Student Activities FAQs

ACSI Student Activities Mission Statement:

ACSI Student Activities enhance learning beyond the classroom by equipping Christian schools and educators while challenging students toward God-honoring applications of their fine art and academic abilities.

About:

The ACSI Student Activities Program seeks to encourage and inspire students toward a standard of excellence in leadership, communication, and performance by enhancing member Christian schools' academic and fine arts programs. It provides opportunity for students to practically apply and develop skills necessary for confident Christian leadership. Each activity is planned to impact students' educational and spiritual growth, encouraging them to be a testimony to the gospel. Events also seek to provide opportunity for Christian fellowship and positive interaction between students and teachers of participating schools.

Schools begin their participation at the school level, which impacts the highest number of students. As students progress to the district, regional, and national levels, they are challenged by interaction with students of similar interests and abilities. Parents, friends, and the general public benefit from the ministry of these students in music, speech, and academic programs. The awards program for ACSI Student Activities affirms each participant's individual effort while recognizing those whose skill and ability provide an inspiration and a challenge to excellence for all who participate.

Program Objectives:

  • To provide incentives for students to develop skills necessary for Christian leadership.
  • To facilitate students' learning process.
  • To help develop the skills to be an effective communicator.
  • To provide a gauge to determine how effectively each school has prepared students in these activities.
  • To provide a degree of competition to develop participants' composure and confidence.
  • To provide for a time of fun and fellowship with other Christian young people.

Who can participate in ACSI Student Activities?

The Student Activities Program is a member benefit of ACSI. If you are not yet an ACSI member, please contact your regional office, or visit ACSI Membership for more information.

What events are offered through ACSI Student Activities?

Student Activities events vary between regions. Please refer to the Student Activities Participation Guide to find out what events are offered in your area.

  • Art - Art Festival, Fine Arts Festival
  • Language Arts - Elementary Speech Meet, Junior High Speech Meet, Senior High Speech Meet, Creative Writing Festival, Young Authors & Illustrators, One Act Play 
  • Leadership - Middle School Leadership Conference, High School Leadership Conference
  • Math/Science - Math League, Math Olympics, Math Olympics by Mail, Science Fair
  • Music
    • Instrumental Music - Band/Orchestra Festival, Honor Band/Symphony Festivals, Handbell Festival, Piano Festival, Solo/Ensemble Instrumental Festivals
    • Choral Music - Elementary Choral Festival, Junior High Choral Festival, High School Choral Festival, Senior High Musicale
    • Combined Instrumental and Choral Music - Elementary Musicale, Junior High Musicale, Praise Band
  • Spelling - Spelling Bee (District, Regional, National)
  • Additional Activities - Academic Day, Chess Tournament, Geography Bee, Technology Fair, Track & Field, Yearbook 

How do I register for Student Activities? 

To register your school for Student Activities, complete the online registration form and pay by credit card, or mail a check to your Student Activities Coordinator. Please refer to the Student Activities Participation Guide for event details, deadlines and fees, and to confirm site availability.

When do I register for Student Activities?

Student Activities registration takes place each fall, typically August-October. During this time, each school should register for all the events they wish to participate in that school year. All registration is first-come, first-served, based on when school registration forms and fees are received in the regional office.

What's the difference between a Coordinator and a Chairperson?

School Coordinators are responsible for overseeing event participation from his or her own school. Event Chairpersons manage a specific Student Activities event at a host school/site. 

What does a Coordinator do? 

Each school participating in Student Activities designates a school representative to serve as their Coordinator for the event. The Coordinator communicates with the event Chairperson (the person organizing the event at the host school/site), as well as their school's administration and staff, to prepare their students for the event. This person is also responsible for recruiting adult volunteers, sending student participation forms to the Chairperson, and submitting participation fees to ACSI by the established deadline (typically 4 weeks prior to the event date). ACSI provides event handbooks with instructions for the Coordinator.

What does a Chairperson do?

The Chairperson is responsible for organizing a specific Student Activities event at a host school/site. The provided handbooks and resources will help chairpersons plan for judges, prepare a program, create a schedule, organize the awards, communicate with the Coordinators from each school attending their event, and complete post-event reports for ACSI.    

What are the benefits of Chairing or Hosting an event? 

When you serve as a chairperson and/or host site for an event, your school registration fee is waived for that event and you get an opportunity to register for all your events early! For more information and list of additional benefits for serving as a chairperson and/or host site, visit the Student Activities Registration page. 

How does ACSI determine dates for events? 

Although some events must be completed during specific time periods, a host site may choose a date that works well for their facility as long as it does not conflict with other events in their area. We also avoid scheduling any events during times that schools are typically closed, such as the weeks before and after Easter.

What happens if we neglected to register for an event by the registration deadline?

Please contact your Student Activities Coordinator. Although we cannot guarantee that your school will be able to participate, we can check with the Chairperson to see if there is sufficient room and time to complete the preparation. Late registration fees will apply.  

I have a question or a comment. Where do I send it? 

Please contact your Student Activities Coordinator. We appreciate hearing from you!