California/Hawaii Accreditation Information

Why ACSI Accreditation?

  • It documents that the school is true to its own foundational statements (mission, vision, core values, goals)
  • It affirms that the school meets standards of quality established by the international school community
  • It provides validation of the credibility of the school through a peer review process
  • It promotes accountability to the school community
  • It improves instruction targeting increased student achievement
  • It promotes ongoing instructional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school development
  • It encourages the evaluation of biblical and spiritual integration of the school
  • It transfers credits between schools and between nation’s school systems

There is also eligibility for joint accreditation status with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

ACSI REACH 2.1 Accreditation Protocol

The REACH 2.1 Standards Manual protocol and process is thought provoking in its approach, stimulating in its methods,and efficient in its procedures. Its core goal is to provoke a reflective and interactive dialogue among the stakeholders of a school. The school will be positioned to refine its strategic plan for student learning and organizational effectiveness, on the basis of its reflection on each of the eight standards and the insights of the visiting team.

REACH 2.1 has eight standards with related indicators and a Rubrics Manual for each indicator along with an EE Evidence Guide for Standards 3, 5, and 6. These guide the school through the self-study process. The school uses the rubrics and evidence guide to stimulate a professional dialog among the stakeholders to determine their rating and then lists evidences that support that rating. A summary narrative for each standard describes the school's strengths and areas in which it has opportunities for improvement. An ACSI consultant is available to mentor the school in the self-study process.When the self-study is completed the school prepares for a visiting team of educators. This team writes a report on the level to which the school is meeting each of the standards and makes a recommendation to the ACSI Regional Accreditation Commission on accreditation.

Next Steps:

Course One! is an accreditation training and preparation program conducted by ACSI for its Southern California member schools desiring to go through the EE–12 accreditation process for the first time. It also provides ongoing training for accreditation coordinators of accredited schools. For more information about Course One! please call the regional office at 714.256.1287 or email our accreditation coordinator.

Each fall, Northern California member schools are invited to a one day training for schools interested in going through accreditation or for accredited schools who desire ongoing training. For more information please call the regional office at 714.256.1287 or email our accreditation coordinator.

Each spring, Hawaii member schools are invited to a one day training for schools interested in going through accreditation or for accredited schools who desire ongoing training. For more information please call the regional office at 714.256.1287 or email our accreditation coordinator.

Upcoming Dates and Locations:

          Course One! Session 1: October 20, 2017 | Brea, CA         

          Course One! Session 2: December 1, 2017 | Brea, CA         

          Course One! Session 3: January 19, 2018 | Brea, CA

          NCA Accreditation Training: September 26, 2017 | Castro Valley, CA

          HI Accreditation Training: April 13, 2018 | Honolulu, HI

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