FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Q. What's the main difference between a Christian school and a public school?
At Grace Lutheran Christian School we are able to offer not only an academically challenging curriculum, but a Christ-centered environment where students grow spiritually as well as, intellectually, emotinally, physically and socially. The love and forgiveness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is evident each and every day at Grace.
Q. When did Grace Church and School open?
Grace Lutheran Church was founded in 1921. Grace Lutheran Christian School is an extension of Grace Lutheran Church and has been in existence since 1957. It is one of approximately 2,000 schools under the auspices of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod and Pacific Southwest District of the LCMS. Grace has offered an excellent Christian and academic education for 60 years, and by God’s grace, is one of many excellent Lutheran elementary schools in the United States.
Q. What is the relationship between the church and school?
Grace Lutheran Christian School is a vital component of the ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. The church plays an essential role in supporting the school children and parents. Grace Lutheran Church funds a large portion of the school budget and provides scholarships. It also helps the partnership through Bible classes, youth ministries, care ministries, and men and women’s ministries.
Q. How do the students at Grace Lutheran Christian School do academically?
72% of the students are one the Honor Roll (GPA of 92% or better) or the Merit Roll (GPA between 83% and 91%). Grace students take the MAP Growth assessment throughout the school year. Individualized results allows for teachers to differentiate for each child and assist in goal setting for higher success.
Q. Is Grace Lutheran Christian School accredited?
Grace is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Q. How does your curriculum differ from that of area public schools?
Grace follows not only California State standards but National standards set forth by the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Common knowledge is aspired to for students, in preparing for success at each new level.
Q. Are teachers in your school required to have certification, like in public schools?
All homeroom teachers have obtained either a Bachelor's and/or Masters degree, and some have a Lutheran Teaching Diploma from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Q. What does it mean to be a Christian school parent?
We pray that Grace’s parents will train their child in the way of the Lord, nurture the development of their child’s faith by encouraging their child through instruction and by example to live a life of faith, prayer, worship and service to Christ, that they would pray for family, church and school, and take an active and involved interest in the education of their child.
Q. What does it mean to be a Christian school teacher?
The Grace Lutheran faculty and staff are committed to working with families in helping to nurture the development of the whole child. It is the purpose of the school to be an extension of the home in faith training. We wish to work with children and parents who are willing to walk with us in oneness of spirit and purpose. This oneness is based on a common value system, support for one another and cooperation. The strong partnership between the school and the home is an essential element in educating the whole child.
Q. What's the role of the School Board?
The School Committee governs Grace Lutheran Christian School. It consists of elected members from the congregation, school representation, and the School Principal. The board meets monthly to review and establish policy and monitor progress.
Q. Who should I contact with questions?
You may contact the school office at (661) 948-1018 with any questions.