Slide students Slide class Slide kids

FAITHFUL. FOCUSED. FOR YOU.

Your family will fit right in! Visit a Lutheran School today.

DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

Lutherans founded the first elementary school in Indiana, public or private. We’re committed to educational excellence.

WELCOME TO THE LUTHERAN SCHOOLS

We are 17 elementary and middle schools across northeast Indiana, plus Concordia Lutheran High School. Find a Lutheran School near you.

Home

Mapchart1

Faithful. Focused. For You.

The Lutheran Schools Partnership represents more than 4,000 students enrolled in 17 elementary and middle schools across northeast Indiana, plus Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the right fit for your child!

Lutheran schools are Christ-centered, nationally accredited, and follow Indiana state standards. Private tuition assistance, SGO grants, and Indiana Choice Scholarships are available to help make the Lutheran schools affordable.

Our commitment to education runs deep. Lutherans founded the very first school in northeast Indiana in 1837, and it still serves students today. Come discover why Hoosier parents have been choosing Lutheran schools for more than 175 years!

Student working from home
 
Best Practices
Mark Muehl | Apr 06, 2020
Face to Face in the Days of Home Based
Navigating the rapid changes for schools in the last few weeks has been a tremendous job for administrators and teachers. While some of our schools had participated in e-learning in the past, not all had experience with delivering instruction in this way. Extended remote learning is also very different from a few days of e-learning. Students not only need academic instruction, but they have new needs for social connection and encouragement. Administrators and teachers have made decisions not only about how to deliver instruction, but more importantly, how to make connections with students and families, and minister in new ways. What sets our schools apart during this time? It’s all about Jesus. While innovative and fun ways to educate our students remotely have been plentiful in our schools, much of the impact they are making is through ministering to students and families in meaningful ways. Daily devotions and chapel are being provided through emails and on social media. Led by principals, teachers, and pastors, these devotions connect our students to Jesus and God’s Word, and provide encouragement to those who are anxious, fearful, and lonely. Because social distancing can feel isolating, our schools are finding new ways to connect to students and their families. Many teachers are calling their students at home. Many classes are meeting virtually through Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facetime, and other online meeting platforms. Being able to hear the voice of their teacher or see the faces of their classmates is joining God’s people together and providing encouragement to students and teachers. Teachers are using these tools as a means to check in with their students and their families, letting them know that they are cared for and missed. Administrators are using the same tools to meet with their faculties to check in and have discussions. Classes are sharing prayer requests, singing together, and laughing together-good medicine, for sure! The Lutheran Schools Partnership is using Zoom to meet as a staff and to gather area principals for weekly meetings. These touchpoints with principals allow us to share ideas, discuss challenges, and pray together. This week, principals were joined in our Zoom meeting by the staff of Cross Connections Counseling, who offered words of wisdom for supporting students, families, and staff during these challenging days. We are tremendously blessed to have these opportunities for face to face connections and support.The amount of time and work that our educators are putting into caring for the whole child is commendable, for sure. While they care for their own families and needs, they are also learning how to use new tools, planning for quality instruction, and considering ways they can help students and families in need. God has provided us with great servants in our schools, who deserve our thanks and respect. May we have opportunities to show that to them and encourage them in their work!
Lutheran grid
 
Christian Leadership
Jon Dize | Apr 20, 2020
Lead, Champion, and Collaborate for Today and Tomorrow
This is the hardest thing I've done in ministry… It's reinventing school to be virtual without any preplanning, training or even the right tools.... and trying to run the business of paying people and keeping revenue. -- TLSP Member School Principal The preceding quote was shared with us from one of the 19 Lutheran school administrators in northeast Indiana, as pictured here during a recent virtual principal gathering. But it could be the thoughts of any one of these leaders. During this COVID19 crisis, they are looking for effective ways to provide school ministry, to be responsive to the unavoidable changes and mandates currently in Indiana, to support their teachers with the best tools available, and to keep the doors open until things get back to normal. For over 10 years, your support has allowed The Lutheran Schools Partnership (“TLSP”) to be a leader, a champion, and a collaborator for 19 Lutheran schools in northeast Indiana, their associated churches, and their 300 educators by promoting academic excellence, enrollment growth, and financial sustainability... In good times and in times like now. TLSP school responses to COVID19 health precautions have been strongly supported by our TLSP staff. Be it within our non-public school network, through the councils formed by TLSP to share and equip, or providing constant spiritual and emotional support, we have been driven to walk alongside your schools. As Martin Luther wrote, "When schools flourish, things go well and the church is secure... God has preserved the church through schools." (Luther’s Works Vol 54) The picture above is just one of the many ways that your gift will continue the support of quality, Christian education, and educators, that have been the hallmark of Northeast Indiana since 1837 from Kendallville to Decatur, from Ossian to New Haven, and from in a building or at home. Your support will continue to lead, champion, and collaborate for a strong Lutheran education today and tomorrow. Sincerely, Mark Muehl Executive Director You can support TLSP with a donation to: 1601 St. Joe River Dr, Fort Wayne, 46805 or visit our website at https://www.thelutheranschools.org/support
Clhs speaker
 
Funding the Mission
Jon Dize | Jun 29, 2020
Thank a Billion, Mr. & Mrs. Volunteer
We recently celebrated Volunteer Week. Please allow me to say Thanks. Thank you. Wow! Great Work! I am guessing that most of you reading this post is, or has been, a volunteer. Maybe it was helping your church decorate for Christmas. Or helping out during Vacation Bible School. Maybe you are an elder or played the organ during a funeral. Maybe you go to Lutheran Life Villages and help transport patients for their chapel services or stuff envelopes at Worship Anew. Maybe you mentor at Lutheran Social Services or helped the CLHS band members on and off the field. Maybe you served on the school board of one of our partner schools in NE Indiana. Maybe you are one of the dozens and dozens of former board members of The Lutheran Schools Partnership over the last 10 years, or serve on a standing committee. Maybe you helped promote the SGO program during the seniors club meeting. According to Independent Sector, the average value of a volunteer’s time is $25.43/hour in 2018. As the report indicates, “about 63 million Americans volunteer about 8 billion hours of their time, talent, and effort to improve and strengthen their communities.” That comes to approximately $203.4 billion. Make sure you say thanks the next time you see someone volunteering. Volunteers do help make the world go ‘round, and are hard to replace. Thanks for joining us on the ride to be leaders, champions, and collaborators. We couldn’t help 19 schools and nearly 400 educators without your help. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.-- 1 Peter 4:10 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’-- Matthew 25:40
Tai s captures 0oa1jh D Lev Q unsplash
 
News and Events
Mark Muehl | Jun 01, 2020
Graduation Greetings
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Rejoicing may be a bit challenging this year for our schools’ 8th grade graduates and graduates of Concordia Lutheran High School. “Happy graduation” greetings are a bit tempered as they are not in person...no, Zoom doesn’t quite cut it! But we are sharing greetings for all our graduates, and this post shares those greetings in two ways. First, check out the greetings from 4 of our area state legislators. Each of them, Senator Kruse, Senator Brown, Senator Busche and Representative Carbaugh, have fondness for Christian education. They love their Lord and it shows in how they go about their work in Indianapolis. I hope these messages encourage and give a bit of “special” to graduating in 2020- especially in light of all that has happened (or not happened) in the past three months)Secondly, this year’s Lutheran Schools’ theme verses from 1 Thessalonians share some good advice - advice for now and the future. Rejoice - Yes, you can! However, if you think about disappointments, it's going to be tough. Instead, always, always, always remember the certainty of Jesus' life, death and resurrection and then the occurrences of this world pale in comparison.Pray - Praying helps us stay in a constant connection with Jesus and makes sure we are walking with him. Pray, pray, pray.Give thanks - Not too long ago, I was with a group that gave thanks for COVID19. Why? Because the leader knew giving thanks for all things made him keep looking for how Jesus would bless him- even through such disappointing times. So, be sure to give thanks... alot...and regularly,Encourage - Be an encourager...just as you know how much you enjoy encouragement.Discipline (verb)- What healthy habit(s) did you add this year? We have a lot of different time lately. Setting up healthy and productive habits will make for a healthy and productive future. And “may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
Debby hudson asvi IGR3 CPE unsplash
 
Quality Education
Alicia Levitt | Jan 12, 2020
NLSA 5:05 - Instructional Strategies
As I have written about National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) Section 5, “Teaching and Learning,” I have tried to demonstrate that the process of accreditation is a rigorous one, with a focus on excellence for our schools. Schools undergoing the process of NLSA must examine their practices and provide evidence showing that they are focused on best practices in teaching that lead to learning for all students. The fifth required indicator of this section is, “Teachers use a wide variety of instructional strategies that engage students and ensure mastery of learning expectations.” While this statement isn’t long, it is full of meaning. The first part, “using a wide variety of instructional strategies,” indicates that teachers should be informed about best practices in teaching, be willing to try new strategies, and make new plans when the strategies they are using are not leading to the desired levels of success. Student engagement has become an educational buzzword. Edglossary.org defines student engagement as, “the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.” Generally, the term is used to indicate the involvement, attention, and investment students make in their own education. Certainly, teachers play a large role in engaging students in the classroom, and providing content that leads to high levels of student engagement. Research has shown that four things most frequently lead to high levels of student engagement by meeting important student needs: success (the need for mastery), curiosity (the need for understanding), originality (the need for self-expression), and relationships (the need for involvement with others). Teachers seek to help their students meet these needs, and NLSA visiting teams seek evidence that teachers are doing so. NLSA recognizes and places such high importance on relationships that there is an entire section of the accreditation process dedicated to it. Mastery of learning expectations is the final piece to this required indicator for which evidence is needed. How are teachers working toward all students mastering the standards set for the class? Teachers in our Lutheran schools strive not to only teach the content, but to teach the student. An accreditation visiting team looks for evidence that teachers are assessing students in a variety of ways throughout the learning process, seeking feedback about student progress, student needs, and the effectiveness of their own teaching methods. While each student is an individual that will attain mastery at a different pace, the goal should be that teachers strive to support all students as they progress toward ultimate mastery. It is exciting to serve on a National Lutheran Schools Accreditation visiting team, and there is always a great deal of learning on behalf of the team members. As students are observed, the visiting team sees new ways their colleagues are working toward this indicator-using a wide variety of instructional strategies, engaging students, and ensuring mastery of learning expectations. This can seem like a huge and overwhelming task at times, but with the Lord’s help, the teachers and students in our Lutheran schools are making it happen!
 
School Choice
Mark Muehl | Mar 08, 2020
"Costly or Invaluable" - TLSP VIP Signature Event
We know that no one can put a price tag on a quality education, but we still strive to make it very affordable. In fact, parents are often surprised at just how reasonable the cost is to attend one of our schools. We also offer various payment plans and tuition assistance to make it even easier. Be it Choice Scholarships, Tax Credit Scholarships, or other need based financial aid, money need not be an obstacle for a child to be enrolled in a Lutheran school. What do you get for your hard-earned dollars? You get something that can’t be measured in money. Lutheran schools provide a child with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in a safe, caring environment where faith and academic achievement are nurtured and celebrated. In the final analysis, the value of the educational experience realized through The Lutheran Schools is measured in your child's success, now and in the future- an eternal future. Moreover, we endeavor to ensure that money not interfere with your desire to give your child the gift of a lifetime- an excellent Christian education that prepares him or her for life in the world today, as well as life eternal.
 
SGO
Mark Muehl | Mar 08, 2020
"Costly or Invaluable" - TLSP VIP Signature Event
We know that no one can put a price tag on a quality education, but we still strive to make it very affordable. In fact, parents are often surprised at just how reasonable the cost is to attend one of our schools. We also offer various payment plans and tuition assistance to make it even easier. Be it Choice Scholarships, Tax Credit Scholarships, or other need based financial aid, money need not be an obstacle for a child to be enrolled in a Lutheran school. What do you get for your hard-earned dollars? You get something that can’t be measured in money. Lutheran schools provide a child with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in a safe, caring environment where faith and academic achievement are nurtured and celebrated. In the final analysis, the value of the educational experience realized through The Lutheran Schools is measured in your child's success, now and in the future- an eternal future. Moreover, we endeavor to ensure that money not interfere with your desire to give your child the gift of a lifetime- an excellent Christian education that prepares him or her for life in the world today, as well as life eternal.