Standards will be qualitative, in contrast to quantitative. That is,
approval will be determined more by the quality of achievement, than
by the number of tools used in the process.
Educational and spiritual peers will make measurements of achievement
(Professional Educators who are also members of the Family of Faith)
- the kind of people whose approval a Christian School seeks. Although
there is often no relevance in the judgments of one who is alien to
a system, there is relevance in approval of one's peers. Inasmuch
as peers will make possible, on-site visits most closely related,
both philosophically and geographically.
Each school, upon receiving their accreditation, may be asked to evaluate
other schools by on-site evaluation.
NAPTI certification will be largely determined by a comparison between
the school's published claims and its actual achievements. For instance,
if a school claims to produce one year of academic growth in each
student, there should be documents on file to prove that result. "Does
the school accomplish what it promises?" will be the polar star
of the NAPTI inquiry.
NAPTI will, at the appropriate time, cooperate with other agencies
whose affiliation would be beneficial to our common purpose.
SCOPE AND PURPOSE
The National Association of Private Theological Institutions was established
to recognize Educational Institutions that have achieved a level of
excellence and expertise, and have established a credible reputation
in the Educational community.
Each certified member school's basic educational program must be consistent
with academic success. Certification standards must be met on an annual
NAPTI is a membership organization. All members are required to maintain
their member status on an annual basis. Membership fees are as follows:
Application and 1st Year Membership: $200.00
Approved Membership: $200.00/yr.
Candidate Membership: $350.00/yr.
Certified Membership: $500.00/yr.
FOR NAPTI ACCREDITATION
Each educational institution approved for certification must submit
1) EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT
A one-page explanation of the school's educational philosophy and
mission statement. The school's educational philosophy and mission
statement must hold to the belief, instruction and practice of traditional
Biblical values and basic educational skills. These are central in
helping a student to learn respect for the qualities of life needed
to attain true success and be a productive citizen.
2) INTERNAL ACCREDITING STUDY REVIEW
Upon certification, the school is required to submit an Internal Accrediting
Study Questionnaire annually for certification. The school must also
maintain an updated Accreditation Verification Binder, which was required
at the time of accreditation for review at any time.
3) EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION STATEMENT
A full explanation of required topics, which give credibility to the
4) CONFIRMATION OF CREDIBILITY
Confirmation of Credibility is to be provided by each school by sending
required items of certification in a Verification Binder, which validates
the school's educational credentials and certification.
CERTIFICATION STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS
The statement of educational institution status gives the official
name of the institution, its purpose, general services and certification
of its desire to meet the traditional, basic state and national course
guidelines for education in the United States.
The statement of business status gives the name of the institution,
its business address, and where it is registered in the state.
The statement of administration and staff gives the educational qualifications
and experience of the administrator and staff of the school or institution.
All administrators and educational staff personnel must have been
trained and hold some certificate from an educational training agency
for their school to be considered for accreditation.
The statement of the educational program gives general information
concerning the school program and curriculum used by that school.
The following items are to be submitted to confirm the credibility
of the school or institution applying for accreditation:
1. A copy of the school’s letterhead.
2. A copy of the school’s registration documents if registered.
3. A copy of all certificates and diplomas of persons who work with
4. A copy of the institution’s brochure and enrollment information.
5. A copy of the institutions educational program.
6. A copy of the school’s educational policies and procedures.
7. A copy of the school’s course requirements for graduation.
8. A list of items to be found in the institution’s student
9. A copy of graduated student’s high school transcript.
10. A copy of the High School Diploma issued by the school.
11. Photographs of the educational and office facilities.
12. Three letters of recommendation for certification.
13. A list of basic curriculums used by the school.
The Certification Committee must approve schools for certified status.
Only existing schools may be certified in the first year of the application
process. New schools may apply for certification in their second year
of operation. For those schools in their first year of operation,
it is suggested that the school apply for Approved Member status in
the National Association of Private Theological Institutions.
The certification of any member school is subject to review and may
be revoked at any time for any violation of confirmation.
Unanimous consent is required by the Executive Board to change certification
requirements. Rules or organizational changes may be made by a majority
vote of the Executive Board.