We have 95 total member schools in the state of which 45 are accredited elementary schools, 28 accredited secondary schools, and 22 Associate member schools. We are affiliated the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations (NFNSSAA) and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). ANSAA Accredited schools are approved by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the Student Exchange Visitor Service (SEVIS).
ANSAA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, handicap, national or ethnic origin.
Our Impact in 2020-2021
Our student enrollment for the 2020-21 year can be measured as 17,843 students under the direction and instruction of 190 administrators, 271 office personnel, 1,731 teachers, 61 media/library personnel, 68 technology personnel, 49 counselors, and 297 support staff. We are a viable alternative and powerful voice for quality private education here in Arkansas, and we are proud of our standing.
In 1984, the Arkansas Department of Education published new education standards to be implemented by 1987. Prior to 1987, all schools in Arkansas (public and nonpublic) were accredited under the same standards. The new standards included only the public schools.
During the fall of 1988, a group of nonpublic school administrators made application to establish an accrediting association for nonpublic schools. On January 13, 1989, the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association Inc., received its Certificate of Incorporation from the State of Arkansas, as a nonprofit educational organization.
On November 13, 1989, the Arkansas Nonpublic School State Accrediting Association, Inc., received official affiliation as a chapter in the National Federation on Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations, approved by the U.S. Office of Education and CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education).
ANSAA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization (IRS). All member schools must qualify for this same exempt status.