Becoming accredited is a multi-year process, and Chinook Spirit Children’s Academy is newly formed as of 2013. Though it is an early decision which is subject to change, CSCA has currently decided to seek accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). ISAS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), an organization that is highly regarded for promoting high standards and accrediting over 1,300 schools in the U.S. and abroad.
Though accreditation is not required by the state of New Mexico, selecting a school that is accredited or seeking accreditation can give families peace of mind in knowing that the school’s curriculum and programs are competitive with other schools within and beyond the state. As a parent, one needs to know that if the family moved to another state, your child will begin that grade at a new school fully prepared and working at or above grade level. As a parent, one also needs to know that your child will exit elementary school fully prepared for middle school. To ensure that the curriculum is indeed competitive with other schools within and beyond the state, Chinook Spirit Children’s Academy will follow national standards: Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. CSCA believes standards to be a minimum, and when critical thinking is taught and applied through differentiated instruction, students naturally exceed the standards.
For additional information about CSCA’s curriculum, click here.