Private School Accreditation
One of the purposes of the FCCPSA is to prepare our member schools for excellence, and we believe well-informed school administrators will lead the way. One system of developing this process is working through the Accreditation Division of the FCCPSA.
The FCCPSA Accreditation Division is composed of private school administrators with many years of experience in the practical aspects of the administration of a private school. FCCPSA draws from the many years of experience Christian administrators have had in the private school sector from the early 1980’s to today. This accumulated wisdom has brought to fruition the Accreditation Division of the FCCPSA.
Accreditation comes from a root word similar to that of "credible", which is to be believable. Therefore, an accredited school with the FCCPSA would denote a school which is believable in its educational efforts of excellence.
Professional organizations provide accreditation standards for their own members. Surgeons approve surgeons, judges have standards for judges and educators have criteria that other educators propose. At the FCCPSA, we believe that a state organization which has been in existence since the early 1990’s and has, as its mission, to prepare administrators in school excellence, is the organization that the private school should seek for education excellence.
In Proverbs 1:1, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge". As an organization dedicated to Jesus Christ, we believe it is our mission to live exemplary in all we do, and we set high standards for our schools because we believe we answer to a Higher Authority. Proverbs 2:6 states, "For the Lord gives wisdom, and out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding". In addition, in Proverbs 4:7, "Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all your getting, get understanding". The FCCPSA has garnered the wisdom and knowledge of dedicated Christian leaders in the educational front from the 1980’s through today to be able to help other educational leaders receive recognition and credibility for their efforts in operating a private school.
FCCPSA is listed with the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) as an accrediting agency. Their list includes only fifteen (15) agencies in the State of Florida.
The FCCPSA proudly maintains an accreditation partnership agreement that provides AdvancED/SACS accreditation to FCCPSA schools. This partnership allows schools to obtain both FCCPSA and SACS accreditation through one seamless process utilizing AdvancED unique protocols and platforms.
FCCPSA is dedicated to recognizing and improving the educational and spiritual quality in private schools, regardless of size. We’re committed to building strong, Godly foundations for children by preparing them for the purpose that God has called them. Under our organization, it is our intent to teach and train children in Biblical precepts.
The steps to accreditation:
1) Membership with the FCCPSA:
Accreditation by the FCCPSA is available only to member schools. The FCCPSA was founded to provide training and resources for the creation and support of Christian private schools. One of its first goals as an organization was the development of the Private School Administrator's Manual. That manual and the workshop training that is available (both in person and on-line) are invaluable tools in building a quality school that is ready to begin the accreditation process.
2) Self-Evaluation or Internal Review:
When a school applies for accreditation, they will be provided with a Self-Evaluation Workbook so they can begin the process of reviewing their current practices. The Self-Evaluation is designed to be an honest evaluation of the institution's current level of quality. A major component of the accreditation process is to identify and prioritize areas for improvement. This is the first step in that process, not the final exam. That means that low scores do not end the process; they provide a foundation for improvement. All of the Domains and Standards are included in the review so the institution can evaluate areas of both strengths and weaknesses.
3) Site Readiness Review:
Once the Self-Evaluation has been completed, a Site Readiness Visit will be scheduled. The inspector will spend approximately three hours on site, meeting with the administrative team, and reviewing the responses of the Self-Evaluation. At the conclusion of the visit, the school will be: • Approved to move forward with the detailed Self-Study or • Provided with a detailed listing of the quality standards that need to be addressed before the Self-Study portion can be started.
The Self-Study is the process whereby the institution begins documenting their level of compliance with the Three Domains. Each of the Domains has been divided into four Sections, allowing for several teams within the institution to focus on specific areas. Each Section has between one and five standards. For each of the twelve sections (and included standards), the school will provide documentation and narratives as evidence of their current level of compliance. Essential to completing the Self-Study will require that the school: • Collect student performance data, • Conduct Stakeholder Surveys: Including at least teachers, students and parents, • Provide a self-assessment for each section, • Provide an executive summary, • Create a Continuous Improvement Plan. During this process, the school's administration will have access to the Evaluation Chair for assistance and guidance throughout the process.
5) Review of the Self-Study:
The Evaluation Chair and Inspection Team will review the evidences and narratives contained in the Self-Study. Areas of clarification or additional documentation will be communicated with the school's administration before the Site Visit is Scheduled.
6) External Review:
Depending on the type of program or programs the institution offers the culturally competent team will: • Conduct classroom observations using the AdvancED eleot system. (Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool), • Review student performance, student cum folders, • Review internal and external stakeholder interviews, • Determine the extent to which the institution meets the FCCPSA, AdvancED and Florida specific Standards (including high school diploma requirements), • Examine additional artifacts and evidence as needed, • Conduct a thorough Safe, Sanitary and Secure inspection of the campus, • Demonstrate appropriate financial management and audit system. Once the External Review has been completed, the Evaluation Team will prepare a comprehensive report of the team's findings. Included in the report will be: a recognition of the institution's best practices, opportunities for improvement, improvement priorities.
7) FCCPSA Accreditation Committee Review:
The results of the Self-Study, External Review and the institution's Continuous Improvement Plan will be presented to the FCCPSA Accreditation Committee for review. The committee will vote to approve the school for accreditation, or provide a list of areas of improvement that must be met before accreditation can be obtained.
8) FCCPSA Accreditation:
Accreditation is a continuous process. The institution must: • Maintain membership with the FCCPSA, • Submit an annual report each year detailing their progress on the Continuous Improvement Plan, • Engage in ongoing self-evaluation from valid data collection and stakeholder communication, • Report substantive changes.
9) AdvnacEd/SACS Accreditation:
For institutions that wish to add AdvancED accreditation (which should be the goal of every institution), the school will need to complete the AdvancED application with applicable fees. The Accreditation Committee Review and documentation will be provided to the appropriate AdvancED office by the FCCPSA.
If your school is ready to begin the process, please print and complete the Accreditation Application after contacting the FCCPSA’s office for, and overview of, the costs for each step of the process.
For additional information contact the Administrative office.
P.O. Box 5100
Deltona, FL 32728-5100
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