ACES: The Resource for Improving Public Education

Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) exists to improve public education through high quality, cost effective programs and services. We are the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) for the twenty-five school districts in south central Connecticut. Over 40 states operate Educational Service Agencies because of the financial benefits that are obtained through regional collaboration.

We meet the educational needs of our member districts by acting as both a Local Education Agency (LEA) and as a regional service agency. As a Local Education Agency, we operate schools designed to meet the specific needs of the region; currently special education and Interdistrict Magnet schools. As a regional service agency, we develop solutions to the most pressing needs of our member school districts. From school-based technical assistance to programs that advance the education workforce, we work hand in hand with state officials and local educators to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Our revenue sources include tuition and fees for services from Local Education Agencies, state and federal funds, and private sources, including grants and fees for services. Local school districts appoint a representative to the ACES Governing Board and work collectively to set a strategic direction for the organization based on the educational needs of the region.

ACES Mission

The Mission of ACES, a leader and innovator in education, is to empower our students, member districts, and other clients to meet educational and life challenges in the changing global environment by providing collaborative, customized, cost effective solutions to meet identified needs of our educational community.

Organizational Beliefs 

  • Each individual has inherent worth

  • All individuals can learn

  • High expectations and effort are essential for higher achievement

  • Quality education provides the foundation for the success of the individual and the community

  • Diversity strengthens an organization

  • Individuals are accountable for their actions

  • Everyone has a responsibility to each other and to contribute to the common good

  • Honesty and respect are essential for building trusting relationships

  • A positive attitude enhances performance

  • Collaboration enhances productivity and generates creativity 

  • Families are essential partners in education

  • The willingness to change is necessary for individuals to grow and organizations to thrive


ACES Member Districts

ACES Member District Map






West Haven


New Haven



North Branford



North Haven

Regional District #5 (Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge)

East Haven


Regional District #13 (Durham, Middlefield)



Regional District #16 (Beacon Falls, Prospect)








To learn more about any of our programs or services, call ACES Information Services (203) 498-6881 or click here for an agency directory. To learn how your local Board of Education participates with ACES, call your local school superintendent’s office.