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A Flourishing School

October 26, 2023
By Donald M. Larson, PhD., Head of School

We want our children to flourish and thrive in school and life, but how do we know we are facilitating this? We can only discover if we are succeeding by getting feedback. For our reaccreditation next year, each of us will be able to provide feedback to the school using the Flourishing School Cultural Instrument (FSCI). We took this survey two years ago, which gave us a baseline. We will now get an update on any changes or shifts in our culture, and it will help us identify our strengths and opportunities for reaccreditation. 

The FSCI assesses a school’s alignment with the ACSI Flourishing Schools Culture Model. This model provides a framework to measure our strengths and weaknesses. The Flourishing Schools Culture Model does have many concepts and measurements in common with the ACSI Inspire Accreditation Protocol, which will help us provide support for different standards and indicators in our evaluation process. Each of the domains in the model directly aligns with a domain in the protocol, except the Resources Domain, which is split into two domains in the accreditation protocol: Resources and Expertise.

Students (grades 6–12), faculty, school staff, administration, school board, parents, and alumni will all participate in the web-based assessment. The end product of the process will be a school-level report showing our school’s FSCI results benchmarked alongside national averages. Each participant’s individual responses will be handled by ACSI anonymously, and the report our school receives from ACSI will only show our school’s results in aggregate.

A link to the FSCI will be sent to you within the next two weeks. Please take the time to complete the survey. It will be invaluable to us in preparing for our reaccreditation.

God Bless.

Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, 
forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”