Officials: Accreditation will help school grow

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School is planning to move their secondary school to the elementary school’s location on Humphrey Street in west Clovis.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Gaining state accreditation is a major step in the continued development of Clovis Christian School, according to the school’s superintendent.

CCS Superintendent Steven Schultze said the accreditation helps the school provide a more viable option for families in the community by allowing the school to develop standards by which to govern the school and gives diplomas issued by the school more legitimacy with universities and colleges.

“We are not in competition with the public schools,” he said. “Just like we all decide which car to drive, which airline we use, which coffee to drink, it’s just another option.”

The accreditation report, compiled by The Association of Christian Schools International, highlighted the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

It complimented the school’s dual credit program, step-by-step writing program, employment of a fine arts teacher at the elementary level, and the camaraderie and mutual respect faculty and staff have for each other. among other things.

The report also highlighted areas with room for improvement, including expanding the curriculum and the library’s resources and developing more athletic venues as a few areas the school could improve.

“It’s nice to know you do have strengths, not only weaknesses,” Schultze said. “We need to play to our strengths while working on our weaknesses.”

Schultze said after reviewing the report, the school has created 10 committees to address each of the 10 sections in the report to create a strategic plan. The committees are made up of a cross section of community members, including parents and faculty.

The superintendent said the first step is for the secondary school to be moved from Hinkle Street to the west campus on Humphrey Street where the elementary school is located. Schultze said the school hopes to be building or working toward attaining the funds for the school in five years.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” he said. “We also have to figure out what kind of school we’re going to be. Are we going to be a prep school or a solid Christian school with a liberal arts program?”

Schultze said the school is thinking about focusing on technology.

“That way the students can go into college knowing certain skills, and they will be marketable,” he said.

Ivan Goodwin, the school’s principal, said the school has changed since its inception in 1994.

“The school was really limited when my children started coming here,” he said. “It’s really developed and grown. We have an optimistic future ahead of us.”

Currently, the school has 235 students, but Schultze said the school is hoping to double or triple their enrollment over the next 10 years.