An Accredited School
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA) has established the standards for accrediting our school. These standards and the WELSSA Commission have been formally recognized and approved by the National Council for Private School Accreditation. NCPSA has established accreditation procedures to facilitate the appropriate application, review, and recognition of qualified and credible accrediting associations serving private schools.
Northdale Christian Academy has received exemplary accreditation. We have proven compliance with WELSSA’s educational standards and are a member in good standing. Schools working toward accreditation must complete a comprehensive self-study, host a site visit team of educators outside the school every five years, and develop and implement a school improvement plan to maintain accreditation. The school files an annual report detailing their progress in meeting their goals and staying in compliance with the WELSSA standards.
Standards to be met include:
- The School’s Mission and Implementation
- The School’s Relationship with the Congregation
- The School’s Relationship with the Home
- The School’s Relationship with the Students
- The School’s Relationship with the Community
- The School’s Relationship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
- The School’s Plan for Enrolling Students
- School Climate
- School Governance and Administration
- Professional Personnel (Faculty and Support Staff)
- Student Services
- Physical Facilities
- Information Management
A Tradition of Excellence
Northdale Christian Academy is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). WELS has a rich tradition of academic excellence in its preschool (early childhood) through grade 12 school system. The WELS has operated highly regarded schools across the United States, the Caribbean, and elsewhere in the world for over 150 years. Currently WELS churches and associations operate 398 early childhood centers, 337 elementary schools, and 25 high schools across the nation. Northdale Lutheran is part of one of the largest private school networks in America.
The WELS has provided excellent instructors to these schools by training its own teachers since 1884. Each of our teachers has a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Continuing education for our teachers is also a priority through participation various in-services, conferences, seminars, and classes. It is gratifying to report that, on average, students attending WELS schools annually tend to outperform their peers by a considerable margin on national achievement tests. We humbly thank God for His blessings upon our schools. Northdale Lutheran is proud to continue this rich tradition of academic excellence in the Tampa community!