Valley Fellowship Christian Academy is fully accredited through two educational organizations; International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) and Southern Accreditation of Colleges and Schools (SACS/ADVANCED). VFCA believes in the accreditation process and has voluntarily applied the standards of both ICAA and SACS/ADVANCED. In 2009, VFCA received the most outstanding school of the year award through the ORUEF/ICAA review. VFCA pursues academic excellence and measures each program by its mission.
Accredited comes from the same root word as credible (to believe or trust). Accreditation, therefore, acknowledges a school's credibility - its believability. Although some might see an accrediting agency as giving credibility to a school, in actuality the process of accreditation ascertains and acknowledges the school's credibility by providing external witnesses.
The ICAA accreditation process has several steps which provide for a first-hand witness and validation of the schools credibility, and adheres to the Biblical principle that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
(II Corinthians 13:16)
Accreditation is as much a process as it is a result. During the process, schools find help, encouragement, and a maturing into the kind of school that God called them to be. This cooperative effort among like-minded schools exemplifies the Biblical accounts of the body of Christ as it functions and works together to become strong and mutually beneficial under the headship of Christ. (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4).
In 1985, over thirty Christian schools initiated a pilot program of accreditation developed by the Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship. Two years were spent in the project with twelve schools being accredited in 1987, which resulted in the formation of the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) under the auspices of the ORUEF.
In 1990, ICAA filed for status as a separate, non-profit corporation and was granted IRS status as a 501 (c) tax-exempt non-profit corporation that same year. Direction and ownership of ICAA rests with the accredited schools of the association which have empowered a Board of Directors to oversee the official operations of the accrediting association.
Standards for accreditation have had continued review and refinement with input from members of the association.
The purpose of the International Christian Accrediting Association is to assist Christian educational institutions in the improvement of education within its Christian distinctives by establishing an organizational witness to their credibility of performance, integrity, and quality.
All schools accredited by ICAA share these distinctives:
• to identify themselves as educational institutions led by the Holy Spirit to glorify God and His Son, Jesus Christ, in all programs and activities.
• to accept the Statement of Faith adopted by the Association.
• to agree to promote and adhere to the Standards and Procedures of the Association.
• to identify with the charismatic/pentecostal movement of the Christian faith.
• to maintain membership in ORU Educational Fellowship.
The International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) is a voluntary accrediting association of Christian schools.
Adopted from http://www.icaa.us
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Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education. But such definitions, though accurate, are incomplete.
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Today, accreditation examines the whole institution—the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.
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