1. What are the academic expectations at Our Savior’s Lutheran School?
Our Savior's students are challenged academically through the high expectations of the teachers.
Students are challenged to do their best, while at the same time given the support afforded by the low student to teacher ratio. Children perform well in both the daily school work requirements and on Standardized tests.
2. What are the class sizes and teacher to student ratios at Our Savior's?
Our current average class size is seventeen students per preschool class and fifteen students per elementary school class. Our student to teacher ratio is 11:1.
In preschool our maximum class size is eighteen students. All of our preschool classes have one full-time teacher and one teaching assistant. Kindergarten and first grade classes have a twenty-student limit, while the numbers in the remaining elementary classes never exceed 27, with an aide or a second credentialed teacher provided at 20 students for second grade and at 25 for third and above.
3. How do Our Savior's students perform on Standardized Tests?
Our Savior’s Lutheran School consistently scores at or above the top ten percent of the nation. We were awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of excellence by the U.S. Department of Education in 2004. Only private schools scoring in the top 10% are given this award. Last year our school wide scores remained above the top 10% with our fifth graders scoring at the 95th percentile in math.
4. Are the teachers at Our Savior's Lutheran School credentialed?
All of our full-time elementary classroom teachers are fully credentialed with the State of California and many hold advanced degrees, unlike the public schools who have many teachers in the classroom with only an emergency credential. Many of our part time teachers (PE, Music, Computers and Spanish) have CA teaching credentials and all hold degrees in their fields.
In preschool all teachers hold state teaching certificates for early childhood education. All aides meet the minimum requirements for ECUs with many meeting the state requirement for preschool teachers.
5. Is Our Savior's Lutheran School accredited?
Yes, Our Savior's Lutheran School is a fully accredited preschool and elementary school. This is a rigorous process in which we do an extensive examination of our teaching practice on a seven year cycle, with annual reviews.
6. Is there a hot lunch program at Our Savior's Lutheran School?
Yes! Our Savior's Lutheran School's lunch program is Choice Lunch which offers quality, wholesome lunches at an affordable price. Parents register online and can choose from 12 tasty entrées daily. Students then pick up their pre-ordered lunch at the lunch counter and have an additional choice of drinks, a snack and fruit.
7. Does Our Savior's Lutheran School offer after school programs?
We offer after-school preschool daycare until 4:00 PM and elementary daycare is available before school from 7:00 AM and after school until 6:00 PM. Preschool daycare includes our Lunch Bunch program. Elementary daycare includes an afternoon snack and optional study hall. In addition we have separate fee based programs, such as KIDART, Advanced Math, Academic Chess, Culinary Kids, Fit Kids, and music lessons for a variety of instruments.
8. Do your students wear a uniform?
Yes, at Our Savior’s we believe that a uniform helps give our students a sense of pride and identification with their classmates. Uniforms help keep the students focused on school, not on what they are wearing. As a bonus, parents tell us the uniform greatly simplifies the morning routine. You can purchase uniforms from True Grits located in San Clemente. Click here for their website.
9. Do you have to be a Lutheran to attend Our Saviors?
No, you don’t have to be a Lutheran. Because we are a Christian school, we welcome people from all faiths and traditions.
10. Since Our Savior's Lutheran School ends at fifth grade, where do your graduates attend middle school?
About half of Our Savior's Lutheran School's parents choose to continue with private school for their children's education following graduation from Our Savior's. The other half of our parents choose public school. We work closely with the local public and private schools to facilitate communication and to help the students make a smooth transition to middle school.
11. Preschool Parents as Volunteers
Starting September 2016 parents who volunteer in preschool in roles that provide care and supervision to preschool children must be immunized in accordance with SB 792 law. Anyone who stays at the preschool and assists the staff in watching and supervising children including parents and other volunteers must have a copy of his/her immunization records and TB test on file in the school office before you will be allowed to be a Preschool volunteer. This would include things like working in a classroom during a party or watching a child play on the playground. Those who volunteer in preschool and do not have contact with preschool children do not need to be vaccinated. See the California Department of Social Services Guidelines for immunizations required. Parents who volunteer for Elementary School do not need to be vaccinated.