What Does it Mean to Be an ACSI Accredited School?
The accreditation program of the ACSI is designed to assist member schools in achieving a standard of excellence and to encourage them in a continuous process of assessment and ongoing development. To desire excellence is to take seriously our commitment to Christ, whose name is excellent (Psalm 8:1). The process of achieving and maintaining accredited status is a means of proclaiming our commitment to doing things well. The major benefit to a school that goes through the accreditation process is the documentation of an intensive appraisal of each component of its ministry. The subsequent benefit is the status of being an accredited school. “Accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for their standards, performance, integrity, and quality” (Lowrie, 1984).
Two major themes are obvious throughout the ACSI accreditation program. First, the program probes the spiritual aspects of each component of the organization. Second, the program addresses the educational quality and integrity of the school. The latter addresses the issues that demonstrate that the school is true to its own statements of philosophy, mission, and goals and that it is meeting the standards of quality that are recognized by ACSI. ACSI is a charter member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), and the accreditation program of ACSI has been fully recognized by them. NCPSA is a national review panel for standards and procedures of private school accrediting associations and is recognized in a number of states as an indicator of a quality accreditation process.
Why Does ACP feel ACSI Accreditation is important?
This process documents that the school is true to its own foundational statements (mission, vision, core values, goals).
Accreditation affirms that the school meets standards of quality established by the international school community.
Accreditation provides validation of the credibility of the school through a peer review process.
The process promotes accountability to the school community.
Reviewing our school promotes ongoing instructional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school development.
Going through the accreditation process encourages us to evaluate the biblical and spiritual integration of the school.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
In the belief that all Christians share responsibility for the education and preservation of our children, we commit ourselves to provide the best possible God-centered, educational opportunities to the families of The Church at Argyle and the surrounding community.
The Argyle Christian Preschool educational program will be based upon the following truths:
God - God is the eternal, supreme, sovereign and holy God in whom resides all knowledge, truth, and wisdom. Psalm 90:2, Proverbs 2:6, Isaiah 44:6
God’s Word - The Bible is the authentic, complete, divinely inspired, inerrant, holy, Word of God. It is the source of all truth and the center of all learning. II Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 33:4
Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God; the only way by which we can be reconciled to the Heavenly Father and acquire eternal life. John 1:4,3:15, 14:6 and Luke 1:35
Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is that part of the Trinity, which indwells and empowers all believers to live a holy and godly life. John 14:26, Ephesians 4;30, 5:18b
Knowledge and Wisdom - Knowledge is the acquisition of God’s truth, while wisdom is the God-given ability to correctly apply that acquired knowledge. Proverbs 2:6, Psalm 25:4
Education - True education is the process whereby we learn to see truth through the perspective of God’s Word. Proverbs 3:5-8
ACP Non-discrimination Statement
Consistent with Christian principles, Argyle Christian Preschool admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, or religion to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
Argyle Christian Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.
Argyle Christian Preschool and Kindergarten is an "equal opportunity employer.” ACP will not discriminate and will take "affirmative action" measures to ensure against discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, or gender in employment, recruitment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment for all employees or job applicants.
Faith is not a factor in the admission process for students but is a daily part of life for students including participation in Biblically-based activities as well as Chapel services. A statement of faith for Argyle Christian Preschool can be found on the website as well as in the student handbook.
ACP SCHOOL BOARD
Argyle Christian Preschool is governed by the ACP School Board. The school board oversees the continuing operation of ACP and generally oversees the school’s business affairs. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to; making policy; acting on matters of personnel; establishing tuition and fees and promoting Christian education in the community and praying for the ministry of the school.
The school board is comprised of the Pastor of the Church at Argyle, Administration and Ministry Pastor, Children’s Ministry Director, ACP Director and Administrative Assistant, Deacon Chairperson, School board chairperson, as well as 4 church members.
Should you need to contact the ACP School Board, please contact The Church at Argyle at (904) 777-1238. They will put you in touch with our school board Chairperson.