Thought Leadership

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ACSI Thought Leadership engages leaders and schools in innovative dialogue and research on matters of educational, spiritual, and cultural importance for Christian education. For questions, please contact

ACSI Blog and Podcast

ACSI's weekly blog and the ACSI Podcasts feature Christian education leaders and educational experts who share forward-thinking, innovational approaches to current issues and topics in Christian schools. View this week's blog, search past posts, watch or listen to the four shows of the ACSI Podcasts, and subscribe to receive posts in your inbox once a week.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education

AI in Christian Schools

ACSI is honored to continue working with Cardus, a think tank dedicated to clarifying and strengthening  institutions such as education for the common good. Together, ACSI and Cardus are producing dynamic research regarding AI usage and perspective in ACSI member schools that will be provided is survey results this spring and a monograph this fall along with a panel discussion at FSi  Houston.

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Flourishing Schools Research

The Flourishing School Culture Model (FSCM) provides a research-validated path to flourishing for Christian schools in the domains of Purpose, Relationships, Teaching & Learning, Expertise & Resources, and Well-Being. The Flourishing School Culture Instrument (FSCI) continues to benefit Christian schools by measuring the core components of flourishing for their unique school cultures. To learn more about the research, select a report below.

FSCI Leadership Report

FSCI National Report

FSCI Independent Review

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Flourishing School Culture Instrument

Flourishing Faith

ACSI’s Flourishing Faith Initiative, featuring groundbreaking research on biblical worldview and spiritual formation development in Christian schools, has culminated in the development and validation of a new research tool—the Flourishing Faith Index (FFI). The Flourishing Faith Index report below (free download) provides an overview of the research, including literature review, methodology, validation process, and initial findings. See the additional Flourishing Faith research reports for insights on teacher and administrator pipelines.

The FFI is available for schools’ use now. Begin the journey to Flourishing Faith in your school today!

The Flourishing Faith Index (FFI Research Report)

Tending the Teacher Pipeline (Teacher Pipeline Report)

Learning to Lead (Administrator Pipeline Report)

FFM and FFI Independent Review


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Sustainability Initiative

ACSI’s new Sustainability Initiative, fielding grant-funded research in 2020-2021 in conjunction with Cardus, will study the question of how schools move toward innovative models that lend themselves to missional sustainability, both during the uncertainty of COVID-19 and beyond. Stay tuned for future reports. 

Sustainability Initiative Overview


Additional Resources:

Innovative structural and financial models in U.S. Christian education

Christian Schools & COVID-19

ACSI conducted three surveys in 2020 regarding Christian schools’ responses to COVID-19, with over 2,000 responses from schools combined. These reports share key data on enrollment trends, COVID disruption, distance learning plans/discounts, modifications to sports/activities, special education, teacher well-being, innovation and future plans, and more.

Fall 2020 COVID Survey Report

Summer 2020 COVID Survey Report

Spring 2020 COVID Survey Report


Additional Resources:

ACSI Schools Weather Pandemic Storm

Research in Brief (RiB)

RiB is published twice a year by ACSI and is designed to share new findings and insights from research on the Christian school sector.

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Tuition & Salary Reports

On an annual basis, ACSI collects and reports data from member schools on tuition, salary and staffing, school demographics, budgets, and admissions and retention.

2020-2021 Tuition & Salary Survey Results

2019-2020 Tuition & Salary Survey Results

2018-2019 Tuition & Salary Survey Results

Graduate Student Research

ACSI has developed a protocol for external researchers seeking assistance from ACSI in their sampling procedures, which includes doctoral students working on their dissertation proposals. Please review the protocol (link below) and direct any questions to

Graduate Student Research Protocol