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 Announces Key Changes in Staff Structure Designed to Support the Organization’s Vision for 2030

Jan 29, 2024, 10:21 AM by Caitlyn Harding

Colorado Springs, CO– The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce key changes in its staff structure designed to better achieve key organizational missional outcomes.

Cindy Dodds, former Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives, will now serve as Chief of Flourishing Initiatives. In her new role, Dodds will collaborate across departments to oversee the integration of the Flourishing Schools research within ACSI, ensuring that it reaches and impacts school-level practices. The expansion of her role will enable the Flourishing Initiatives Department to embark on ACSI’s Vision 2030 while elevating the digital content development, partnerships, and Flourishing School Networks.

In a similar move, Dr. Gavin Brettenny will assume the position of Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing global development and the implementation of ACSI’s strategic direction. This transition will allow Brettenny and his team to ensure the ACSI mission and vision are positioned for success.

ACSI President & CEO Dr. Larry Taylor believes these staff changes will enable Dodds and Brettenny to continue furthering the kingdom through Christ-centered education in their new respective roles.

“Cindy Dodds and Dr. Gavin Brettenny are two people who consistently pursue excellence, and I am immensely proud of their commitment to furthering ACSI’s goals,” he shared. “Through these new roles, they both will continue to resource and posture ACSI for future success.”

Dodds has served with ACSI for six years, as Northeast Regional Director, Professional Development Director, and then Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives. Prior to joining ACSI, Dodds served for 20 years in Christian school leadership as a head of school for two Christian schools in Pennsylvania.

Brettenny has previously served as the ACSI Vice President of Global and brings more than 20 years of international Christian education experience, having led international schools in both Germany and South Africa where he helped advance, advocate for, and increase access to quality Christian education.

Taylor shared his enthusiasm regarding these key staff changes.

“God is truly on the move at ACSI… He consistently brings the right people at the right time for the right roles. I am looking forward to seeing how He will work through Cindy Dodds and Dr. Gavin Brettenny.”

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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