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Why seek accreditation and/or recognition?
US Department of Education states that "there are no specific federal laws or regulations governing the recognition of associations that accredit primary and secondary schools, and the U.S. Department of Education has no oversight role with respect to school accreditation. Most states have laws requiring or encouraging accreditation for public schools and state-chartered private schools. Schools that possess accreditation and state approval by authorities recognized at the state level are considered to be recognized schools in the U.S. education system. In addition, private schools that are accredited by other associations recognized by the federal Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State are also considered to be recognized."
Federal and State
"State governments have the authority to regulate public preschool, primary and secondary education; license private preschool, primary, and secondary schools; and license or otherwise regulate parents providing home schooling. They also, in many cases, establish and oversee curricula, standards, and procedures. Most state governance occurs via state departments and boards of education, but certain other aspects are often regulated through specialized agencies." (US Dept. of Ed.)
US Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools provide assistance and promotes a small number of international schools for dependents of American citizens who are carrying out department "programs and interests of the US Government abroad." These schools are listed on its website (https://www.state.gov/m/a/os/c1684.htm). They do not include Christian schools.
Accreditation with Association of Christian Schools International
"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."
Association of Christian Teachers & Schools
"The purpose of the Accreditation Program is to establish high, uniform standards among ACTS member schools. Achievement of accreditation status represents a standard of excellence that is recognized by other institutions and the constituency of the community in which the school is located. Accreditation requirements identify educational and spiritual criteria which establish high expectations for Christian schools. Parents seek accredited schools because they believe such schools offer a quality program. Likewise, the larger communities of business and higher education value the standard of excellence established by school accreditation."
American Association of Christian Schools
"The American Association of Christian Schools offers its member schools one of the finest, most comprehensive accreditation programs available. Accreditation is a means whereby the AACS can assist its member schools in the building of stronger Christian schools. Accreditation is voluntary; it is not an attempt to license or regulate. In order to be accredited, a school must state a philosophy of education that is in conformity with biblical standards, demonstrate that its program is in agreement with that philosophy, and meet certain standards that are generally acceptable to Christian educators."
Christian Schools International
"Designed as a voluntary method of quality assurance and improvement, CSI accreditation is a continuous cycle of review and reflection based on established standards of excellence."
International Christian Accrediting Association
"The purpose of ICAA is to assist Christian schools in the improvement of education within their Christian distinctive by establishing an external, organizational witness and validation of a school’s credibility of performance, integrity and quality."
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