The ACSI accreditation protocol is unique in two major ways: (1) the protocol probes the spiritual aspects of each component of the organization and (2) the protocol addresses the educational quality and integrity of the organization. The latter addresses the issues demonstrating that the school is true to its own statements of philosophy, mission, and goals and that it is meeting the standards of quality and effectiveness.
Schools, like organizations, are not stagnant. They are always moving in a direction. Accreditation and school improvement assist schools in changing for the better in an orderly and systematic way. They bring a vigorous dynamic into the school by engaging every staff member in a process of organizational appraisal. The work of accreditation and school improvement is rigorous. When the work is scheduled properly, it is not overwhelming, but it is demanding. The end results, though, are well worth the investment.
Benefits too Important to Ignore:
- Documents school is true to its own foundational statements (mission, vision, core values, goals)
- Affirms school meets standards of quality established by the international school community
- Provides validation of the credibility of the school through a peer review process
- Promotes accountability to the school community
- Improves instruction targeting increased student achievement
- Promotes ongoing instructional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school development
- Encourages the evaluation of biblical and spiritual integration of the school
- Transfers credits between schools and between nation’s school systems
I cannot think of any action taken by a school that produces more total school benefit than the decision to attain accredited status. Curriculum quality is strengthened, school policies are refined, student achievement enhanced, and future directions intensified. Without accreditation the attainment of overall excellence for a Christian school is difficult.
-Ken Tanis, Headmaster Emeritus, Delaware County Christian Schools (Pennsylvania)
ACSI’s accreditation process is implemented by the ACSI regional office that serves your local Christian schools. ACSI has a variety of accreditation protocols for schools around the world, so explore your options and purchase the accreditation instrument at Purposeful Design Publications; then call or email your ACSI regional office representative.