Grace Lutheran School is accredited by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA) and by AdvancEd. The ELEA accreditation process uses national standards that are set by the teaching profession.
Early Childhood: Preschool program (three-year-olds); Junior kindergarten (four-year-olds); Senior kindergarten (five-year-olds)
Elementary grades: Grades 1-8
Enrollment: 218 in the 2012-2013 school year
Geography: Students are from 20 suburbs and Chicago: 24% live in Oak Park, 18% in Chicago, 11% in Maywood, 10% in Forest Park, 9% in Elmwood Park, 7% in River Forest, 4% in Melrose Park, 4% in Berwyn, 2% in River Grove, and 11% other suburbs.
Diversity: 79% white, 11% African American, 7% bi-racial, 2% Hispanic, 1% Asian
Religious background: 73 students from Grace, 86 from other Lutheran and Protestant churches, 5 belong to non-denominational churches, 24 attend Catholic churches, 2 from Orthodox churches, 1 Buddhist, and 28 with no home church.
Administration: Bill Koehne, principal, Lyle Mortensen, assistant administrator and Eileen Maggio, administrative assistant
Faculty: Twelve full-time teachers, six part-time teachers, a special education teacher/coordinator, and a library media specialist/technology teacher
Staff: Six part-time classroom aides, three 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: Fund-raising and other projects support benevolences around the world.
Art and music
Art: Weekly art classes, art history, and projects throughout the curriculum
Music: Music, education, choir and/or handbells during the school day
Band: Ensemble and individual lessons taught by teachers from Walther Lutheran High School
Orchestra: Violin lessons and three levels of orchestra
Care options: Full-day kindergarten option for four- and five-year-olds; after-school extended care available until 6:00 p.m.
Enrichment: A variety of after-school programs sponsored by the Grace Parent Organization (GPO).
Sports: Cross country for girls and boys in grades 4-8; basketball, and track for girls and boys in grades 5-8 and volleyball for grades 6-8.