We were very excited about the visit by the accreditation team, and are especially pleased that the NLSA deemed the MLCA and MLECC met the tough standards established by the NLSA.
Keller, TX (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy (MLCA) and Early Childhood Center (MLECC) announces that it been notified by the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) Director, Terry Schmidt, that it had been selected for national accreditation by the NLSA.
The MLCA and ECC recently underwent an in-depth accreditation on-site evaluation during the week of April 20, 2012. After the arrival of the accreditation team from the NLSA, the team had a brief walk-through of the school and of the school’s sponsor church, Messiah Lutheran. Team members were then guests of the school and church at an afternoon dinner attended by approximately 150 school parents, students and church members. MLCA, which teaches using the classical education model, currently offers Kindergarten through 8th grades. The MLECC provides pre-school for children ages 2 through 5.
Ms. Natalie Anderson, Principal of MLCA, noted that during the exit briefing following the 4-day evaluation visit, the NLSA team chief, Kristine Becker, indicated that the MLCA/ECC had many areas that would be reported by the team to the NLSA headquarters as being outstanding. Anderson stated that these areas included strong mission focus, curriculum, facilities, administrative functions, an outstanding art program, and support and commitment of pastors and teachers.
NLSA accreditation is a national, rigorous accrediting process designed to evaluate Lutheran schools on both their academic quality and on the basis of the spiritual dimensions of the schools, according to NLSA publications. Mr. Schmidt explained that for schools to be accredited, they must verify “through documentation and practice” their compliance with 11 accreditation standards. Each school applying for NLSA accreditation completes a year-long evaluation process, including a self-study report that identifies its strengths and weaknesses. A team of appointed trained educators visits each school to verify its compliance with NLSA requirements, and recommends whether schools should be granted accreditation by the NLSA Commission.
NLSA accreditation, established in 1987, is granted in five year cycles. Schmidt said “commitment to accreditation standards does not end when the school received its accreditation certificate. NLSA requires ongoing continuous improvement efforts and the school remains accountable to document its ongoing improvement progress in cumulative annual reports that are submitted through its five-year accreditation cycle”.
Anderson exclaimed “we were very excited about the visit by the accreditation team, and are especially pleased that the NLSA deemed the MLCA and MLECC met the tough standards established by the NLSA.” She further noted that although preparation for the accreditation inspection was a lot of hard work, it will all be worth it in the end. “Now that we have officially been accredited, we will be able to compete for numerous grants, that if received, would enhance our programs and assist us with future high school programs.”
Representatives from the NLSA presented the official certificate of accreditation as part of the Messiah Sunday worship service in August.
Currently, over 650 Lutheran schools are accredited by NLSA in the United States and Canada.
About the Company:
Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy offers private school K-8th grade, christian school, grammer school, pre-school program. It is a private school located in Keller, TX serving Fort Worth and N.E. Tarrant County. Both the MLCA and MLECC are now accepting applications for enrollment. Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy is a Christian school through the ministry of Messiah Lutheran Church, a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Our teachings can be summed up in one phrase: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. The mission of MLCA is to mold and shape the minds and spirits of all students to become what God has created them in Christ to be. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.mlcatexasdfw.com.