Accreditation by a well-recognized agency is a seal of quality on an educational organization. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) promotes the value and worthiness of accreditation and encourages each school and early education program to continuously pursue excellence. We believe that this pursuit matches the biblical directive of approving "things that are excellent" (Philippians 1:10, KJV).
The seal of accreditation denotes a school that has met institutional standards of quality, and it verifies a commitment to strategic improvement and ongoing accountability. The process of accreditation involves three significant elements:
1. intensive, institution-wide self-appraisal, analysis, and improvement planning;
2. external consultation, review, validation, and insights from a visiting peer group; and
3. ongoing accountability for improvement through annual reporting and renewal.
ACSI's internationally recognized accreditation program is designed to assist schools in obtaining widely recognized accredited status.
REACH 2.1: Accreditation Manual for EE-12 North American and International Schools includes comprehensive declarations of quality procedures and practices that should exist in schools and early education programs that are striving to achieve superior performance and strong effectiveness based on educational research and quality practices from a distinctively Christian perspective.
The Standards Manual includes the standards and indicators for all ages that a school/program may serve. The standards apply to each level, grades EE-12. Each standard has a set of corresponding indicators, a justification statement, and rubrics. Indicators are descriptions of exemplary practices, processes, and procedures that would be seen in educational programs that are highly effective in meeting the standards. They provide greater clarity of quality practices for each standard.
Justification statements describe what would be observable and supportable in an educational entity that is effectively putting the standard into practice.
The rubrics have been developed to assist the school or program in a self-evaluating process to determine compliance with the standards.
These items: standards, justification statements, indicators, and rubrics are meant to be viewed as an entity and not as stand-alone pieces to be met in isolation. Each has an impact on the other, and each plays a major part in the overall effectiveness for educational improvement and student growth, as well as for program improvement and development of the whole child. The REACH 2.1 protocol addresses the unique needs of both K-12 schools and early education programs.
"The self-study process of accreditation that schools go through provides the greatest benefit and is the key to school excellence. When you have all of your school's constituency contributing to the process, you bring into focus the areas that can be examined and improved to make your school outstanding and pleasing to God."
Dr. Larry Daugherty, Superintendent (Ret.)
Maranatha Christian Academy, Shawnee, Kansas
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