As of December 1, 2014, Portersville Christian School's accreditation status has been renewed by the commissions of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Accredited schools are excellent schools, and excellent schools seek accreditation. So what does this mean for us?
Accreditation is a mark of excellence. It means that the school has met a set of standards which testify to the quality of its educational program, its extra curricular activities, and the consistency with which it meets its mission and vision, and fulfills its purpose. The visiting team which made the recommendation to both commissions were all Christian educators from schools like ours. Using standards that stretch the school beyond the minimum, they thoroughly examined the school's program, measured its effectiveness, its consistency with its stated purpose and standards, made recommendations for improvements, and determined that the school exceeded compliance with the objective standards used to measure it.
When we say that our school is fully accredited, we are telling our current families, and prospective students, that the education they are receiving here will accomplish their goals. If families move, or their students transfer to another school, they can be confident that their children will be able to adjust to the new curriculum without a lot of advance preparation. They will meet the pre-requisites for college admission, and will have the necessary academic skills to succeed in college. They can even have confidence in applying for admission to competitive major fields like medicine, law or engineering.
Your children are getting an excellent academic education here. That's what the accreditation process tells you.
Accreditation is an affirmation of the school's Christian distinctiveness. Both accreditation commissions require the school to be consistent with its mission and purpose. PCS is a school that was founded on prayer. It's mission and purpose are to serve families in fulfilling their God-given responsibility to educate their children "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Our accreditation requires us to be consistent with integration of those Biblical principles not only into our curriculum objectives, but in the way we operate as well. We say that we are a distinctively Christian school, and the accreditation process provides the evidence to prove that we are.
The spiritual life of Portersville Christian School is thriving, and strong. We are especially happy that one of the top commendations we received during the accreditation process from the visiting team made reference to the school's Christian atmosphere and commitment to Biblical principles.
Accreditation places PCS among the best Christian schools in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. There are many private schools around, and many Christian schools as well. But when you begin to speak about fully accredited Christian schools, the list narrows down a bit. Among schools which identify with an Evangelical Christian perspective, PCS is one of just five fully accredited schools in the Greater Pittsburgh Area that offer a full program from Pre-K to 12th grade. We are very blessed, and it is our pleasure to pass this blessing along to our students and their families. You can have confidence in knowing that you've chosen well for your children's education.
Please be in prayer Friday morning, January 30, when the administrator will receive the plaque recognizing our most recent accreditation. Next time you come in the office, take a look at those recognitions from Middle States association, and ACSI, and say a quick prayer for God's continued blessing on our school.