In 1995, BGCA joined the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  In 2001, the school received its Kindergarten through eighth grade accreditation from ACSI. This achievement was the culmination of several years of curriculum development and a rigorous self-study. BGCA is working towards its High School accreditation. Additionally, BGCA is certified by the Kentucky Non-Public School Commission, meaning that BGCA is recognized as being in compliance with Kentucky School Board standards.

Our accreditation through ACSI assures that BGCA provides students with the tools necessary for a productive educational journey throughout the educational process. Additionally, it allows us to stay up to date with information in the academic community and provides the ability to collaborate with similar private schools.

The recent Cardus Eduction Survey and other education studies have shown that ACSI schools better develop the whole child more than any other type of school.

Some interesting points regarding ACSI member schools, according to the Cardus Education Survey:

Spiritual

  1. ACSI schools have the greatest emphasis on student development of moral character and personal virtue.**
  2. Christian school graduates are significantly more likely to pray and read Scripture both alone and with family.*
  3. ACSI schools have the highest belief in biblical accuracy in scientific and historical matters.**
  4. Christian school graduates are more likely to attend religious services and respect the authority of church leadership.*
  5. ACSI schools most often include these among their top priorities: for students to have a close, personal relationship with God and for students to develop a Christian worldview.**

Academic

  1. Since 1974 ACSI schools have scored significantly higher than the national norm in every grade level on a national achievement test.
  2. ACSI school students read at least one grade level above the national averages as measured on a national achievement test.
  3. ACSI schools average more required course credits in math, science, English, biblical studies, civics, social studies, art and music, and physical education than all other programs surveyed.**
  4. ACSI school graduates attend college at a significantly higher rate than the national average.
  5. Christian school graduates are more likely to attend a religious university and obtain more years of higher education than their public school peers.*

Cultural

  1. Christian school graduates donate significantly more money to their churches, religious causes, and other charitable causes overall.*
  2. A greater percentage of ACSI schools offer missions and social service trips both in the United States and Canada.**
  3. Christian school graduates give more of their time to volunteer in their congregations, on missions trips, and on relief/aid trips.*
  4. ACSI schools have greater student involvement in community service, politics, and fine arts than nonmember Protestant Christian schools.
  5. Christian school graduates have a stronger sense of direction in their lives and are more confident in their ability to deal with life challenges than their peers.*

Note: These comments do not promise the quality of an individual school; they are representative comments of ACSI schools as a whole.

* Protestant Christian schools compared with Catholic, public, and private nonreligious schools as well as homeschools
** ACSI schools compared with other Protestant Christian schools and Catholic schools

Sources: Cardus Education Survey, 2011, and ACSI 2010/2011 Member Survey.

 

For more information regarding ACSI, please go to www.acsi.org