FAQ'S

Here are the answers to many questions that prospective families ask:​

How long has St. John’s Lutheran School been operating?
The school opened in 1848. Lutheran schools have been offering excellence in Christian education in the United States since 1847.

To what denomination does St. John’s Lutheran belong?
St. John’s Lutheran Church belongs to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Do you have to be a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church to attend the school?
No, you do not have to be a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church; however, worship attendance is encouraged either at St. John’s Lutheran or your own church.

What grade levels are offered at St. John’s Lutheran School?
St. John's offers 2-year-old preschool through Grade 8. Children must be five years old by July 31 to enter kindergarten; preschoolers must be 2-years-old, 3-years-old, or 4-years-old by July 31 to enroll in the respective preschool program.

What hours is your school in session?
School begins each day at 8:15am and dismissal is at 3:15pm.

Is St. John’s Lutheran School accredited?
St. John's is fully accredited by the Missouri Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association and the National Lutheran School Accreditation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

What curriculum do you use?
St. John’s utilizes the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) guidelines for teaching and learning. Our curriculum not only meets national and Missouri guidelines, but it also provides students with a Christian education that prepares them to live complete lives of service to God and others.  State approved textbooks are used for subjects other than religion; the curriculum is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. 

Does your school offer computer education?
Computer education is part of the daily curriculum at St. John'sfor all students.

How many students are in a class?
Our preschool classes are limited to 20 students depending on the age of the children. To ensure a quality school program, our normal class size is 20 students per class, K-8. 

Are standardized achievement tests administered?
We administer the Iowa Assessments each year to students in Grades 3-8; classes at St. John's consistently score above the national average. Graduates enter high school well prepared to take grade level, accelerated, or honors classes.

Are field trips offered?

Field trips are offered for all students at various grade levels. Students in Grades 8 participate in a multi-day trip to Chicago, and our 7th graders have an overnight trip to the Creation Museum.

Is there a dress code?
Yes, St. John's has a school uniform dress code for K-8 students.

Do you have parent-teacher conferences?
Formal parent-teacher conferences are held at the end of the first quarter of the school year; additional conferences are scheduled as needed.

Do you have after-school sports or other extra curricular activities?
After school sports are offered to students in Grades 5-8. There are also a wide variety of other curricular activities including choir, programs, concerts, and drama.

Do you have a hot lunch program?
We offer daily hot lunch program; meals are prepared in our school kitchen.

Does St. John’s Lutheran School offer before and after school care?
St. John's offers before school care starting at 6:30am on school days, and after school care is available until 6:00pm. Contact the school office for information and fees.

What are your enrollment procedures?
Parents desiring to enroll their child are requested to schedule an educational consultation with a school administrator. The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other and to acquaint new parents with the purpose and goals of our school, and we can answer any additional questions in regard to the school or its program. 

St. John's Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, enrollment policies, athletic policies, and other school-administered programs.