bothman -

and to the rest of our sponsors and donors who continue to support ACE students as they bend the trajectory of their lives toward success in college and beyond.

ACE Overview 

Founded in 2008 with 95 middle schoolers, ACE now has four schools (three middle/one high) in downtown and East San Jose serving over 1,100 students and 150 alumni in college from the classes of 2016-2019. Students join ACE in middle school with no path to academic success -- at ACE they transform themselves into optimistic young adults thriving in college. The ACE model is unique: it is the only school designed specifically to help the most struggling students build optimism about their future in college and beyond. ACE also works closely with parents in its specialized program which helps students catch up and then excel.