Kindergarten Fall 2017



The Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment is an intellectually vibrant learning community in which students and adults engage in real world issues of social justice and are empowered to use their voice to contribute to society and become active citizens. Through these authentic, community-based experiences, students are developing 21st Century skills in order to be prepared for college, the careers of the future and to navigate our complex world.

*At ACE, an intellectually vibrant learning community
  • Takes place in the classroom and beyond the school walls
  • Is experiential, relevant, rigorous and integrated
  • Students, staff and the community learn in partnership

At ACE, 21st Century Skills focus on
  • Collaboration
  • Technology literate and able to adapt to new and emerging technologies
  • Development of adaptive intellectual behaviors
  • Information literacy, including researching and creating knowledge

At ACE, Social Justice means
  • Engaging in a democratic process
  • Investigating complex social, political and environmental issues from various perspectives
  • Honoring all voices and speaking for those who do not have a voice*
ACE works with a variety of organizations & agencies. They are Treehouse, NAVOS, Health Point, Ruth Dykeman, Consejo, Planned Parenthood & the TOP program, College Success Foundation, Career Link, Aventa Online School, PSSC & the VITAL program, Camp Waskowitz, the Y, Project Ready @ Seattle Pacific University, AVID, and College in the High School.


  • Nicole Fitch Welcome ACE High School students, parents, guardians, and families,

    It is an honor to welcome you to ACE for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our talented staff are prepared to support your rigorous academic needs throughout the months ahead as your child prepares for graduation.  Last school year we saw a gain in the graduation rate for our school, and we are committed to providing opportunities for students to catch up and get back on track so they can graduate in four years with their peers. See your counselor for more details if you need support.

    At ACE, we continue to strengthen our community by building positive relationships through our advisory program, Empowerment, our PBIS strategies, and a vast array of after school clubs and activities. We also have nearly twenty community partnerships who provide resources and acceleration opportunities for all of our students.  Even with all of this help, we can’t do it without you, our families. I’d like to personally invite you to become a volunteer on campus by contacting our front office and joining our campus during lunch or dismissal on the days that work for you. Please reach out to us for volunteering, with questions, or with concerns by calling 206.631.6400.


    Nicole Fitch 


About Us

Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment (ACE)
at the Tyee Educational Complex
4424 South 188th St
SeaTac, WA 98188


Office Hours
6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

School Hours (Monday-Thursday)
7:25 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Early Release Days (Friday)

7:25 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Nicole Fitch

Assistant Principal
Philip Willenbrock

Athletic Director & Campus Manager
Justin Kesterson

Office Manager
Gail Korakis

Office Assistant & Attendance

Emily Gronvold

Office Assistant and School Communication
Lisa Courter

Registrar, Student Records & Transcripts
Kidist Tasisa

Bookkeeper, Athletic Fees & Student Fine Accounts

Caitlin Perales



  • What's Your Opinion? We Want to Hear from You.

    We want to know if you are getting the information you want and need about our schools, the way you want to get it. Tell us what you think. Then enter our drawing for a $40 gift card. Find out more.

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  • Seeking Family Action Committee Nominations

    The Superintendent's Family Action Committee works to strengthen our partnerships with families. We are currently seeking nominations for this important committee.

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  • Weigh in on High School Schedule Changes

    High school course schedules will change in September 2018 to help students meet new state graduation requirements. Come to a meeting to learn about schedule options and give your feedback.

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  • Supporting Immigrant Students

    We recognize that actions taken by the White House, including a new executive order restricting immigration and orders to increase immigration enforcement, are unsettling to many of our families. We want to reiterate our commitment to our students’ safety. We will do everything in our power to keep our students safe at school.

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  • We Heard You! Here's What We Learned

    It's time for us to share what we heard in a recent online community conversation. Nearly 700 people shared their priorities, ideas, and concerns with us.

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Unifying Tyee

One School, One Principal

Planning & Construction

Keeping Our Promise

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Communications Survey Spring 2017