WHY ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD?
“Teach them [the Scriptures] to your children,
talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,
when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 11:19
Joseph and Mary, the parents of Jesus, were aware of God’s will to teach the Scriptures to the child God had given them. In addition, they experienced the blessing of the synagogue school that worked with them to bring God’s Word to their son, who was the Savior of the world. The effectiveness of this home/school combination was already evident when the twelve-year-old Jesus entered the temple in Jerusalem. Here He amazed the teachers in the temple with “His understanding and answers”. A strong background in God’s Word was being laid.
In 1899, Christian families west of the Wisconsin River were also eager for such a Christian home/school partnership. Unlike Jesus’ parents, they didn’t have such a school on the west side of Wisconsin Rapids. Consequently, they started a Lutheran school along with a church to provide for the spiritual needs of their families.
The need for a school to help parents bring up their children “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) is still present. Today, the aim of St. Paul’s Lutheran School is to provide an excellent academic experience in a Christ-focused environment to Pre-8 youth in our congregations and communities, while encouraging the spiritual growth of families. Here, children will find a Christian school family where they flourish in faith and learn to serve God and the citizens of His world.
A CHRIST-CENTERED COURSE OF STUDY
“Bring them up in the instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
“Gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
WORD OF GOD CLASSES
Our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s “Christ Light” course of study is taught in our curriculum. Although confirmation instruction will be handled separately by each of our affiliated congregations during the evenings, additional classes are taught to enhance such instruction. Daily devotions and prayer are also an integral part of religious training. Memorization of Bible passages and the six chief parts of the catechism give children a foundation to defend their faith, resist temptation, and witness to the world.
CLASSES IN THE BASIC SUBJECTS
St. Paul’s offers a complete curriculum in the basic subjects: language arts (reading, language, spelling, and penmanship), mathematics and algebra, social studies (including current events, geography and history), science and health, music, art, physical education, and typing. We are integrating computer literacy into our school as well. All subjects are taught with God’s Word as the foundation. Wherever feasible, Christ-based textbooks are being used.