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3560 McCarty Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603 | 989.790.1676


Valley Lutheran High School is proud to be accredited by three independent agencies, each viewing our institution through a different lens, but all validating our mission, vision, and school improvement plan.

Valley Lutheran High School currently holds accreditation from:

AdvancED (formerly North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) – the largest accrediting agency in the world, focused on creating a framework for continuous improvement in schools.

Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) – accreditation for non-public schools, recognizing their efforts to build high quality educational programs for all students.

National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) – the accrediting body for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, requiring a complete self-study process that ensures high quality faith-based education.

In 2018, an external review team evaluated our self-assessment, performed classroom observations, and conducted interviews of administration, teachers, students, parents, and community members. After completing their review, the team recommended that VLHS be extended full accreditation (AdvancED and NLSA) for another five years.

Valley Lutheran earned recognition of the following “powerful practices” (standards that are met at the highest level)

  • The purpose of the school is clearly defined in the school’s mission statement.
  • Valley Lutheran’s finances are in excellent condition.
  • Teachers and administrators work together to enhance the learning environment for students.
  • Teachers, administrators, and school board members have a healthy working relationship with each other.
  • Family groups provide a formal structure that fosters a sense of community and allows students to have an adult advocate who knows them well.

As a result of this accreditation process Valley Lutheran was named a School of Distinction by the NLSA, indicating that our scores were among the top 5 nationally of schools accredited by NLSA this year.

The Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School Association, operating Valley Lutheran High School, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and physical handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin, genetic information, and physical handicap in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.