"Accreditation is an activity, not a status. Schools are accredited because of the way they move, not the way they stand."
- John A. Stoops, Late Executive Director, CITA
Grace Lutheran School is a fully accredited school for all grades, meeting the requirements of the Department of Education of the State of Florida, the Standards of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod through the Task Force on Accreditation of the Florida-Georgia District and the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) in St. Louis, Missouri, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI), and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). All of these agencies are members of the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
Grace Lutheran School is affiliated with an international system of Lutheran preschool, elementary, and secondary schools of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, some 2063 in number. These are not private schools, but parochial schools in service to the church, providing Christian education for God’s children. Our school, therefore, is an extension of the church to help “Train up a child in the way he should go.”
Grace Lutheran School is honored to have been one of the first private schools in the state of Florida and the first in Polk County to be Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI), and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
Founded in 1895, SACS CASI accredits over 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas. SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED. AdvancED is also the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
The Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation provides International recognition for Grace.
Created in 1994, CITA accredited public and private educational institutions around the world. In 2009, AdvancED acquired CITA and now supports all its institutions. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and educating 15 million students.
All of these agencies are members of the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
Grace is a member of F.A.A.N.S. (Florida Academic Association of Non-public Schools) in Tallahassee and C.A.P.E. (Council for American Private Education) in Washington, D.C.