St. John's is fully accredited by two organizations:

  • National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA)
  • Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA)


National Lutheran School Accreditation

NLSA is a rigorous process that encourages and recognizes Lutheran schools that provide quality Christian education and engage in continuous improvement.  It helps Lutheran schools evaluate their academic quality and the spiritual dimension of the school. The standards and report forms are similar to other accrediting processes, both secular and religious. NLSA has reciprocal agreements with other national accrediting agencies such as North Central Accrediting Association.

Benefits of Accreditation:

  • Publicly acknowledges the quality of the school through an objective outside agency
  • Employs the expertise of an objective site visit team
  • Validates the mission of the school
  • Measures a school with a set of objective national standards
  • Examines the spiritual component of the school
  • Identifies and celebrates the strengths of the school
  • Pinpoints weaknesses for correction
  • Provides a solid foundation for faculty professional development
  • Provides accountability for the school, constituents, congregation, and school community
  • Provides the "blueprint" for school improvement for the next five years
  • Involves the support and involvement of a broad constituency
  • Creates a foundation for a marketing/public relations tool
  • Provides the opportunity for public acknowledgement and celebration
  • Connects a school to a network of several hundred LCMS accredited schools

 NLSA 2016 Self Study Report

Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association provides official recognition from the State of Missouri that the program at St. John's meets or exceeds the state's standards.

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