We are a member of the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), a worldwide umbrella organisation representing 5 285 schools across the globe.
There are 78 ACSI schools in South Africa (24 in Gauteng), of which The King's School West Rand is the only South African school which is Internationally Accredited at present.
The Association of Christian Schools International is an international association that represents Christian Schools all over the world. The Head Office is in Colorado Springs in the USA and the President is Dr Brian Simmons. ACSI in South Africa serves 78 independent schools that are serious about Christ Centred education in South Africa.
To be an association speaking with a viable and authoritative voice in education and consisting of effective Christian schools recognized as essential and contributing to the public good so that Christian school students worldwide acquire wisdom, knowledge and a biblical worldview as evidenced by a lifestyle of character, leadership, service, stewardship and worship
To enable Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively prepare students for life.
Biblical Philosophy: A thoroughly biblical philosophy of education should be implemented in Christian schools in all cultural contexts.
Parental Education Responsibility: Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children; the school serves the Christian home.
Biblical Integration: The biblical integration of every planned learning experience is crucial to effective Christian schooling.
Great Commission: Students and educators in Christian schools worldwide should be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Bible as a Core Subject: The teaching of Bible as a core subject is essential to the academic curriculum.
Academic Excellence: Schools should be committed to academic excellence, maximizing each student’s potential.
Critical Thinking: Students should learn how to process information and think critically in the context of a biblical worldview.
Non-Discrimination: The teaching/learning process in Christian Schools should reflect a Christ-like sensitivity, relevant to a diverse school community.
School Improvement: Christian schools should be involved in a plan of consistent evaluation and Assessment for continuous improvement.
Professional Development: Professional resources and training are vital for the development and growth of Christian educators and schools.
Networking: The ministry of Christian schooling can best be accomplished through cooperation with other appropriate individuals, agencies and organizations in providing programmes, materials and services.
Educational Choice: The opportunity for Christian schooling should be accessible to families as a means of evangelizing, nurturing, and discipling students for a life of service to God and society.
ACSI is committed to respond to the needs of Christian schools and lead its membership to spiritual and academic excellence.
Engagement with government as member of the National Alliance of Independent School Associations (NAISA)
Legal Advice – Policy monitoring and legislation as well as legal assistance to schools
Provincial representation on the Joint Liaison Committees in all provinces there are ACSI schools
Representation at the ETDP SETA
Communications products: National Newsletter; Christian Early Education – magazine published quarterly; Christian School Education - magazine published quarterly. Monthly Newsletter and regular updates to all schools
Website: Hosting for Member schools as well as updated information
Membership Surveys to assist schools in budgeting, planning, benchmarking and Spiritual Formation assessment.
World-wide connections, including Principal’s tours to Canada, the Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs, the International Institute for Christian School Educators in Columbia University, North Carolina, the International Christian Educators Conference (ICEC) in Africa
Student exchange programmes (nationally and internationally) as well as National and International Student Leadership Conferences
Curriculum support and material developed by educational experts
Membership of the ACSI Provident fund
Professional Development: Workshops, conferences and events, including annual Educators, Leadership and Student Conferences.
Quality Assurance: International Accreditation
Post vacancy and CV lists
Networking: Opportunities to reach out to others of like mind with Christian schools worldwide