The basic requirements for CLSA accreditation: 

  • Philosophical requirements: Evidence of a clear understanding among staff and board members of the nature and purpose of a classical Christian education
  • Academic requirements: Verification that the school possesses a clearly articulated statement of the academic goals at every level and a clear process of ensuring the achievement of those goals
  • Curricular requirements: Implementation of the Latin-centered Classical Core Curriculum
  • Instructional requirements: Demonstration of an understanding of the importance of traditional, teacher-directed instruction in the classroom and a process by which those methodologies are communicated to teachers and verified by administrative staff
  • Assessment requirements: Demonstration of the value-added benefit of the school’s academic program through standardized test scores
  • Professional development requirements: Participation in professional development programs that contribute to the understanding of classical Christian education and the ability of teachers and staff to implement it
  • Doctrinal requirements: A doctrinal statement consistent with that of CLSA
  • Membership requirements: Partner membership in CLSA

The benefits your school receives from accreditation with CLSA include:

  • External validation of academic integrity
  • Professional development services providing on and off-site training for teachers, staff, and directors
  • Online student and teacher resources
  • Assistance in increasing online exposure for your school
  • Assistance with marketing your school in your community
  • Assistance with education resources