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Accelerating Campus Excellence
Accelerating Campus Excellence—commonly referred to as “ACE”—is a game-changer for Richardson ISD. ACE is a program geared to bolster academic performance through efforts far beyond just those in the classroom. Extended-day offerings, social and academic skill-building, teachers and staff identified and specifically matched to connect with students and families are all part of a bold shift in culture with demonstrated success.
ACE tears down the barriers hindering students and teachers at RISD’s highest-need campuses.

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ACE Program

Four RISD schools—Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Forest Lane Academy, RISD Academy and Thurgood Marshall Elementary implemented ACE beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The district is just the third in Texas to undertake ACE. Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs have worked the program successfully and provided an educational environment for students at high-poverty schools to achieve consistent academic success.

Under the ACE model, many hurdles to student learning are removed while academic, social/emotional, nutritional and support needs are met. The school day at ACE campuses are extended, as are before- and after-school programming hours. Students are provided uniforms, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tutoring and academic support is built into daily and weekly schedules.


Program Benefits

Extended Hour of Instruction
School Open until 6:00 p.m. for Students
Free Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Offered to All Students
After School Enrichment Programs Provided at No Cost
Structured Student Culture Routines Embedded in the Day
Targeted Social Emotional Lessons for Students
After School Activities
Parent Support Programming Provided
Customized Professional Development Opportunities

Read the FAQs


The ACE model was implemented at Carolyn Bukhair, Forest Lane, RISD Academy and Thurgood Marshall elementary schools starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Each of the selected campuses has struggled to meet or maintain state standards for multiple years and rank among RISD’s highest-needs schools in terms of student poverty and socioeconomic barriers to academic success. Significant need exists to consistently improve academic performance and accelerate academic growth at the four schools.

Yes. ACE schools may have central programming as determined by campus and district needs.

The initial additional compensation length is annually for three years, assuming performance evaluations are met. After three years, the ACE program will be re-evaluated, including additional levels of compensation.

Based on student performance data, RISD identified a list of high-growth teachers from across the district and invited them to consider applying to an ACE campus. All RISD teachers are eligible to apply, and the ACE principals making hiring decisions will be look for educators with a demonstrable track record of student growth, with an emphasis on students with higher needs. Data is used to identify teachers whose students surpass and outpace expected levels of success during the period that teachers have them.

No. The formal school day at ACE schools is extended by one hour. Free before and after-school programming is offered to students, provided by the RISD xPlore! program and/or third party provider(s). Teachers who are interested may choose to work additional hours in the before- or after-school programs, for additional compensation.

Professional Position Stipend Amount Payout #1 (Sept. 2018) Payout #2 (Dec. 2018) Payout #3 (May 2019)
Principal $15,000 $3,000 $6,000 $6,000
Assistant Principal $12,000 $2,400 $4,800 $4,800
Teacher $10,000 $2,000 $4,000 $4,000
Instructional Coach/Interventionist (Math-Literacy)/Assessment-Data Coach/Student Culture Coach $7,000 $1,400 $2,800 $2,800
Counselor $5,000 $1,000 $2,000 $2,000
Librarian/LITE/Nurse $5,000 $1,000 $2,000 $2,000
Paraprofessional Position Stipend Amount Payout #1
(Dec. 2018)
Payout #2
(May 2019)
Executive Assistant I $1,500 $750 $750
Student Data Specialist $1,500 $750 $750
Special Education Aide $1,250 $625 $625
Aide I $1,000 $500 $500
Technical Assistant (CAI Lab) $1,000 $500 $500
Clerk $750 $375 $375
Library/LITE Assistant $750 $375 $375
Secretary I $750 $375 $375

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Join a team of high-performing teachers. Receive a substantial stipend and enhanced administrative and instructional support. Most importantly, have a lifelong impact on kids.

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