Christ Lutheran Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 255 students


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Posted June 2, 2013

Although the decision to send a child to private school is a big financial commitment, we don't regret for one minute the sacrifices we have had to make so that our kids could attend Christ Lutheran School. The rigorous education and faith based atmosphere has created a sound foundation as my children move on to high school, college and beyond. They have learned great study habits, time management, social and public speaking skills, and responsibility for their success. In 2009, Christ Lutheran was awarded both the Pacific Southwest District Teacher of the Year award and the Administrator of the Year award. Athletics include volleyball and basketball in their amazing gymnasium facility. The only downside is that they do not currently have a field that allows for outside sports like soccer, football and baseball. Kids who participate in those activities find rec or club teams within their communities. The school has weekly chapel (often led by the students), discipleship classes, and monthly youth group sessions where they can share their love for Christ and learn how they can be dynamic disciples in our communities. Take a tour--you won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2013

This is the best decision we have made for our family! As working parents, we were very thoughtful in deciding where to send our children to school. We could not be happier than we are with Christ Lutheran! The staff genuinely love our kids! The time they invest in creating an environment where kids not only grow but thrive socially, spiritually and academically is top notch! We have been members of another church for many years, and if we were not, Christ Lutheran would be a place we would plant our own spiritual roots as well. If you are looking for a school where the teachers, principals and staff are extraordinary, progressive and true partners in the education journey, you will be delighted with the gem of a school CLS is! Stop by for a tour .... just be prepared to not want to leave!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2013

There are so many decisions to be made with regards to raising kids. What a relief to know that I can rest confidently in the place and people that my children spend the majority of their week day time with. Christ Lutheran School is a great school. It is a school commited to real faith development, quality academics, and developing habits (responsibility, cooperation, hard-work) in my kids that matter to our family. The beautiful new facility is a great bonus. Visit the school. You'll quickly fall in love.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2013

What an amazing Environment! My daughter has been attending Christ Lutheran School for 6 years, and she has loved every minute of it! And as a parent...well, if your child is happy, you are happy. She looks forward to going to school every day. The curriculum is top notch. The teachers are excellent as teachers, as well as great us as well as our daughter. And the christian atmosphere is loving, nurturing and has really strengthened our daughters faith. Private school is always a financial sacrifice, but I would not change it for anything. Cannot say enough good things about CLS, this school is truly a blessing!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2013

I know I make the right decision about enrolling my two children in Christ Lutheran when I pick them up from school everyday. They are so happy and excited about their day and I know that during the time they spend there they are getting not only the best education but are learning Christian values as well. The teachers truly care about all the students you can see that in each one of them. They are lucky enough to have the best principal I have ever run across. She has created a loving and caring environment for all the children. I am constantly impressed with my girls progress as we go through each grade and we are so excited when each new year begins as we know what wonderful experiences are in store for them with each new teacher. I can't say enough about Christ Lutheran La Mesa, all you have to do is visit. The facility is superior to other schools and very impressive. If you are looking for a Christ centered education in a loving and caring environment you need to come to Christ Lutheran. I wouldn't have my kids go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2013

Christ Lutheran School is a place you certainly feel the love of Jesus Christ present in abundance. I find such joy in my profession as a teacher, and my joy is multiplied by the blessing I have to work at a school that values growth and knowledge of Jesus as our Savior. Christ Lutheran is my home and family in addition to the place I work, and I couldn't be happier to join the other staff members and parents in ministry to share the love of God with students every day. Teachers at CLS love and care about students' growth academically and spiritually and we pray daily for the children in our school. It is a joy to be a part of a 54 year legacy of growth, learning, and success!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 6, 2013

There are many elements that go into choosing a school and what is difficult about evaluating the reviews is that the parents who have chosen the school will love it and parents who have had an issue will give it one star. This school has a good Christian atmosphere. Some teachers are experienced, some are not. The curriculum is average. It is not in the best part of town (take a look at the houses across the street when you visit) I tried very hard to be impressed with this school because of the price and the Christ-centered focus. I am still trying, but as of yet, I can not recommend this school, even after having a child attend. We are looking at the other options in San Diego and for what we see for an improvement in location, teacher qualification, and curriculum the price is close to double.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2012

Both of my children attended Christ Lutheran School through 8th grade. This is a wonderful school. The academics are rigorous, the faith-based education is hugely beneficial and the staff is exceptional. CLS has taught my children to be independent, self-starting and responsible - in a loving and caring atmosphere. The teachers are outstanding - both academicly and as Christians. They truly care about your children, both as students and children of God. And how many students have a principal that greets each and every student by name every morning!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 23, 2012

Christ Lutheran School is an amazing school that will provide your child with an incredible education, countless extracurricular activities, teachers and administrators who truly care about your chid, and most importanty a Christian educaton! Graduates of Christ Lutheran School find the transition to high school to be easy because of the quality education they received. The greatest joy is to see your child become a fantasic adult who has a heart for our Lord, finds joy in serving others, wants to make a difference in their community and world, is loving, respectful, and has obtained the skills needed to be succesful in college and in life! Thank you Chirst Lutheran School!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 22, 2012

Looking back at the decisions I've made as an adult, I count having sent my child to CLS (for Pre-8) among the best. It was a decision I am now both proud of and grateful for! Every day the administration and teachers at Christ Lutheran reinforced all that my family holds most important; challenging academics,a strong sense of community,and Christian ethics. [The people who are] Christ Lutheran School deserves the credit for the priceless foundation which my high schooler carries with her!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 22, 2012

As a parent of a kindergarten graduate, I can say that Christ Lutheran School changed our daughter's life. She had an amazing first year of school with an amazing teacher. On a daily basis she received love, discipline and a challenging curriculum. However, the best part about the school is the faith instruction she received on a daily basis. The highlight of her week was going to chapel and seeing her chapel buddy (an eighth grade student at our school). Her prayers at home became more frequent and specific. I could not be happier with the foundation that was laid for the rest of education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 22, 2012

As my last child begins her senior year in high school I have been reflecting on her and her two siblings past education and what has contributed to their being amazing individuals today. Christ Lutheran is definitely a huge part of the equation. My family has been a part of the Christ Lutheran family for over 20 years. During all of these years my children were nurtured, loved, prepared well for each new step in their education and taught important life skills such as accountability, responsibility and a hard work ethic. Most of all, Christ Lutheran was a place full of love for God. A love that was shown daily by the staff. Not only were they taught about God; they saw Him at work in others around them. I have never regreted sending my children there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 22, 2012

Christ Lutheran School is a distinctly Christian school with academic excellence and a great school community. Jesus is definately at work in this place. The staff create a positive school culture. High expectations for behavior and academics help our kids grow to be accountable, responsible, and Christ-like. Christ Lutheran School is an extension of our family. I highly recommend Christ Lutheran School. I know our children are in excellent hands and are most definately being developed as dynamic disciples of Christ!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2012

I was a student here a couple of years ago. The teachers are nice,and the academic are fine, but bullies are not taken care of.

Posted January 29, 2012

Our children attended Christ Lutheran preschool and then continued to the elementary. For 2 years, we chose to place our child in a local, well-regarded charter school. Near the end of the second year, we felt that we needed to re-assess our decision. We took the time to do classroom observations in both schools, we analyzed test scores and compared the curriculum. In addition to comparing Christ Lutheran to the charter school, we also compared it to another highly regarded Christian school in San Diego. During this process, we realized that what set Christ Lutheran apart was the high level of accountability with the students. The staff truly cares about each family and student. The school creates many opportunities for the students to work together across the grades. This helps to develop a sense of responsibility and social awareness. There is a unique spirit at Christ Lutheran. It is an educational institution unlike any other that we have experienced. We feel confident that we made the right choice in sending our children to Christ Lutheran.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 2, 2012

My family is so blessed to have found Christ Lutheran! We have attended a couple of christian schools in the area and CLS is the best by far. You can see that the teachers and staff love their jobs and the students! The academics are challenging but outstanding. I know my children will flourish both spiritually and academically in all their future endeavors due to the experiences at Christ Lutheran. My children look forward to going to school everyday to be greated by loving and caring educators! I am very proud to say my children attend Christ Lutheran and love every minute of it!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2011

My husband and I are Blessed so much by this school and staff. When people ask where my kids go to school a smile comes over my face because I love bragging on this school and staff. All the teachers want to be there and truly care for the spiritual and academic needs of the students. Not to mention that the Principle is a Blessing also. She knows all the students names, the parents name and the siblings names. Greets them at the door every morning with a smile and a hug. Really, what other school does that?? I wouldnt want my kids to go to any other school. They are thriving academically and they enjoy going to school. What more could parents ask for!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 17, 2011

CLS has blessed our family in so many ways. My children LOVE to go to school, and we know they are being nurtured by their teachers and the families that attend. Every morning they are greeted at the door with smiles and hugs from their principal and teachers. We have been very pleased with the curriculum and level of academics, but most importantly our daughters' growth in faith and walk with the Lord. You and your family will be blessed at CLS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 21, 2010

I could not have had my daughter in a better school for K-8. She started high school this year and is in a public school setting. The love and discipline she learned from the staff as well as the excellent education has prepared her to go out in the world. The staff at Christ Lutheran takes an individual interest in each child. They are nutured and disciplined as necessary to mold them into wonderful young Christian kids. The foundation my daughter got at Christ Lutheran will follow her through her entire life! Yea Christ Lutheran!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 21, 2010

Christ Lutheran is one of the best experiences I have had. Speaking as an alumnus (K-8), this school has established such a strong impact on my life, helping my faith to grow and deepen, further leading to my baptism. The staff is AMAZING, encouraging, and truly care about the well-being and success of their students. I couldn't have asked for better people to have helped guide me. The curriculum is challenging, but it teaches you work ethic that helps you for the rest of your school career (especially in high school and continuing in college). Talking to my high school teachers, they have told me that the students who come from Christ Lutheran are some of the best that they have had. This great caliber of student is representative not only of the student's work, but the environment that shaped them. I do not regret a moment of my time there, and am so blessed to have the relationships and experiences formed at this school.

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Ethnicity This school
White 77%
Hispanic 11%
Black 6%
Asian 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Lutheran church - missouri synod


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7929 La Mesa Boulevard
La Mesa, CA 91942
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Phone: (619) 462-5211


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