Accreditation for Early Education to Grade 12 Schools
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. This pursuit matches the biblical directive of approving “things that are excellent” (Philippians 1:10, KJV). The “accredited” seal denotes a school that has met institutional standards of quality, and verifies a commitment to strategic improvement and on-going accountability. The process of accreditation involves three significant elements:
- Intensive, institution-wide self-appraisal, analysis, and improvement planning
- External consultation, review, validation, and insights from a visiting peer group
- Ongoing accountability for improvement through annual reporting and renewal.
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.
REACH 2.1 Standards Manual (12/2016)
ACSI Accreditation by School Progress
Accreditation by School Progress (ASP) is ACSI's reaccreditation protocol for more mature schools who have previously achieved reaccreditation through REACH and want to spend several years working on an improvement project. ASP allows school leaders to work on something that helps advance the school in a way they've identified. Using the ASP protocol may help a school accomplish its mission at a higher level. Talk to your regional office about the value of using ASP for your next reaccreditation cycle.
This document may be used in a variety of ways:
- For 100% online schools, it is the primary instrument.
- As an addendum to REACH 2.1 for schools which exceed 10% of the credits earned in any division (ES, MS, or HS) from online courses. It may also be required between accredtiation cycles if the credits earned from online classes reach 20%, as reported on the Annual Report.
- As an addendum for schools which have used another regional's protocol to accredit their online school. (When used as an addendum, only a portion of the questions are used.)
For more information concerning the Online Accreditation Protocol, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.