National Lutheran School Accreditation

Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool is NLSA Accredited

Lutheran School Accreditation is a process of self-evaluation followed by a visit of trained observers to help Lutheran schools improve the quality of their programs.

National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is a national, rigorous accrediting process designed to evaluate schools on the basis of their unique purposes as Lutheran schools. It helps schools evaluate not only their academic quality, but especially the spiritual dimension of the school. NLSA is supervised by the National Accreditation Commission made up of representatives from the various participating Districts of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Three-Step Accreditation Process

1. Self Study

Administrators, staff, and parents evaluate the program in accordance with NLSA Accreditation Standards, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. The program rates the standards when improvements are made and standards are fully met.

2. Site Visit

A trained team of observers conducts onsite verification of the information provided by the program as well as parents and staff surveys. The Site Visit Team’s responsibility is to report to the NLSA Commission what is observed in the program on the day of the site visit. The site team observes all of the classrooms, checks required documents, interviews staff as needed and meets with the onsite Director for an Exit Interview.

3. Commission Review

Accreditation decisions are made under the guidance of NLSA Commissioners. Decisions are based on careful study of the materials submitted by the Site Visit Team Captain, which includes director comments obtained during the Exit Interview. A decision to award, defer or deny accreditation is made in approximately twelve weeks from the date of the Site Visit.

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