Accreditations & Memberships
Northside Christian Academy is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Founded in 1895, SACS CASI accredits over 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas. SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED. AdvancED is also the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
Founded in 1978, ACSI has over 5000 member schools in 100 countries with 1.2 million students and 70,000 teachers and administrators. ACSI is an association speaking with a viable and authoritative voice in education and enabling effective Christian schools to be recognized as essential and contributing to the public good. As a result, Christian school students worldwide acquire wisdom, knowledge, and a biblical worldview as evidenced by a lifestyle of character, leadership, service, stewardship, and worship.
North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA)
The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) was organized by independent schools throughout the state of North Carolina who desired the opportunity to compete for state championships in various sports. Initially, the NCISAA was designed to oversee state play-offs and not to serve as a governing body for regular season play.
In July of 1973 representatives from twenty six North Carolina schools met with Calvin C. Criner at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. Mr. Criner was, at that time, coordinator of non-public schools from the North Carolina Department of Public Education. James E. Williams, head of Wayne Country Day School, served as the organization’s chairman. The following school year, state tournaments were conducted in boys and girls basketball, tennis, and golf. Membership gradually spread throughout the state, and an executive committee evolved and subsequently developed the association’s first handbook.
In 1985 Charles N. Carter was elected President, a Board of Directors was formed, and Kathy Bailey was hired as the first paid employee. Member schools accepted a system of state-wide realignment requiring all schools to affiliate with recognized NCISAA conferences as a condition of membership. In 1987, after two years of deliberation, the Board of Directors, with the assistance of attorney Durwood Laughinghouse, developed a constitution and bylaws which were accepted by the membership, and the NCISAA was incorporated by the state of North Carolina.