Principles for Christian Education

Christian Schools International member schools are committed to excellence and to being passionately Christ-centered in everything they do for God’s children. Christian Schools International expects its members to strive for, attain, and maintain high standards. General standards for members are listed below. Christian Schools International also has specific standards for member schools seeking accreditation; these are articulated in the accreditation tool Measuring the Mission.



Leading for Purpose

Christian Schools International member schools:

  • are centered on God’s Word as given to us in the Bible and through creation.
  • are mission focused, integrating a clearly articulated biblical mission into practice and program.
  • develop clear, school-wide educational goals for their students, picturing for the community how they will partner with parents, churches, and the Christian community in nurturing disciples for Jesus Christ.
  • understand that true learning and wisdom can only occur within a worldview that acknowledges that every square inch of creation belongs to God and we are called to partner with him in restoring his lordship.
  • are governed well, directed by policies, and meet legal requirements.
  • have written procedures for accountability to stakeholders and the community, practicing them with integrity.
  • ensure that all staff are highly qualified and passionate about Christ and Christian school excellence.



Teaching for Learning

Christian Schools International member schools:

  • serve the educational needs of every student they enroll, personalizing instruction to prepare each student for God’s unique call on his or her life.
  • have a well-planned written curriculum designed to meet the needs of every enrolled student.
  • articulate a biblical perspective that is woven into curriculum and instruction.
  • align their curriculum with their Christ-centered mission and with well-researched external standards.
  • engage students in active, creative, joyful learning.
  • utilize multiple measures of assessment of learning to assure they are meeting their mission and the needs of their students.



Learning in Community

Christian Schools International member schools:

  • are led by a gifted staff with a thorough knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • are intentional about the faith development of students.
  • desire mutual accountability and collaboration among staff members, parents, and the community.
  • integrate best educational practices, real-world technology, and honest assessment for improving instruction.
  • employ and continually provide professional training for highly qualified, skilled, and gifted teachers.
  • hold teachers and staff to skillful communication with students, parents, and community.



Serving in Community

Christian Schools International member schools:

  • believe that parents hold the ultimate responsibility for the education of their children and the worldview in which children learn to see God and his call on their lives.
  • establish a climate characterized by personal nurture, Christ-like care, and the love of Jesus.
  • model Christian community in school climate, worship, and service.
  • seek healthy, God-honoring relationships among students, board, faculty, staff, parents, and community.
  • seek ways to be lights for Christ in the broader community.
  • provide safe environments and facilities that support Christian education and instruction.



Christian Schools International member schools do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in employment practices, administrative policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.