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“Accredit Memo”News from MNSAA

Check out our monthly newsletter: August 2019 Accredit Memo.

Connections are Key! – Annual Conference

November 4, 2019 will be an exceptional opportunity for leaders and teachers to reflect on meeting the needs of the whole child, including their affective, social and emotional needs. We are especially pleased to announce Dr. Julene Nolan from Phoenix School Counseling as our keynote speaker for the event.

We will all be welcomed by All Saints School in Lakeville this year. The school has ample space for parking, is easily accessible off Interstate 35 and the heart to share their beautiful space. Please note that our conference will be held on MONDAY this year. We are grateful the All Saints community is choosing to give up their professional staff day to MNSAA.

REGISTER TODAY! GREAT NEWS: Reduced rates will be offered to schools who send a team of 10 or more from their school! Individual rates will remain at $150 a day – a super bargain for an amazing day of connecting and learning. We are excited to watch our conference keep growing.

Speaker proposals are now being accepted. Our exposition is also beginning to fill up! We are busy making plans for an exceptional day! Hope to see you again this year.

Back to School Mailing – Invoices & Accreditation Certificate

Earlier in August, a large white envelop arrived at your school via USPS mail from MNSAA. This Back to
School mailing contains essential information including the following:

  • Accreditation Certificate(s) – MNSAA and your National Federation
  • Annual Dues Invoices for 2019-20 (based on enrollment at close of the last academic year)
  • Month-by-Month Guide to guide you in keeping up with MNSAA requirements
  • Conference Registration – Plan now to send a whole team at a discounted rate
  • 2019-20 MNSAA Statement of Compliance to be reviewed with your governing leader

Contact if you do not receive yours by August 15

2019-20 Basic Information Reports Due October 15, 2019

Consider posting your report today! Use this link to download the protected Word Doc to complete and file by uploading through your member portal or send as an email attachment to If you anticipate significant adjustments to your enrollment before October 1st, you many want to wait – but, we can always adjust your enrollment later.

Improvements to our Basic Information Report will likely please our schools! The process has been
streamlined and it only takes a few minutes to complete.

Preschool Accreditation – Option for Accredited Schools

MNSAA offers optional preschool accreditation to nonpublic schools operating early learning programs connected to their total academic program. After a concentrated study of our standards for accreditation and investigation of the practices and protocols of other agencies, we ready to accept accredited schools with preschools that are interested in piloting our process.

While we continue to seek a variety of pathways to accredit preschools, at this time if a school chooses to have its preschool program accredited, MNSAA requires the following:

  • The preschool is licensed by the Department of Human Services in the State of Minnesota.
  • The preschool program has an academic foundation for children 33 months and older.
  • The preschool program and staff are integrated into all aspects of the life of the school.
  • All MNSAA standards apply to preschool unless otherwise specified.
  • Preschool programs run by an outside entity, as well as “stand alone” preschool programs are not eligible for MNSAA accreditation.

To be considered for our pilot study, contact our Executive Director at 952.759.5985 or for more information.

Standard #5.06* – Criminal Background Checks

To meet this legal requirement, criminal history background checks on individuals who are employed in the school need to be completed. After the date of original employment, MNSAA does not
prescribe how frequently they need to be rechecked. Evidence must be provided in personnel records that a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension check has been completed.

(*MN Statutes 123B.03 and 122A.18 – Background Checks and Licensing)


Dual Accreditation – Options to Partner with AdvancED or Middle States Association

MNSAA is excited to announce optional dual accreditation opportunities for our member schools. This is an outcome of significant analysis and study by the MNSAA Board of Directors and input from member schools (especially high schools). Partnerships have been formed with Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and Advanced Education, Inc. (AdvancEd). Recognizing the unique circumstances of each member school, we encourage you to learn more about these opportunities at the 2018 MNSAA Conference on November 2 at Our Lady of Grace School.

Contact Director Mueller for more information.


MNSAA Month-by-Month – Desktop Tool!

Your MNSAA month-by-month handy reference guide was enclosed in your Back to School packet! Did you find it? If not, check this link for the tool you need to keep close at hand to support your good work!! If not, check out our School Resources tab under the Member Schools header.

Check here to learn if you are on track for the year!