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Grace Lutheran School

Fact Sheet

Accreditation
Grace Lutheran School is accredited by AdvancED, a national accrediting agency.  Grace is also a recognized school of the Illinois State Board of Education.

Students
Classes: Grades 1-8; senior kindergarten (five-year-olds); junior kindergarten (four-year-olds); preschool program (three-year-olds).
Enrollment: 223 in the 2016-2017 school year
Geography: Students come from 23 suburbs and Chicago.  22% live in Chicago, 19% in Oak Park, 11% in River Forest, 9% in Maywood, 9% in Forest Park, 8% in Elmwood Park, 4% in Berwyn , 2% in Melrose Park,  3% in River Grove, and 13% other suburbs.
Diversity: 69% white, 13% bi-racial, 11% African American, 5% Hispanic, 2% Asian
Religious background: 61 students from Grace, 91 from other Lutheran and Protestant churches, 23 belong to non-denominational churches, 18 attend Catholic churches, 1 Buddhist, and 30 have no home church.

Personnel
Administration: Bill Koehne, principal, Lyle Mortensen, assistant school administrator and Eileen Maggio, administrative assistant.
Faculty: Nine full-time and two part-time classroom teachers, a full time special education instructor and a part-time reading specialist, a full-time library media specialist/technology teacher, and part-time teachers for music, art, PE, and German.  Eight teachers hold a Master’s degree.
Staff: Part-time social worker, speech therapist and nurse; five part-time classroom aides and five part-time extended day care staff members.
Volunteers: Involved parents and congregation members work with students in classrooms and in special programs.

Teaching the Faith
Religion: The Bible and Christian doctrine are taught in daily classes.
Classroom devotions and prayer: The school day begins and ends with prayer.
Worship: Weekly all-school chapel services are led by pastors, teachers, guests, and students.
Service: A variety of service projects are done by our students to benefit ministries both near and far.

The Arts
Art: Weekly art classes, art history, and projects throughout the curriculum
Music: Weekly general music classes as well as choir and/or handbells during the school day
Band: Ensemble and individual lessons taught by teachers from Walther High School.
Orchestra: Violin lessons and two levels of orchestra.

Daycare
Care options: Morning daycare for all students beginning at 7:00 a.m. and after-school extended care available for students in full day junior kindergarten through grade 8 until 6:00 p.m.

After School
Enrichment: A variety of after school programs sponsored by the Grace Parent Organization (GPO).
Sports: Cross country and track for girls and boys in grades 3-8; basketball and volleyball for girls and boys in grades 5-8.