GRACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL
8537 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS
OF CHRISTIAN EXCELLENCE!
Please stop by and see why
our teachers and school
are an exceptional choice
for your family.
GRACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL
We are a Christ-centered school
preparing children for life
both academically and spiritually.
Since 1980, Grace Lutheran School has
been serving the church and community
by providing a quality Christ-centered
education to hundreds of children.
Why Christian Education is Important for your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are the teachers licensed?
All of our teachers are licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
2. Are there specific qualifications to teach in Lutheran schools?
All of our teachers are members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. To teach at Grace Lutheran teachers must have specialized training in Bible teachings and how to relate these teachings to the curriculum.
3. Must we be Lutheran to enroll our children at Grace Lutheran School?
Members from the community are not only welcome but also are intimately involved in the life of Grace Lutheran School. We do encourage families without a “home church” to investigate becoming a member of Grace. Others, while always welcome at Grace, are encouraged to show their children that their church membership is important to them. As students in Grace Lutheran School there are times when the children are expected to worship at Grace. Those times are, for example, when the school is presenting a Christmas pageant or when the school children are scheduled to provide an anthem for a Grace Lutheran Church Service.
4. How many children are in each classroom?
Our current average classroom enrollment is about 15. Our 4K class is given an aide because the enrollment has exceeded 15.
5. Is your 5K a full day or half day program? How about the 4K program?
The 5’s attend class all day, 8:30-3:15.
The core 4K program is half day, 8:30 to noon. Unique to Grace Lutheran School is the afternoon program that provides supplementary enrichment activities for the 4K children. Individual 4K attendance schedules may be altered weekly according to family needs and preferences.
6. We understand that you have two grades in each classroom. Are there advantages to this arrangement?
Classrooms for the 4K and 5K are in their own classrooms. Grades 1-8 are in multi-aged classrooms. The size of our student body allows teachers to know all of the students. Upper grade teachers see the students for several years before actually becoming the students’ primary teacher. Since student/teacher relationship is of primary importance in providing meaningful instruction, having a student for more than one year allows the teacher to more readily meet individual student’s needs. Also, being in a classroom with more than one grade level helps students prepare for the next school year as well as reviewing what had previously been taught. We do some departmentalizing in the upper grades. Departmentalization allows teachers to teach to their strengths and gives the students some experience in relating with more than one teacher, a real plus when entering high school.
7. Do you offer children the opportunity to participate in the fine arts?
We have an excellent vocal music program. The culminating activity is an exceptionally fine concert presented in the spring of each year.
Our music teacher is available after school hours to provide private piano instruction.
Beginning with fifth grade, students are given an opportunity to receive instruction in playing band instruments. The instructor is provided by the Lutheran High School Association.
Students are given opportunity to present a Christmas pageant in a special worship service that is attended by parishioners and extended family.
Annually, student art work is displayed for the public.
Younger students annually attend one or two professionally presented children’s plays.
Older students are given the opportunity to attend a young people’s concert at the Milwaukee Symphony.
8. What technology training do you offer students?
All students in grades 4K through 8th grade have a separate computer class every week. Using filtering software, the fifteen networked computers in the lab are connected to the Internet. Students learn computer skills such as computer basics, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, keyboarding, graphics, and internet skills.
9. Do you have an athletic program for both boys and girls?
Students in grades 1 through 8 participate in cross country. Fifth through 8th graders have boys and girls basketball teams and the 5th through 8th grade girls have a volleyball team. Enrollment considerations sometimes allow us to form teams by combining Grace students with students from other schools. As with any athletic competition, students are encouraged to learn and have fun, but the primary goal of the athletic program is to teach Christian sportsmanship that honors and glorifies God.
Grace Lutheran School is a member of the Milwaukee Lutheran Elementary School Athletic Association.
10. Where do your graduates attend high school?
We strongly encourage our students to continue their Christian education at Martin Luther High School and are pleased to say that many of our graduates do this. Others attend local public high schools. Our information from our graduates and their parents is that our alumni are well prepared for the challenges of high school, Lutheran or public.
11. Where does the school receive its financial support?
Grace Lutheran School is a ministry of Grace congregation. Consequently, a majority of the financial support is from the congregation. School tuition and registration fees are how the remaining school costs are met. The PTLS (Parent Teacher League) has various fund raising activities. A major project of the PTLS is to provide funding for one month of the mortgage payment. PTLS funds also provide opportunities for school families to socialize, for student off-campus opportunities, and for special curricular and extra-curricular classroom needs.
12. What are the school hours?
Students are admitted at 8:15. Classes begin at 8:30. Dismissal time is 3:15.
13. Does Grace provide for before and after school care?
We have supervised before and after school care on days when school is in session. There is a financial obligation for parents who use this program.
Accountability – Achievement Tests
In the spring of each year an achievement test is administered to each student in 5K through grade 8. There are several achievement tests available to Grace Lutheran School. We, like many Lutheran schools, choose to use the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. We chose this test for several reasons.
The Iowa Tests are “standardized” across the nation. The standardization process used includes testing thousands of students in 5K through grade ten. These students are enrolled in all types of schools—urban, suburban, parochial, private, public, large schools, small schools, schools with different organizational plans, etc. Students at each of the various grade levels are asked questions that range in difficulty from quite easy questions to very difficult questions. The standardization process helps to ensure that students are asked questions that are understood by children of their age and achievement levels.
The tests cover a wide range of questions arranged into sub-tests. These tests vary according the age level of children. Children in grades 5K through Grade 3, for example, are tested in an area called Word Analysis. What is tested is the child’s decoding ability, the ability to interpret the symbols that we call words. Word analysis skills should be mastered by the end of the third grade—many students master these skills before that time—so, beginning with fourth grade, this area is no longer tested. Much of early education depends on a child’s listening skills, so these are also tested through third grade but not in the higher grades.
In the area of reading, all of the children are tested in vocabulary and comprehension. Other areas of the language arts, i.e., capitalization, punctuation, and using the proper form of words, are tested in third through the eight grade. Mathematics is tested already in 5K, but then is broken down into sub-areas of computational skills, problem solving, and understanding of math concepts in grades one through eight. Students in grades one through eight are tested in social studies and science. The final expansion of the tests occurs when third graders through eighth graders are tested in maps and the use of reference materials.
Once the testing has been completed, the answer sheets are sent to a company that not only scores them but also provides the teachers with a wide variety of helps. Teachers receive information about each child’s achievement, information that compares the child’s knowledge with those in the standardization group. Most helpful is the very specific information that gives the teacher information about how the child answered each question in the tests. This information not only helps the teacher to learn about the child but also to learn about the effectiveness of his/her teaching. Individual test results help the teacher to learn how better to challenge the student in areas where the student excels as well identifying areas that show the student would benefit from additional instruction. The staff also uses the test results to analyze the effectiveness of the curriculum as compared to these national standards and to adapt the curriculum and instructional methods accordingly.
A number of factors can influence the test results of any student. To have a proper understanding of the test results they must be understood in the context of the child’s entire achievement at school. Teachers are schooled in psychometrics, the study of measurement techniques. Parents who want to know how their children fared on the Iowa Tests are encouraged to ask the classroom teacher to share and explain the test results.
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We will be happy to send you an information packet as you make a decision to provide a solid, Christian educational environment for your child.
Requests for tours will be followed up by our principal Mr. Gettelman.
How do I enroll my child at Grace?
1. Request an information parent packet via this website.
2. Schedule an appointment for a tour.
3. Be sure to contact us with any additional questions.
4. Fill out the registration forms included in the information packet and return them to the school office.
5. Schedule an appointment to meet with our principal, Mr. Gettelman as you prepare to finalize the enrollment process.
6. Return the final enrollment forms to the school office.
We’re here to help you as you begin the process of selecting Grace to be your child’s new school. If there is anything we can do to assist, please be sure to contact the school at email@example.com or 414-762-3665.
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