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Questions to Ask if Considering an MK School


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Questions to Ask if Considering an MK School:

  • What is my purpose in choosing an MK school?
  • Is the school committed to individualized education and a child-centered philosophy?
  • How will I parent my child through the MK school process and make sure they learn appropriately?
  • Am I willing to stay involved with my child attending an MK school to assure a positive school experience for my child?
  • How long do I plan to use an MK school?
  • How will I prepare my child to transition to US schools on itineration?
  • Is my child’s MK school education adequate for them to attend a US college/university?
  • Is this MK school accredited? If so, what organization is it accredited with?
  • What type of curriculum is taught and how is it used? How does this compare to US curriculum?


Africa (Kenya)
Rift Valley Academy
(Elementary and High School)
RVA is a Christian boarding school located in central Kenya. The academy, a branch of Africa Inland Mission International, exists to provide a quality education in a nurturing environment for the children of missionaries serving in Africa. The current student body of about 450 includes more than 20 different nationalities. The school is divided into two parts, the elementary portion, called Titchie Swot, and the high school. Each section has its own principal, who answers to the superintendent, who answers to the school board. Utilizing an American curriculum, and accredited by the Middle States Association, RVA is designed to prepare the children of missionaries for higher education in their home countries.

Africa (Kenya)
Rosslyn Academy (K through 12th grade)
Rosslyn Academy provides a North American and Christian-oriented educational program for children of missionaries. Rosslyn also welcomes children from privately sponsored families who are in sympathy with the philosophy of the school. In 1976 and 1988 respectively, the Baptist Mission of Kenya and the Assemblies of God became co-owners and sponsoring agencies. Rosslyn was first accredited in 1992 by Middle States Association (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Asia Pacific (Guam)
St. Paul Christian School, formerly Trinity Christian School (PreK through 12th grade)
SPCS was established in August, 1997 by its founders Bishops Jon Pineda and Eva Pineda.  They had a vision of fulfilling the Great Commision - to go and make disciples of men - through an instituion that would provide quality education with a Christian perspective.

Eurasia (Turkey)
Oasis International School (1st through 12th grade)
Strengths of OIS include a small-school environment with school spirit and family involvement. They offer quality education in an atmosphere where strong character is taught and modeled. OIS utilizes an American-based curriculum that has been refined to reflect the Turkish environment in which they are located. Core subjects include English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Other subjects include art, music, computers, library, Turkish language, religious instruction, and physical education.

Europe (Germany)
Black Forest Academy (1st and 2nd grade-bilingual, 3rd through 12th grade in English)
Black Forest Academy (BFA) was founded in 1956 by TeachBeyond, formerly Janz Team Ministries. It is an international Christian school providing an English language education for grades 3 through 12 (grade 1 and 2 are bilingual). It serves the children of international Christian workers and international business families who want a North American curriculum that incorporates a Christian worldview. BFA has an enrollment of approximately 325 students, which include roughly 150 students in the residential boarding program for grades 7 to 12.

Latin America/Caribbean (Brazil)
Pan American Christian Academy (PreK through 12th grade)
PACA is a Christian, American international school located in the city of São Paulo, working with 350 students from different parts of the world with an American-style pre-school through high school education (offering a dual diploma for American and Brazilian universities).

Latin America/Caribbean (Costa Rica)
Sojourn Academy (PreK through 12th grade)
Sojourn Academy and Rayitos del Sol exist to support world-wide missions. Sojourn provides quality education to MKs while their parents attend the Spanish Language Institute (ILE ) in preparation to begin work on the mission field. They provide preschool services, as well as grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Latin America (Ecuador)
Alliance Academy International (K through 12th grade)
The Alliance Academy International is a private, co-educational school located in Quito, Ecuador. It was founded in 1929 to provide an extensive US curriculum for the children of evangelical missionaries. There are 440 students in grades K–12. Today the AAI continues to offer a quality Christian, US style of education to students who come from a large variety of professional and cultural backgrounds. Alliance Academy International holds full accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Northern Asia (China):
International Academy of Beijing (Kindergarten through 12th grade)
IAB is a Christian school located in the heart of Beijing, China, serving the expatriate community. Many students’ parents are involved in faith-based non-profit work in China, but others are diplomats, business people, and educators. IAB is licensed by the Chinese government to enroll only students whose parents hold foreign passports. Current enrollment, as of fall 2008, is approximately 260 in grades K-11. In March 2007 IAB was granted accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and in June 2008 was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

MK School Resources

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Description: ACSI represents more than 5,300 protestant schools worldwide in 100 countries. ACSI has 3,800 US member schools, with a total student population of approximately 690,000. Its mission is to enable Christian schools and educators to effectively prepare students for life.
Services: ACSI strives to enable and equip Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively educate children and young people with the mind of Christ. The many programs and services offered are intended to enrich the teaching of Truth—God’s Word revealed through Scripture as well as through creation. The people of ACSI, in its Colorado Springs headquarters and the seventeen regional offices around the world, are eager to assist educators and schools in guiding their students to reach their full potential in Christ.

Network of International Christian Schools (NICS)
Description: The mission of NICS is to establish a worldwide network of international Christian schools staffed by qualified Christian educators, instilling in each student a Biblical world-view in an environment of academic excellence and respect for people of all cultures and religions.
Services: NICS has 20 schools in 16 countries and a growing number of students and locations. The website provides a search engine of NICS schools.

International School Services (ISS)
Description: Since 1955 ISS has planed, designed, and managed schools around the world. In addition they provide support activities to existing independent overseas schools, ISS is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to excellence for children attending overseas schools worldwide.
Services: ISS currently provides services to over 300 international schools. Independent international schools rely on ISS for teacher and administrator recruitment, supply procurement, financial management, publications, and consulting. ISS school lists have several larger MK schools in its directory of international schools.