ACE Pathway-Architecture, Construction and Engineering

ACE Pathway- Art, Architecture , Construction and Engineering


Digital literacy [where concepts of color, form, and collage are part of the everyday narrative] demands that we treat art as the next R, just as important as the traditional 3 Rs. This is one of the most pivotal shifts in literacy that the digital age has inspired,and we should not deny our students these important literacy skills. (Ohler, J., 2009, Orchestrating the Media Collage, Educational Leadership, 66(6) 8-13)

Many gifted students are bored in school.  The ACE pathway (art, architecture, construction, and engineering) was created to offer motivated and/or gifted students a higher level of academic instruction in reading, writing, mathematics and the arts so that they will be better prepared for life in the 21st century. We believe that a  complete education must be a vehicle to  incorporate tactile, visual, analytical, cognitive, social and emotional intelligences.

  1. We hope to train students to be motivated, thoughtful and joyful learners, while also gaining the skills necessary to successfully compete for admission to more selective schools such as Cal Poly SLO, the UC system and private colleges.
  2. Students will also be introduced to careers in art, architecture, engineering and related fields.


9th-grade students with demonstrated academic excellence may request to enroll in the ACE Pathway. Preference is given to students who express a strong interest in architecture and engineering and who have demonstrated proficiency in math and reading in the 7th and 8th grades. Students who do have a low GPA or attendance may reapply in the 10th grade after improving their academic record in the 9th grade. WHAT: The curriculum in Art and Architecture is a “hands-on” application of principles explored in geometry and algebra. 9th grade ACE students will also share a science class to give them the opportunity to form a social community for their first year in a large (2,000+), urban, comprehensive high school. We also offer after school studio/study hall for ACE, where students meet, snack and help one another catch up on their school work. ___________________________________________________________________________________


Do you have an interest in pursuing a rigorous college-prep pathway focused on math, science, art, engineering, and architectural design? If you are an incoming 9th grader and would like to join the ACE pathway, please send an email to me, Karen J. Melander at ACE Pathway is a fast-moving program for high achieving students that can be entered in any grade( dependent upon space- preference is given to existing ACE students). 32 ACE 1 students are cored in Art and Architecture and Science. They are also recommended to take Geometry and Algebra 1 concurrently. There is a summer assignment every year. ACE 1 SUMMER ASSIGNMENT All ACE 1 students (incoming freshman and sophomores) are required to read a book of their choice about every two weeks this summer. (a total of four books). One of the books must be from the ALHS English dept. 9th grade reading selections (check their web page). One book may be substituted for a visit and write up of a local museum. Book reports will be submitted on the google classroom.


ACE Pathway Instructors:

Karen Melander, Architecture and AP Art History

Jeff Kim, Science ACE 1

Daniel Stingle, AP 3D Studio Design ACE 3/4


ACE PATHWAY COURSE SEQUENCING Recommended: Minimum 3.6 GPA in 8th grade and standards exceeded in reading and/or math Required Art Classes for the ACE curriculum. Year One: Art and Architecture (meets UC A-G graduation requirement), algebra and geometry, ACE Biology ________________________________________________________________________________________

Year Two: AP Art History (meets UC A-G graduation requirement) , AP World History, Chemistry and Advanced Algebra (or Pre Calculus) ______________________________________________________________________________________

Year Three AP Calculus or PreCaluclus, AP Physics, AP English ACE 3: Advanced Art and Architecture (meets UC A-G graduation requirement)

Prerequisite: by application. Art and Architecture or AP Studio Art or AP Art History, or by permission. 11th and 12th grade only.

Fall Term: career exploration, house design, sustainability, American residential architecture and architects, house design and model building project

Spring Term: Modern World Architecture and architects, commercial building design and model making, introduction to CAD, Architecture Foundation building design and competition.

Additional Classes are offered in conjunction with CCSF. Summer program: 6 weeks Intro to Engineering and CAD. Year Four Advanced Art and Architecture (CAD only) AP 3D Design or AP 2D Design Prerequisite: Strong drawing skills( 2D) for the independent and motivated student.


VAPA Dept. Chair

Karen J. Melander, instructor

Architecture/ AP Art History

Abraham Lincoln High School  Room 24


ACE Pathway Instructors:

Albert Chu, Teacher

Bobby L. Crotwell, Teacher

Karen Melander, Teacher, (415) 759-2700 ex: 3024

Marilyn Ong, Teacher

Daniel Stingle, Teacher

Richard Sylvester, Teacher

Enrichment Programs

The following are websites that have access to programs for College Preparation



MInds Matter for low income students (free or reduced lunch) applications accepted from 9th graders only with 3.5 GPA


Youth Art Exchange ( free) summer and spring paid internships and free classes during the school year

Classes in music, photo, fashion design, architecture, printmaking


ACE Mentorship (for architecture, construction and engineering)



Stanford Splash: Classes at Stanford taught by Stanford students- free


CSSA: California State Summer School for the Arts

animation, film, video,creative writing, dance, music , theater,and visual arts

SIG Summer Institute for the Gifted (866)303.4744



Free summer immersion program for rising 11th and 12th graders



Workshops, internships and job shadows



University Prep  (866) 303-4744, (203) 399-5421


Academic Talent Development Program at Berkeley


COSMOS; summer programs in science, math and engineering at UC campuses


Youth Art Exchange ( free) summer and spring paid internships and free classes during the school year

Classes in music, photo, fashion design, architecture, printmaking


Youthworks : Summer Internships in San Francisco


Build San Francisco Institute: Architectural Design


California College of the Arts: scholarships available( grades 9-12)

classes in the arts, architecture and industrial design, photography and creative writing


Spotlight on the Arts

paid summer internships at arts organizations( low income SF residents)


Academy of Art University  free summer scholarships for precollege arts programs

5 week programs- see your art teacher or Ms. Melander to apply



Summer Fellowship Program (paid work experience)

Students work part-time and get paid for 6-weeks with an industry partner at 20 hours a week. Dates: June 13 to July 27 with mandatory Friday workshops. Please let students know that more sites are being acquired and our application will continuously be updated with new sites. 

. The application link is: (please note it is case sensitive). 


Summer Career Exploration Program

Students participate in either Automotive or Building and Construction Trades for 5 weeks: June 13 to July 20 (Monday to Friday) with worksite rotations to local partner sites twice a week. Students earn a $1,000 compensation for completion. The application link is: (please note it is case sensitive). 


Productive Summer Guide

Please also share the Productive Summer Guide for those students interested in other opportunities this summer. The link is:


Youth Resource Fair

Have youth sign up for the Youth Resource Fair on March 17th 2018 from 10-3pm at the Hilton Hotel (333 O'Farrell St.). This is an opportunity for youth to meet companies currently hiring, work on their resume, learn about internship opportunities, or just build their network. Encourage youth to sign up and go! Sign up at: Flyer is also attached.


How exciting that you’ve identified engineering as a potential field of study for college! Because many colleges require that you apply to the College of Engineering when you apply for freshman admission (and at most schools it’s very difficult to move into engineering after beginning college, though it’s always easy to move out of engineering into something else), it’s important to investigate this career path thoroughly in high school to decide if it’s right for you. It’s important to look at each school’s admission requirements for engineering, as they are sometimes more rigorous than the college’s overall admissions requirements.

We suggest that you use the following resources to learn more about the various kinds of engineering (aerospace, mechanical, civil, computer, and biomedical are some of the more popular fields), what engineers do in their jobs, and what an engineering curriculum looks like in college and beyond.

Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Try Engineering:

Sloan Career Cornerstone:

Cal Poly SLO’s Viewbook (click on Colleges, then Engineering to explore the different kinds of engineering):


Engineering Admission Requirements at a Few Popular Universities

California Institute of Technology:

Course Requirements upon Entry: Calculus, one year of physics, one year of chemistry

Subject Tests: Math II and one science

Recommendations: One math or science teacher, one humanities or social science teacher

More info:

Cal Poly (SLO):

Course Requirements upon Entry: Exceeding basic UC/CSU requirements

Subject Tests: None considered at all

Recommendations: None accepted at CSU campuses

More info:

University of California, Berkeley (College of Engineering):

Course Requirements upon Entry: Exceeding basic UC requirements (three years of math, two years of lab science) highly recommended

Subject Tests: Math II and a science SAT subject test highly recommended

Recommendations: None accepted at UC campuses

More info:

University of California, Santa Cruz (Baskin School of Engineering:

Course Requirements upon Entry: Algebra II/Trigonometry

Subject Tests: None specified

Recommendations: None accepted at UC campuses

More info:

Carnegie Mellon (Carnegie Institute of Technology)

Course Requirements upon Entry: One year each of biology, chemistry, physics plus four years of math

Subject Tests: Math I or II and Chemistry or Physics

Recommendations: No explicit requirements

More info:

Columbia University (Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science)

Course Requirements upon Entry: No explicit requirements

Subject Tests: Math I or II and Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Recommendations: One from a math or science teacher

More info:

Cooper Union (School of Engineering):

Course Requirements upon Entry:

Subject Tests: Math I or II and Chemistry or Physics

Recommendations: No explicit requirements

More info:

Harvey Mudd:

Course Requirements upon Entry: one year of physics, one year of chemistry, one year of calculus (may be admitted provisionally without one of these, but must take summer course before entry)

Subject Tests: Math II (and one other of student’s choice)

Recommendations: One math or science teacher and one humanities (English, social studies, foreign language) teacher

More info:


Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Course Requirements upon Entry: None

Subject Tests: Math I or II and one science

Recommendations: -One math or science teacher and one humanities teacher

More info:

Olin College of Engineering:

Course Requirements upon Entry: one year of physics and one year of calculus

Subject Tests: Math I or II and one science

Recommendations: -“Prefers” that one be from math/science teacher

More info:

Santa Clara University (School of Engineering):

Course Requirements upon Entry: One year of Calculus expected

Subject Tests: None specified

Recommendations: None specified

More info:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Course Requirements upon Entry: Four years of math, including Pre-Calculus

Subject Tests: None specified

Recommendations: Science or math teacher required

More info:


Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students

A great way to learn more about engineering paths and get some great experience that can contribute meaningfully to your college applications is to attend a summer engineering program. Here are some highly recommended programs:


Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

Cosmos Summer Programs (at various UC campuses)

Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation

Lives Improve Through Engineering (LITE) at Kettering University

University of Michigan Summer Engineering Academy

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) at MIT

Purdue University’s STEP program

Society of Women Engineers SEE Camp at University of Michigan

Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) for Women and Minority Students

Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) at Santa Clara University


Liberal Arts Colleges with Engineering Majors and 3/2 Programs

Most Engineering degrees come from medium-sized or large universities with engineering graduate programs. Most small liberal arts colleges now feature 3/2 (or sometimes 4/2) programs in engineering, so that students can earn a liberal arts degree at their college, and then transfer (after either 3 or 4 years) to a cooperating larger university to earn their engineering degree. But a handful of small undergraduate colleges have their own engineering programs (see below):


Small Liberal Arts Colleges with Engineering Majors


Bucknell University

Carleton College( 3/2 with Columbia)

Colgate University

Dartmouth College

Harvey Mudd College

Haverford College(4/1 with U Penn)

Lafayette College

U of Rochester



Advanced Architectural Design students spent many late nights in the studio perfecting their designs for the yearly  Bay Area  AF Competition.  Their task was to design a music production hub for teens located over water on a site at Fort Mason.  Their biggest competitors were the architecture departments of Lowell and Lick- Wilmerding High Schools. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and beautiful models and drawings.  The results are

Vialina Bulatova: First Place for best Digital Design

Emily Hu, Jason Tan, and Isabelle Wolfe : First Place for Best Group Design

Justin Wong and Brian Zhang: Second Place for Best Group Design

Cherry Tsang, Monty Choi, and Jet Hui: Third Place for Best Group Design

Katherine Ngo and Allison Lee: Honorable Mention for Group Design

See images on the ACE website.


FIrst Place Best Digital Design Vialina Bulatove

FIrst Place Best Digital Design Vialina Bulatove

Dance Studio

Vialina Bulatova

Break area with view to bay.

"Aptatio" Emily Hu, Isabel Wolf, Jason Tan 1st Place Group 


"Aptatio" FIrst Palce Group

2nd Place Group Design: Justin Wong and Brian Zhang

Wonderland Second Place Group

"Serendipity" 3rd Place Group Jet Huid, Cherry Tsang, Monty Choy


Katherine Ngo, Allison Lee Honorable Mention "Intertwined"



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FIRST PLACE and BEST IN SHOW: Samantha Mendez, Danielle Lei, Cindy Li, Catherine Li  

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD, Keanna Lam, Jonathan Ng, Matthew Phuong, Jack Savoie

3rd PLACE DC Scenario: Ryan Mou, Daniel Feldman, Jasper Liles, Nolan Vuong

FIRST PLACE LONDON SCENARIO: Zoe Scanlon, Jade Ichimura, Pana Phan

BEST PRESENTATION AND ESSAY: Colson Ryan, Hezekian Smithstein, Giovanni Palen, Josson Belluschi

SECOND PLACE D.C. SCENARIO  Isabel Miner, ClairE Tommasino, Angelina Young, Vanessa Keel


Quinnton Barringer, Kenji Mah, Kevin San, and Dana Yong


Stephanie Chu, Tiffany Chen, Nelson Chan, Benjamin Au


Elton Wu, Shanon Do, Samantha Lee,  Elizabeth Law


Iris Bonilla, Kenny Tran, Jennifer Chan


Daniel Fielding, Nick Au Yeung, Kevin Wong, Sotia Campos