Accreditation Process

The National Council for Private School Accreditation is dedicated to the accreditation process as a viable and responsible means of establishing a witness of school excellence. NCPSA is committed to accreditation based on the concept of voluntary peer recognition; that is, the principle that institutions sharing common purposes and distinctives are better able to assist one another in achieving the standards for academic excellence and responsiveness to their respective publics and the nation.

The National Council for Private School Accreditation seeks to promote and support independent and autonomous accrediting associations serving private early childhood, elementary, and secondary schools that are committed to quality educational programs.

  • To Download, the Manual for the Recognition of Accrediting Associations for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Private Schools: Click here.

Member Accrediting Agencies:

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.

Each organization applying for membership must:

  • make an initial application to NCPSA
  • participate in a multistep review process
  • participate in a multistep recognition process

During this recognition process, the status of the applicant is determined (member, provisional member or membership denied).

Applicant & Candidate Organizations