Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
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We asked ACSI Exemplary Accredited school leaders what they love most about Christian education. Here's what they shared.
The ACSI Rooted Educator Worldview Summit is the first of its kind. It is unique in two ways—first, ACSI is partnering with The Colson Center, one of the most respected organizations worldwide on biblical worldview and spiritual formation. Second, the content will not only be biblically sound but will align with the findings of the Flourishing Schools Culture research.
Welling’s vision is not designed to fit just one project or school, but rather to guide students’ experiences so they learn to think long-term about missions in a service-learning and hands-on approach. Every school can customize its vision for building these experiences into the overall experience.
Dr. Ruiz has been involved in all points of the school review process and resulting efforts to strengthen a God-focused and Bible-anchored educational journey for the students at Heritage. Throughout her own journey to this role, she has seen God’s hand and provision over the years. “I am blessed to have [been] in many different school settings that would allow me to be equipped for such a time as this,” she shared.
Day of Prayer
Join us on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, as we unite across the globe to pray for Christ-centered education. Based on Isaiah 25:1, this year’s theme is faithfulness. Throughout scripture, we see God stays true to His promises. He is steadfast. He is trustworthy. He never fails. God is faithful. No matter how big or small you need, just like he fed the Israelites manna (Exodus 16), he will provide for our daily needs. Just as God is faithful, we should remain faithful to Him to stand for righteousness even when it’s hard. We pray that this theme allows you and your school community to celebrate God’s faithfulness while committing to stay faithful to God and each other.
The Flourishing Faith Index: Measuring Biblical Worldview and Spiritual Formation in Christian Schools
Matthew H. Lee, Eric W. Price, & Lynn E. Swaner | February 12, 2024
In what ways and to what extent does spiritual formation take place in Christian schools? Which practices are most strongly related to promoting spiritual formation and biblical worldview development in students?
Student Leadership & Learning Ep 2: An Educator’s Influence
Emily Pigott | February 19, 2024
Students don’t need us for information, they need us for wisdom. The second episode of the Student Leadership & Learning podcast explores educators' influence and how to cultivate it.
“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 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.
Stay Connected to ACSI
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.
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.
ACSI Welcomes New Director for Biblical Unity, Diversity & Social Engagement
Colorado Springs, CO– The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to welcome Dr. Justina Jenkins as its new Director for Biblical Unity, Diversity & Social Engagement. In her new role, Jenkins, alongside the ACSI Ministry Team, will create Christ-centered educational resources to meet the unique needs of students, educators, and parents of high-poverty communities.
Jenkins and the Ministry Team will build upon ACSI’s 25-year foundation of equipping under-resourced schools, communities, and families. This foundation, comprised of a network of urban schools, was established by longtime ACSI leaders Dr. Vernard Gant and Mrs. Yvonne Jones.
ACSI President & CEO Dr. Larry Taylor is passionate about cultivating learning environments that train students to have a biblical worldview for every objective of the curriculum and co-curriculum.
“We have an opportunity and responsibility to increase access to Christ-centered education for students who typically do not have this option,” he said. “Dr. Jenkins will spearhead ACSI’s efforts to serve our existing network of under-resourced schools. She will also work closely with ACSI’s executive team to plant new Christian schools in high-poverty communities throughout our nation.”
Jenkins joins ACSI with more than 16 years serving in education, most of those in Christian schools. She currently serves as Head of School at Rivertree Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has led since 2019. She earned her Doctorate from Mercer University in Curriculum & Instruction and her Master’s of Education from Mercer University.
“I am honored and enthusiastic to embrace the role of Director for Biblical Unity, Diversity & Social Engagement,” Jenkins shared. “I am deeply committed to upholding the five foundational biblical principles that guide this position. I pray this will be a transformative journey that not only reflects these principles but actively contributes to the flourishing of schools deeply rooted in faith, understanding, and shared purpose.”
Jenkins will continue to serve as Head of School at Rivertree Academy.
ACSI Chief Ministry Officer Jerry Nelson looks forward to serving alongside Jenkins.
“ACSI is committed to building upon the foundation laid by Dr. Vernard Gant over twenty years ago,” Nelson said. “He was a champion for ‘the least of these.’ The newly formed Biblical Unity Department, under the leadership of Dr. Justina Jenkins (Director of GRAACE Initiatives), will continue to communicate the heart of Jesus to remove any and all unnecessary barriers to the most transformative education on the planet—Christian education. Dr. Jenkins brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ACSI to help us continue to provide access to Christian education for all those who desire it.”
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.
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.