Memberships & Accreditation



After thorough review, the Austin Administration and Board of Directors made the decision to pursue accreditation with AdvancED.  Although MNSAA is an excellent organization with rigorous school standards, we felt the needs of our students, staff, and vision would be better served through accreditation with AdvancED/NCA.  Austin Catholic was granted accreditation by AdvancED in July 2015.

Why AdvancED? *

Educational institutions that engage in AdvancED Accreditation will:
  • Unite with a global network committed to standards of educational excellence.
  • Earn the distinction of quality through the recognized seal of AdvancED accreditation.
  • Experience a unified, clear, and powerful accreditation process with a scalable and sustainable evaluation of education  quality.
  • Receive external and objective validation of the areas in which they’re doing well, and the areas for continuous improvement.
  • Benefit from AdvancED research that shapes educational policy and improves learning practices.
  • Experience a state-of-the-art web-based accreditation system that is continuously being upgraded and improved.
  • Hear the best available ideas and thinking on education practices and trends through innovative products, educational  technologies, and the collective knowledge of peers.
  • Benefit from shared expertise and powerful professional learning through local and global workshops, training,  conferences, and personalized service.
Students and their parents will:
  • Experience ease in transferring credits from one school to  another.
  • Gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships,  postsecondary education and military programs that require  students attend an accredited institution.
  • Benefit from their institution or educational system’s commitment to raising student performance and accountability.

*information obtained from AdvancED website.  For more information on AdvancED/NCA visit:

In addition to the AdvancED accreditation, Austin Catholic plans to seek accreditation with The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools.

NAPC*IS: an accreditation association that will not compromise the integrity of the religious and academic program of your school. It applies standards of excellence to criteria specifically selected to meet the educational quality and competence of operation of private Catholic and independent schools.


National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

Augustinian Secondary Educational Association

Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS)