Frequently Asked Questions

Q?  What does it mean to be an Accredited Member of the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA)?

primary school students and teacher in science classAccredited Member is a status of membership that indicates the school is substantially accomplishing its stated goals and objectives and has given evidence that it is committed to continued growth and the pursuit of excellence. Only an Accredited Member may sit on the Board of Directors.

Q?  Why should my school seek accreditation?

The NIPSA accreditation process serves an increasingly important role to our member schools. NIPSA is accredited by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) and recognized by the United States Department of Education and Homeland Security. Accreditation provides an indication to other schools, colleges and education interest groups of your commitment to standards.

Q?  How are schools evaluated?

A school shall be evaluated on the basis of the degree to which it is accomplishing the purposes and functions outlined in its own statement of objectives, and on the appropriateness of those purposes and functions for an institution of its type. In addition, to qualify for accreditation, a school must give evidence of adequately meeting the following criteria which are established as a general guideline to determine the effectiveness of the school’s educational program and services.

Q? Is my school eligible for accreditation?

Any proprietary school or legal entity that is of good character and dedicated to the purposes of the corporation may apply for accreditation by the corporation within three years of its acceptance into candidacy. Any individual or entity owning more than one proprietary school shall nevertheless be entitled to only one membership in the corporation.

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