NLSA Update and Frequently Asked Questions in Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact Lutheran schools, the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) national leadership team has developed both a policy and a list of Frequently Asked Questions to guide administrators and accredited schools through the coming months. Please review the entirety of the FAQ document and contact the School Ministry Office (School.Ministry@lcms.org) with further questions.

Download the NLSA Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 (10/2020)

NLSA School Resources

Evidence Based Accreditation (EBA)


Early Childhood Accreditation


NLSA Virtual Validation Team Visit Option (2020-2021 School Year)


To address the impact of COVID-19 on Lutheran schools, an option for a Virtual Validation Team Visit has been developed to fulfill the requirements of a National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) Validation Team Visit. A school is eligible to apply for a Virtual Validation Team Visit when all the following conditions are met:

  1. The school is currently Accredited in Good Standing.
  2. The school has been Accredited in Good Standing for a minimum of two 5-year accreditation cycles.
  3. The school prepared for a site visit using an NLSA protocol outlined in NLSA Routes to Accreditation.

Virtual Validation Team Visit applications must be submitted to the appropriate district office no later than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled Virtual Validation Team Visit date. Schools unable to meet all required conditions can continue to apply for a Pandemic Extension until they are able to hold an on-site Validation Team Visit. Schools using a protocol from Cognia, WASC, Middle States or CCLE should contact that agency directly to learn about the availability of a virtual site visit process. Contact Rebecca Schmidt, director of LCMS School Ministry (Rebecca.Schmidt@lcms.org) with any questions.


Download the NLSA Virtual Validation Team Visit Application Form

Previous Documentation


If you are looking for EBA or Early Childhood school documents (Self-Study and Administrator Handbook) from the September 2019 revision, you will need to contact your District Education Executive or NLSA District Commissioner who will be able to supply you with these resources.  Remember, you will have needed to have your NLSA Application processed in the NLSA national office prior to September 1, 2020 for you to use these resources.  If you did not have your application in prior to this date, you will need to use the updated resources available above.

Questions About the School Resources?


If you have questions related to any of the above NLSA School Documents and Resources, please either contact your local LCMS District office or District Commissioner through the links below. They are equipped to guide you and your schools through the complete NLSA process to completion. Additionally, if you are wanting to include any of the official NLSA logos and images in any of your publications, please feel free to do so using the resources available through the “NLSA Media Downloads” button.