ACA endeavors to provide each subject and grade with the best curriculum possible, curriculum that is both appropriate and challenging to its grade level. We take special care in selecting curriculum and planning instruction to integrate and filter all content through the framework of a biblical worldview. Curriculum is evaluated yearly and may be adjusted to increase our effectiveness in instruction. Lists of our curriculum are available in the office.

Achievement Testing

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 CogAt, 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 more frequent communication with parents, we use an online grade book program, Sycamore, for students in grades 3-12. Sycamore allows parents to see student grades in real-time.

Information regarding how to access and use Sycamore is distributed at the beginning of each  school year. Please take advantage of Sycamore’s instant feedback. Students with an up-to-date picture of their grades are often motivated to work harder academically.