National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA)

Published on December 2nd, 2015

National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is designed to help Lutheran schools improve the quality of their program. View all the accredited Lutheran schools in the Indiana District here. 

Purpose of Accreditation

Two major purposes of NLSA accreditation are listed as follows:

  • Assurance of Quality
  • School Improvement

Quality is determined by the school doing a rigorous self-study in which the school measures itself against nearly two hundred standards covering all phases of a school’s operation. A team of educators from other schools then visits the school to validate the self-study and makes a report that includes the school’s strengths and also areas for improvement. The team also makes a recommendation for accreditation to our National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) District Commission. The school is reviewed by the District Commission, and if they concur with the recommendation, it is forwarded on to the National Commission for a final review and the decision about the granting of accreditation.

To retain its accredited status, the school must report annually showing that adequate progress is being made on the school improvement recommendations

Benefits of NLSA

For Children

Commitment to quality and ongoing improvement!

For Parents

Assurance that the school exhibits quality as it is evaluated according to national standards!

For the School

Recognition for high standards and quality Christian education.

Administrators and teachers strive for excellence. Through additional course work and licensing, teachers strive for individual improvement and excellence. National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is just another means to validate excellence for the educational environment. Mr. Cliff Dietrich (District Commissioner) and Mr. Fred Weiss (Consultant for elementary and high schools) both visit and advise schools on a continual basis. Please continue to uphold administrators, teachers and all those involved with NLSA each day in prayer.

Accreditation Resources

Resources for Early Childhood,  Elementary & High Schools are found at

NLSA-AdvancED PowerPoint Presentation

Annual report template for NLSA schools:  Indiana NLSA Annual Report Template

Accreditation Contact

For more information on any of these NLSA resources, please contact Dr. Kevin Brockberg at 260-423-1511, extension 2212 or  at