How does Christ Lutheran Church and School differ from other schools in our community?
Christ Lutheran’s mission is based on the bible verse, John 21:25 ~ “Feed my lambs.” We strive to strengthen those who are in relationship with Jesus Christ; help the wavering and wondering into relationship with Jesus Christ; and develop and strengthen the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional gifts God has given our students and families. We put the Word of God above all else and let Him guide us in all our practices and in how we approach our Christ community.
When looking into Lutheran schools it is important to learn the synod that the school is associated with as not all treat the Word of God the same. Christ Lutheran Church and School belongs to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS believes, teaches, and confesses that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is without error. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has come into our fallen world to redeem the world through his sacrifice by the cross of Calvary. We believe that the Bible is unchangeable and is the same today as it was when it was being written.
Do you need to be Lutheran or a member of the Christ Lutheran Church to be accepted?
No. We accept students from all different backgrounds. We do teach our faith through daily prayers and devotionals and weekly chapel. All our students take religion as part of our curriculum. We do not however force our students to convert or become Lutheran during their time at our school. Instead, our hope is that the seeds that are planted in our students that will lead them on their spiritual path and allow them to have a close, personal relationship with God through Jesus.
What is your class size?
We have a 25:1 student-teacher ratio in our classes from Kindergarten through grade 5 and a 28:1 student-teacher ratio for grades 6-8. In addition, we have aides that assist our teachers. This allows for our teachers to have a more hands on approach to teaching and allows for individualized attention for all students in their classrooms.
What extra-curricular activities are available to the students?
We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities to our students starting with our Kindergartners. We offer Star Dreams Dance Troupe (Pre-3), Intramural Sports (5-8), Student Council (6-8), Art to Grow On, Outdoor Education and Cooking Classes and Performing Arts Club to name a few! We are always open to new ideas as long as there is interest in starting additional extra-curricular.
What is the educational or experience level of your teachers?
Even though it is not required by the state of California, most of our teachers have their teaching credentials. They all have a Bachelors degree, and all but one have earned a Masters degree. In addition, our teachers have nine in-service training sessions every year geared towards continued education in their field. They also attend the Lutheran Educator’s Conference annually. This conference is geared towards helping teachers implement new technology and teaching strategies into the classroom. We are blessed at Christ Lutheran Church and School to have two Alumni here as part of our teaching staff!
Is financial aid offered to families?
Yes, there are financial aid opportunities available to families who may need it. Once your child has been accepted into Christ Lutheran Church and School parents are able to fill out and send in financial aid application. This application is evaluated by an independent company who assesses your family’s needs. Once the school has received the report we award scholarships accordingly.
Are there support services available to my student if they have special needs?
Where we do not have a special education department, we do offer some support services to our students. We have counseling services and tutoring for students and families in need of them. Additionally, we do yearly speech screenings for our younger grades and scoliosis screenings for our upper grades. If we have students who have been identified as needing modifications and special services based on an IEP, we will work with the students to try and meet their needs. We do have a consultant contracted through LAUSD who meets monthly with the teachers of students with IEP's and helps initiate IEP's for our students who need them. Additionally, we have an internal process that mirrors the public schools Student Study Team.
How do Christ Lutheran Church and School test scores compare with the other schools in the area?
Our standardized test scores are one way we assess the academic success of our students. We use the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) every fall for grades 2-8. This scores are used to allow our teachers to see where their students are at and what we need to do to ensure our students are at grade level or higher before moving on to the next year. In our elementary grades, our students on average test at grade level or higher in all subjects: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Our upper grades on average test two-three grade levels higher than their current grade. In addition, our students are assessed monthly on Math and Reading to make sure they are able to stay above grade level in those subjects.
How do Christ Lutheran graduates fair in High School?
Our students thrive in the High School environment! 20% of our students achieve a 4.0 or higher in their freshman year, regardless of the High School they attend. On average, they graduate High School with a 3.57 or above GPA. In addition, we have seen our students go on to become their High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians and score in the 99 percentile on their SAT’s.
What High Schools do your students get accepted to?
Our students go on to a variety of different High Schools in the area. While many of our students attend public schools in the area, a large number go on to private High Schools. Below is a list of some of the private schools we see our students attend:
Pacific Lutheran High School
Mary Star of the Sea High School
Bishop Montgomery High School
Valley Christian High School
Port of Los Angeles High School (POLA)
Loyola High School
California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS)
What percentage of your 8th graders get accepted into their first choice school?
For the last 8 years we have seen a 100% acceptance rate into our 8th graders first choice High School!
Is Christ Lutheran Church and School accredited?
In October 2015 we were awarded the highest level of accreditation (six-year) by: