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Where Are They Now? Leadership U Scholars Thriving After Program’s Completion

Leadership U is a 14-month program designed to help leaders grow as they navigate a transition into a new role or prepare for potential future roles. Three scholars, one from each of the last three cohorts of Leadership U, recently shared how the program impacted them and how their lives have changed since they participated.

The Ideal Portrait of a Christian High School Graduate

Every graduating senior is a unique creation in the image of God, yet schools aim to instill certain desired outcomes in all of them. During my time as head of school at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Texas, we prayerfully aspired for our graduating seniors to demonstrate these foundational desired outcomes.

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Membership Assistance Spotlight: Academy for GOD

The Academy for GOD in Old Hickory, Tennessee, is changing students' lives, revitalizing their community, and having a significant global impact through their unique, holistic approach to Christian education.

Membership Assistance Spotlight: Tecate Christian School

Located 1,500 feet north of the Mexican border in California, Tecate Christian School (TCS) is on a mission to reach children and their families with the hope of salvation while providing a quality, Christ-centered education. The school is a ministry of Tecate Mission International (TMI) and was established in 1965 as a missionary school for families serving with TMI in Tecate, Mexico.

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State Senator Patricia Rucker Stands Up for Families, School Choice

West Virginia State Senator Patricia Rucker had dreams of making a difference as an educator, but little did she know that she would end up influencing education on a much larger scale than she ever imagined.

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Rooted Educator Worldview Summit

This June, ACSI and the Colson Center are partnering together for an educators "worldview summit" to discuss how to more effectively engage students in the spiritual formation journey and help develop deeper roots in the flourishing soil of a biblical worldview. Join June 24-26 for the Rooted Educator Worldview Summit in Black Mountain, NC. 

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Explicit Phonics in Early Education: Where do I begin?
Suzanne Anderson | May 13, 2024

Two important truths motivated the thought leaders at Nest School. First, according to “What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do” by Louisa C. Moats, the most fundamental responsibility of schools is teaching children to read. Second, it was the front-page news that 95% of students who follow science can learn to read.    

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The Flourishing Journey Ep 5 | Tools & Resources for Spiritual Formation
Dr. Edward Bunn | May 13, 2024

Dr. Edward Bunn sits down with Douglas Campbell, ACSI Ministry Team Senior Coordinator, to discuss tools and resources for the spiritual formation of students and families.

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“I can think of no greater cause than to partner with you to advance Christ-centered education.” Dr. Larry Taylor, ACSI President & CEO

Dr. Taylor has been serving in education for over 30 years. He is passionate about training up this generation of disciples for Jesus Christ through Christian education.

Prior to accepting the President position at ACSI, Dr. Larry Taylor served twenty years as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano, Texas. Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at four campuses as part of its school system. 

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ACSI's Mission

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's Foundational 3 Pillars



Leading Christ-centered education toward excellence and flourishing

We want all schools to aspire to, achieve, and remain committed to a biblically-based philosophy of education, standards that are measurable, and flourishing-related criteria. ACSI strives to lead, support, and serve Christian schools, and educators, by placing them on a path of growth and flourishing using the research-based Flourishing Schools Initiative. This model should link leadership and faculty professional development accreditation, and every culture-driving component of a school. A common philosophy, and a flourishing-based metric, would unify our efforts of advancing Christian schools and educators.




Making Christ-centered education available and obtainable

ACSI is committed to making Kingdom education available to as many children and families as desire it, believing that such an education offers students an opportunity to grow in a loving relationship with their Creator, come to know His saving work through Jesus, and flourish in His Ephesians 2:10 calling for their lives. This commitment requires removing barriers to access for those who traditionally have not benefited from Christian school, as well as seeking out new ways to create access points to Kingdom education and the ability to thrive and be successful in that education—for all those who desire it.




Promoting and protecting Christ-centered education for today and tomorrow

As the largest evangelical Christian school association in the world, ACSI is by default viewed as the spokesperson for Christian schooling in the public square. In order to discharge this responsibility with excellence and seasoned speech (Colossians 4:6), and to equip our member schools to do the same, ACSI must invest in developing public-facing resources and forming strategic relationships with those working in the area of advocacy for Christian Education and for religious liberty.


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The ACSI Community online forum exists to provide connection, collaboration, and networking with Christ-centered education advocates, educators, and influencers in a protected online environment.   

 ACSI Community offers Christian educators opportunities to Connect, Collaborate, Compel, Captivate, and Comprehend. Join thousands of like-minded education professionals around to globe to grow in knowledge, sharpen skills, and deepen your faith, in a safe, authentic virtual environment.

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ACSI provide helpful tools for you to find the next position God has for you through a resume review search and career planning portal. You can also discover ACSI positions.

Thinking about serving internationally? PFO2Go will provide the confidence to enter a new culture in which to both work and live outside the United States. Also, don’t miss the International Schools Job Fair.

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ACSI Welcomes Matt Hannan as Director of Accreditation for the Western Division

Apr 15, 2024, 10:38 AM by Caitlyn Harding

Colorado Springs, CO– The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to welcome Matt Hannan as the new Director of Accreditation for the Western Division. In this role, Hannan will support member schools by providing professional counsel and ensuring all accreditation policies, standards, guidelines, and criteria are applied in order to drive school improvement.

ACSI Chief of Flourishing Initiatives Cindy Dodds looks forward to Hannan joining the Accreditation team.

“The high demand for our research-based, biblically rooted accreditation protocol is reaching new heights all over the world,” she shared. “Matt is the right person at the right time to meet the ever-changing needs of our USA Western Division schools as our Christian schools respond to the culture and adapt to new models of education delivery.”

Picture1Hannan brings more than 20 years of experience in education to his new position. Prior to joining ACSI, he served as the Upper School Principal at Santa Fe Christian Schools since 2008, where he played a key role in advancing the school’s academic strategic plan and mission. Under his leadership, Santa Fe Christian Schools maintained full dual accreditation status through ACSI and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

In addition to his role at Santa Fe Christian Schools, Hannan has served as an ACSI Accreditation Commissioner in Southern California since 2022. He has also been actively involved with WASC, serving as an Accreditation Visiting Team Member and Chair since 2014.

Stephen Deck, ACSI Senior Director of Accreditation and Credentialing, said, “Mr. Hannan’s Christian school leadership experience, as well as his experience directly with accreditation, will serve ACSI schools well. He is a great addition to our team that will help schools in our Western Division flourish.”

Hannan holds a Master's in Educational Administration from the California State University San Marcos School of Education. His comprehensive background in school administration, coupled with his passion for promoting Christian education, will be instrumental in advancing ACSI's mission to strengthen Christian schools and equip them for greater impact.

ACSI leadership and staff are grateful to Lee Duncan, the retiring former Director of Accreditation, for his seven years of faithful service.

Hannan is thankful to the Lord for providing him with this opportunity to serve Him.

“I am humbled, honored, and very excited to step into the role of Director of Accreditation for the ACSI Western Division,” he said. “Having served as a site administrator for nearly 20 years, I know and value the importance of the accreditation process for schools and I'm eager to come alongside all of our ACSI schools to help them be the best they can be.”

To learn more about ACSI Accreditation, please visit the website.

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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ACSI proudly presents the Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies, organizations, and ministries who have been carefully chosen to benefit you—our member schools—and to assist you in accomplishing your life-changing mission.

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