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School Services

A key part of ACSI’s mission is to strengthen schools, and we do that by offering a variety of programs. You’ll find links on this website to information about program, along with information on our customized services for early education and higher education programs.

ACSI provides a highly regarded accreditation program for secondary, primary, and standalone and attached preschools. ACSI has partnerships allover the world. Also available is a web-based recognition program of school improvement for schools not ready to enter the formal accreditation process. In addition, ACSI approves Christian college and university teacher and administrator schools of education that include the needed coursework to qualify for ACSI teacher and/or administrator certification.

Who:

ACSI member schools seek accreditation to validate their quality and verify that they are striving for excellence based on a solid Christian philosophy of education foundation.

What:

Accreditation and school improvement assist member schools in changing for the better in an orderly and systematic way. They bring a vigorous dynamic into the school by engaging every school constituent in a process of organizational appraisal.

Why:

  • It documents that the school is true to its own foundational statements (mission, vision, core values, goals)
  • It affirms that the school meets standards of quality established by the international school community
  • It provides validation of the credibility of the school through a peer review process
  • It promotes accountability to the school community
  • It improves instruction targeting increased student achievement
  • It promotes ongoing instructional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school development
  • It encourages the evaluation of biblical and spiritual integration of the school
  • It transfers credits between schools and between nation’s school systems

ACSI proudly presents its Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies carefully chosen to benefit you—our member schools—and to assist you in accomplishing your life-changing mission. Our goal is to proactively build long-term relationships with entities that thoughtfully align with the goals and purposes of Christian schooling and desire to assist you in your work as you educate the next generation of leaders.

ACSI’s Strategic Partnership Program has four categories of organizations, National Corporate Partners, Affinity Partners, Approved Providers, and our newest category, Ministry Partners. You are encouraged to contact all of our partners and providers and see how they can provide additional services to your school ministry.

How to Become Part of Strategic Partnership Program

You can partner with ACSI to serve schools with your products and/or services in four ways.

The highest level of alignment is the National Corporate Partner program. ACSI’s partners serve pre-K to college-level member educators and administrators. The National Corporate Partner program, which is open to eight companies, offers a year-round marketing platform based on mutually agreed upon strategic objectives. Partners are carefully chosen and receive a comprehensive national marketing and promotion campaign that ACSI manages and services. Only national partners enjoy this proprietary, co-branded relationship. For more information about this program, please contact us.

ACSI also offers an Affinity Partnership program for up to 10 companies that is based on a revenue-sharing model. Potential partners should be prepared to provide a comprehensive business plan that includes a long-term national marketing strategy. Affinity partners receive co-branding as ACSI purchasing partners. All marketing through ACSI channels, such as exhibit space and publication and web advertisements, is purchased a la carte.

ACSI Approved Providers are those that ACSI leaders have vetted and approved to provide goods and services to ACSI member schools.

The Ministry Partner category is for faith-based organizations that desire to work and partner with ACSI to provide services and programs for our member schools. These ministries provide short-term mission trips, leadership training, international student programs, ESL training opportunities, and biblical worldview training.

National or regional companies hoping to build recognition with ACSI member schools may activate the relationship region by region as Regional Event Sponsors. Each African region offers exhibit and promotion opportunities for regional events.

If you are interested in reaching a specific audience, please contact us. 

ACSI is privileged to be a part of God’s robust worldwide movement in Christian schooling. The Global department is focused on serving two different international elements.

“International” Christian schools are those located outside of the U.S.A that serve the expatriate community and often, a portion of the host country population. These schools use curricular programs originating outside their host country, employ internationally educated faculty, and specifically develop programs that prepare students for tertiary education outside the host country. Frequently, instruction is in English with a Western-style curriculum. The ACSI International School office within headquarters serves international schools located in more than 77 countries from ACSI headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.  

“National” Christian schools are those located outside of U.S.A and primarily focus on serving the local population, following the curriculum guidelines of that particular country. ACSI has 20 country/regional offices around the world providing services to these national Christian schools movements. Our aim is to help provide culturally relevant, effective Christian education; led by local educators; that are economically sustainable in their own context.

Serving together,

Tim Shuman
Regional Director for International Schools 

Over the past few decades, several trends have increasingly come to shape the landscape for private Christian education in the world. ACSI commissioned Barna Group, a research company with three decades of experience tracking issues of faith and culture, to explore these trends more deeply, providing concrete data to inform schools about the faith and education dynamics of parents. This landscape study of K-12 education and the factors impacting school choice will help educators understand what parents value, their perceptions of different school types, and their motivations and barriers to choosing Christian education. Multiple Choice: How Parents Sort Education Options in a Changing Market includes findings from survey research with:
    • 971 parents of current ACSI schools
    • 400 parents of prospective students
    • 221 parents of home-schooled students
    • 483 senior pastors of mostly Protestant churches
    ACSI is pleased to offer the results and implications of this study to its members and constituents as a guide for navigating the future landscape of Christian education. Our prayer is that insights gleaned from this groundbreaking research will assist educators in fulfilling their mission and thereby making a Kingdom impact in the lives of their students. For member schools only, view a recent presentation by Brooke Hempell, Vice President of Research with the Barna Group, where she discusses this project. Download Multiple Choice: How Parents Sort Education Options in a Changing Market, free of charge for member schools, now!

    Research on matters of educational, spiritual, and cultural importance for Christian schools

    An emerging priority for ACSI in providing value to member schools is generating actionable answers to the complex questions facing the Christian school movement. Cultural shifts in our society are seen through changing values and behaviors, in areas like morality and the family, but also through challenges to assumptions about truth and how reality is defined. Christian schools have also been impacted by a confluence of educational changes, such as rapid technological innovation and the shifting needs of students.

    This larger educational landscape has left Christian educators asking important questions for which there are no simple answers. It is within this context, that ACSI is investing in research initiatives to identify promising and best practices, sponsoring research and pilot programs that yield data on school effectiveness, and disseminating and sharing knowledge to support the Christian school movement.

    Below are featured research projects designed to address the complex questions and adaptive challenges Christian schools face today.

    For questions or comments, please contact the ACSI Research Department at info@acsi.co.zw

    1. Barna Research Report2. Professional Development Literature Synthesis