St. Mary’s School has been accredited through the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting association (MNSAA) since 1988. MNSAA is a nationally recognized accrediting association through the National Federation of Nonpublic State School accrediting Associations and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). MNSAA accredits K-12 elementary and secondary nonpublic schools in Minnesota that have been in existence for a t least two years and have 501c3 nonprofit status.
MNSAA enhances the quality of education through a process of self-evaluation and ongoing improvement. An essential and vital principle is that schools are evaluated in terms of how well they are guided by their own mission.
A traditional process of accreditation involves every 7 years. Member schools are required to complete an extensive self-evaluation process based on the seven standards of MNSAA. As a result of this reflection, a school develops a visionary strategic plan for improvement.
The seven accreditation standards of MNSAA include:
Mission & Philosophy
Teaching & Learning
Climate & Learning
Leadership & Governance
School Strategic Plan for Improvement
The MNSAA Mission Statement: The mission of the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association is to be a catalyst for enhancing the quality of K-12 nonpublic education in Minnesota through a comprehensive process of accreditation.