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Accreditation Strand #3
Leadership & Governance

Structure, policies, procedures and practices

  1. The school provides godly leadership and governance that promote student performance and school effectiveness within its mission and vision perspectives.

    The school has a clearly defined governance structure that adheres to recognized best governance practices allowing the leaders to advocate for and guard the school’s mission and vision, for the school head and professional staff to operate with sufficient freedom towards those ends, and for the school’s continued efforts towards effectiveness and improvement. Leaders provide clear direction and allocate sufficient human, material, and financial resources necessary to carry out high quality instruction and support programs. Leaders encourage collaboration among stakeholders/ministry partners and provide avenues to support the program with financial gifts and prayer.

    The school’s policies, procedures, practices, and organizational structure ensure equity of learning opportunities for all students admitted into the school and support for ongoing innovation and improvement.


    1. The school is incorporated as an independent Christian school or a ministry of a Bible-based church guided by Reformed/transformational beliefs, with a written constitution and bylaws containing adoption/incorporation dates.

    2. The school is an independent early childhood or day school, offering a quality academic program in Christian education with written curriculum guides for all age/grade levels, and is not an independent day care center, home school association, or boarding school.

    3. The school operates under a governing board that establishes written policies and procedures within a constitution, bylaws, and board manual that provide for the effective operation of the school.

      Explanatory Standards 3.3.1–8: School Operates under a Governing Board

    4. The school recognizes and preserves by policy and practice the executive, administrative, and leadership perogatives of the administrative head of the school.

    5. The school ensures compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, standards, and regulations.

    6. The school maintains an up-to-date policy manual and a separate record of all board minutes.

    7. The school adheres to the policies and processes contained in the policy manual for recruiting, nominating, electing, selecting officers, and estimating the spiritual condition of all candidates, nominees, and current board members.

    8. The school delegates executive and administrative functions to the chief administrative officer who is recognized as the head of the school.

    9. The school has a written organizational plan of leadership that articulates the responsibilities, accountabilities, and reporting systems from one level of leadership to the other.

    10. The school has a school board that maintains a strong, open relationship with the school head and annually conducts a formal, written evaluation of her/his performance.

    11. The school maintains, if a church-owned school, a strong, open relationship with the governing body of the local church, and works to maintain a similar relationship between the senior minister and the school head.

    12. The school maintains good communication and mutual respect between the board, the administration, the faculty and staff, the parents, the students, and all other ministry partners/stakeholders.

    13. The proprietary school must comply with all Leadership and Governance standards with some modifications.

      ES 3.13.1–5: Proprietary School Compliance

    14. The school fosters a learning community.

    15. The school exemplifies a servant spirit exercised through high quality spiritual, professional leadership.

    16. The school provides teachers and students opportunities to lead and to innovate.

    17. The school provides stakeholders/ministry partners meaningful roles in the decision-making process that promote a culture of participation, responsibility, and ownership.

    18. The school controls all business, financial, curricular, extracurricular and support activities that are sponsored by the school.

November 2011
Last Edited January 18th, 2038

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