The Value of MNSAA Accreditation


  • Accreditation is a framework for the best possible educational program for learners.
  • Accreditation delivers recognized credibility of the quality of a school program in the eyes of stakeholders and the public.
  • Accreditation offers outside objective validation that a school has met high standards and is actively seeking a quality educational program.
  • Accreditation assures stakeholders that the school program and organization periodically undergoes an intensive self-evaluation and a review by professional educators who are not affiliated with the school.
  • Accreditation provides for long-range strategic planning focusing on student achievement and ongoing school improvement.
  • Accreditation makes a public statement that the school is willing to be measured against rigorous standards and to engage in long-range strategic planning.
  • Accreditation facilitates a process whereby staff communication results in shared commitment to future directions.
  • Accreditation highlights the many excellent accomplishments of the school and its students.
  • Accreditation offers a network of educational relationships, whereby the exchange of ideas and methods to better meet the needs of students can be developed and shared.


  • Schools are evaluated in terms of standards established by the Association.
  • A school is evaluated in terms of its own mission and philosophy, recognizing that individual differences exist among schools and communities.
  • A school is evaluated upon the basis of the total identity as an institution of learning.  While it seems necessary that a school be judged in terms of its particular characteristics, it is recognized that variations will appear in the degree of success achieved.
  • A school’s curriculum and professional standards should be stimulating and conducive to educational growth. They  must be guides for continuous self-evaluation and should provide the incentive to strive constantly toward high goals of achievement.

  • Status of an accredited school recognized by the State of Minnesota and the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations.
  • Voting rights in MNSAA elections and in determining changes to By-Laws.
  • Monthly news and notes in the Accredit-Memo containing membership, professional, legal, and policy information and updates.
  • A copy of the MNSAA Handbook and supplementary updates.
  • Free registration for the orientation, renewal and annual report workshops.
  • Participation in the MNSAA Annual Conference which provides an opportunity for school administrators to gather and explore current educational topics and trends and learn more about accreditation.
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of educational experiences and activities of the MNSAA.