School is More Than the ABC’s at PACE Academy

Elementary school is all about discovery as students are introduced to their ABC’s, 123’s, science and history. But at Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence (PACE Academy), our enrichments, hands-on engagement, and character development also stand out. Here at our Southfield, Michigan K-8 tuition-free school, we love it all!


PACE Academy student reads some instructions while stretching a green spiraling plastic cable at a table with adults standing in the background.


Learning to Love Learning


Pace Academy scholars are learners today, leaders tomorrow - that’s our Warrior motto. We focus on our fundamentals (we devote all of Wednesday to them in our Wildly Important Goals -W.I.G.s- program) but we make sure to teach to a variety of learning styles.  We also love hands-on experiences, like growing beans in our garden and learning what a “position” is in physics using LEGOS. Other ways PACE teaches the love of learning in elementary school:


-Social Emotional Learning (SEL) using 7 Habits / Leader in Me Program focusing on our 

Positive Behavioral Expectations for Success: Be a friend. Be a scholar. Be a leader.

-Art classes

-Book Fair

-Spelling Bee 

-Strings Program - starting in kindergarten

-Battle of the Books

-STEM classes 


We extend our learning with the following free after school adventures:


-Basketball, volleyball, track, cheerleading


-My Dojo Martial Arts

-Girls Who Code

-ChoZen Mentoring Club

-The Girls with the Twirls! Majorette Team (Twirling Steppers)


Learning the Importance of Community Connections


At our small tuition-free K-8, whatever we learn, we like to do it together. Take a look at just a sampling of fun activities we do as an engaged community:


With our classes:

--Field trips to go fishing? An apple orchard? Our teachers have the flexibility to offer educational excursions that tie into whatever they’re teaching.

–8th Grade Ropes Course, skiing…and a trip to Washington DC!


With our school:

-Monthly Assemblies where we shout out positive behavior accomplishments

-Spirit Day celebrating our Warrior pride

-Jeans Day to play it casual 

-Field Day at the end of the year


With our families:

-Julia Robinson Math Festival (JRMF) 

-Trunk or Treat

-Detroit Pistons Basketball games

-Family Movie Night

-March Reading Month

-Family Science Night

-Detroit Red Hawk Hockey games

-Annual Kalahari Retreat during Spring Break (at the end of March - join us!)

-Walk & Roll Day


At PACE Academy, we love school, ALL of it. Join our PACE Academy Warrior family for strong academics and great enrichments. Enroll today!


About PACE Academy 

Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence (PACE Academy) is a tuition-free public charter school serving kindergarten through eighth grade in Southfield, Michigan. At PACE Academy, we empower our scholars to realize their fullest potential through meaningful educational opportunities. We partner with our families and community in preparing our scholars to become dynamic leaders in the 21st century by celebrating the importance of collaboration and accountability in all we do. Join our growing school, enroll today!