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St. Mary’s School has been accredited through the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting association (MNSAA) since 1991. MNSAA is a nationally recognized accrediting association through the National Federation of Nonpublic State School accrediting Associations and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).  MNSAA accredits K-12 elementary and secondary nonpublic schools in Minnesota that have been in existence for a t least two years and have 501c3 nonprofit status.

MNSAA enhances the quality of education through a process of self-evaluation and ongoing improvement.  An essential and vital principle is that schools are evaluated in terms of how well they are guided by their own mission. 

A traditional process of accreditation involves every seven years member school are required to complete an extensive self-evaluation process based on the seven standards of MNSAA.  As a result of this reflection, a school develops a visionary strategic plan for improvement.

The seven accreditation standards of MNSAA include:

Mission & Philosophy                                   

Teaching & Learning

Climate & Learning

Community Relations


Leadership & Governance

School Strategic Plan for Improvement

The MNSAA Mission Statement:  The mission of the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association is to be a catalyst for enhancing the quality of K-12 nonpublic education in Minnesota through a comprehensive process of accreditation.