The Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation, Inc. (FCCPSA) was founded and continues to be led by men and women who believe that parents are responsible to direct the education of their children in all areas of life, including academics. Our mission is to encourage and help in the development of the Christian Private Schools and Religious Exempt Child Care Facilities throughout the State of Florida that partner with those parents on a daily basis.
The FCCPSA began with the development of a comprehensive Private School Administrator's Manual over twenty years ago. The Administrator's Manual is designed to guide organizations through the entire operation of a private school, from the legal options when starting a school, through high school graduation. Workshops and on-site training for administrators of both private schools and Religious Exempt Child Care Facilities are conducted throughout the state several times each year. For member schools, the goals include on-going teacher training, teacher certification and full accreditation for a school, and the Florida Gold Seal Quality Care accreditation for the Child Care Facility.
Obtaining the status of being a fully Accredited School or Child Care Facility displays to the world that a school has demonstrated excellence in academics. The accreditation process is designed to improve the educational and spiritual quality in private schools regardless of size.
If your school sees the need for accreditation as an organizational witness of credibility, the FCCPSA is a great place to start. The FCCPSA offers accreditation based on the concept of voluntary peer recognition. In other words, institutions sharing common purposes and distinctions are better able to assist one another in achieving the standards for academic excellence and responsiveness to their respective hometowns, and the nation.
The state of Florida does not accredit private schools directly or endorse any private school accrediting associations. Each college or university institution is responsible for maintaining their own list of qualified accreditating associations and/or schools. Colleges are now required to determine the validity of high school diplomas due to changes in the U.S. Department of Education regulations under Title IV. To that end, the FCCPSA has worked closely with the various Department of Education offices in Tallahassee and the registrars of the Florida College System institutions throughout the state. This has led to students from FCCPSA accredited schools being admitted to every state college and university in Florida.