Grossmont College / ACE Program El Cajon CA

Grossmont College / ACE Program

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL)

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, WASC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

Schedule, Academic Program, and Instructors

ACE offers five eight-week sessions a year beginning in August, October, January, March, and June. The specific start and end dates can be found at Click on the link that says "Classes, Schedule, and Program Cost." Each session consists of twenty hours per week of English instruction in grammar, academic writing, reading, vocabulary, oral communication including pronunciation and conversation, college skills, and TOEFL. ACE class sizes are small, which allows for more individualized instruction. ACE instructors are college and university trained professionals, each with a master's degree in TESOL or applied linguistics.

Transfer to Grossmont College

ACE provides a smooth transition to Grossmont College, which is a two-year public institution. Students may earn associate degrees and certificates in many different fields of study or may elect to transfer to a university after studying at Grossmont for two years. Grossmont has transfer agreements with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU), both of which are a short drive from Grossmont College.

Grossmont College

ACE Application Process and Conditional Acceptance

When a student successfully completes an ACE session and achieves a TOEFL Internet-based score of 45 or an Institutional TOEFL score of 450, he/she is eligible to enroll in credit courses at Grossmont College. ACE also offers conditional acceptance to Grossmont for students enrolled in our Level 2 courses. Students who fulfill the following conditional acceptance requirements during an eight-week session in ACE are eligible to enroll at Grossmont without the TOEFL score because they have demonstrated that they have the English proficiency and study skills necessary to succeed in college:

To meet the ACE conditional acceptance standards, an ACE student must have:

  1. earned a combined GPA of 3.0,
  2. nine hours of absences or fewer,
  3. exhibited behavior with no violation of the Grossmont College Code of Conduct, and
  4. taken the Grossmont College ESL Assessment Test and placed into ESL 103 or higher. (The ESL Assessment Test is administered to ACE students at the end of an eight-week session.)

In order to study at ACE, students will need an F-1(student) visa. Students may obtain this visa from a U.S. consulate/embassy in their country after receiving an I-20 from our program. ACE will issue an I-20 for the period of study in the program.

To enroll in the ACE Program, the following documents are needed:

  • a completed ACE application
  • a copy of the student's passport
  • a copy of the student's high school diploma
  • a financial statement (which states the family's sponsor has $14,400 in the bank)
  • the non-refundable application fee ($125.00)

When we receive all of the above, we will send the student an I-20. The full tuition ($1,675.00) will be due no later than the first day of the session (orientation day). The ACE application and additional program information can be accessed on our website at: Click on the link that says "How to Apply."

ACE Level Placement

Students are placed into ACE Level I (high beginning/low intermediate) or Level II (intermediate/high intermediate) classes based on the ACE English Diagnostic Test given on orientation day. Students are then scheduled into morning (9:00 am to 12:50 p.m) or afternoon (1:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.) classes based on priority assigned by the ACE program.

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Grossmont College / ACE Program
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon CA 92020
P: 619-644-7293
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