Recently, I had the honor to present the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) certificate to staff at Zion, Bethalto; St. Paul, Hamel; and Trinity, Hoyleton. St. Paul also received accreditation from the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education.
These schools, recognized for their quality programs of Christian education — as evidenced by its thorough self-study and acknowledged by an NLSA visiting team — are granted accreditation from September 2019 through August 2024.
What does “accredited” mean? It means that these schools are dedicated to teaching Christian values consistent with the LCMS and are committed to educational excellence. It means that the school leadership and staff are committed to continuous improvement and have a school action plan to guide that process.
The National Lutheran School Accreditation is a process to improve educational quality, make necessary changes, provide for staff development and make a difference in the lives of students and families. The staff of these schools carry out vital tasks and are involved in the nurturing and caring relationships with students, parents and many other constituents of the school.
May the Holy Spirit guide and direct all efforts in the years ahead as we carry out the important process of school improvement.