NLSAIntroductionvNational 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

EBA Self-Study Process

Administrator’s Manual

NLSA Face Sheet (Required) – Needs to accompany all reports

NLSA Cumulative Annual Report Form

NLSA Application

Schools seeking dual accreditation (AdvancED/NLSA) will make application for both processes directly through the NLSA office in St. Louis. Lutheran schools seeking dual accreditation must complete 2 applications, the NLSA application and AdvancEd application, and send them to the District office for the Education Executive’s signature. With the applications they should remit their fees of $450 for NLSA and $825 for AdvancED.  Through a single submission process our schools will receive a reduction of $400 in application fees, making the total due $825. Only one check is necessary, and should be made payable to NLSA. This payment will apply to both processes.

Applications are able to be filled electronically and printed. Once applications have been received in our office, workspaces for the schools will be opened. Schools may begin their work at that time.

Powerpoint Presentations from NLSA Training 2016

List of Captains and Consultants

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.

NLSA Application-ECC – 2015


SWD Accredited Schools

  • St. John, Berlin
  • Immanuel, Brookfield
  • First Immanuel, Cedarburg
  • Elm Grove, Elm Grove
  • St. John, Glendale
  • St. Paul, Grafton
  • Martin Luther High School, Greendale
  • Our Father’s, Greenfield
  • Divine Redeemer, Hartland
  • Lake Country LHS, Hartland
  • Trinity, Hilbert
  • St. Stephen, Horicon
  • Living Word LHS, Jackson
  • St. Paul, Janesville
  • St. John, Mayville
  • Grace, Menomonee Falls
  • Zion, Menomonee Falls
  • Trinity, Mequon
  • Granville, Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Milwaukee
  • Mt. Calvary, Milwaukee
  • Mt. Olive, Milwaukee
  • Northwest, Milwaukee
  • Sherman Park, Milwaukee
  • St. Martini, Milwaukee
  • St. Peter-Immanuel, Milwaukee
  • St. Paul, Oconomowoc
  • Trinity, Oshkosh
  • St. John, Plymouth
  • St. John, Portage
  • St. John, Racine
  • Trinity, Racine
  • St. John, Random Lake
  • St. Peter’s, Reedsburg
  • Immanuel, Sheboygan
  • St. Paul, Sheboygan
  • Trinity, Sheboygan
  • Concordia, Sturtevant
  • Good Shepherd, Watertown
  • Lebanon, Watertown
  • Our Redeemer, Wauwatosa
  • Pilgrim, Wauwatosa
  • St. Paul, West Allis
  • St. John, West Bend