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Welcome to the South-Central Region

Thank you for visiting our website! We appreciate your membership and involvement in ACSI, and we pray that you'll find support and encouragement in your regional family. In the Quick Links menu on the left you'll find the information you need to connect, grow personally and as a school, find specialized resources you may need, and more. Please don't hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or need support. May God bless you as you minister to His children!

Announcements

  • You can now renew your school's ACSI membership. Do so today!
  • Bring your staff to the ACSI Summer In-Service Tuesday, August 8 at the Hope Center in Plano, TX. Come and hear Dr. Joy Bell, administrator at Firewheel Christian Academy as she leads a workshop addressing differentiated learning. Additional sessions will feature the Philosophy of Christian School Education with Brian Treadaway, REACH 2.1 with Dr. Diane Bunker, plus an early educator track. A dedicated webpage with complete information is coming soon.  
  • Please make it a top priority to attend your ACSI district meeting this fall! You will receive an email invitation from your ACSI District Representative in the near future. There are no costs to attend this gathering. 
  • Remember to schedule a Professional Development Forum for your school! The theme, Reimagine Education, will be explored at each venue. October 12–13 is the date of the O'Fallon, Missouri location. Dr. Glen Schultz, director of Kingdom Education Ministries, will keynote there. The Dallas/Ft. Worth forum will be held October 23 and features Dr. Vernard Gant. Finally, our San Antonio venue is October 23–24, where Dr. Phil Johnson, founder of Global Next, LLC, will speak. Do you wish to give a seminar or poster session? Complete our presenter form, and we will be in touch with you.

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Student Activities
Upcoming Worldwide Events
International School Leaders Conference—Thailand
Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017

Professional development, encouragement, and networking for the international Christian school leader.

International School Job Fair
Oct 31, 2017 - Nov 7, 2017

An annual U.S. event that connects international school representatives and sending agencies with potential hires.

Upcoming South Central Region Events
2017 PD Forum San Antonio
Oct 23, 2017 - Oct 8, 2017

2017 PD Forum Dallas TX
Oct 23, 2017 - Oct 23, 2017

South–Central Early Education Conference
Feb 17, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018

South–Central Early Education Conference

Online Community Discussions 
Parallel Translation Bibles
I am looking for a better resource for Bibles to use with our international students. I like them to have a parallel translation or "bilingual" Bible so that they can study the Scriptures in English and in their native language.  .
School Sentries    
Our school board is discussing/exploring the possibility of having armed school sentries-school personnel who are armed, but not openly, and without the identity of the armed personnel openly known. There are some people who are very much in favor of this and others very much opposed.
Math Placement Exam—High School  
I am looking for a standardized high school math placement exam that I can give to our International applicants in their home country before they arrive in the US. We are trying to determine their math placement before they arrive at our school.  
Featured Member Benefit

ACSI proudly presents its Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies carefully chosen to benefit you—our member schools—and to assist you in accomplishing your life-changing mission. Our goal is to proactively build long-term relationships with entities that thoughtfully align with the goals and purposes of Christian schooling and desire to assist you in your work as you educate the next generation of leaders.

ACSI's Strategic Partnership Program has four categories of organizations, National Corporate PartnersAffinity PartnersApproved Providers, and our newest category, Ministry Partners. You are encouraged to contact all of our partners and providers and see how they can provide additional services to your school ministry.

Featured Resources
49.3 Bursting the Bubble

It’s a question many Christian parents have asked: By having my kids attend a Christian school, am I nurturing them and equipping them for life in secular society, or am I potentially harming them by shielding them from it? Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas), addresses that question head-on in this issue. I hope you’ll consider his excellent points.

49.2 The Back-to-School Tree

You’ve made a fantastic, eternity-impacting decision by enrolling your kids in a Christian school. But how do you maximize your investment? I’ve invited Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas) to outline a few deliberate actions you can take to do so this school year. —Dan

49.1 Back to School—Round 2

The start of the school year is akin to New Year’s Day: it’s a new beginning, and you have no idea what the days ahead will bring. For that reason, it’s a great time to re-center on God. I’ve invited Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas), to address some ideas on keeping a godly perspective this year. —Dan

New ACSI Blog Posts

Finishing Well: Succession Planning in Christian Schools

Lynn Swaner

As we settled in for the newest installment in the Disney series, I reclined my seat and set my expectations as low as possible, expecting little more than fluff and frivolity for the next two hours. But rather than mindless kids' entertainment, Cars 3—like the best children's movies—delivered a poignant message for adults ... and maybe for Christian educators as well. Read more...

Changing Your School Office Spaces: An Opportunity for Transformation

Mitchell Salerno

We understand the necessity of a team of players thinking and acting as one. Yet, in our workplaces, specifically in our schools, we typically operate as a collection of individuals. In particular, our leadership teams are often comprised of fragmented, isolated, and detached members, interacting and collaborating collectively once a week at best. We must change, and we must innovate, because the challenges facing Christian schools are substantial and complex. Read more...