National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) encourages, assists, and recognizes schools that provide quality Christian education and engage in continuous improvement. During the 2013-14 school year Messiah underwent an extensive self-study process involving nearly 70 volunteers and staff members. This self-study culminated on April 29-30, 2014, with an official site visit by NLSA. Application for accreditation is required every five years.
Key Elements of NLSA Accreditation:
  • Assessment of Standards and indicators
  • Self-Assessment – Self Study Process
  • Visiting team assessment
  • NLSA uses a BALANCED, PERFORMANCE BASED process that examines multiple facets of the organization and how they work together to produce results

The Visiting Team

  • Is comprised of professional peers with diverse experience and rich contextual perspective
  • Assesses and evaluates the school’s effectiveness in meeting the requirements of accreditation
  • Provides important validation and recognition
  • Delivers valuable feedback and suggestions for related ongoing improvement
Standards categories evaluated during accreditation process
  • Relationships
  • Leadership
  • Professional Personnel
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Services
  • Facilities

How the visit team conducts its work:

  • Reviewed the self study document and related documentation provided by the school
  • Listened to Building Presentations
  • Interviewed School Stakeholders
  • Examined Evidence presented by the school
  • Visited Classrooms
  • Observed Practices and Learning Environment
  • Collected and Organized Data
  • Engaged in deliberations

During the teams two-day site visit the visit team:

  • Conducted approximately 273 interviews with stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, administrators
  • Conducted 38 separate classroom observations
  • Identified 8 outstanding strengths
  • Identified 0 major deficiencies

Outstanding Strengths identified by the 2014 NLSA Visit Team:

  • Faith development is evident in teaching and modeling.
  • The school climate provides a welcoming, loving atmosphere with a sense of family.
  • The exemplary cleanliness, care, and décor provides a welcoming and impressive atmosphere.
  • The Food Service provides an outstanding variety of healthy foods and promotes healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Mr. Stueber’s visionary leadership provides a consistent focus on both internal and external ministry.
  • Dedicated teachers are well educated and equipped to lovingly nurture their students both academically and spiritually.
  • The school is mission-minded providing the students and families opportunities to witness and inspire them to grow and serve together.
  • The Preschool program is a great way to introduce families to the ministry of Messiah.
  • Messiah embraces the power of Christ-centered education.