As a ministry of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran School responds to God’s command in the Scriptures to bring up children in the training and instruction of the Lord so they can model the Christian lifestyle and strive for academic excellence. The school, student, home, church, and community partner to carry out the God-given responsibility to “feed My lambs.” John 21:15
Q: How long has St. Peter’s Lutheran School been operating?
A: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church held its first worship service in 1858. The school opened in 1863. Lutheran schools have been offering excellence in Christian education in the United States since 1847.
Q: To what synod does St. Peter’s Lutheran belong?
A: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church belongs to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Q: Do you have to be a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church to attend the school?
A: No, you do not have to be a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; however, church attendance is encouraged either at St. Peter’s Lutheran or your own church.
Q: What grade levels are offered at St. Peter’s Lutheran School?
A: SPLS offers Kindergarten through grade 8. Children must be five years old by August 1 to enter kindergarten; we offer both half-day and full-day kindergarten programs. A departmentalized junior high school format is offered for grades 7-8.
Q: What hours is your school in session?
A: School begins each day at 7:50am and dismissal is at 3:00pm.
Q: Is St. Peter’s Lutheran School accredited?
A: SPLS is fully accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Lutheran School Accreditation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Q: What curriculum do you use?
A: State approved textbooks are used for subjects other than religion; the curriculum is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Integrating the Faith, a curriculum guide for the Lutheran Church ? Missouri Synod schools, is used at all levels.
Q: Does your school offer computer education and/or another language?
A: Computer education is part of the regular curriculum at SPLS for all students, K-8. A foreign language is offered in Grade 8.
Q: How many students are in a class?
A: To ensure a quality program, our normal class size is 20-25 students per class, K-8. A teacher aide is available in the primary classrooms and in larger classes at the discretion of the administration and Board of Christian Education.
Q: Are standardized achievement tests administered?
A: Each year the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) program is administered to students in Grades 3-8; other computer-based tests are given throughout the school year to monitor student progress. Classes at SPLS consistently score above the national average. Graduates of SPLS enter high school well prepared to take grade level, accelerated, or honors classes.
Q: Are field trips offered?
A: Appropriate field trips are offered for all students at various grade levels. Outdoor education is offered in grades 6-7 with the eighth grade visiting Washington D.C.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes, SPLS has a written dress code adopted by the School Ministry Board. All students are expected to follow the dress code with parental support.
Q: Do you have parent/teacher conferences?
A: Formal parent/teacher conferences are held at the end of the first and second quarters of the school year. Additional conferences are scheduled as needed.
Q: Do you have after-school sports or other extra curricular activities?
A: After school sports are offered to students in grades 5-8. There are also a wide variety of other curricular activities including band, choir, concerts, and drama.
Q: Do you have a hot lunch program?
A: Hot lunches are available on a daily and optional basis.
Q: Does St. Peter’s Lutheran School offer before and after school care?
A: SPLS offers after school care at our school through Children Inc, (a local childcare agency) until 6:00pm. Please contact Children, Inc at (812) 379-2319 for details.
Q: What are your enrollment procedures?
A: Parents desiring to enroll their child/ren are requested to make an appointment with the principal. The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other and to acquaint new parents with the purpose and goals of St. Peter’s Lutheran School. Additional questions in regard to the school or its program can also be addressed. The application form for enrollment should be returned promptly.
St. Peter’s Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the administration of its school policies.