Nonpublic Education Council

Accrediting Agencies Whose Schools Have Reduced Reporting Requirements

Revised October 2014

Minnesota nonpublic schools (traditional private schools or homeschools) that are directly accredited by any of the following organizations are eligible for reduced reporting requirements to the superintendents of the districts where their students reside, as outlined in Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law. These schools are eligible because their accrediting organization has been recognized by the Minnesota Nonpublic Education Council or the Commissioner of Education. View Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22.

Please note that for purposes of Minnesota’s Compulsory Instruction Law, the accrediting organizations listed below cannot grant Minnesota recognition to other accrediting organizations with which they may have agreements or reciprocity. The Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Nonpublic Education Council have recognized these organizations only for the direct accreditation review and recognition they provide to their own schools and/or instructors. Agreements some accrediting organizations have with one another do not imply or transfer Minnesota recognition or reporting exemptions to any organization that has not directly requested and received recognition by the Minnesota Department of Education or the Minnesota Nonpublic Education Council. In short, if the organization is not listed here, it is not recognized by the state of Minnesota for reduced reporting requirements. Likewise, local school districts may not modify state reporting requirements by creating local standards that add or delete organizations from this list.

Even though they are exempt from some reporting requirements, schools directly accredited by the following accrediting organizations are still required by Minnesota state law to report by October 1 of each year the name, birth date and address of each child receiving instruction to the superintendent of the district in which the child resides.

Nonpublic School Accrediting Organization

Address

Other Contact Information

Expires July 1

Accrediting Association of Seventh Day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities

Minnesota Conference

7384 Kirkwood Court

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Connie McCormick, Superintendent of Schools

Call: 763-424-8923

E-mail: cmccormick@mnsda.com

Website: www.mnsda.com

2018

AdvancED (formerly Minnesota North Central Association)

AdvancED Midwest Regional Office

121 East Rosser Ave.

Bismarck, ND 58501

Elaine Baumann, Director

Call: 1-888-413-3669 x5754

E-mail: minnesota-state-office@advanc-ed.org

Website: www.advanc-ed.org

2016

American Association of Christian Schools

602 Belvoir Avenue

East Ridge, TN 37412

Dr. Jeff Walton

Call: 423-629-4280

E-mail: jwalton@aacs.org

Website: www.aacs.org

2018

Association of Christian Schools International

6755 Weaver Road,

Suite 1

Rockford, IL 61114

Dr. Jeff Mattner

ACSI Mid-America Regional

Director

Call: 815-226-0438

Website: www.acsi.org

2018

Home Based Educators Accrediting Association, Inc.

4939 140th Street W

Apple Valley, MN 55124

Ardis Skoglund

Call: 952-935-9234

E-mail: hbeaaoffice@gmail.com

Website: www.hbeaa.org

2018

Independent Schools Association of the Central States

1165 North Clark St., Suite 11

Chicago, IL 60601

Kevin M. Rooney

Coordinator of Accreditation Services

Call: 312-255-1244

E-mail: kevin@isacs.org Website: www.isacs.org

2017

International Christian Accrediting Association

2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 600

Tulsa, OK 74137

Dr. Donnie Peal, Director

Call: 918-493-8880

E-mail: don.peal@oru.edu or icaa@oru.edu

Website: www.icaa.us

2015

Minnesota Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association

205 Lexington Ave S

New Prague, MN 56071

Sarah Mueller, Executive Director

Call: 952-758-5985

E-mail: smueller@mnsaa.org

Website: www.mnsaa.org

2017

National Lutheran School Accreditation – The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

International Center

1333 S. Kirkwood Road

St. Louis, MO 63122

Terry Schmidt, Associate Director

Call: 314-996-1292

E-mail: terry.schmidt@icms.org or kathy.fangmann@lcms.org Website: www.lcms.org

May 16, 2019

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation

2929 North Mayfair Road

Milwaukee, WI 53222

James Rademan, Director

Call: 414-256-3220

E-mail: jim.rademan@wels.net

2017