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 Announces Establishment of New Strategic Incubator
Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 22, 2021– ACSI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Strategic Incubator designed to better serve 21st century Christian schools.
This enterprise is a research and development unit that will spur on mission-focused business development at the association. The incubator will position the organization to respond nimbly in meeting the needs of Christian schools through creative business strategies.
Through this initiative, ACSI will invest in the production of biblically based and educationally rigorous digital content for Christian schools in both professional development offerings as well as Purposeful Design Publications materials. In addition, the organization will incubate sustainability initiatives and offerings that will enable Christian schools to be missionally nimble, innovative, and collaborative in the current and future market.
“This is an exciting time at ACSI. The Strategic Incubator will allow us to move forward in developing certain areas that I believe will be crucial to the success of ACSI and our Christian schools well into the future,” said ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor.
The first project emerging from this effort is the establishment of a new learning management system offering quality digital content for educators. The guiding distinctives framing content selection include: a foundation of a biblical worldview; contributions from top-level experts and practitioners; personalized learning experiences; and availability to Christian school students around the globe.
Dr. Lynn Swaner, ACSI’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, commented on the importance of this advancement. “This incubator will enable ACSI to take important steps to lead and partner with our 25,000 Christian schools worldwide in meeting their current and future needs in innovative ways,” Swaner said. “There has never been a more opportunity-filled moment for Christian schools, and this new incubator will help schools as they rise to the challenge.”
The incubator—which is aligned with ACSI’s Strategic Plan and has been funded by a generous grant from a private family foundation—will help position ACSI to meet the needs of Christian schools well into the future. Taylor looks forward to seeing the Kingdom return on investment from this grant.
“We serve a sovereign God who already has the funding plan for what He deems strategic for ACSI,” he said. “We move forward with anticipation as we witness His plan unfold.”
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.