WELS School Accreditation

WELS School Accreditation (WELSSA) is a process in which the school evaluates its current education practices and seeks sound methods to build on its strengths and determine new ways to grow and strengthen the educational ministry of the school for the benefit of the students and parents to the glory of God.

There are 136 WELS schools currently accredited and 24 schools in candidacy, that is, working through the accreditation process for the first time.

WELSSA is a sanctioned member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).

Read more about the WELSSA accreditation process by downloading the documents on this page.

Contact Us
Paul Patterson, WELSSA executive director
Abby Truss, WELSSA support specialist
welssa@wels.net, 414-256-3221

Partner Sites
National Council for Private School Accreditation
Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association
Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation

The Annual School Accreditation Report (ASAR) and School Improvement Plan (SIP) is due June 30. You can download the report directions/template below and pay the report fee at the Purchasing Center beginning March 1.

Downloadable resources

Annual Report DirectionsDownload 
Annual Report TemplateDownload 
WELSSA Board and Pastor Assessment FormDownload 
WELSSA Brochure Order FormDownload 
WELSSA Accredited Schools 2019Download 
WELSSA ApplicationDownload 
WELSSA Process OverviewDownload 
WELSSA HistoryDownload 
History of WELSDownload 
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