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ACE Charter Schools Overview

San Jose, CA
51 to 200 employees
School / School District
K-12 Education
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Since 2008, ACE has operated charter schools serving 5th-12th grade students in East San Jose with one goal: our students will confidently choose to attend and graduate from college.

We are the only charter school in California that strategically recruits ... Read more

Mission: ACE Charter Schools works with families and communities in the highest-need neighborhoods to create and sustain middle and high schools where students who have been left behind by the traditional school system grow to be ready, by the time they leave high school, to choose to ... Read more

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    ACE Empower Academy Teacher Profile: Rene Silva

    For Teacher Appreciation Week, we are highlighting Rene Silva, a 6th grade math teacher at ACE Empower Academy. Every day our teachers come to work and relentlessly pursue our mission with optimism and confidence. Every student at ACE has extraordinary potential, and every day our teachers see that potential.

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ACE Charter Schools – Why Work With Us?

Our Origin Story

The ACE Public School Network was started by a group of community organizers and parent leaders from the organization PACT (People Acting in Community Together). PACT had started an organizing movement in East San Jose around quality public schools that eventually led to the opening of several small District schools where principals and families were given the power to design their own schools from the ground up.

However, political considerations threatened the success of those schools, and Greg Lippman, along with Susan Hammer (former mayor of San Jose), founded ACE Charter Schools to build on the community movement that the first ACE had started, and to create charter schools specifically designed for the most marginalized students and families in San Jose.

In 2008, the first ACE school opened with 95 5th and 6th graders. In 2017, the first class of ACE high school alumni headed off to college.

ACE Charter Schools has grown by leaps and bounds since opening in 2008, and now numbers four schools (three middle schools and one high school) with over 1,200 students and over 100 alumni in college.

Realize the ACE mission. 

Our teachers, leaders and staff are wholeheartedly committed to the ACE mission: to serve the most marginalized students and families and support them on the path to college. 

"If you want to obtain that "rewarding" feeling of being a teacher, work here!" - ACE Teacher 

The ACE Impact 

ACE staff believe in a community-driven school model of consistent support and inclusion for all students and families. After 10 years, we finally have data to show that the ACE model works.

  • 80% of ACE Graduates choose to attend college. 
  • 98% of ACE Graduates will be first in their family to graduate college. 
  • 90%+ of ACE graduates have persisted to their second year of college.

Shift outcomes for East San Jose. Join the ACE family!

ACE Charter Schools Reviews

  • "Amazing, Mission Driven"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in San Jose, CA
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    I have been working at ACE Charter Schools full-time (Less than a year)


    Dedicated, mission-oriented teams at every site
    Aligned and dedicated CMO staff
    Extremely transparent from the top to the bottom of the organization (very unseen in many CMOs)
    Incredibly dedicated to serving the most vulnerable sub-groups
    Flexible, caring, and supportive management
    Pays into CalSTRS which is very rare for a charter management organization
    Excellent benefits covered the organization


    ACE services some of the neediest student and therefore there is a need to constantly shift and increase services. This can be a lot of change management and if you're not comfortable with that it can be quite a challenge on top of serving the most the underserved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding ways to increase pay for all staff members and keep up the mission-driven organizational culture that makes ACE so special.

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ACE Charter Schools Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    High School Social Studies Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ACE Charter Schools (San Jose, CA) in February 2020.


    After sending in an application, their talent manager reached out to me for a brief phone interview where we got to discuss what is like working at ACE and what I could bring to the table. It was an overall very welcoming phone conversation which shows a lot to me about the staff at ACE.

    I had a second phone interview with the school's principal that was fairly similar to my talk with the talent manager, but it was more centred on the topic of social studies and why I wanted to teach the topic. After that, we immediately scheduled a time for me to come on to the school for a series of in-person interview.

    I had the opportunity to carry out a demo lesson with one of the teacher's U.S. History class as well as having the students interview me! That was certainly something new to me but it helped me to get a first-hand idea of the demographics of students I would be working with.

    I received a tour around the school from my student interviewers and finally met back with the principal and a teacher for one last in-person interview. I was followed up the same day with their talent manager asking for three references.

    I am currently waiting for updates on the next step while my references are being contacted.

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