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The Application Process
Note: The application process below was changed effective December 1, 2016.
All members of CESA are expected to continually seek superlative academic standards, institutional best practices, and collaborate with like‑minded schools.
Because CESA is a collegial organization, leaders from CESA member schools are expected to commit time and energy to helping members, affiliate members, and aspiring schools seek improvement, alongside of their own schools.
Steps to Membership:
- All interested schools must complete the CESA Application for Membership. Once the application is completed, the Executive Director or Director of Institutional Review will visit the school and review the standards with the administrative team. This will help the school understand their ability to seek full membership over the next two years.
- Once the Executive Director and Institutional Review Director approve the application, the school will become a Provisional School in candidate status.
- Provisional status will give the school full rights and privileges of a CESA member school. The school and its faculty may attend CESA-only events and receive the latest research and publications as a CESA member. Once the school’s application has been approved, the school will be invoiced $2,000 for the Application Fee and will pay 50% dues annually as if they were a full CESA-member school. Annual members are billed on July 1st for the upcoming year. If a school applies during the school year, their dues for that year will be prorated.
- A Provisional School is one that has committed to completing an on-site Institutional Review, and subsequently submitting a Standards Achievement Plan (SAP) for review by the Board of Directors within the next two years.
- Schools desiring Member designation must complete all three components of the Institutional Review process within two years. If they should fail to complete the process within two years, or if they should fail to receive approval from the Board of Directors, the school will forfeit any fees or dues paid to CESA and will not attain the Member of Council designation. A school may re-apply and pay the Application Fee if they fail to achieve Member of Council status.
- All Institutional Review components and approval by the Board of Directors are required in full before being considered a Member of Council. Provisional Schools may not promote themselves as being a “CESA School,” “Member of Council”, or any other official or unofficial CESA designation, including the display of the CESA logo or links on the schools’ website.
The Institutional Review Process
The purpose of the Institutional Review is to gain a perspective on the institution and where it performs in relation to best practices nationally for Christian schools. The goal of CESA is to have high-performing Christian institutions delivering the best education to students across the country.
- The school will set up an Institutional Review Visit with the Institutional Review Director, Jim Marsh.
- The Institutional Review Visit will include a team of four individuals. The team will be composed of the Institutional Review Director and/or the Executive Director of CESA, 1 or 2 heads of school, as well as an expert in independent school academics. The Institutional Review Visit will give an opportunity for the school to better understand the main areas of success as well as improvement, hopefully resulting in membership of CESA.
**Note: The CESA Institutional Review may be scheduled to coordinate with an accreditation process of another accrediting organization, if appropriate.