Perhaps you’ve heard. Newton Bible Christian School is at the beginning of an exciting journey toward accreditation with the American Association of Christian School (AACS).
Why is this process that will require hours of work from our staff, board, and perhaps even some of you exciting? At the core of the process, we will be completing a self-study. During this study, we will evaluate NBCS on 12 standards ranging from our philosophy, to curriculum, to student and staff safety. As we evaluate ourselves using the indicators and rubrics provided, we will find the many strengths built into our program. We will also uncover weaknesses. The weaknesses are really opportunities for improvement.
As we recognize these opportunities, we can strategically plan for the future and make NBCS even better than it already is. School improvement generally leads to school growth which is exciting. Every teacher on our staff wants to see students succeed. As we evaluate ourselves, we expect to find ways we can teach better, assess learning better, and motivate students better. This means our teachers and students will grow, and student growth is a huge part of the mission.
Accreditation will not happen overnight. Plans for accreditation began last spring. Teachers officially began the self-study during our in-service day on January 15 this year. On January 19, Alan Hodak, our consultant with AACS, spent the day observing and making recommendations for how we can best prepare for accreditation. There will be many more meetings, and discussions, and pages written over the coming year. We hope to have the review team visit us in the spring of 2025 to give us the final approval for accreditation. In the meantime, please be praying for staff and the school board as we embark on this process. Pray that we will accurately access the school and clearly see the path forward to improvement. Pray especially for teachers that God would give them the extra measure of grace needed to add something to their full plates.
Our mission remains the same: Newton Bible Christian School provides a comprehensive, biblically based education to help children of Bible-believing families excel in knowledge while growing in faith, in love, and in service.