Grace Christian School: Accreditation
We are excited to announce that GCS received a certificate this past spring for regional accreditation through the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSACESS). Grace Christian has been accredited through the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) since 1984, but has recently received accreditation through MSACESS, the North American Christian School Accrediting Agency (NACSAA), and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). In March of 2010 an accreditation team visited GCS for 3 days to review our school in action. Prior to their visit they had received several volumes outlining our program and practice. Two members of that team are certified with the agencies listed in this announcement. We are glad to announce that we have recently received all of the paperwork and certificates that allow this public announcement. This is just one more assurance to parents of the quality education Grace Christian School provides their children! We thank our Lord for equipping us with the staff and resources to reach these high standards of excellence!
Characteristics of an Accredited School:
1. It is devoted to a mission. Your school cares enough about what it does to seek validation by a recognized accrediting agency.
2. It knows itself. Your school operates from an examined vision of service to students, family, and community.
3. It keeps its promises. Your school promises only what it can deliver.
4. It accepts objective evaluation. Your school has outside evaluators who have no prior involvement with the school or its sponsoring authority to provide annual and scheduled evaluations.
6. It is self-correcting. Your accredited school demonstrates a capacity to control its own quality.
7. It is student-oriented. Your school's philosophy of education expresses what it does for the whole student.
8. It plans for its future. Your school has plans that include continuous strategies for anticipated events and goals toward even higher levels of quality and school improvement.
9. It examines performance. Your school continuously obtains and analyzes objective evidence on student achievement and growth.
10. It participates in the responsibilities of the academic profession. Your accredited school participates in the self-renewing activity of evaluation and accreditation.