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National Lutheran School Accreditation 

National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) encourages and recognizes Lutheran schools that provide quality Christian education and engage in continuous improvement. It is completely voluntary and is available for every school operated by a single congregation, by an association of congregations, or by a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or the Lutheran Church—Canada.

NLSA serves a variety of levels of schools; early childhood, elementary and high schools and all combinations of the aforementioned.  It helps Lutheran schools evaluate their academic quality and the spiritual dimension of the school. The standards and report forms are similar to other accrediting processes, both secular and religious.

Benefits of Accreditation
  • Publically acknowledges the quality of the school through an objective outside agency
  • Employs the expertise of an objective site visit team
  • Validates the mission of the school
  • Measures a school with a set of objective national standards
  • Examines the spiritual component of the school
  • Identifies and celebrates the strengths of the school
  • Pinpoints weaknesses for correction
  • Provides a solid foundation for faculty professional development
  • Provides accountability for the school, constituents, congregation, and school community
  • Provides the "blueprint" for school improvement for the next five years
  • Involves the support and involvement of a broad constituency
  • Creates a foundation for a Public Relations tool
  • Provides the opportunity for public acknowledgement and celebration
  • Connects a school to a network of several hundred LCMS accredited schools
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    www.moqualityschools.com/Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association

    The organization began with a desire to provide a recognized accreditation agency for Catholic and Lutheran schools in Missouri. Representatives from these schools joined representatives of other states to form the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Association. The national organization was incorporated in the state of Minnesota in November, 1984. The Missouri Chapter was incorporated in the State of Missouri as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code on January 18, 1985. In 1999, the Islamic schools in the state joined the Association.  In 2002, the Board shortened the name of the organization to the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association.  Beginning in 2011 independent Christian schools continued the expansion of the organization.

    The national organization gives state chapters both the responsibility and the flexibility to establish their own charters, by-laws, and admission requirements, as well as standards and indicators for accreditation. The Missouri Chapter meets the criteria established by the National Association and works closely with the sponsoring agencies of schools which seek accreditation.  A sponsoring agency is an educational organization which represents a group of at least three nonpublic schools.

    The National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations is recognized by the United States Department of Education. (Confirmation specified 1/12/88 in written communication between Ramon Ruiz, Deputy Director of the Division of Educational Support, and Charles O’Malley, Executive Assistant for Private Education, United States Department of Education.)  The Missouri State Board of Education, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Missouri State High School Activities Association recognize the Missouri Chapter of the National Federation. The state accepts for teacher certification the classroom experience that is earned in nonpublic schools that are accredited by the MNSAA. Like other recognized accrediting agencies, the Missouri Chapter gives assurance that its member schools have met certain standards that are essential for quality education.

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