American Association of Christian Schools
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Serving students and teachers in member schools for 50 years.
American Association of Christian Schools
3323 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Dr. Jeff Walton
Board size: 0
Ruling year: 1980
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end:
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2012
AACS - the American Association of Christian Schools - is one of the leading organizations of Christian schools in the country. Founded in 1972 and now in operation for fifty years, the AACS serves over 100,000 students and teachers in member schools throughout the United States. The general purpose and objectives of AACS are to aid in promoting, establishing, advancing, and developing Christian schools and Christian education in America.
Statement of faith
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||No||0/3|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/8|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/3|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/8|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||No||0/20|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/3|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||15/15|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||No||0/3|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||No||0/3|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||3/3|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||3/3|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||3/3|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||3/3|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||3/3|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 3 stars?||No||0/10|
|Total donor confidence score||39/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies
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The American Association of Christian Schools began in August 1972 in Miami, Florida. Instrumental in the founding of AACS, Al Janney, president and founder of the Florida Association of Christian Schools, was president of AACS from 1972 to 1992. At the first recorded AACS board meeting, held in Dallas, Texas, on November 30, 1972, Dr. Janney set forth the question: "Where is the separatist organization, on a national level, that will champion our cause?" Thus was the need for AACS clearly voiced and firmly established. During this time, the Christian school movement in the United States was growing rapidly and experiencing opposition. AACS provided its membership leadership, legislative protection, and high-quality educational programs.
AACS expanded services as its membership increased throughout the 1970s. In 1978 Arno (Bud) Weniger, Jr., became executive vice president and assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations, and the office was moved from Hialeah, Florida, to Normal, Illinois. The nonprofit, tax-exempt organizational status of AACS was clarified in 1980. When Gerry Carlson was promoted to executive director in 1985, AACS opened a DC-area office in Fairfax, Virginia. Under Dr. Weniger's leadership (1978-1988), AACS continued to grow, with the number of member schools passing the 1,000 mark in 1982.
Upon Dr. Janney's retirement in 1992, the AACS national office moved to Independence, Missouri, and Carl Herbster became president. Under his leadership (1992-2003), AACS services and schools expanded. Directed by Charles Walker, the AACS education office opened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1993. The AACS legal office was established in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 1996. In 1998, AACS purchased a four-level building in the Capitol Hill Historic District within one block of the U.S. House of Representatives office buildings to house the AACS office in Washington, D.C.
In 2003, Keith Wiebe became the third president of AACS, and Charles Walker was appointed to serve as executive director. The national office was moved from Kansas City to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in September of 2003. In 2009, Dr. Walker resigned as executive director and education director, and Jeff Walton became the executive director of AACS. Dr. Mike Rouse, the current AACS president, was elected in 2016.