National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is a process of self-evaluation followed by a visit of objective observers designed to help Lutheran schools improve the quality of their programs. The process is completely voluntary and 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 is a rigorous national accrediting process designed to evaluate schools based on their unique purpose as Lutheran schools. It helps schools evaluate not only the quality of the academics and programs, but also most importantly the spiritual dimension of the school. The “Standards for Lutheran Schools” and report forms are similar to those used by other accrediting agencies, both secular and religious. There are many benefits to accreditation.
Annual Fees – both Synod and District – are due in October.
NLSA LuthEd Website – Applications, resources and webinars
Face Sheet (PDF Fill-in) – Needs to accompany all reports
NLSA Application – includes schools seeking dual accreditation (AdvancED/NLSA)
Powerpoint Presentations from NLSA Training 2016
2017 Summary of Required NLSA Reporting – reporting requirements, due dates and where to send your Cumulative Annual Report, Self-Study Report and Visiting Team Report.
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