REACH 2.1 School Accreditation Documents

Please note: In order for these documents to work correctly, please save the blank document to your desktop before you start working on them. Once you have saved the blank document you will be able to fill it, re-save it, and all work will be there when you open it. Since you will be submitting these as attached files via email, please insure they are filled out completely and saved correctly before sending.

REACH Revisions 

(For schools hosting a visiting team fall 2019 or later). 

The Office of Academic Services has updated the REACH Indicators and Rubrics.  We collected input and feedback throughout the spring from regional staff, accreditation commissions, chairs, and teams.  The final version was approved by the ACSI Commission on Accreditation and the ACSI Board in July. 

There were no changes in the standards.  Most differences will be evident in wording changes to indicators and rubrics.  The new version will be available for schools working on their self-studies fall of 2018 and they will come into effect fall of 2019. Schools can access these revised documents here: REACH Revisions

Applications and Manuals

Application for Accreditation (printable, for initial application only with payment by check)

REACH Standards Checklist - 2019 Edition (for those applying 11/30/2018 and later - must be submitted with the application)

Please note: It is recommended that you complete the online application (link below); however, if completing the paper application, please mail the application and fee to ACSI headquarters - address on the final page.

Application for Accreditation (online, for initial application only with payment by credit card)

Please note: It is recommended that you complete written sections in a Word document, or similar, and save them to your computer prior to copy/pasting them into the online application. 

REACH 2.1 Standards and Indicators Checklist (8/17/17)

REACH 2.1 Standards Manual (8/1/17)

REACH 2.1 Rubrics Manual (8/1/17)

REACH 2.1 EE Evidence Guide (8/17/17)

REACH 2.1 Accreditation by School Progress (ASP) Manual

School Administrator Handbook

Self-Study Forms and Documents

Certification Spreadsheet - blank (password: ACSI) (9/22/17)

Certification Spreadsheet - sample (9/22/17)

Continuous School Improvement Plan Template (PDF)

Continuous School Improvement Plan Template (Excel)

Request for Faculty Waiver (11/14/17)

Permanent Faculty Waiver Professional Growth Plan

Temporary Faculty Waiver Progress Report 

Indicator Ratings Spreadsheet for EE-12 Schools (password: ACSI)

Indicator Ratings Spreadsheet for K-12 Schools (password: ACSI)

Indicator Ratings Spreadsheet for International Schools (password: ACSI)

Indicator Ratings Spreadsheet for EE Standalone Schools (password: ACSI)

ePlatform Documents

Self-Study Report Template (to guide completion in Word prior to entering information on the ePlatform)

"Sample Christian School" Self-Study (12/2016)

Formatting a School Report (7/17/17)

Quick Reference Guide to Self-Study on ePlatform

Information for Fulfilling Specific Standards

Options for Meeting Indicator 2.9 (10/8/2018)

Guidelines for Outside Contracted Teachers or Instructors (Standard 4) (1/23/19)

Guidelines for Teaching Bible (Indicator 5.3) (10/6/17)

Guidelines for Accepting Credits from Other Sources (Standard 5) (7/12/17)

Guidelines for Defining Trained Staff (Indicator 5.11)

The Value of Expected Student Outcomes by Dr. Erin Wilcox

Strategic Plan or Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP)? by Dr. Steve Dill (Standard 8) (10/31/18)

Focus on the Process - Not Vocabulary: Why Distinguishing between Strategic Plans and Continuous School Improvement Plans (CSIP) is the Wrong Approach by Denver Daniel (Standard 8) 

Post-Visit Forms and Documents

Evaluation of Visiting Team by Administrator

What Constitutes a Substantive Change in an Accredited School? (2/17/18)

Substantive Change Notification Form

Statement of Financial Practice

EE Accreditation Documents

Documents marked (S) - include in Self-Study; Documents marked (A) - include in annual report; Documents marked (I) - individual EE staff form

REACH 2.1 Reference Guide for EE Documents

Request for EE Staff Waiver (I) Updated 8/22/18

EE Staff Temporary Waiver Action Plan/Progress Report (I) Updated 7/30/18

EE Yearly Professional Development Report (I) Updated 9/12/18

EE Biblical Studies Form (I)

EE Parent Survey (I)

EE Staffing Report (S) (A) 

EE Annual Report Form (A) Updated 6/22/18

EE Yearly Staff Profile (blank) (S) (A)

EE Yearly Staff Profile (sample)

EE License Exempt Form (S)

EE Background Screening Form (for license exempt programs) (S)

Supporting Documents for EE

EE Age Group Ratio Guidelines

EE Annual Staff Training Guidelines

EE Curriculum Guide Mapping Sample

EE Curriculum Plan Information Sheet

EE Expected Child Outcomes

Please note: These and all REACH documents are the property of ACSI. ACSI grants permission for the use of these documents, in their published form, by ACSI member schools, and other Christian schools, for the purpose of ACSI accreditation and individual school improvement. These documents may not be incorporated into other accreditation instruments or used for personal or corporate gain. ACSI reserves the right to revoke permission of use at its discretion.