WELSSA Accreditation

  WELSSA Accreditation  
    What is it? 
  • WELSSA Accreditation is a voluntary self-study process based on a checklist provided by the synod’s Commission on Lutheran Schools (CLS).  It provides churches and schools with an objective way to appreciate their God-given strengths and evaluate areas for improvement. 

    Why are we doing it?
  • We recognize the blessings God has given to St. Paul’s through its school.  We also recognize that good stewardship requires us to assess and address areas where we can grow in grace and wisdom.  Using the accreditation materials produced by the synod gives us a set of guidelines by which we can measure our progress.

    What have we been doing?
  • St. Paul's hosted its first site visit team in 2019 and received a score of 93%, along with many commendations and recommendations from the site visit team.  If everything goes according to plan, St. Paul's will receive full accreditation at the Wisconsin State Teachers' Conference in October.

    What are we doing right now?
  • The church leaders will use the commendations and recommendations to create a five-year improvement plan.  Opportunities to give feedback and contribute will be announced as more information becomes available.
    How can I help?
  • First, continue to pray for the success of the church and school as it carries out its primary mission of sharing God’s Word.  

    Second, continue to participate in church and school activities including church services and Bible studies - your time, talents, and treasures are all gifts you can give in thanks to our risen and victorious Savior.  A firm grounding in Scripture will also be of utmost importance in assisting the Scriptural mission of the school.  

    Third, look for Mr. Springer to schedule a home visit starting in March.  Mr. Springer plans to visit every member of the congregation and talk about the bright future ahead for the school; everyone's help will be needed.  If you would like to schedule your visit now, please contact the school office or reach out to Mr. Springer directly.

    Where do I go with the rest of my questions?
  • As a part of the call to serve the people of St. Paul’s, Mr. Springer is leading the accreditation process.  Time will gladly be made to speak in person with anyone who wishes to do so.  Questions can also be answered by email or phone.

    For further reading...
  • A list of all mandatory standard items that must be met in order to receive accreditation can be found here.

    A copy of the original resolution, with observations and updates, can be found here.