Accreditation & Certification
Accreditation with ACSI engages schools in a vigorous, holistic process of organizational appraisal and improvement that engages every school constituent. Our program is a highly regarded Christian program for member schools. We have partnerships with all of the U.S. regional accreditation agencies and offer joint accreditation with numerous accrediting organizations.
Every step in our accreditation process is designed to be useful for driving improvement in private schools. If you are striving for excellence based on a solid Christian philosophy of education, consider exploring our program.
The purpose of ACSI Certification is to strengthen Christian schools by credentialing educators who meet established professional and biblical requirements. ACSI Certification promotes continued professional learning and increased effectiveness. Establishing and maintaining the certification of staff and administration is an essential step toward professional credibility and growth. Education is a process. Just as we encourage our students to grow and become life–long learners, we want to set the same example as their teachers and leaders.
ACSI certification establishes a framework for professional growth to occur over time, just like continuous school improvement.
26-27, April 2021
Since its beginning over 20 years ago, the International School Leader's Conference (ISLC) has been designed for busy school leaders to gather for challenging PD, networking, and time away from the busyness of leadership. This year's virtual two-day International School Leader Conference will feature live-streaming content and discussion centered around Christian School Leadership in a Time of Pandemic and Emerging Recovery.
Purposeful Design Publications Releases New Dr. Alan Pue Book Highlighting the Importance of Christian Schooling and Discipling the Next Generation
“Rethinking Discipleship,” by Dr. Alan Pue, explores the importance of the Christian community in helping youth develop a lifelong relationship with Christ so they can truly flourish.
According to Dr. Larry Taylor, ACSI President, the book’s foundation is aligned with ACSI’s Flourishing Initiative—to cultivate a school culture that glorifies Christ and excels in knowing Him and making Him known.
“‘Rethinking Discipleship’ is a thought-provoking resource uniting parents, ministry leaders and Christian educators to shepherd children’s hearts and weave faith into every aspect of life,” Taylor said.
Throughout the text, Pue shows how the effective journey of discipleship is framed by biblical principles and is supported through the collaborative efforts of home, church and school.
“Readers will embark on a holistic, comprehensive, theologically driven exploration of one of the most significant issues of our time,” Pue said. “Evidence suggests the necessity of Christian schools to establish a firm foundation so that students are set up to have an eternal relationship with Christ.”
Pue has written two other books on Christian schooling that are available on the PDP website, “Rethinking Sustainability” and “Rethinking Strategic Planning.”
The new “Rethinking Discipleship” is available for purchase on the PDP site in digital and softcover format.
To learn more about PDP, please visit the website at purposefuldesign.com or connect with the ACSI Care Team by calling (800) 367-0798 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the mid-1980s, Purposeful Design Publications (PDP), a division of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), has provided resources and assessments, including academically rigorous textbooks that are intentionally rooted in biblical truth to equip schools and educators with the tools to eternally transform the hearts and minds of children.
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About Dr. Alan Pue:
Dr. Alan Pue has spent a lifetime in Christian schooling as a student, teacher, coach, head of school, pastor, and for five years as Provost of The Master’s College (now University) in Santa Clarita, California. He currently serves as President of The Barnabas Group, Inc. providing strategic/scenario planning, leadership development, and governance training assistance to Christian schools and other faith-based organizations. He has been a featured speaker at hundreds of conferences worldwide and is the author of three books– “Rethinking Sustainability: A Strategic Financial Model for Christian Schools,” “Rethinking Strategic Planning for Christian Schools,” and “Rethinking Discipleship: Why Christian Schooling Matters.” He is also a co-founder of ACSI’s Leadership University.
Learn more about Dr. Pue by visiting The Barnabas Group website.