Elementary School Accreditation

The elementary schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are accredited through one of the national or regional school accreditation associations. Currently all parish and some private elementary schools in the Archdiocese are accredited by the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. The Association is a member of the National Association of Non-Public School State Accrediting Associations which is recognized by the US Department of Education. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also recognize this Association. This Department accepts the classroom experience that is earned in nonpublic schools that are accredited by the Association for teacher certification.

Like other recognized accrediting agencies, the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association provides assurances that its member schools have met high standards that are essential for quality education. In addition, the Association provides member schools with an ongoing process of school improvement. The Association’s accreditation standards and criteria focus on several areas: Mission and Philosophy, Climate, Leadership, Professional Staff, Curriculum, Instruction, Services, Facilities, Finances and Planning. Standards are also provided for preschool programs, before and after school care programs, and special education programs. For additional information about the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association access the association’s website at http://www.moqualityschools.com.

Accredited schools must provide an annual report to the Association that indicates that the school: is meeting Association’s Membership Standards, is making progress towards meeting the Association’s Improvement Standards, and has a credible and realistic plan of growth in place for the coming year.

Every seven years member schools are required to participate in a comprehensive school improvement process that assists the school in generating a long range plan for school improvement.

For additional information about accreditation contact:

Mrs. Sharon Lenger
Director of Elementary Schoool Improvement
Catholic Education Center
20 Archbishop May Dr
St. Louis MO 63119