ACA endeavors to provide each subject and grade with the best curriculum possible, curriculum that is both appropriate and challenging to its grade level. Curriculum is evaluated yearly and may be adjusted to increase our effectiveness in instruction. Lists of our curriculum are available in the office.
Each spring, ACA uses the Iowa Assessments™ and Cognitive Abilities Tests to measure the abilities and progress of each student (Grades 1-12). The results of these tests aid our teachers and administration toward improving curriculum and identifying specific student’s needs. In addition to the achievement test, students in select grades are given the Otis-Lennon School Ability test, which gives a score that indicates ability and potential.
Affiliations and Accreditation
ACA is a member of the Christian Schools of Arizona (CSA), the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS), and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
ACA is accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International. Accreditation with ACSI is an internationally recognized status that ensures the highest standards in our instructional programs, overall commitment to on-going improvement, and provides a context of accountability for our school ministry based upon biblically founded principles of excellence, integrity, and openness. In conjunction with our ACSI accreditation, we are also accredited with AdvancED, a broader accrediting agency.
Online Grade Book
In the interest of improved student performance and communication with parents, we use an online grading program, Engrade, for students in 5th through 12th Grades. This free website allows parents to see their students’ grades, assignment scores, missing assignments, and upcoming assignments.
Our 5th through 12th Grade teachers weekly record grades at Engrade for the convenience of parents. Simply log on at the Engrade website using the student’s ID. The student name and grade will be listed at the top of the page. Letter and percentage grades are listed by category: tests, quizzes, and homework. Missing assignments are marked with an “M” excused assignments with “E” and extra credit with “EC.”
With Engrade, parents can send messages to stay connected with the teacher and to motivate the student. Find out the student’s ID and teacher IDs through the school office, sign up online with a username and password, and then log in any time you need to check on the student’s performance.