From Trinity Christian Academy
Head of School Mike Skaggs announced that Trinity Christian Academy has been awarded continued accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action is the fruit of eighteen months of intensive efforts on the part of all school stakeholders and culminated with a four-day on-site visit by an ACSI/AdvancED team in November 2015.
Both ACSI and SACS-CASI provide nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. This year marks Trinity Christian Academy’s 20th year as an accredited school, having first earned ACSI accreditation in 1996. Trinity Christian Academy is the only private, Christian school in Parker County with this level of rigorous accreditation.
“Dual accreditation also means that the school has met or exceeded standards of quality developed through years of experience and expertise by both organizations,” said ACSI South-Central Regional Director, Dr. Diane Bunker. “Schools accredited by both ACSI and AdvancED are recognized around the world for their consistent Christian commitment, academic excellence, and educational effectiveness.”
Trinity Christian Academy was praised in several areas including the collection, analysis, and use of student performance data. Also of note were unusually high scores given to TCA teachers after classroom evaluations conducted by the visiting team. In all domains, the school staff scored well above national averages. A final strength highlighted focused upon TCA’s “strong sense of shared values,” with the team noting how over 60 students, parents, and staff spoke with one voice during interviews about TCA’s culture as uniquely relational and distinctively Christian.
“Dual accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that all of us at TCA are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective school staffed by highly qualified educators,” Skaggs said.
ACSI and SACS-CASI accreditation are recognized across state lines, not only easing the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assuring parents that the school meets nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS-CASI, said “SACS-CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Trinity Christian Academy is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”