Judge us by our results. Established in 1914 with a one room schoolhouse, we have grown through the years into a full K-8 Elementary & Middle School, and added a pre-school in 1972. Our Redeemer Lutheran School’s graduates are proof that we provide excellent Christian academics including the fine arts. All of our teachers are dedicated and experienced. Our Redeemer Lutheran School holds dual accreditation and includes a full-time Church staff to augment the needs of the children and their families in our care.
What does an Our Redeemer Lutheran School Graduate look like?
Our Redeemer Lutheran School's graduates are proof that our culture, curriculum and teachers nurture students to spiritual maturity and prepare them for success in high school and beyond.
Why choose a Lutheran School?
Lutheran schools celebrate a rich heritage of providing quality education in our community for over 160 years. Through the years, Lutheran schools have impacted millions of students and their families with the Gospel. Why Choose a Lutheran School?
• Lutheran schools provide an education that will challenge your child, and help to develop and maintain a love of learning.
• Lutheran schools provide individualized learning and small class sizes.
• Lutheran schools help your child develop a strong moral and spiritual character.
• Lutheran schools help your child’s emotional and social development.
• Lutheran schools prepare your child for higher learning and college placement.
• Lutheran schools offer tuition assistance to help make faith-based education affordable.
• Lutheran school tuition paid through a 529 plan qualifies you for up to $8,000 in Missouri state tax deductions.
Our Redeemer Lutheran School is a Christian School, serving children from 3 years old through the Eighth Grade. Our families come from dozens of different churches in St. Louis County. Our desire is to come alongside Christian families in the training and education of their children. We also admit children from non-Christian families, recognizing the mission of the church to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe the opportunities to share salvation outweigh the challenges that can arise due to social and religious differences, and these challenges present teaching moments for all of our students to learn how to share and defend their faith in a safe learning environment. All families need to understand that we are a Christian school and Christ is at the center of everything we do, and that it will impact not only our students but also their families.
Solid Education from a Biblical Worldview
A Biblical worldview is intentionally integrated into our curriculum and into the students’ day. This includes not only core content areas but also the specials (Music, Art, Physical Education, Library, and Technology, etc.), extra-curricular activities, recess and events. The Scriptures are presented as the basis for all aspects of life. The Bible is used daily in our classrooms, and students participate in prayer and devotional activities.
Demonstrated, Solid Core Curriculum
Our history reflects the success of our core curriculum. Our graduates are thoroughly prepared to enter high school and find success in accelerated classes. Our annual standardized test scores reveal that Our Redeemer Lutheran students historically perform well above the national average.
Our Redeemer Lutheran School uses a traditional classroom approach and stresses an established and proven core curriculum for grades K-8 that includes:
- Daily Math
- Classic and Modern Literature
- Hands-on Science
- American and World History including Geography
- Research-based phonics instruction for reading
- Grammar and Spelling
- Emphasis on Solid and Effective Writing
- Religion and Memory Work
Our Redeemer Lutheran School is committed to providing the most current academic opportunities for students. A distinctive we offer is our STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) which is presented from a Christian perspective. Additionally, ORLS provides technology that supports all content areas. Students have access to various applications offered through desktop computers and SMART Boards. The entire school facility features safeguarded Wi-Fi access.
Full Fine Arts, Physical Education, Other Programs
At Our Redeemer Lutheran School, our students engage not only in rigorous academics but also the fine arts, physical education and extracurricular activities that encourage development and nurturing of all forms of gifts and talents:
- Music (Band, Choir, Recorders, Handbells, Chimes, Music Appreciation)
- Physical Education
Field trips lend real-life experience to textbook knowledge for all grade levels. Examples of our field trips include:
- Elementary— Pumpkin Patch, Apple Orchard, Theater, Camp
- Middle School— Jefferson City, Science Camp, National Churchill Museum
- 7th & 8th— Class trip
Our Redeemer Lutheran School holds dual accreditation from NLSA (National Lutheran School Accreditation) and the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. Accreditation holds Our Redeemer Lutheran School accountable to the highest standards available from both Christian and secular institutions and is a testament to our commitment to provide our students with a well-rounded, life changing experience. More information about Lutheran Schools and the accreditation process through the NLSA is available at Lutheran Schools and NLSA.
ORLS students are exposed to leadership opportunities beginning in Kindergarten. Our Redeemer Lutheran School recognizes that a well-rounded education involves cultivating and producing leadership skills that will serve a lifetime.
Students in all grades have opportunities to speak and perform in front of an audience. Cross-grade level interaction encourages younger elementary students to begin developing their leadership skills as Reading Pals and Faith Families. Students also have the opportunity to lead Chapels in Worship.
ORLS graduates are positioned to become leaders at every level of society and are equipped to model wisdom and a discerning moral compass in life situations.
Need-Based Financial Aid & Scholarships
Our robust financial aid program reflects our desire to work with all families regardless of their socio-economic diversity. Our Redeemer Lutheran School will award up to $60,000 in financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year. Scholarships are available to everyone on a needs basis. Our Redeemer Lutheran School desires to partner with families to make Christian education an option financially. To that end, many of our current families are receiving some form of financial aid. In addition, 100% of enrolled students receive discounted tuition with generous aid from our sponsoring congregation. Our admissions process is ongoing and open throughout the year. Applications are reviewed as we receive them, and financial aid is awarded on a first-come basis.
Honoring Our American and Christian Heritage
Instilling an appreciation for our heritage is celebrated throughout the year at Our Redeemer Lutheran School. We acknowledge the Christian roots upon which this country was founded by incorporating American History in our curriculum.
Grandparents are honored on a special day in the Spring, along with Moms and Dads in recognition of our spiritual and familial roots. Veteran’s Day involves military members from throughout our community in a celebration of their service to our country and their sacrifice for our freedoms. Our Redeemer Lutheran School realizes we are given life and liberty by the Grace of God, and passing along an appreciation of our heritage is a responsibility we don’t take lightly.