Reasons to Send Your Kid to a Lutheran School

lutehranschooldiff15. It’s National Lutheran Schools Week! For one week a year, Lutheran School kids get to ditch their uniforms for to dress up like their Favorite Storybook Character and like a hippie from the ’60s.

The really good news about this? If your kid goes to a Lutheran School, they probably wear a uniform the other 180 school days. Uniform = no dressing drama in the busy mornings. Young divas, I’m looking at you.

4. Lutheran school teachers teach because they are called by the Holy Spirit.  If a call from God seems like a really big deal, you’re right. It makes all the difference in the world.

Teachers come earlier, stay later, email when your child seems upset or especially ecstatic, pray with your child, visit their students’ homes for dinner, and worship alongside your kids during chapel.

3. In Lutheran school, your child is not just part of a school, they are part of a rich education history. Lutheran schools have taught kids–and taught them well–for over 260 years.

Your kids’ Lutheran school is part of a close-knit group of outstanding educators, doing what they’ve done well for centuries. Teachers and administrators gather together to share teaching ideas, share their faith, and inspire one another. Lutheran schools have thrived for centuries because we do education well.

Martin Luther would be so proud.

(Not too proud, though.)

2. Different is better. More and more public schools are relying on minimum skill tests to evaluate their students and teachers. Here’s the report card on these tests: they are the epic failures of America’s education system.

Everyone agrees these tests stress out teachers and kids, they don’t accurately measure what kids have learned, and the pressure to perform well short-circuits real learning.

No state-issued tests in Lutheran schools, which frees the kids, teachers, and administrators from all that extra stress. It also gives teachers extra time to perform afternoon-long science experiments. Or to slow down the class until every kid masters the concept. Not surprisingly, teaching to kids instead of tests works wonders.

1. Most importantly, Lutheran schools teach God’s Word. Kids have deep questions about the Bible, they want to pray about their sick uncle and their family trip, and they like to sing beautiful songs about Jesus. In other words, childhood is about developing academically and physically, yes. But most importantly, childhood is about growing spiritually.

Lutheran schools nurture each child’s spiritual growth. Teachers start class with prayer, they teach kindness from the example of Jesus, they help kids articulate and defend their faith.

If there was only one reason to send your kid to a Lutheran school, this would be it.

But let me tell you, those uniforms are also really nice.