Several factors contribute to the high level of academic achievement attained by our students. At the top of the list is an environment more advantageous to learning than that found in public schools.
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. The educational foundation built by The Lutheran Schools puts students in good stead for acceptance into top-tier colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools and military academies.
To facilitate the highest level of academic achievement, the Lutheran Schools provide structured, disciplined, faithful environments that are conducive to learning for students from preschool through high school. In these environments, we develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, stimulate creativity and curiosity, ingrain the responsibilities of citizenship, and foster brighter futures.
All studies are based on Indiana state standards and incorporate textbooks adopted and accepted by the state. Our curriculum also includes other components vital to a well-rounded education, including 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 remain engaged in learning and motivated through the day. 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. While teachers provide personal attention to each and every student, they also give students the independence to pursue their own interests.
Although our Concordia Lutheran is one of the largest Lutheran high schools in the nation, its enrollment is smaller than that of many of today’s big consolidated public schools. Our elementary schools are also smaller than many of their public-school counterparts. In 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 and a climate of respect and fellowship within which there are fewer problems with discipline.
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. For example, students regularly advance in regional and national spelling-bee competitions.
The Lutheran School Athletic Association provides organized competition and fellowship to students in grade five and above. Students develop self-confidence, a competitive spirit, and a sense of fair play in sports that include basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, and wrestling. Teams also have the opportunity to advance to a higher level of competition, such as the National Lutheran School Basketball Tournament.
Our Concordia Lutheran High School has a long history of winning ways in prep sports in the area and at the state level. In fact, the Concordia girls basketball team won the Indiana State Class 3A championship in 2010 and again in 2012.