Academic Support Programs
A key part of ACSI's mission is to strengthen schools, and we do that by offering a variety of programs. You'll find links to information about each of them here, along with information on our customized services for early education and higher education programs.
Accreditation with ACSI engages schools in a vigorous, holistic process of organizational appraisal and improvement that engages every school constituent. Ours is a highly regarded Christian program for member schools.
ACSI's Early Education Department works with early education schools to strengthen programs and equip early educators as they prepare young children (ages birth through year five) spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively and influence children to love and follow Jesus Christ.
The ACSI A.C.E. Student Success Center (formerly Urban School Services) exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators as they endeavor to address the plight of educationally disenfranchised children. The goal is to provide all children with an education that is distinctly Christian.
ACSI is privileged to be a part of God's robust worldwide movement in Christian schooling. The Global department is focused on serving two different international elements.
"International" Christian schools are those located outside of the U.S. that serve the expatriate community and often, a portion of the host country population. These schools use curricular programs originating outside their host country, employ internationally educated faculty, and specifically develop programs that prepare students for tertiary education outside the host country. Frequently, instruction is in English with a Western-style curriculum. The ACSI International School office serves international schools located in more than 77 countries from ACSI headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
ACSI proudly presents its newly-restructured Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies, organizations, and ministries who have been carefully chosen to benefit you—our member schools—and to assist you in accomplishing your life-changing mission. Our goal is to proactively build long-term relationships with entities that thoughtfully align with the goals and purposes of Christian schooling and desire to assist you in your work as you educate the next generation of leaders.
As colleges and universities seek to be effective in preparing young hearts and minds for their vocations, ACSI desires to assist in that process and partner with higher education institutions worldwide. ACSI membership offers Christian colleges and universities the opportunity to engage their EE–12 colleagues in a variety of settings. ACSI member colleges cooperate in the Distinguished Christian High School Student Program and undergraduate and graduate Higher Education Approval Programs.
ACSI and Ron Blue Institute Partner to Offer Biblical Personal Finance Course to Christian School Students
The Biblical Personal Finance Curriculum is a six-week offering consisting of six modules that will train students in basic financial literacy, including the four uses of money (live, give, owe and grow). Teachers will have access to an online portal providing lesson plans, project outlines, test and quiz questions, and additional materials.
“The most important thing we want every student to walk away with is the understanding of how they work out their faith through their finances,” said Ron Blue Institute President, Michael Blue.
The goal of this course is that students’ hearts and heads would “intersect so they have the freedom in their checkbook to be free to pursue God and His mission in the world,” he explained.
Developed over a three-year period in collaboration with current high school teachers, this curriculum brings to life the concepts of living within a budget, avoiding debt, and growing healthy savings.
Ron Blue, CEO of Ron Blue Institute, believes it is imperative for individuals to get the right perspective on finances. “We have proven that a biblical worldview approach to money and money management works,” he said. “We feel the relationship with ACSI is our first significant opportunity to reach into the high school world.”
ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor, anticipates that this partnership will be key for high school students in their preparation for college and life beyond high school.
“This is ACSI’s first time entering into a partnership to offer training specifically designed for equipping students— these young adults—with a biblically-based understanding of finances,” Taylor expressed. “I am excited to see the impact this course will have on the next generation.”
Both ministries believe in the initiative from a missional standpoint and see the course as a discipleship opportunity with the potential for significant impact.
“We feel that what God has given us is a message that is simple, always relevant and easily repeatable, so that we can show the world that God’s word speaks to finances,” Ron Blue said. “And, if He speaks to finances, my thought is, doesn’t He speak to the rest of our life also?”
This online course will be available to ACSI member schools at your.acsi.org/rbi for the special rate of $27.50 per student, including teacher training materials at no additional cost.
To learn more about ACSI, please visit the website at www.ACSI.org or connect with the ACSI Care Team by calling (800)367-0798 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools through multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. Serving more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.
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About Ron Blue Institute:
Ron Blue Institute exists to help today’s Christian students understand how money truly works to confidently integrate their faith into every area of their lives, including finances. Through curriculum, consulting, tools and resources, Ron Blue Institute’s mission is to educate and steward students at both high schools and colleges.
For more information on the ministry, visit ronblueinstitute.com or follow Ron Blue Institute on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ronblueinstitute/ or on Twitter at @RonBlueInst.