CESA is committed to the rigorous application of aspirational standards through the relationships and expertise of like-minded peers.  School leaders who are committed in humility to the continuous pursuit of the CESA Standards of Accountability (c), accountability to the Council, and the responsibility to other CESA schools should be encouraged to learn more about joining this movement.  We encourage you to contact us or to reach out to a Member of Council Head, who can help you learn more about the transformational value of CESA.

Member Categories

Membership of Council

Members of CESA are those schools that are fully accredited by an organization with either national standing as a member of a nationally recognized association or with state standing as a member of an association with state-wide recognition and have completed and passed the CESA School Accreditation Institutional Review.

Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN)
Central Christian School (St. Louis, MO)
Charlotte Christian School (Charlotte, NC)
Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Cincinnati, OH)
Cornerstone Christian Academy (Peachtree Corners, GA)
Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School (Las Vegas, NV)
Fellowship Christian School (Roswell, GA)
First Presbyterian Day School
(Macon, GA)
Grace Community School (Tyler, TX)
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA)
Hill Country Christian School (Austin, TX)
Houston Christian High School (Houston, TX)
King’s Ridge Christian School (Alpharetta, GA)
Legacy Christian Academy (Frisco, TX)
Life Christian Academy (Tacoma, WA)
Little Rock Christian Academy (Little Rock, AR)
Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, TN)
Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw, GA)
Mount Pisgah Christian School (John’s Creek, GA)
Norfolk Christian Schools (Norfolk, VA)
Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX)
Regents School of Austin (Austin, TX)
Savannah Christian Preparatory School (Savannah, GA)
St. Paul Christian Academy (Nashville, TN)
Stillwater Christian School (Kalispell, MT)
The Brook Hill School (Bullard, TX)
The Christ School (Orlando, FL)
The First Academy (Orlando, FL)
The Woodlands Christian Academy (The Woodlands, TX)
Valor Christian School (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Village Christian Schools (Los Angeles, CA)
Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, NC)
Wesleyan School (Norcross, GA)
Westminster Schools of Augusta (Augusta, GA)
Westminster Christian Academy (St. Louis, MO)
Westminster Christian Academy (Huntsville, AL)
Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, IL)
Whitefield Academy (Smyrna, GA)

Candidate Schools

Candidate Schools are eligible after applying for CESA Membership if they are fully accredited by an organization with either national standing as a member of a nationally recognized association or with state standing as a member of an association with state-wide recognition. Candidate schools have two years to undergo the CESA Review to become a Member of Council. Interested schools should contact Katie Wiens at or go to the “Applying to CESA” page for more information.

Ben Lippen School (Columbia, SC)
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Cherry Hills Christian School (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Christian Heritage School (Trumbull, CT)
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
Cypress Christian Schools (Houston, TX)
Dallas Christian School (Mesquite, TX)
Des Moines Christian School (Urbandale, IA)
First Presbyterian Day School (Jackson, MS)
Fort Bend Christian Academy (Sugar Land, TX)
Fort Worth Christian School (North Richland Hills, TX)
Gaston Christian School (Gastonia, NC)
Gilbert Christian Schools (Gilbert, AZ)
Grand Rapids Christian School (Grand Rapids, MI)
Kansas City Christian School (Prairie Village, KS)
Kigali International Community School (Kigali, Rwanda)
Kirk Day School (St. Louis, MO)
Loudonville Christian Schools (Loudonville, NY)
Lutheran High School (Parker, CO)
Monte Vista Christian School (Watsonville, CA)
Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
Redlands Christian School (Redlands, CA)
Resurrection Christian School (Loveland, CO)
Santa Fe Christian Schools (Solana Beach, CA)
Santiago Christian Schools (Santiago, Dominican Republic)
Second Baptist School (Houston, TX)
Timothy Christian Schools (Elmhurst, IL)
Tree of Life Christian Schools (Columbus, OH)
Vail Christian High School (Vail, CO)
Waterloo School (Austin, TX)
Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Westminster Christian Academy (Watkinsville, GA)
Whittier Christian High School (La Habra, CA)

Click the “play button” below to explore CESA member and candidate schools. Use the legend to the right to navigate by school. Member schools are pinned in blue and candidate schools are pinned in green.

Contact Us

Barry Giller

Barry Giller serves as the vice chair of the Board of Directors for CESA. Barry joined the faculty of Charlotte Christian as Head of School in June 2010 and ushered the school into its 60th anniversary. As head of school Mr. Giller oversees the college preparatory school’s 180 employees and 1055 students grades JK to 12. A 1994 graduate of Wheaton College, he received his Bachelor of Arts in history/social science and a certification for secondary education. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership in Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Giller currently resides on the board of directors for North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association and Teaching Fellows Institute. Mr. Giller served six years as headmaster at Christian Heritage School, a private K-12 interdenominational Christian college preparatory school, in Trumbull, Conn. He joined Christian Heritage in 2001 as the upper school principal and was promoted to the headmaster position in 2004. Barry and his wife, Lisa, have seven children and are active members of Church at Charlotte.

Mission Clarity

CESA member schools are accredited, mission-driven, Christian institutions aspiring to be academically, programmatically, and institutionally excellent. 

Effective Goverance

CESA member schools commit to a model of leadership that includes a governing board, which formally (policy statement) and informally (daily practice) delegates the daily operation of the institution to the head of school who supervises the administrative team, faculty, and staff.  

Institutional Viability

CESA member schools follow best practices that demonstrate astute financial management, appropriate budget forecasting, and thoughtful short and long-term financial planning processes.  

Academic & Programmatic Distinction

CESA member schools shall provide high quality academic, artistic, and athletic programs designed to meet the mission of the school and to distinguish the institution as one of high quality.  

Sense of Coherent Christian Community

CESA member schools shall develop a Christian ethos rooted in a commitment to the Nicene Creed and/or Apostles Creed, the foundational tenets of Christian orthodoxy, that distinguishes them from other local public and independent schools and we should have a nice sense of community.

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