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Advanced Credit Experience (ACE)

Jumpstart your journey to success

The Advanced Credit Experience (ACE) is a partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), through York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Trust, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), through the Ontario Bishop’s Council, and the Faculty of Education at York University.  The aim of the ACE Program is to enhance university access for Grade 12 students from local high schools in the Jane and Finch community in Toronto, Ontario.  This is an existing partnership dating back to 1998. 

How ACE works

  • High school students are selected in grade 11 based on access opportunities (i.e. systemic barriers to university access) 
  • Students take a university half credit course at York in the fall of their grade 12 year 
  • Upon successful completion of the program students receive a university credit that can be applied at any university  
  • Students are eligible for scholarships to York University based on the grade that they receive in their university course 
  • Students participate in on-campus cooperative placements to build academic and life skills 
  • Students are mentored by students in the Faculty’s Bachelor of Education degree program 

As a high school graduate going into university, the ACE program gave me a head start on what university is actually like.

— ACE student Kumi (2018 Cohort)