NAPS is “an independent educational agency founded for the purpose of recognizing educational excellence in the private and non-traditional educational environment.” It is a national organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
According to the website for the National Association of Private Schools:
- Accreditation reflects a school’s “trustworthiness in the process of providing a quality educational program.”
- Schools accredited by NAP “have demonstrated a history of providing their students with a quality educational program… [that] seeks to meet or exceed state and national traditional educational guidelines in their preschool through high school educational programs.”
- Schools accredited by NAPS “are concerned about both the mastery of basic academic skills and the character development of each child in their school.”
What Does Accredited Mean?NAPS explains, “The word accredit is an interesting word related to the same root word as credible, or believable. An accredited institution therefore is one that can be believed. It has earned the approval of those who know it. In other words, accreditation means, “This institution is fulfilling its stated purpose with integrity and excellence.” The process of accreditation involves a careful scrutiny and approval of a school’s qualifications by other professionals. Just as “surgeons are approved by other surgeons [and] lawyers are approved by other lawyers, educators [should be approved] by other educators.” The NAPS evaluation is conducted by peers of the private school seeking accreditation who understand the “basic philosophy and uniqueness of an individual school” such as Zion Academy of America. According to NAPS, “Quality private educational institutions and their staff[s] deserve the merited recognition of their peers.” The accreditation of Zion Academy of America gives parents the assurance of an educational program that has not only stood the test of time, but has provided a consistent level of excellence. Parents can also be confident that the curriculum used by Zion Academy of America has been CERTIFIED by the National Association of Private Schools’ Curriculum Evaluation Committee.
Transfers back to state accredited schoolsAssociation of Private Schools is an independent accreditation agency non-affiliated with any state, secular or regional accreditation or accrediting agencies. Students returning to a state accredited public school may be asked to be tested by the receiving public school to determine if he/she should be placed in the desired grade level, or if certain credits may be transferred to the receiving school. Public Schools are not required to accept credits from schools not accredited by the state or regional accrediting agencies. For additional information concerning re-entry into the public-school system, please call our office to speak to an administrator.
College Admission RequirementsNational Association of Private School accredited school graduates are accepted at colleges and universities; however, some colleges may wish to validate the high school diploma before student admission is approved. Private Colleges and On-Line Private Colleges adhere to different policies for admission and may require other options for college admission. (All quotations on this page are from napsaccreditation.com.
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The College Board (SAT) is “a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Our mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.” www.collegeboard.org
The ACT is “an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development” and whose mission is to “help people achieve education & workplace success.” act.org