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 Hires Distinguished Oxford Ph.D. Scholar and Cross-Cultural Ministry Leader as Global Division Director for Africa

Jan 5, 2023, 15:00 PM by Caitlyn Harding
Colorado Springs, Colo.– Dr. Sosthene Maletoungou joined the Association of Christian Schools International on January 3 as the Divisional Director for Africa. In this role, Maletoungou will work alongside ACSI licensed offices and national associations to equip thousands of Christian schools across more than 35 African countries. Along with his nearly 20 years of cross-cultural ministry experience, and his distinguished Ph.D. from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and Middlesex University, Maletoungou brings a deep commitment for Christ-centered education to ACSI.

ACSI President and CEO, Dr. Larry Taylor, believes Maletoungou will greatly amplify the reach and influence of Christian education in Africa. “Dr. Maletoungou joining our global leadership team is a critical step in fulfilling our new global strategic plan. I am thrilled for Sosthene’s passion to build more biblically based education opportunities and to guide Christian education efforts throughout the continent of Africa.”

Dr. Sosthene MaletoungouMaletoungou recently defended his Ph.D. thesis in Comparative and International Education jointly with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and Middlesex University. His research focuses on teacher pedagogy and student learning processes in private secondary schools in Francophone Africa. Originally from Central African Republic, Maletoungou has served international ministries including Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and Resonate Global Mission across the Middle East, Europe, North America and Africa. 

Maletoungou shared his excitement about beginning his new position. “I feel honored and humbled by the invitation to pursue the Lord’s calling for Kingdom building through authentic Christian schooling with ACSI,” he said. “I look forward with great anticipation to working together with ACSI leaders and stakeholders to aid the global movement of Christian education and much more, taking it to the next level in Africa as we advocate, coach and mentor Christian educators for fruitfulness.”  

Along with his wife Kara, a graduate in elementary education and teacher educator from Montana, he also pioneered the Teacher’s Garden Project—a Christian Education Resource Center focusing on biblical integration and contextualization for Francophone Africa teachers and K-12 classrooms. Maletoungou is fluent in French, English, and Sangho, with basic proficiency in Arabic and a few local African languages.

ACSI Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development Gavin Brettenny believes Maletoungou will be an invaluable resource for Christian educators across Africa. 

“We see a bright future in Africa as the Kingdom goes forward,” he shared. “Sosthene and his family are wonderful, committed servants to Christ. I look forward to seeing the fruitful work God accomplishes through him.” 

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. 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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