Grace Lutheran School offers a full academic program for students in preschool 2’s through eighth grade. The difference at Grace is that we are not just a school, but we are a Christian school. This means that we teach religion, or to put it more simply, we teach about Jesus Christ, who lived the perfect life we could not, died, and rose again for our salvation.
Grace uses secular text books to teach virtually all of its subjects. The difference is that all subjects are taught with a Christian emphasis. Grace does teach Christian morals and values. This is something that our public school counter parts are not allowed to do.
Starting in 2018, we use the MAP Test to measure our academic success. The MAP Test is a relatively new online test. We use it three times a year to test our students and determine where they are at initially and then how they progress through the year. We feel that this test will allow us to help each individual student more during their academic journey. The test customizes itself to the test taker.
How do students perform when they leave Grace? The answer is, they acclimate well, and usually do better than their counterparts from the public school. Often times our students are several months to a year ahead of other students with approximately 85% or better placing into honors leveled programs upon leaving Grace. In terms of our eighth grade students, that go on to high school, they are often in the top one third of their class. Students from Grace go on to both public and private high schools.
Another question that is asked about our curriculum is, “Do you teach algebra?” The answer is yes. Algebra is taught to most students by the time they graduate from Grace. Geometry is also taught to students if they have completed and mastered Algebra I by completion of their 7th grade year. This means that often they may not have to take Algebra their first year in high school, and perhaps Geometry as well.
Children at Grace learn to read in kindergarten. We do teach phonics in our lower grades. Contrary to some popular opinions we find that the teaching of phonics is important for the acquisition of reading skills. The proof of this is evident in our achievement test results. We also participate fully in the nationally acclaimed Accelerated Reader program.
In 2016-17 we added a tablet and laptop program for our entire student body. Students in Middle School and grade five have their own assigned laptop. Students in Elementary School have technology incorporated in their studies as well with the use of shared laptops and students in our Pre-School through grade one use tablets as learning tools within their classrooms.
Grace Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to pupils at the school. Grace Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of their educational policies, athletics, and other school administered programs.