Church & Private Schools
First, let us provide a working understanding about accreditation. First, in the United States, there is no federal government list of recognized accreditation agencies for primary and secondary schools like there is for higher education. Secondly, the US Department of Education does not accredit schools in K-12. The U.S. accreditation process was developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two levels. Private companies or organizations in different parts of the country have developed academic protocols that they believe are acceptable for schools. Schools apply to these organizations for membership, go through a few years to meet said organization's criteria, then the school can apply for accreditation, which is another process in some organizations. Public schools must be accredited by one of these private organizations. In the United States, however, a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private non-profit organizations. Church schools nor private schools in the State of Alabama are required to be accredited at all by government or non-religious agencies, that includes the State of Alabama. However, many church and private schools are member schools with non-religious accrediting agencies, as well as opt to be accredited by them. Please see pages 3-5 of the State of Alabama requirements for "church schools."
AA-YP is an integrated auxiliary organization of Lifting Christ Worship Center, a non-profit religious organization. The academy is a member school of The Association of Christian Teachers & Schools (ACTS), and has completed the process for obtaining accreditation.
AA-YP is "FULLY ACCREDITED" as of May 28, 2018,
ACTS, NCPSA, SACS/AdvancED.
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