Our intimate campus, situated on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect spot for students to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. Kindergarten through fifth grade students are taught in small classes so they have room to grow and develop as individuals. Our average elementary class size is 15, with 12:1 ratio of credentialed teachers to students.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Elementary School serves children in grades kindergarten through five. As Christian teachers in the enterprise called education, we accept the challenge to teach each student where they are. Our dedicated staff provides both traditional and innovative instructional programs as well as spiritual leadership. Our goal is to facilitate the development of each child to their fullest potential. Students who complete Our Savior’s Lutheran Elementary School have the self-confidence and ability to succeed in middle school because they have a foundation of strong academics, solid study skills, and a sense of who they are as beloved children of God.
Beginning in transitional kindergarten* and continuing through the fifth grade, students receive a rigorous curriculum that meets and exceeds national and state standards for learning. Our highly trained and experienced teachers start with each student where s/he is, and guide each student to develop to full potential. In fact, based on test results using the OLSAT and the SAT 10, we find that many of our students actually perform above their ability. This success is fostered by the hard work, love and dedication of our teaching staff. Students receive whole group, small group and individual instruction in all subjects. Student progress is assessed regularly and students are highly motivated to experience continuous growth.
In addition to our developmentally and academically sound daily instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, religion and spelling, students receive multiple enrichment opportunities. All grades receive specific instruction in art appreciation and skills which are incorporated into classwork on a regular basis. Students participate in PE twice per week, developing skills and learning to play as a team. Besides the integration of computers within the classroom, students receive weekly instruction in computer lab. Weekly Spanish classes give the students an introduction to another language and culture, and develop a foundation for advanced language learning in later years. Students all participate in an inspiring music program which includes training in vocal, listening/music appreciation, simple composition, and, beginning in the third grade, learning to play an instrument. Twice annual music recitals are the highlight of the year for students and family members, alike.
Academically relevant field trips are offered at all grade levels, including two overnight trips at the fourth and fifth grades, which combine fun and fellowship within a science or social studies focus.
All of this is accomplished in a small class size where students feel loved for who they are, and in turn, love their leaning experience here at Our Savior’s Lutheran School, while testing in the top ten percent of the nation on nationally normed tests.
*Transitional Kindergarten: 8:30 - 12:30 - For children who are 5 years old by December 31 of the enrollment year. The TK day includes lunch time and recess.
Field Trips - Every year students participate in field trips appropriate to their grade level and and subject matter. Beginning in third grade, students participate in a one day field trip to experience hands on learning about early life in Orange County. In the fourth grade students spend a night on the Ocean Institute’s sailing ship Pilgrim, moored in Dana Point Harbor. Students are divided into work groups and spend the evening and night students experiencing some of the actual work of sailors on a ship. Fourth graders also participate in the Dana Point Marine Institute’s Time Capsule overnight trip, stepping into the lives of Native Americans and early California settlers. Fifth grade students also have two overnight trips, one to Astro Camp’s Outdoor Science School and then three days on Catalina Island, to learn learn about marine biology, oceanography and the geology of the island. *
Each year all fifth grade students complete a National History Day Project, which includes research and a visual and oral presentation of the topic. After the class presentations, students are selected to compete at the county level. For many years Our Savior’s students have won the right to compete at the state level. In 2014, one of our teams took second place in California for their group presentation.
School wide events - In the Fall Our Savior’s holds a school wide Barnyard Bash, put on by the Parent Teacher Fellowship. Students enjoy an entertaining assembly and a carnival.
Our Savior’s participates in Red Ribbon week, starting with the parade on Del Mar and including daily activities reminding us to make healthy choices.
In March, we celebrate Lutheran Schools Week with special activities to honor the 500 year history of Lutheran Schools, culminating with Grandparent’s Day, a special time for children to host their grandparents and to show them what they have accomplished so far.
Field day is held in late May. Elementary students spend the day participating in a variety of physical games and challenges.
Compassion and Service – Our students support and assist in numerous service and compassion projects every year, including supporting a student in Nigeria, the Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) Hunger Walk, a month long FAM Hunger Drive to collect & donate food, The Christmas Giving Tree (donation of shoes & volunteer time to give out shoes at FAM Santa event), Pennies and Peanut Butter for Second Harvest, Personal Care Kits distributed by Lutheran World Relief. Additionally, all offerings collected at weekly chapel are donated to local agencies above and others such as Semper Fi, Boys and Girls Club, and Habitat for Humanity.
Music Recitals - All students participate in a twice weekly music programs which culminate in two annual recitals. These programs are the highlight of the year for parents and grandparents, as the students provide amazing musical performances. Students entertain with a wide range of vocal arrangements accompanied by bells, recorder, violin and guitar. These are programs you won’t want to miss.
*All field trips costs are covered by the tuition, with the exception of the 5th grade Catalina trip and the 4th grade Time Capsule.