Academy receives accreditation

Published 11:52 am Monday, July 3, 2017

Faculty of the Appomattox Christian Academy traveled to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on June 20-24 to attend the annual training conference of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), titled “Repairing the Ruins.”

Head of School Stacey Torrence attended this year’s conference along with over a dozen faculty members.

“All of our faculty at ACA are required to attend the ACCS Conference to enable them to continue to grow as a classical educator and ensure they have the tools needed to be a successful part of a classical academy,” Torrence said in a press release. “The conference sessions are intense. Imagine packing a graduate seminar, university level, into a two- or three-hour session.”

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ACA has been a member of ACCS for more than 10 years and has worked under the guidance and leadership of the ACCS through the accreditation process.

“After an intense three-year self evaluation, I am excited to say we have received our accreditation through the ACCS,” Torrence said in the release. “I am so proud of all the hours of hard work the faculty and volunteers put into making this happen. It truly has been a group effort and has taken the diligence and dedication of all of us to reach this milestone.”

The release noted Torrence as stating that the ACCS requires high standards in all areas of operation, including the choice of classical curriculum, classroom structure and organization and faculty training. According to the release, the ACA has risen to meet them all.

“ACA announced its accreditation in January … but actually celebrated the achievement at the ACCS conference. Appomattox Christian Academy was one of six schools recognized at the conference for achieving the high standards worthy of ACCS accreditation,” officials said in the release. “During the final forum, on Saturday morning, the president of the ACCS, David Goodwin, presented the attending faculty of Appomattox Christian Academy with a plaque, formally announcing and recognizing ACA’s achievement of accreditation at the conference.”

Deb Thomas, the school’s dean of administration, said it was an exciting time for ACA and Appomattox.

“ACA is the first private school in the area to receive accreditation through such a prestigious association as the ACCS, and we are proud to be able to offer the mission of ACA to the Central Virginia Region,” Thomas said in the release.

The release cited with the upcoming ground breaking scheduled for the fall and the addition of the ACA-LBC Satellite location, the ACA School Board expects ACA will continue to grow in leaps and bounds, and they want to ensure ACA is ready to answer the call and fulfill the mission, “To teach ye all nations.” To learn more about ACA, a mission of St. Andrew’s Reformed Episcopal Church, visit or call (434) 352-7373.