Council of

Classical Christian Colleges

The Council of Classical Christian Colleges (C4) promotes the development of quality Classical Christian Education (CCE) institutions and programs whose mission is oriented to the practice of that educational form, whether they use CCE only for their own students or also teach students to deliver CCE.

C4 will evaluate programs in post-secondary CCE for academic quality, financial stability, faithfulness to their Christian mission, and student support services. Accreditation by C4 is intended to signify the quality and the accountability of Member programs to students and prospective students.

Originally established in 2018 as an Ad-Hoc committee by the ACCS Board of Governors of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), its charter was formally adopted by the ACCS board in May, 2022. It is a voluntary, non-profit, self-governing group of classical Christian post-secondary educators. The Council, consisting of educators and public members, oversees all aspects of accreditation, from setting standards to evaluating programs.

C4’s focus is on accrediting programs that are already part of accredited institutions. We define “program” as any post-secondary program committed to the philosophy and practice of CCE within a larger post-secondary institution.

C4 provides accreditation to programs that have both the academic excellence required for a CCE and a satisfactory statement of faith. Each institution will regularly conduct institution wide, internal, self-studies that demonstrate the on-going self-improvement necessary to meet or exceed the standards set forth by C4.