EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:

We believe that all of us, endowed with a body, mind and soul, should spend our life giving God glory and praise. Because we are sinful, we need God's grace which is given freely through faith in Christ Jesus, the Savior. Trusting God brings us the complete forgiveness of every wrong. Eternal life in heaven is our full assurance. Our children brought to faith by baptism and God's Word will be nurtured as the Holy Spirit works through faithful, meaningful instruction in the Word.

We believe that children have different strengths and weaknesses and develop at different rates. We acknowledge that children have different learning styles and a variety of interests and backgrounds. Our teachers attempt to understand children and their learning styles. They provide as individualized a program in education as possible. The teacher's concern for the individual child's interests and needs provides a positive setting for growth in all areas of learning.

We believe that the parent's first responsibility is to provide their children with a fundamentally sound Christian education.  St. Paul's Lutheran School is a valuable assistant to the parent in this vital work.  Parents and school must be mutually supportive partners for the best educational results.  

We believe that to receive the maximum benefit of St. Paul's educational program, it is imperative that students engage in the learning at school, follow through with classroom expectations at home, and carry out all school activities in a respectful manner. 

We believe that our teachers, who have worked diligently to attain their educational training/degrees/teaching licensure, and who have been Called to their vocation in Lutheran education, are to be given the highest regard and respect for their dedication to fulfill our school's mission.  Trusting those to whom we've entrusted our children's care is a vital component of successful school experience. 

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • Effectively teach children the Law and to bring them the Gospel, showing them the way to heaven.
  • Help children achieve a healthy emotional level and develop social skills so they can live with themselves and their fellowmen with respect for human rights.
  • Provide children study habits and adequate material so they can be ready for future education and for life.
  • Provide for understanding in physical growth; and stimulate mental growth and challenge children to maintain their highest scholastic level by using their God-given talents.

 

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:

Learning takes place in a Christian environment of loving and living together as God's people. Pastors lead worship for grades K-8 each Wednesday at our 8:45 a.m. Chapel service (parents and family members are welcome). Daily Religion classes are held at every grade level, with 6th graders receiving Confirmation instruction from the clergy of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Every student is expected to participate in Chapel and Religion classes, for which parental consent is given when a child is enrolled in our school.

The learning environment at St. Paul's Lutheran School stimulates children's interest and involvement by making learning an active and tension-free endeavor. A mutual feeling of respect, trust and independence is fostered. Children are encouraged to make good choices and proper judgments with respect to their behavior and efficient use of their time and talents. All aspects of our learning environment stem from our philosophy to help us reach our objectives.

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION

  • Christian Ministry, in the context of Lutheran theology and doctrine, is the objective of St. Paul's Lutheran School.  This principle shapes and directs all subsequent principles.
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School stands for quality education which leads students to assess their talent, develop their potential and set goals of Christian vocation.
  • Teachers as St. Paul's Lutheran School dedicate themselves to their vocation of teaching children, ensuring that each child is given the opportunity to grow academically in every aspect of our school curriculum. 
  • All behaviors and actions related to Christian Education at St. Paul's Lutheran School will reflect respect, courtesy and care for all members of our community (parents, students, families, teachers, administrators and congregation members).
  • Volunteerism at St. Pau's Lutheran School seeks to involve members of the congregation as well as parents, friends and others in the school community. 
  • Long-range planning, reviewed annually by the School Board, will guide the development of all phases of the school program.
  • Mutual accountability governs all relationships.
  • All members of our St. Paul's Lutheran School community will be accountable to these established principles.