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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 194
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1035 E Guadalupe Rd
Tempe, AZ 85283

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(480) 839-0906
(480) 839-8876
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October 03, 2014
We love Gethsemane Lutheran School! The teachers and staff are hands on with the children, and know the families by first name. You definitely feel a sense of community when u step on campus. We are thrilled with how much our son has grown as a student, and how far he has come in just a short amount of time. Our children are taught about the love of God, what it means to be a Christian, as well as the advanced academic subjects. The academic and moral education offered at Gethsemane Lutheran is top notch, and affordable. We love our school, and are very proud our children are a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2014
Gethsemane has been a part of our family for a long time. I am a former student who has chosen to enroll my two children in the school. Many of the faces I saw as a student here have not changed. The staff is built with dedicated teachers. I believe that the staff views GLS as more than a job. This group of teachers really love what they do, and love my children. It is so nice to know that my children are not just cared for, they are loved and valued. The public and charter schools I have considered do not allow the parents to walk their children in. You have to pull through what feels like a "drive-thru" to pick up and drop off your kids!!! Being able to see, and talk to my children's teachers on a daily basis is invaluable. I love hearing how their day went and what they learned. For these reasons and more I love Gethsemane!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
I can't say enough good things about this school. It's an amazing One Stop Shop. Onsite before and after care, 6:30-6:30 is wonderful for working families. The cost is outstanding for what you get. The 2's and 3's teachers have been there the entire time our family has been attending (approx 8 years). Not the constant turn over you see at most daycare centers. Once kids reach kindergarten, the school experience continues to amaze. The small school fosters kids who are caring and concerned for each other even outside their grades. Academically they can support individual abilities for all the grades to ensure students succeed. They promote public speaking, drama, music and athletics. While a small campus they boast a locked swimming pool, large indoor gym and a kitchen. This school has gone through some change in our time, but they've faced into it with caring administration and staff as we'll as involved parents. Any issues we've had (every place has something)have been addressed in a timely manner and resolved. Our kids are excelling in this environment. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
Gethsemane Lutheran School is the best kept secret in private school education in the Valley! We love the small class sizes, after school sports, the music program and all the family and education focused extra curricular activites. The teachers are wonderful and there is a real sense of community. My child is thriving and feels safe. The curriculum is great and the students are tested and put in classes to challange them at every lever. The 6:30am to 6:30pm before and afterschool care is fantastic. We look forward to 4 more years at Gethsemane. It is truly a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
This review is for their summer camp program. We absolutely loved this school after coming from another private school program that was not run as well as this one. My daughter was about to enter K and I am amazed by everything they taught her this summer. The kids learned addition and subtraction, and did all kinds of phonics & reading worksheets. And that was just for a small amount of classroom time as the rest of the time was all activities to really wear the kids out. They had daily swim, field trips that were age appropriate including a visit to the firehouse, PE games and scooters in the gym and arts & crafts. All of the kids were so well behaved that they also had 5 year olds playing board games like Twister and Chutes & Ladders. I was very impressed by how well behaved the kids were and very thankful to the summer camp teachers who clearly were great at what they do. So caring. In fact, my daughter loved the school so much that she asked us to wake her up early so that she could go earlier and at the end of the camp day she never wanted to leave. The price for tuition is very reasonable and if we could afford it for the school year this would be our first choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
We have been at Gethsemane for 3 years and we couldn't be happier with this school. Teachers do an outstanding job of creating a caring environment that has helped our kids thrive academically and socially. We absolutely love the outside-the-book learning environment which makes Gethsemane unique and helps our kids get excited about school everyday. Our kids get a great education and excel at levels above their grade, but the Chores for Charity, Operation Christmas Child, and WWII Water Balloon Simulation are great examples that make this school special.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
I had high hopes for this school for our children. I have been so disappointed in how this school has changed. In just a short time there have been so many staff changes and now the governing board is run by a few parents. There is no real leadership which is a red flag and in my opinion, not good. The school does do a lot of nice things for the community and has a nice Christian environment. We found the small class sizes were actually a detriment and many of the classes now have less than a dozen kids. I did a lot of research and for the money we were paying I expected a lot more from this school. There are many great schools in the surrounding area that are wonderful with a very nurturing environment. Plus not to mention they are free and offer many great electives and community programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Why 1 star? Here aresome of the reasons; 1-You would be paying for the Curriculum that is same as the public schools. 2-Bullying is a big issue that nobody does anything to stop it. 3-School has no money and has a lot of debt. 4-They have been combining the grades due to decrease of enrollment.Only 7 kids will enroll for the kindergarten. 5-Most of the teachers quit .They have lost their best teachers already. I hope my review can reach out other parents before it will be removed .It is not unusual that they manage to remove negative reviews before.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
This school has continued to positively evolve with an emphasis on academic excellence, the student's character development - all based in a christian atmosphere with a focus on individual moral and character development. The test scores give the school elite status. Our children (3) have benefited from the academic, athletic and Christian community environment. Our family has been blessed to be a part of the Gethsemane Community. This school has earned the opportunity to be part of your educational evaluation process for your children and your family.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
We have been very happy with the educational experience at Gethsemane. We have found the teachers and staff to be kind and caring. We have enjoyed the smaller class sizes. Gethsemane is full of great Christian families and we are proud to send our children there!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
Gethsemane Lutheran School has been an amazing community in which to raise my two boys. They have both been with the school since they were 3 years old and attended Preschool. The individualized learning and attention to each child has been what has kept us there. My son's first grade teacher recognized that he needed additional things to keep him challenged, as well as several others in the class and she made that happen. By challenging them at an early age, it has set the bar pretty high. My two sons have had the opportunity to participate in sports, music, drama, band, Spelling contests, geography contests, and Accelerated Reader programs, among others. The staff knows each family and is always working with each one to meet their needs. Teachers are accessible and open to discussions. Outside of the classroom, the school has many activities throughout the year to join the families in fun and fellowship. It creates a community atmosphere where you feel comfortable knowing that others are looking out for your family when you are not able to be with them. Thanks Gethsemane for 10 great years so far!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
My children have been attending GLS for over 6 years. We love this school because of the small class sizes and advanced curriculum. Our children are eaily a year ahead of their peers who attend public school. Additionally, we enjoy the comminity aspect of the school and the mentoring of younger students by the older children.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
We love Gethsemane Lutheran School. Our son is in his 4th year at GLS. The school is not the fanciest looking from the outside but once you get inside the classrooms, the entire experiance changes. State of the art electonics, mobile computer lab with Ipads as well as standard books. The small class size ensures that our child is receiving a great education. While many public schools are cutting non-academic classes, GLS offers many programs such as music & drama & a sports program for the older students. The most important aspect to us as parents is that GLS is a Christia n based school that teaches our child the same beliefs & guidelines that we try to reinforce in our home. The staff cares about the children & we consider GLS an extension of our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Gethsemane Lutheran School has been a big part of our lives since 2002 when we moved to AZ from MN. Our three children will spend all of their elementary years at this great school! As parents, a Christian school with teachers that believe and model strong values is important to us. GLS provides that and so much more. Teachers at GLS truly care about their students. They encourage and challenge students on a daily basis. They integrate a Christian viewpoint into all aspects of education - curriculum, chapel, campus life and extracurricular opportunities. Creativity within the classroom is another reason we are raving fans of this school. A WWII re-enactment, Iron Chef and CSI are all examples of courses that have been offered at GLS. Music, drama and sports are a few of the extracurricular activities you can find at GLS. Who doesn't love rooting for the Gethsemane Gators throughout the year? GLS is affiliated with Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which broadens our family even further through great support and integration. We couldn't be happier with the school, the staff and the teachers at GLS. You should definitely check it out.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
This school is amazing I am proud that my student can go to Gethsemane.At this school my daughter can be in honors math and most importantly honors kindness.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Gethsemane is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers and support staff. The student-to-teacher-ratio is low enough so that each student is given the support he or she needs in order to reach his or her potential. The teachers are always looking for cutting-edge ways to teach the material to their students. It is a huge sigh of relief to send my child to a school where I am confident he is loved and cared for. All parents should seriously consider sending their child to Gethsemane.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
My child has attended this school for 4 years. We really like the school! Gethsemane has gone through some changes but it is heading in the right direction. Teachers and staff are outstanding. The principal is dedicated and is always happy to speak with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
Gethsemane Lutheran School has been a part of our families lives for many years. Our two daughters attended from preschool through the eighth grade. They received an excellent education, learned about God and are responsible high school students. They attend one of the highest ranking high schools in the state and know the education at Gethsemane was a huge factor for them to be admitted to their high school.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2012
I love this school! It is a small school with big school offerings. The class sizes are small. Technology is on the cutting edge. Students use technology to enhance their learning experience. The principal is a loving, compassionate leader whom all the children know. The teachers are outstanding teachers and great Christian role models. I would recommend this school to everyone looking for quality education!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
Our family is so very thankful for Gethsemane Lutheran School. The teachers are so talented and the environment is just like one large family. When I send my child off to school I know she is safe, well taken care of, and that she will learn an extensive amount of subjects. Not only does she learn the important subjects but she also gets to participate in amazing extracurricular activities of her choice. Currently, she is participating in hand bells, band, and cooking in addition to advanced math and her important core subjects. We are so grateful and so thankful for all the hard work and time the teachers put into our child every day. We believe our daughter will be very successful because of the time and dedication the teachers put into each and every child. Sending our daughter to Gethsemane is one of the best decisions we have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
This is our third year at Gethsemane with only regret that we didn't start sooner. The Administration is the most compassionate about children and their walk with our Lord. The teachers find joy in teaching their students and it shows. Academically, the standards are high and the small class sizes ensure students needs are met, if they need advanced math, they receive advanced math, etc. Gethsemane is a community of families supporting each other and the love that is shown and shared is absolutely wonderful. Personally, I would recommend Gethsemane to any family who wants to receive a quality education for their child at a great price surrounding by a supportive community of parents, staff and administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Our son was in the Gethsemane preschool for a year and a half. We experienced very poor communication between teachers/staff and parents. The teacher quality, especially in the preschool 3's class, was poor. I requested a conference with out son's teacher and she would not even look me in the eye. She said our son was doing fine and she had no concerns about him, but it was like pulling teeth to get any information out of her. Shortly afterwards, we removed our son from the school. None of the staff, teachers, or the principal even asked why we were withdrawing him. I would think twice about sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
My children are entering their 10th year at GLS. The teachers and staff are caring and work in the way of the Lord. The classes offered are advanced and they offer assistance to others in need of extra help. The sports activities that are available are offered to all students after grade 4, with the exception of Cross Country in 3rd grade. The elective classes are also current to what children are interested in. We have 6 more years at the school and would not trade it for anything!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
My children have gone to GLS for 5 years now and we love it. The school is small enough that my inattentive "flakey" child gets the attention she needs, but the curriculum is still challenging and advanced. The school is also very affordable for a private school. It costs about half what a normal private school costs.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2010
Gethsemane is unique, as it offers school and daycare at the same location for 2 years old through 8th grade. My daughter is entering her second year here, starting pre-K. I have been consistently impressed with the range of learning and activities, the caring outreach of the school community, and the quality of schooling provided. This school is amazing, and I have every intention of both of my children attending through 8th grade.

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March 21, 2010
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March 06, 2010
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October 30, 2009
We did not enjoy our time at this school and found the administration to be very uncaring and difficult. They only seem to care about the money and not the child. We would never recommend this school. There are far better choices out there for your children.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
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no rating July 10, 2008
Our children have attended Gethsemane for the past seven years. We love the school and especially the staff. Like all people they are not perfect, but they truly love the students and strive to do their best every day. The staff have always been accessible and have helped our daughters with any help they have needed. GLS rates very high academically. They have a great sports program and all students may participate if they meet the age requirements. We highly recommend this school to anyone who want their children to be educated in a secure and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2008
My child recently finished 8th grade at Gethsemane with not only an excellent education, but more importantly proud to be a Christain. She have experience the kindness and understanding of staff members and teachers along with encouragement and support. We would highly recommend Gethsemane to any family seeking an excellent academically challenging education with strong Christain teachings

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2008
At first look Gethsemane has been a good school academically, spiritually, and socially. However, the adults may benefit from some reeducation in communication skills and manners. There's nowhere I've found in the Bible that says authority figures can't speak to children with kindness or basic words like 'please,' 'thank you,' 'good job!' Unfortunately, while we will continue our children's' elementary years here, we aren't willing to recommend it to others.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
We have found this little school has provided an outstanding opportunity for personal and academic growth for our sons. It has helped two average boys to succeed well above the National Levels for their grades. Further they are two years ahead in their math program. It has a warm, family environment. Where the young little kids know all the big kids by being a 'book buddy.' The school has a fun and growing athletic program as well. Both of my boys are able to play an instrument, play in school sports and compete academically. This is a very positive opportunity for young people to grow up with a Christ centered education.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2006
My child has had great opportunities academically and extra curricular at Gethsemane Lutheran. She has maintained High Honor Roll, co-captain of one of her sports team and was selected to be one of our students will be performing on stage at ASU Gammage for a traveling Broadway production. The staff has a great deal of experience and bring the best out in each student.

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May 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
Gethsemane Lutheran School offers a terrific education and has high moral/Christian standards that are passed on to the children by way of daily prayer and weekly Chapel services during the school day. The school family/community is a close knit family environment which carefully guides the children and supports them throughout their education. My children have attended now for 2 years and the teachers are loving and caring Christians who obviously love what they do and love the children as their own. Parents are encouraged to participate in the activities offered as well as the chapel services and ongoing fundraisers. Class sizes are small and the teachers are experienced. I love Gethsemane.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2003
We have been very satisfied with the education our daughter has received at Gethsemane Lutheran School. The staff is caring and professional, with all students and parents.

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Gethsemane Lutheran School
1035 E Guadalupe Rd, Tempe, AZ  85283
(480) 839-0906
Last modified Gethsemane Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Gethsemane Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top