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Accreditation and Memberships

Carnegie Schools Riverside is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information on accreditation and memberships, please contact our Director of Academics, Dr. Tiffany Edwards at
Carnegie Schools Riverside is a member of many state and national academic and athletic associations.

American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)

The American Association of Christian Schools (AASC) is one of the leading non-profit organizations of Christian schools in the United States.  AASC’s purpose is to promote, establish, advance, and develop Christian schools and Christian education in the U.S.  They are committed to excellence in education and political activism.  To achieve this, AASC offers teacher certification, school accreditation, achievement testing, annual conferences, and many other programs.  In Washington, D.C. they have a dedicated lobbyist working toward protecting Christian schools from governmental entanglements, as well as promoting religious freedom and Christian education.  Each year AASC hosts national conferences and competitions for students.  The national organization is made up of local state associations (see GSACS below) to ensure that Christian educators can receive local as well as national support.


Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS)

The Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS) is a non-profit organization that strives to assist member schools reach Christ-centered academic excellence.  ACTS is committed to a Biblical Worldview that is consistent with God’s word, building partnerships with Christian schools, and providing support to Christian schools and teachers.  Their core values include a Biblical Worldview, integrity, excellence, relationship, creativity, and service.  ACTS provide opportunities for accreditation and teacher certification, as well as annual conventions and conferences.


Golden State Association of Christian Schools (GSACS)

The Golden State Association of Christian Schools (GSACS) is a community of Christian schools dedicated to gospel-centered education and training in California.  They host a variety of student competitions, sponsor standardized testing for member schools, and hold youth rallies and youth leadership conferences.  The Golden State Association of Christian Schools support teachers and school leaders through the annual educator’s conference each fall.  This non-profit organization gives Christian schools a voice in Sacramento and takes up causes that directly impact our schools.  GSACS is affiliated with the American Association of Christian Schools. 


Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC)

The Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC) is a group of Christian high schools throughout the country that partner with Grand Canyon University (GCU). Students who attend a CCSC school qualify for a $5,000 scholarship while living on campus at GCU for each year they attended a Canyon Christian Schools Consortium high school. Off-campus students qualify for a $2,500 scholarship at GCU for every year they attended a CCSC high school. That means our students could earn up to $20,000 in scholarships for GCU just by attending our school. Our students may also participate in Grand Canyon University’s dual enrollment program allowing them to earn college credit while still in high school. Being a member school allows our faculty and staff to continue their education at a 10% discount at GCU. Parents can also take advantage of the 10% discount to continue their own education. For more information on the scholarships, dual enrollment, or tuition discounts, please contact Mr. Greg Harman at


California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

The California Scholarship Organization (CSF) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1921 by Charles F. Seymour. CSF recognizes middle and high school students living in the state of California for their academic excellence, service, and citizenship in their local community. CSF members are eligible for a variety of academic scholarships at California colleges and universities, as well as some select institutions across the country. For more information on becoming a member of CSF, please contact Mr. Peter Jones at


National Honor Society (NHS)

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization that recognizes high school students who have demonstrated excellence in four key areas: scholarship, service, leadership, and service. NHS was founded in 1921 to recognize outstanding students and to create interest for scholarship, to inspire students to serve the community, to encourage leadership, and to foster character development in high school students. For more information on becoming a member of NHS, please contact Mr. Peter Jones at


California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS)

Carnegie Schools Riverside Athletic Program is part of the CIF-SS.  The California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section is the governing body for high school athletics in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.  We are part of the largest of the ten districts in California that make up the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).  We compete at the varsity level in many sports in the South Eastern Conference.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) governs the intercollegiate athletic programs of approximately 250 small colleges and universities throughout the country.  NAIA was formed out of the National College Basketball Tournament of 1937.  They were the first intercollegiate organization to admit an African American student-athlete, the first to admit HBCU’s into its association, the first to host men’s and women’s championships, and the only intercollegiate organization to offer championships in competitive cheer and dance.  NAIA focuses on character building alongside of excellence in athletics and scholarship.  Students who are interested in playing college sports at an NAIA school need to register at

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Intercollegiate sports begun around 1850 with competitions between Harvard University and Yale University’s crew races.  Overtime, more sports were added to the competitions between universities.  Eventually football emerged as a favorite sport, but the rules of the game had not yet been formalized which resulted in a high number of injuries and fatalities.  The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was founded in 1906 originally with the purpose to protect young people from being exploited and to establish fair rules of play in collegiate sports.  Over the century it has grown into a non-profit organization that supports and regulates athletic programs at more than 1,200 colleges and universities in the United States.  Each year nearly have a million student athletes participate in an NCAA programs.  In recent years we have had students go on to participate in NCAA Division I, II, and III sports.  High school students interested in playing college sports at an NCAA college or university must complete an NCAA profile at  It is recommended that students create an NCAA profile as early as their freshman year.