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AdvancED Accreditation

Accreditation is a process that allows us to consistently monitor and improve our educational programs.  Grand Rapids Christian High School has been nationally accredited since the 1920s through the North Central Association of Secondary Schools, now known as AdvancEd.

From AdvancEd

“While accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institution’s organizational effectiveness, it is far more than that. Today accreditation examines the whole institution—the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.”

Christian Schools International’s Rationale for Accreditation

“Christian schools are places where every action, every idea, and every thought is examined in the light of God’s revealed Word.

“A worthy goal, to be sure, but one that does not happen automatically.  The school might have the word “Christian” in its name, and employ believing teachers in its classrooms.  However, the skillful interweaving of biblical principles throughout all of learning – for all ages – is an activity that requires constant honing and attention.

“And true biblical community is not only demonstrated in the classroom, but throughout the organization of the school – in the boardroom, in the administrative policies, and in relationships with parents and the community. 

“Thus, schools demonstrate their seriousness about achieving those lofty ideals by holding itself to high standards, and inviting an external evaluation to validate their assessment.”

Christian Schools International (CSI) and AdvancED have formed a partnership for accreditation to provide CSI member schools with significant resources for school improvement and self-study processes. 

In April, 2012, the CSI site visit team unanimously voted to recommend to the CSI Accreditation Commission that Grand Rapids Christian Schools, K-8, be approved for full accreditation.  This includes Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School, Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, Rockford Christian School, and Grand Raids Christian Elementary School –Evergreen Campus, making our entire K-12 system accredited. 

“Grand Rapids Christian Schools has a wonderful Christ-centered educational program and that fact has now been verified by an external team of professionals.”

(Bob VanWieren, CSI Accreditation Program Director)