The ACSI Accreditation Team has completed its study of our school and will be recommending us for re-accreditation based upon their findings. What does this mean? The team was impressed with what it saw at ICSV and believes that we should maintain our accreditation to operate as an international school. They met with groups of parents, students, staff, and board members who were all very supportive of the school and what God is doing here. One team member shared with us that when the elementary students were asked what they liked the most about ICSV, they responded: “Teachers. Friends. Everything!”
The team shared their major commendations and recommendations with the school staff and will send us a full report within a few weeks. Once we receive the report, then we will share with you their complete findings. We ended their visit by singing, “The Solid Rock,” a hymn based on the parable of the wise and foolish builders that is found in both Matthew and Luke. Here are some of the words to the hymn:
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.
Today when I was watching our youngest students perform the “Three Piggy Opera” about the three little pigs that built their houses out of different materials it reminded me of this same parable. Only the house that was made of bricks still stood firm in the end. It is only our hope and faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ that allows us to stand firmly when trials and struggles arise. Today, ICSV stands firmly on the Rock, Jesus Christ our Savior. Praise be to God for taking us through the accreditation process and for the favorable outcome.
Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.
The ACSI Accreditation team members are shown in the picture accompanying this post (left to right): Scot Musser, Director, Life International School, Spain; Tim Thompson, Associate Director for International Schools, ACSI, Colorado Springs, CO; Leslie Johnson, Educational Consultant, ACSI Europe, Prague; Rob Shuman, High School Principal, Black Forest Academy, Germany; Kim Park, Executive Assistant, ACSI Global, Colorado Springs, CO
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.