Accreditation & Certification

Association of Christian Schools International / ACSI / 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.

ACSI Partners with Classic Learning Initiatives to Provide Christian Schools with a Unique College Readiness Assessment Option

Nov 29, 2022, 11:12 AM by Caitlyn Harding

Colorado Springs, CO— The Association of Christian Schools International has partnered with Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI), publisher of the Classic Learning Test (CLT), to provide Christian schools with a unique college readiness assessment option.

ACSI Student Assessment Program Director David Smitherman believes this partnership will greatly maximize the effectiveness of ACSI’s Student Assessment Program.

“The Classic Learning Test is set apart from other college entrance exams in that it measures the achievement and aptitude in each student,” he shared. “ACSI is entering into this partnership with CLI with the shared goal of providing our Christian schools with assessments that are steeped in intellectually rich and rigorous content.”

The CLT gauges English, math, and critical reasoning skills through a suite of tests available for grades 7 through 12.

“Higher ed institutions throughout the country recognize the value of the Classic Learning Test, and the excellence of CLT takers,” Smitherman said. “Colleges even recruit students who take the assessment, and provide scholarships based on test performance.”

The assessment can be administered at Christian schools on a variety of dates in the fall and spring. The total test time is 2 hours, and scores are available to students within a few days to share with an unlimited number of colleges and universities.

Matthew Dearden, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Cedarville University, applauds the exam stating, "CLT is much more aligned with student success in college. If we have a student with a high CLT score, we can almost be assured that they will be very successful at Cedarville."

The ACSI program will include Christian school comparison scores along with discounted member pricing. 

To learn more about ACSI’s partnership with Classic Learning Initiatives, visit

About ACSI: 

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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. ACSI supports more than 5,000 member schools throughout the United States and around the world, which collectively serve approximately 1.2 million students. Through additional training programs, materials, and expertise provided to other educational groups worldwide, ACSI’s overall influence and positive impact reaches more than 26,000 schools operating in 100 countries, together serving 5.5 million people.

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About Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI): 

Classic Learning Initiatives strives to provide assessments steeped in content that is intellectually richer and more rigorous than other standardized tests and college entrance exams. CLI seeks to serve its constituents in accomplishing their mission of providing a richer, more meaningful education to those who matter most. The Classic Learning Test Suite of Assessments is available for grades 7 through 12. Colleges and universities across the United States recognize the value of the CLT. To learn more, visit the website.