It's a good thing for a school to be accredited, but what exactly does that mean?
Accreditation is a process of recognizing and assessing educational institutions for their standards, performance, integrity, and quality. Schools that commit to striving for excellence through accreditation are agreeing to a process of ongoing review to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the organization and quality of instruction for the students it serves.Accreditation by a well-recognized agency is a seal of quality on an educational organization. Friends Christian School has been accredited since 1994 by two accrediting agencies: the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The process of accreditation by both organizations involves three significant elements:
- intensive, institution-wide self-appraisal, analysis, and improvement planning;
- external consultation, review, validation, and insights from a visiting peer group; and
- ongoing accountability for improvement through annual reporting and renewal.
The process of accreditation is ongoing for Friends Christian School, preschool through eighth grade. Every six years, we engage in a self-study to evaluate every aspect of the school program, produce a continuous school improvement plan to direct the long-range goals of the school, and host a visiting team of educators whose responsibility it is to ensure compliance with the standards and criteria of both accrediting agencies.Being an accredited school is, after all, a very good thing for the students, parents, and staff of Friends Christian School. We are held to a high standard, confirming to the school stakeholders and the community at large that Friends Christian School is a school of academic and spiritual excellence that partners with parents to develop, nurture, and equip our students to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.