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Bay City, MI  48708

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Accreditations

Trinity Lutheran School is a fully accredited school through WELSSA (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation) and the NCPSA (National Council of Private School Accreditation).

In 2003 the Commission on Parish Schools and the Board for Parish Services resolved to establish a WELS school accreditation process as a means of improving the educational quality and effectiveness of Lutheran schools and their ministry. The formal title of the accreditation process is Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA). The CPS presented WELSSA to the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) and applied for membership in that organization. In June 2003 the NCPSA granted Candidacy Status to WELSSA. Two of the requirements of that Candidacy Status is that WELSSA be field tested in WELS schools and that an NCPSA consultant work with the Executive Director of WELSSA during that field test. In June 2005 the NCPSA accepted WELSSA as a member.

For more information visit the WELSSA website

 

In 1985 several private school organizations which accredited their member schools, worked with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Private Education in seeking Federal recognition of their accreditation programs.

However, the Department’s General Counsel ruled there was not statutory authority for the Department to recognize any elementary – secondary accrediting agencies – including regional associations such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, etc. As a result of this, efforts to obtain recognition of private school accreditation programs ceased.

The concept resurfaced in 1992, when the same private school organizations began exploring the possibility of developing a national entity (not Federal) which would essentially serve as an “accrediting association of private school accrediting agencies.”

In September 1993, these organizations agreed to formalize the process at the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). Seventeen associations now hold full membership status in the Council. And, in order to assure that NCPSA recognition remains credible, highly respected educators such as former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel Bell, Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools Elementary School Commission John Stoops, and others were asked to serve on the Council as at-large or “public” representatives.

Visit
www.ncpsa.org for more information.

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