Exemplary Accreditation


ACSI Exemplary Accreditation was designed for high performing schools who are seeking to be held to higher standards for all programs and operations. Exemplary schools are expected to effectively meet the Inspire standards and indicators at a high level as well as the modified and additional indicators contained within the Exemplary Addendum (available upon request).

In addition to simply meeting the indicators at an effective or highly effective level, the school must have a demonstrable history of exemplary programs and practices in governance, executive leadership, school viability, academic instruction, student learning, spiritual formation, and overall school culture (a vibrant, Christ-centered ethos among students, faculty, and leadership). The school must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing school improvement, evidenced by stakeholder feedback, multiple forms of data, and past accreditation reports to drive successful school improvement initiatives. Schools that are approved for Exemplary status will have an additional annual fee in conjunction with the regular accreditation annual fee. For any additional questions, contact your accreditation director or accreditation@acsi.org.


Schools desiring to use the Exemplary Addendum in conjunction with the Inspire process to attain Exemplary Accreditation must first be approved by the Office of Academic Services (this does not apply to schools renewing Exemplary Accreditation). Approval requires:
  1. Submission of the Exemplary accreditation application and fee (which includes the school’s preliminary self-assessment with the addendum components as well as the school’s most recent accreditation visiting team report(s))
  2. Recommendation by the divisional accreditation director for the school to pursue Exemplary accreditation (the Office of Academic Services will obtain this recommendation upon receipt of the application)
  3. A meeting with the Office of Academic Services to review and approve the school’s application

ACSI Exemplary Accredited Schools

Briarcrest Christian School - Eads, TN

Calvary Christian Academy- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Christian Academy School System - Louisville, KY
Covenant Christian High School - Indianapolis, IN
Dalat International School - Penang, Malaysia
Delaware County Christian School - Newtown Square, PA
Evangelical Christian School - Cordova, TN
First Presbyterian Day School - Macon, GA

GRACE Christian School – Raleigh, NC
Grace Community School - Tyler, TX
Lexington Christian Academy - Lexington, MA
Northwest Christian School - Phoenix, AZ
Prestonwood Christian Academy - Plano, TX
Silverdale Baptist Academy - Chattanooga, TN
Southside Christian School - Simpsonville, SC
The First Academy - Orlando, FL
Valley Christian School - San Jose, CA
Valor Christian High School - Highlands Ranch, CO
Wesleyan Christian Academy - High Point, NC

To obtain a copy of the Exemplary Accreditation Protocol, or to express interest in applying, please e-mail accreditation@acsi.org.

*Please note: The Exemplary School Accreditation Protocol was written for K-12 programs only. If the school desires accreditation for an Early Education program, the EE indicators in the REACH accreditation protocol will cover that program.