UPWARD ENROLLMENT TREND CONTINUES!
Since the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year, Colonial Christian School has experienced a steady increase in enrollment at the rate of 35%, resulting in increased opportunities for students. What factors have contributed to the blessing of God?
AACS ACCREDITATION ACHIEVED:
Colonial Christian School is pleased to announce that the AACS Accreditation Commission voted on June 4, 2013 to grant full accreditation status to CCS for a five year period. For further information on the benefits of accreditation, please see the article below.
ACCREDITATION: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is accreditation and what does it mean?
Simply put, accreditation is a school improvement program. Full accreditation status is achieved after being investigated by an outside team of educators who document that we are fulfilling our promise to educate children according to established standards.
2. Is accreditation of Christian schools a state requirement?
No. Accreditation is a voluntary process. We are free to operate without it.
3. If it is not required, why is CCS seeking accreditation?
CCS is making application for accreditation later this spring as a way of demonstrating our commitment to provide quality education for our students.
4. What is involved in the accreditation process?
The accreditation process involves an ongoing review designed to strengthen and improve a school’s effectiveness and quality of instruction for the population it serves. As a school, we will be required to identify the data and research, information, evidence, and documented results that ensure and confirm that we are meeting each prescribed standard.
5. What are the benefits of accreditation to CCS? There are many, among them:
6. Will anything change after full accreditation status is granted?
Yes, we hope so. If nothing changes, the entire process will have been in vain. We want to move forward with measurable improvements in our course offerings, faculty, facilities, and fine arts/athletic programs.
7. Will CCS still maintain autonomy after becoming accredited?
Yes. One of the reasons CCS elected to seek accreditation through AACS (recognized by the State of Indiana) is because AACS is knowledgeable of our uniquely Christian posture. AACS is committed to allowing us to operate freely without interference in such areas as hiring practices, behavioral and disciplinary standards, curriculum development, choice of text books, etc. If at any point in time CCS is required, because of our accreditation status, to disobey the Bible, limit our teaching of the Bible, hire teachers who do not hold our Christian values, relax our admission requirements, or otherwise undermine our position as a distinctively Christian institution, CCS will abandon its accreditation status.
Since the February 2012 announcement that our teachers have applied for certification with the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS), I am pleased to announce that 95% of our teachers have achieved at least the rank of professional certification. Further, a good number who have master’s degrees have attained the rank of advanced professional certification. This speaks well of the previous training and present quality of our current faculty.
What does teacher certification mean for your student? It means that you can be assured that our teachers have taken the prescribed courses and completed the degrees which qualify them to teach in their assigned content areas. It also means that they will continue to develop their teaching skills and stay current in their field. As certified teachers, they will be required to document their participation in a program of professional development through educational conferences and advanced coursework. All this will be done to insure that your student continues to receive a quality education at Colonial Christian School.
With the help of our technology support staff, CCS was able to accomplish a number of technology upgrades that give our students and teachers up-to-date computer systems and networks. The following is a list of the upgrades made during the summer of 2012:
• Installed Category 6 Network wires in the B-Wing to allow the Accelerated Reading computers to have access to the Internet.
• Installed a donated switch that originally cost $2500
• Received and installed several HP Blade servers that were donated by a local employer. In order to use these servers, we purchased a Blade Chassis and Network Switch for about $1400, a system that originally cost $20-30K. We used these to configure network servers for the computer lab; as well as an updated Antivirus system for the entire church and school
• Implemented a building wide computer network that securely separates the church, school, and wireless networks
• Received and installed an overhead projector and screen to enhance the teaching technology in 2nd grade