The school has been accredited by the North Central Accreditation Association since 1985, and has continued to meet all criteria for accreditation. The school has completed the 5th year in the NCA Performance Accreditation model with implementation of the school improvement plan. In the spring of 2008 the school had their NCA review. The QAR (Quality Assurance Review), was completed and Northwest Elementary received accreditation with no provisions. Northwest Elementary has joined with the two other schools, Kidder Middle School and Northwest High School, in a combined effort to ensure success for all students as they move through the Northwest Community Schools. Although successful, the QAR did recommend greater communication of vision and purpose, update school profile with data support, and a better plan for monitoring of goals and strategies.