Frequently Asked Questions for New School Families

Q: What's the main difference between a Christian school and a public school?

A: Messiah Lutheran 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, physically and socially. The love and forgiveness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is evident each and every day at Messiah.

Q: Do you need to be a Lutheran to attend Messiah Lutheran School?

A: No. Messiah Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis, of race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, athletic and other school administered programs.

Q: Why a Lutheran School?

A: Lutheran Schools and education has been a tradition in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) since 1847. Today the LCMS operates the largest Protestant school system in the United States and educates over 280,000 students each year. Lutheran Schools regularly rank in first or second in each of eight categories rated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the "Nation's Report Card". Messiah Lutheran School is proud to be a part of the LCMS's commitment to quality Christ centered education.

Q: When did Messiah Lutheran Church and School open?

A: Messiah Lutheran Church was founded in 1939. Messiah Lutheran School is an extension of Messiah Lutheran Church and has been in existence since 1943. It is one of approximately 2,000 schools under the auspices of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod and is specifically a part of the Missouri District. Messiah has offered an excellent Christian and academic education for almost 70 years.

Q: What is the relationship between the church and school?

A: Messiah Lutheran School is a vital component of the ministry of Messiah Lutheran Church. The church plays an essential role in supporting the school children and parents. Messiah Lutheran Church funds a portion of the school budget. It also helps the partnership through Bible classes for all ages, youth ministries, care ministries, counseling, music, and men and women’s ministries.

Q: Is Messiah Lutheran School accredited?

A: Yes, Messiah is fully accredited by the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) and has also received National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Q: Are Your Teachers Certified?

A: Yes, all of Messiah's classroom teachers have degrees in Education and hold State Teaching Certificates
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