Lutheran school

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Lutheran schools and education were a priority for Lutherans who migrated to the United States and Australia from Germany and Scandinavia. One of the first things they did was to create schools for their children. This strong educational tradition was handed down from Martin Luther himself. The oldest continuously operating school in the United States is St. Matthew Lutheran School in Manhattan. It was started in 1752 and still operates preschool through eighth grades.

When the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) was founded in 1847, this tradition of Lutheran education was continued. The synod was started by twelve churches that operated a total of nineteen schools. Several of the churches operated a number of schools in the rural countryside so that students would not have to walk too far to school each day.

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod: Statistics[edit]

The LCMS operates the largest Protestant school system in the United States. Currently the LCMS operates 1,368 Early Childhood Centers, 1,018 elementary schools, 102 high schools, ten universities and two seminaries for a total of 2488 schools in the United States. These schools educate more than 280,000 students and are taught by almost 18,000 teachers. The only state without a Lutheran school is Maine. Lutheran schools operated by the LCMS also exist in Hong Kong and mainland China (2006-2007 school year statistics).


For the most part, Lutheran schools are operated by individual congregations. Some schools are operated by groups of congregations, or associations. The schools are autonomous in that they hire their own teachers, select their own curriculum, and set their own fees. In the past most of the costs were paid by the operating congregations. With the economic situation that exists today more and more of the operating funds come from tuition and fees.

List of Schools[edit]

High Schools[edit]

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has 102.[1] The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) currently operates 23 high schools.[2]


  • Arizona Lutheran Academy (WELS), Phoenix
  • Valley Lutheran High School, Phoenix


  • Concordia Canoga Park, Canoga Park
  • Concordia Sylmar, Sylmar
  • Lutheran High School of San Diego, Chula Vista
  • Lutheran High School, Elk Grove
  • South Bay Lutheran High School and Preparatory Academy, Inglewood
  • Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine
  • Lutheran High School—La Verne, La Berne
  • Lutheran High School of Orange County, Orange
  • Pacific Lutheran High School, Torrance
  • California Lutheran High School (WELS), Wildomar


  • Vail Christian High School, Edwards
  • Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School, Federal Heights
  • Lutheran High School, Parker


  • Zion Lutheran Christian School, Deerfield Beach
  • Calvary Academy (WELS), Mulberry
  • St. John Lutheran High School, Ocala
  • Divine Savior Lutheran Academy (WELS), Doral
  • New Hope Lutheran Academy (WELS), West Melbourne


  • Lutheran High School of Hawaii, Honolulu


  • Valley Lutheran High School, Cedar Falls


  • Christ Lutheran High School, Buckley
  • Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Centralia
  • Luther North High School, Chicago
  • New Luther High School, Chicago
  • Illinois Lutheran High School (WELS), Crete
  • Faith Lutheran High School, Crystal Lake
  • Lutheran School Association High School, Decatur
  • Metro East Lutheran High School, Edwardsville
  • Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School, Evansville
  • Luther East High School, Lansing
  • Walther Lutheran High School, Melrose Park
  • Christ Lutheran Academy, Plainsfield
  • Lutheran High School, Rockford
  • Lutheran High School, Springfield


  • Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne
  • Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
  • Trinity Lutheran High School, Seymour


  • Lutheran High School, Metairie


  • Baltimore Lutheran High School, Towson


  • Detroit Urban Lutheran School, Detroit
  • Holt Lutheran High Schools, Holt
  • Lutheran High School North, Macomb
  • Lutheran High School South, Newport
  • Lutheran High School Northwest, Rochester Hills
  • Michigan Lutheran Seminary (WELS), Saginaw
  • Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw
  • Michigan Lutheran High School (WELS), Saint Joseph
  • Huron Valley Lutheran High School (WELS), Westland
  • Lutheran High School Westland, Westland
  • West Michigan Lutheran High School, Wyoming


  • Lion's Gate Christian Academy, Bloomington
  • Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Fergus Falls
  • Sioux Valley Lutheran Secondary School, Lakefield
  • Immanuel Lutheran High School, Mankato
  • Lutheran High School, Mayer
  • Cannon Valley Lutheran High School, Morristown
  • Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School (WELS), New Ulm
  • Martin Luther High School, Northrup
  • West Lutheran High School (WELS), Plymouth
  • Concordia Academy, Roseville
  • St. Croix Lutheran High School (WELS), West St. Paul


North Dakota

  • Oak Grove Lutheran High School, Fargo


  • Heartland Lutheran High School, Grand Island
  • Lincoln Lutheran Middle/Senior High School, Lincoln
  • Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk
  • Concordia Junior Senior High School, Omaha
  • Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School, Waco


New York

  • Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Bronx
  • Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, Brookville
  • Our Savior New American School, Centereach
  • Martin Luther High School, Maspeth


  • Lutheran High School East, Cleveland Heights
  • Lutheran High School West, Rocky River


  • Trinity Lutheran School, Bend
  • Portland Lutheran High School, Portland

South Dakota

  • Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
  • Great Plains Lutheran High School (WELS), Watertown


  • Concordia High School, Austin
  • Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton
  • Dallas Lutheran School, Dallas
  • Lutheran High School North, Houston
  • Lutheran South Academy, Houston
  • Lutheran High School of San Antonio, San Antonio
  • Concordia Lutheran High School, Tomball



  • Evergreen Lutheran High School (WELS), Des Moines
  • Seattle Lutheran High School, Seattle
  • Mount Rainier Lutheran High School, Tacoma


  • Fox Valley Lutheran High School (WELS), Appleton
  • Wolf River Lutheran High School, Cecil
  • Immanuel Lutheran College High School, Eau Claire
  • Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WELS), Fond Du Lac
  • Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Green Bay
  • Martin Luther High School, Greendale
  • Lake Country Lutheran High School, Hartland
  • Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (WELS), Jackson
  • Living Word Lutheran High School, Jackson
  • Lakeside Lutheran High School (WELS), Lake Mills
  • Manitowoc Lutheran High School (WELS), Manitowoc
  • Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WELS), Milwaukee
  • Northland Lutheran High School (WELS), Mosinee
  • Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School, Mosinee
  • Luther High School (WELS), Onalaska
  • Racine Lutheran High School, Racine
  • Sheboygan Lutheran High School, Sheboygan
  • Shoreland Lutheran High School (WELS), Kenosha
  • Luther Preparatory School (WELS), Watertown

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Directory of Lutheran High Schools, The Office of Church Relations, Valparaiso University.
  2. ^ [1], WELS Lutheran Schools, WELS website.

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