The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (headquarters in Missouri) operates the largest, single-denomination, non-Catholic, Christian school system in the United States with over 2,000 schools currently. Here are some reasons you should send your child to a Lutheran elementary school. Lutheran schools:
- are driven by a commitment to the Gospel and focused on a mission of bringing hope and healing to students and their families.
- meet or exceed state and national academic standards at all grade levels.
- help to develop a minimum of 30 developmental assets in children, including a commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, constructive use of time, boundaries and expectations, and support.
- have educators who model visionary leadership: they build up others and empathize with others.
- have educators who model servant leadership.
- have educators who model spiritual leadership: they study God's Word, exhibit a passion for ministry, act courageously, equip God's people for service, care for others, demonstrate integrity, and pray.
"Lutheran schools mesh high-quality education with sound theology, providing an environment that accomplishes that which Dr. [Martin] Luther discussed: emphasizing God’s faithfulness and the certainty of His Word, while also being distinctly education-focused and learning-driven.
"Lutheran schools embody the [Lutheran Church’s] emphasis on life together—that is, joyful fellowship grounded in a common, faithful confession of who Jesus is and what He has done—and they also remind all students of their value and worth on account of Christ, highlighting that which is at the heart and core of what makes Lutheran schools and students unique.
"Christ’s free gifts of wisdom, thought, effort and inquiry are daily promoted in Lutheran classrooms, hallways and chapels, encouraging thoughtful discussion and rigorous study that find their beginning and end in [Christ] alone."
- Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod