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Why Should You Choose Crean Lutheran?

Crean Lutheran is academically excellent and distinctively Christ-centered:
  • The highest quality Christ-centered education in an environment which nurtures faith and thankfully celebrates God's redemptive love and grace -- in a proven program of Lutheran education -- the largest protestant Christian school system in the nation
  • A loving, caring, and safe environment
  • A full academic curriculum, including AP courses, dual-credit courses(up to 72 college units), honors courses, cohort programs, electives, Bible, and weekly chapel, enriched by online offerings 
  • A competitive sports program with extracurricular opportunities to develop God-given skills and abilities
  • Small classes with credentialed, Christian, and caring teachers who are “Called Ministers of the Gospel”
  • State of the art campus, athletic fields, and spacious classrooms
  • College counseling, college-prep courses, and a curriculum with intentional integration of Christian world view with practical discipleship to impact culture
Crean Lutheran is WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Accredited and has Exemplary Status Accreditation status with the NLSA (National Lutheran Schools Accreditation) – a distinction setting apart 9 of over 1,000 Lutheran schools nationwide.

 

Why Christian Education

 
There's a war being waged! It is not getting much press. But, the outcome of this war will have greater consequences than the outcome of the War on Terrorism that we hear about daily in the news. The war I am speaking about is a war written about by James Dobson and Gary Bauer (Children at Risk: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of our Kids): Nothing short of a Great Civil War...rages today throughout North America. Two sides with vastly differing and incompatible world-views are locked in a bitter conflict that permeates every level of society... Instead of fighting for territory or military conquest, the struggle is now for the hearts and minds of the people... Children are the prize to the winners of the second Great Civil War. Those who control what young people are taught and what they experience -- what they see, hear, think, and believe - will determine the future course for the nation.

This war is especially dangerous because the battle fields are in the minds of our young people and not in traditional territory where it is easy to observe and respond to a trespass. Josh McDowell is a watchman in this war; he gives the following warning to parents: Do not fear what your kids may do; fear rather what they are being taught. (Beyond Belief to Convictions, paraphrase, J. McDowell)

Why Lutheran Education

Christian Worldview

  • Lutheran Schools are loving, caring, safe.
  • Lutheran Schools are thoroughly Christ-centered, evangelical, and Bible based – committed to planting and nurturing a Christian worldview in students’ lives, lifestyles, and hearts.
  • Lutheran Schools pursue and offer excellence and quality.

Stable, Large, Experienced, Successful

  • The Lutheran School system reaches over 288,000 students nationwide.
  • The Lutheran School system is the largest Protestant school system in the United States. There are over 2,526 preschools, elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries that make up LCMS schools nationwide.
  • The Lutheran School system operates 130 high schools across the nation.
  • The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod operates 10 high quality liberal arts universities across the nation -- Concordia University-Irvine is in our backyard!  These universities prepare students not just for making a living, but more importantly for "making a life" that makes a difference for Christ.  All of our universities have highly respected teacher education and certification programs to resource the Lutheran schools across the nation and world.

Academically Excellent

  • Lutheran school students test 23% higher than the national average on standard achievement tests.
  • Average SAT/ACT test scores of students attending Lutheran high schools are well above the national average. Students in Lutheran schools at every grade level, and especially in middle school and high school, have more developmental assets than students in public schools, according to Search Institute.

Christ-centered and Mission Minded

  • Since our schools are "mission outposts," sharing the love of Christ is central to everything we do and say.   Our faith is integrated across the curriculum.  As a result, many children are baptized and many families join congregations and become active in the life of the church.

Lutheran Schools Make a Difference that Matters *

  • Reliable statistical research* from a study of people who attended Lutheran schools reveals that they...

1) report more frequent experiences with the Lord in their personal lives
2) exhibit a more consistent belief in Jesus
3) profess a greater clarity on the way of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone
4) display more Biblical knowledge
5) engage in a fuller devotional life
6) do more witnessing to others about Jesus
7) have a greater awareness of the presence of the Lord in one's whole life
8) give a higher value to relationships with Christ and other persons
9) show more reasonable respect for authority
10) live out stronger tendencies to be forgiving and personally forthright with other people
11) evidence greater avoidance of over-simplistic views (such as viewing complex social issues as more than mere power struggles)
12) reveal less tendency to be anxious about life and their faith
13) are less swayed by their peers

·         The research also proved that the more years a person attended a Lutheran school, the more significant the difference became.

In a published study (Jan. 2006), Lutheran schools scored significantly higher academically than all other schools (public, Catholic, charter, and other Protestant). Data for this study was derived from “the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics exam. When compared with other subjects (like reading, for instance), math is more heavily influenced by school than home experiences, so studying math achievement provides clearer insights into the relative performance of different types of schools. The 2003 NAEP samples are over ten times larger than in any previous NAEP administration, providing achievement and student, teacher, and administrator survey data on over 190,000 4th graders (up from 13,855 in 2000) in 7,485 schools, and more than 153,000 8th graders (up from 15,930 in 2000) in 6,092 schools.” (Christopher Lubienski, “Charter, Private, Public Schools and Academic Achievement,” p. 3).

    * Milo Brekke, How Different Are People Who Attended Lutheran Schools; based on data compiled by Youth Research Center