FAQ's About St. Luke
Q. What is the purpose of your school?
A. St. Luke Lutheran School's purpose is to partner with the home to offer a Christ-centered education. We believe that Jesus should be the center of our daily lives whether we are at home or school. We are not here to compete with the public schools, however by law; the public schools are not allowed to offer what is central to our curriculum, which is Jesus.
Q. How long has your school been here?
A. St. Luke has offered a Christian education since 1866. The congregation considers the school to be one of its important mission arms into the community.
Q. What is the average class size? How many students are enrolled at St. Luke?
A. Our class sizes vary, however there are an average of 16 students per class, for a total of 223 students enrolled in preschool through grade 8 this school year.
Q. Do you have to be a member of the church or a Lutheran to enroll?
A. No. Approximately half of our students are from St. Luke congregation; the other 50% come from a variety of church homes and backgrounds. It is not our goal to make Lutherans out of all the children, but rather to strengthen their faith, knowledge and understanding of their Lord and Savior.
Q. Is tuition affordable?
A. Yes, tuition is very affordable. The congregation supports fifty percent of the cost of the school. Our families are from all economic brackets. Scholarships and tuition assistance are also available.
Q. Is transportation available to and from St. Luke?
A. Yes, Busing is available from nine local school districts: Armstrong, Butler Area, Freeport Area, Deer Lakes, Highlands, Karns City, Kiski Area, Mars Area, and South Butler.
Q. Do you have dedicated teachers for special classes like art and physical education?
A. Yes, we have special teachers for art, physical education, upper grade science, and music. We also offer the students opportunities for theatrical and musical performances, concerts, field trips, track and field meets, and extracurricular clubs.
Q. What extracurricular activities are offered?
A. Throughout the year we schedule a variety of after school clubs, which have included such guided activities as soccer, volleyball, basketball, chess, and scrap booking, In addition, we currently sponsor an Upwards Sports football and cheerleading league.
Q. Is there before and after school care available for my child?
A. St. Luke has a YMCA childcare on site in the building. Care is available from 7 AM to 6 PM.
Q. What type of facilities do you have at St. Luke?
A. We have spacious classrooms, state of the art computer lab, science lab, art room, gymnasium, stage, music rooms, library, and playground, large athletic field, fenced, specialty area for young students, lots of room to run and play.
Q. My child requires additional support. Do you have special services available?
A. Individual attention is available to each and every child. We also provide additional services such as speech therapy, remedial reading and math, and counseling services.
Q. Are your teachers state-certified?
A. All of our professional teachers are highly educated, experienced, qualified, and caring Christian teachers. Our full-time staff members all hold teaching certificates and have been educated in various colleges and universities across the United States. The state of Pennsylvania does not require, however, that our teacher maintain current Pennsylvania State teaching certification.
Q. Will I be regularly updated on my child's progress?
A. Weekly, teachers send home progress reports informing parents of their child's progress. It is our belief that communication between the home and school is essential to good student achievement. Therefore, teachers are easily accessible if a parent has a concern or needs to communicate with the teacher or principal.
Q. How do your students achieve when they graduate and move on to high school?
A. Typically, our students do quite well in high school. On standardized tests, our students average over 2 years above the national norm. On the average, our class composite achievement scores rank at the 80th percentile.
Q. My child plays an instrument. What opportunities are there for her to excel musically at St. Luke?
A. There are outstanding opportunities for your child's music education. Regardless of which instrument your child plays, instrumental lessons are available. In addition to instrumental lessons, band, chorus, and handbell choir are also options for your child to explore.
Q. Do you offer a hot lunch program at St. Luke?
A. Yes. Students may purchase a hot lunch through the federal lunch program or they may bring their own lunch to school.
Q. Do you offer any advanced classes in the upper grades?
A. Yes. If qualified, students may take algebra and IP science, which allows them to go directly to geometry and biology in high school.