This information comes from https://www.lcms.org/schools.
The purposes of National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) are to:
- Help Lutheran schools — early childhood, elementary and secondary — to improve.
- Assure school quality by evaluating a school’s compliance with required NLSA standards and indicators of success.
- Help all Lutheran schools to evaluate themselves based on their unique purposes and on national standards.
- Give appropriate recognition to schools that successfully complete the process.
Seven Accreditation Standards for Lutheran Schools
I. Purpose — The school is purpose-driven.
II. Relationships — The school demonstrates its Christian mission through relationships.
- School and Congregation
- School and Community
- School Climate
III. Leadership — The school is governed and administered following written policy.
IV. Professional Personnel — A qualified and competent staff serves the school.
V. Teaching and Learning — The school’s Christ-centered curriculum, instructional design and assessment practices ensure teacher effectiveness and engaged student learning.
- Student Learning
VI. Student Services — The school plans for and provides resources and activities that extend beyond standard classroom instruction.
- Guidance and Counseling
- Extracurricular Activities
- Health and Safety
- Food Services
VII. Facilities — Buildings, grounds and equipment provide a safe and healthy environment that serves to enhance student learning.
These standards are based on three assumptions:
- Lutheran school educators believe that a high-quality educational program is required of our schools in order for them to be good stewards of the blessings given by Almighty God.
- Lutheran school administrators willingly cooperate with governmental agencies unless such cooperation inhibits the free sharing of the Gospel.
- Those who own and operate Lutheran schools strive to meet and, where possible, exceed all local, state, regional and federal guidelines for public schools.