About Leadership U

At ACSI, we believe the best way to strengthen schools and equip educators is by developing leadership capacity in our Christian schools. Research indicates that “great schools do not exist apart from great leaders.”

ACSI Leadership U is a comprehensive program for potential, new and emerging school leaders among all grade levels in your school. In addition, the program provides support and learning experiences for Early Education leaders, principals, and new heads of school. With 14 months of mentoring, and two on-site sessions as bookends, this program equips the next generation of Christian school leaders for the challenges and blessings of leading a flourishing Christian school. ACSI is currently accepting applications for selection to the 2021 Leadership U cohort. The new cohort begins on April 13, 2021. If you would like to speak with a staff member about Leadership U, please contact the Professional Development Department at Leadership_University@acsi.org.


Receive Top-Notch Training
Your experience begins and ends with weeklong residencies. Study administration, governance, research, advancement, and best practices and emerge with a plan you can start implementing right away.
Grow with Veteran Mentors
Get step-by-step guidance in implementing your plan from an experienced school leader, who will check in on your progress regularly throughout the year.
Thrive in Community
You'll grow alongside fellow students who share your passion to lead with skill and integrity, building relationships that will remain important long after classes are over.

matt-gaines"Leadership U is the best professional development program I've participated in. I am already seeing the impact at my school. It's amazing!"

Matt Gaines
South Maryland Christian Academy

"I found the entire week to be extremely beneficial. I learned so much from all the interactions with the mentors and other participants. It was truly one of the best weeks."

Dora Miller
Principal/Lead Administrator
Western Oklahoma Christian School

"[Leadership U is] perfect for anyone in a leadership role at a Christian school, regardless of your professional background. It will prepare you for opportunities and challenges that are unique to a Christian school setting. [It gave] me completely new perspectives on leadership."

Celeste Sprankle
Johnstown Christian School

    2021 - 2022 Program Details (Currently Accepting Applications)

    The expanded program will span 14 months, from Apr 2021 to Jun 2022. Tuition for the 2021 - 2022 Leadership U program is set at $6,900 USA Member, to be paid in three $2,300 installments due Jan 2021, Sep 2021 and Jun 2022. Lodging is included, but travel costs to and from sessions are not included in the tuition rate. The first week of the program is scheduled with the Flourishing School Institute. A new, private group in ACSI’s online Community will host dialogue between program participants and mentors throughout the 14-month program.

    Future Onsite Details: Dates and Locations

    • April 13, 2021 Virtual Launch
    • June 15-18, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Frisco Dallas, TX
    • June 20-23, 2022 Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hill Resort & Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL

    Financial Commitment

    • Cost: USA Member Schools $6,900 (paid in 3 installments)
    • Cost: USA Non-Member Schools $8,900 (paid in 3 installments)
    • Cost: International Member Schools $8,900 (paid in 3 installments)
    • Cost: International Non-Member Schools $9,900 (paid in 3 installments)
    • Travel Costs to Sessions 1 and 3 paid by participant
    • Lodging and Meals at Sessions 1 and 3 included in the Program