Who: Accreditation is sought by ACSI schools in order to validate their quality and verify that they are striving for excellence based on a solid Christian philosophy of education foundation.
The ACSI accreditation protocol is unique in two major ways: (1) the protocol probes the spiritual aspects of each component of the organization and (2) the protocol addresses the educational quality and integrity of the organization. The latter addresses the issues demonstrating that the school is true to its own statements of philosophy, mission, and goals and that it is meeting the standards of quality and effectiveness.
What: ACSI accreditation is a highly effective way for a Christian school/program to evaluate itself in light of its unique educational mission. An authentic Christian school/program may be thought of as involving the four interwoven educational strands of (1) academic ideas and thinking; (2) skills for life and living; (3) biblical worldview grounding; and (4) personal character, values, and spiritual formation. The self-study process guides a school/program to evaluate and reflect on all that it does in light of this distinctive four-pronged mission. Accreditation and school improvement assist schools in changing for the better in an orderly and systematic way. They bring a vigorous dynamic into the school by engaging every constituent of the school in a process of organizational appraisal.
Why: Benefits too Important to Ignore:
- Documents school is true to its own foundational statements (mission, vision, core values, goals)
- Affirms school meets standards of quality established by the international school community
- Provides validation of the credibility of the school through a peer review process
- Promotes accountability to the school community
- Improves instruction targeting increased student achievement
- Promotes ongoing instructional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school development
- Encourages the evaluation of biblical and spiritual integration of the school
- Transfers credits between schools and between nation's school systems
Recognitions: ACSI Accreditation is Recognized:
- Approval by the U.S. Department of Education for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), I-20 and I-17 forms
- Various U.S. state, national, & international recognitions
- Endorsement to administer College Board/ACT exams on the school site
- Recognition of early education accreditation status in several states, allowing the program to receive higher reimbursement rates for subsidized children
- Eligibility for joint accreditation status with AdvancED.
How: ACSI's accreditation process is implemented by the ACSI regional office that serves your Christian school. Schools initiating accreditation for the first time will use the REACH 2.1 Standards Manual. Schools may contact the Southeast Region representative for more information.