New Park Street Christian Academy is now a proud member of ACSI, the Association of Christian Schools International. The official ACSI standard is on our first page.
This is the third school I have enjoyed membership with ACSI. I have had two schools before New Park Street Christian Academy I started and managed with many other great people that God blessed me with. Both schools belonged to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). It is a great national organization whose mission is to support Christian schools through activities and other ways. ACSI had regional academic competitions we looked forward to participating in.
Here is some information from the ACSI web site about their organization.
At ACSI, we serve almost 3,000 member-schools in the United States, over 20,000 member schools internationally, and help more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education. We have offices throughout the United States and the world.
ACSI Membership connects your school with a community of Christian educators, along with tools, services, and professional development opportunities.
ACSI has been a lot of support to my schools in the past. Support that helped those schools exhibit their uniqueness to the Christian community. Nationwide math, spelling and georaphy competitions, legal services, and accreditation were some of the many supports provided to help us serve our community.
But ASCI has always been much more for me than their support for the school. It has always been an important support for me personally. The Rocky Mountain Region is based in Tucson. And it has always had very good leadership, including now, with Jerry Bowen at the helm.
The support of the regional leadership and the opportunity of being able to meet and discuss the managing of a school with other principals of Christian schools in an invalauable encouragement.
ACSI membership also provides some additional credibility for this new school commitment I am beginning.
Accreditation is a wonderful service provided by ACSI. In my past two schools, I used both accreditation from ACSI and the secular North Central or as it is now called, Advanced Ed, to provide appraisal of my schools. Neither group provides a better service than the other that I can see. I used the two services because I thought at the time it would provide more credibility. Looking back, I don't think it made a difference in my two schools credibility to have both services accredited the schools.
Here is what ACSI says about their accreditation.
Accreditation with ACSI engages schools in a vigorous, holistic process of organizational appraisal and improvement that engages every school constituent. Our program is a highly regarded Christian program for member schools. We have partnerships with all of the U.S. regional accreditation agencies and offer joint accreditation with numerous accrediting organizations.
When New Park Street Christian Academy begins to have a few students, we will contact ACSI for permission to begin the process. It is always worthwhile and for me a joy to present what my student's are doing.
While there are many fine Christian school associations to belong to, ACSI has met the needs of my previous schools and I expect they will do that again. I am proud to be a member school.
I am Tim Ihms, the founder, head master, instructor, book keeper, and part time custodian at New Park Street Christian Academy. The blogs on this page are written for the parents of New Park Street students and for those who may be interested in sending their child to the school some day.