Frequently Asked Questions

Victory Christian Academy uses the Accelerated Christian Education Programme which is an individualised, self paced, biblically-based learning system.

The programme has proven successful both nationally and internationally. Students embark on a journey of self-learning and goal setting as they work through each PACE (Package of Accelerated Christian Education), covering every subject from Mathematics and Science through to Language and Social Studies.

Glossary terms used at VCA

  • ACE: Accelerated Christian Education
  • Pace: Package of Accelerated Christian Education
  • Learning Centre: The classroom environment of Accelerated Christian Education
  • Student's Office: A partitioned section within a learning centre for each student
  • Score Key: The answer key used for scoring paces
  • Scoring Station: The counter at which paces are scored
  • Monitor: Assistant to the Supervisor
  • Supervisor: Senior Educator (Teacher) in the learning centre
  • Student Convention: Week long competition for students in various fields of interest
  • Educators' Convention: A time of in-service training for Monitors, Supervisors, Pastors & Principals
  • Silver Status: Recognition of a school's high level of excellence

Question

Can my child go to university if he/she does grade 12 in a school using the ACE Programme?

Answer

Yes, during their final year, students wishing to enter university may write an NBT (National Benchmark Test) and/or SAT (Scholastic Apptitude Test) exam. These exams are often required as compulsory entrance exams by universities in South Africa and/or internationally.

Question

How much time do the learners get to interact with other students during the day seeing as they work in offices?

Answer

The students have various opportunities to interact and socialise during the day. In addition to their first and second break, sports and other activities, some lessons are conducted in groups e.g Afrikaans, Music, Drama, Art, etc. Every hour students stop their work to have a 5 minute break where they can take a walk, use the restroom etc.

Question

How much homework should my child be doing in the afternoons?

Answer

Every student sets themselves reasonable goals in each subject each day. The students are expected to achieve these goals. If they do not manage to achieve them at school, they will be required to achieve them at home. Should a student have too much homework too often, then the parent must approach the supervisor so that together they can find the reason for this. Ideally the students should be achieving most of their goals at school.

Question

What kind of sports or extra mural activities can my child participate in at VCA?

Answer

At present your child can participate in netball, soccer, volleyball, touch rugby, swimming, cricket, athletics, chess and checkers, table tennis. These sports sometimes vary from season to season depending on the demand.

Question

Why is it that when a child leaves VCA and goes to a government school it may seem that they are behind in their work?

Answer

Firstly, when students are enrolled at VCA they are required to complete a diagnostic test. This test identifies any gaps in the child's learning. The first few months at VCA will be spent filling any gaps that may have developed. If a student leaves before these gaps are filled, they may well seem to be behind. Once the gaps are filled, the child is in a position to accelerate by building on a firm foundation. Secondly, at VCA the curriculum is based on the child mastering concepts. The student may therefore be covering a large portion of algebra and then geometry, for example another school may be covering a small portion of each. It is advisable to plan for a student to stay in a school using the ACE programme for at least 3 years before moving out to a new school. There are often times that the child who has attended an ACE school is actually ahead in certain subjects, but because the new system is not a pace system, it is not possible to establish this and they will find that, during the class teachings, they have already covered certain areas which are being taught. Many students that have transferred to other towns or cities where there is not a school using the ACE system have adapted well to their new environment.

Question

Are the teachers at VCA qualified teachers?

Answer

It is required by the Government and also by the Governing Body of VCA that the Supervisors are qualified teachers. In South Africa all teachers employed at schools are required to be registered with SACE (South African Council of Educators). Each Supervisor has a Monitor (Para Professional Assistant) who works alongside them, as an assistant. The Monitor does not need to be qualified.