Our name is Lutheran, but our students come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Throughout our region, Lutheran schools help young people grow into well-rounded, spiritually-grounded adults. From preschool to their senior year, students become a part of the family, regardless of where or if they attend church.
Lutheran Schools heritage is your heritage, too
The history of The Lutheran Schools and the history of northeast Indiana are written on the same page. Throughout the 19th century, northeast Indiana became home to many German immigrants who came to this country seeking political freedom and opportunity. In fact, it’s estimated that around 50 percent of Fort Wayne residents today claim German heritage. These German immigrants, mostly Lutherans, brought with them their faith, culture, language, work ethic and skills. They believed that education was the key to success, regardless of the endeavor. The founders of Lutheran churches recognized that schools would be essential components of their ministry. In 1837, St. Paul’s School was established at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, making it the oldest, continuously operating elementary school—public or private—in Indiana. More Lutheran schools were later opened, many of which still exist today as part of The Lutheran Schools. Although many of our schools are more than 100 years old, they continue to evolve and grow to meet the educational needs of students in the 21st century.
It’s all about the students
Come see for yourself. Just walk in our doors, and you’ll notice joy on students’ faces, the enthusiasm they demonstrate in activities and classroom discussions, and palpable interest in learning.
Students attending The Lutheran Schools consistently score above the state average in standardized testing. Our elementary-school graduates are readily accepted into all local high schools, public and parochial, often moving right into various honors and Advanced Placement classes. High school graduates are well prepared for acceptance into top-tier colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools and military academies. All curricula are based on Indiana state standards and incorporate textbooks adopted and accepted by the state. We also include faith instruction, physical education, computer technology, art, music (general, vocal, and instrumental), and language.
Our highly dedicated, professional educators are more than teachers. They’re coaches, advisors, mentors, and friends. They have years of experience in Christian education, and many have already achieved or are pursuing advanced degrees. Through their passion and commitment, teachers instill in students a lifelong love of learning.
Our low student-to-teacher ratio at all grade levels allows teachers to provide individualized attention that challenges students intellectually and helps them over learning hurdles. Students and teachers form faster and stronger bonds than in classes with more students. These bonds lead to increased student participation and, thus, more success in the classroom.
With smaller schools, students, families, and teachers tend to share the same values. Everyone knows everyone, and no student is lost in the shuffle. All this creates a sense of community, respect, and fellowship, reducing discipline problems. (Although Concordia Lutheran High School is one of the largest Lutheran high schools in the nation, its enrollment is smaller than that of many big schools.
The parents of our students tend to be very involved in their children’s education. Parents help in the classroom, work in concessions during athletic events, chaperone field trips, and participate in school fundraisers.
We believe that everyone has been blessed with special gifts, and we strive to help students develop those gifts through a wide range of extracurricular activities that build body, mind, and spirit. Because our schools tend be smaller, students have a greater opportunity and more incentive to join in extracurricular activities. In addition to being just plain fun, these activities also serve to develop leadership and academic skills.