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The Academy for Civic Engagement (ACE) at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary prepares students to become contributing members of our democratic society and responsible citizens of our community and our world. Students build partnerships with local government and businesses as they learn to become responsible citizens. The Academy for Civic Engagement encourages global, active citizenship by giving students opportunities to translate civic education into community engagement.


Students enrolling in kindergarten through fifth grade who are active learners and seek to become strong leaders are encouraged to apply. ACE is rigorous, as South Carolina standards are covered at a quicker pace to allow time for government, economics and service learning curriculum. Selection is through random lottery.

About ACE


Strong leadership and citizenship skills:
  • Project based learning to encourage problem-solving, creativity and higher-order thinking skills.

  • Recognizing and understanding diverse perspectives of others

  • Real world simulations

  • Empowering student voice

  • Opportunities to participate in the democratic process

  • Career exploration for all students through community members.

ACE Mission

Empowering students to become engaged citizens through government, economics, and service learning.


ACE students will become diverse leaders with the knowledge and skills to establish challenging career and educational goals, and the character and commitment to become caring, responsible citizens with a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.


Apply online at Visit our website at https://www.richland2. org/ne/Pages/ACE-Magnet-Program.aspx or to schedule a tour, please call our ACE Lead Teacher, Tara Simmons, at (803)-736-8730, ext. 76008, or email

The ACE program at Lonnie B. Nelson is proudly a Certified Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America.