P.A.C.E. High School


P.A.C.E. (Progress, Achievement, Choice, Empowerment) High School is an innovative dropout recovery and prevention school located at 1601 California Ave. in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a wing of the former St. Agnes Church.  P.A.C.E. was designed for at-risk youths in need of a safe place to fit in and work toward their own American Dream. 

In a two-part story, RED! writer, Amanda Ridner, talks with the school’s co-founder and executive director, Dr. Steven Hawley. Read what he has to say about this innovative program and how it is changing students' lives for the better.

An American Dream - P.A.C.E. High School —part 1

An American Dream - P.A.C.E. High School —part 2

The PACER Program:
Hope, Education, and Transformation
—part 3



Personal Achievement thru Choices Empowering Re-entry

PACER (e.g. Personal Achievement thru Choices Empowering Re-entry) is a program for individuals that provides education about positive choices available to them so that they will positively impact themselves and society.

The collaborative partners working on this venture include the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, P.A.C.E. High School (a dropout recovery school), and court officers in Hamilton County (e.g. common pleas judges, municipal court judges, probation officers, defense lawyers).

Learn more about the program, it's goals, and the four basic steps: intake, life-skills education, education, and after care that make this program highly successful in reducing recidivism. Read more. . .





Dr. Steven Hawley

Dr. Steven Hawley


Michael Duke

MIchael Duke always believed a person was worth saving. He co-founded and was Dean of Students at P.A.C.E. High School.