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Lutheran High School Of Orange County

Private | 9-12 | 1107 students


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Posted May 1, 2014

Honestly, after two years I have had enough of this school. My daughter chose to come here instead of OCSA, which we now see what a huge mistake. High teacher turnover and poor leadership are evident at this school. Stay away!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 18, 2014

My son has attended private school since kindergarten. He is now a sophmore at Olu. I have been so pleasantly surprised at how kind and helpful the staff has been with any question or concern I have brought to their attention. I would recommend this school and look forward to my other children attending in the future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2014

Having two children attend Olu I would say the school ranks higher than public schools in the area but is sub par to other private high schools. The parking situation is ridiculous. Your children will need to park behind Sears and ride a shuttle to and from the school. Not very convenient with early morning and late afternoon athletic practices and at times it is down right dangerous with the homeless in the parking lot. Unfortunately I have heard far too many stories of the glorified security, or dean of students office, harassing students. Lastly, the football program is terrible. I will select another school for my youngest two children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2014

I am a freshmen at OLu , and I was very excited for the school year to start. After the first months I started noticing things that I did not notice in the beginning. I noticed that it was not as good as how it was staged to be. During the enrollment process to the school, all the meetings and the introductions, Orange Lutheran looked like the perfect place to be. After going to school for the first semester, I can say that it is not the perfect place to be. Although there is no such thing as the perfect school, Orange Lutheran costs a lot of money, so it should be worth how much it costs. There are also additional costs to go to OLU, they are always asking for donations, and the sports cost outrages amounts compared to public schools. The teachers are all very polite, but polite is different than being a very good teacher. Even though Olu is a Christian school, it does not mean that all the students will have a Christian like attitude. Overall, OLu does not seem to be worth all the money that it costs and it is very fake. I gave the rating 2 stars because OLU is Christian and the school has a required class for religion every grade and it is one of the best parts of the school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 9, 2013

I am a Freshman at OLU, at the beginning of the year I was so excited and thrilled t attend this school, but now after finishing the school year I am not looking forward to back to school. This last year I have across 2 great teacher. the staff there need a revision, just because they have been there for a long time does not mean they are still fit for that job. An other thing I came across was if you play a sport they treat you completely different. Not all couches make teachers. The school puts on a mask for accreditation and for getting people to enroll at the school, I hope the school will import because they have a really long way to go.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 11, 2013

This school is incredible. I am a sophomore at OLu and absolutly love this school. The teachers here are incredible and truly care about their students. The school leadership is great. From the student leadership team to missions to ambasadors and ignite to the principal and staff, it really doesn't get much better than OLu. The challenging academic programs including honors and ap classes as well as the stem program, orange Lutheran gives your child an opportunity to chose which courses they will take and allow them to excel. The incredible teachers and counselors are there to support you every step of the way. In addition, to incredible academics and leadership, the school has incredible athletics and school spirit unlike any other. From excellence on the court to the football field to cheerleading and dance and the fantastic theater program, Orange Lutheran excels in every area. I can honestly say Orange Lutheran has exceeded every expectation I had. I highly recommend this school to anyone wishing to grow in their faith and be challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 30, 2012

I am a former freshman at Orange Lutheran High School, and have attended the school for one semester. My first impression of the school was pure amazement! (I apologize, but I do not have enough characters left to put outstanding compliments, which I would have done. Otherwise, I would not have been able to get the full story out). The reason why I attended Orange Lutheran for only one semester was due to financial reasons, and I was very upset to not have been offered financial aid. Although I was a freshman, my courses included (H) Chemistry, (H) English 3, (H) Algebra II/Trig, and (H) Ancient History, along with two electives. I must say that I worked hard for my grades! Prior this, I was offered financial aid for Sophomore year, however, it had to be fought over since they were only interested in offering financial aid to athletics. Also, my family would not have been able to make it until then, and it would have been selfish to put them under such financial pressure. Understandably, the school is well-known for their athletics, and thus, do not spend much time increasing their academics. However, I was just very upset to not have been able to attend Orange Lutheran.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 6, 2012

My daughter is a Freshman at Olu this year and it has exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly researched many schools and Olu was quite impressive. The teachers, staff, parents and students all help to make Olu an outstanding high school. Although many students are athletes, my daughter does not participate. She felt comfortable at Olu from the very beginning. She is thriving academically, socially and emotionally. It's a positive, encouraging and spiritual environment. We've experienced the best of public and the best of private. Hands down, Olu is the best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2011

I am a junior at Olu, and have attended this school for 3 years. I LOVE IT. At Olu, there are so many things to do. Clubs, sports, dance, cheer, song, leadership, musicals; everything we do we are good at! Most of the kids are friendly and nice, with only a few bad "groups" in each grade (20-40/300). The teachers are so nice! Even the "worst" teacher I had was a good teacher, we just did not get along personality wise. The classes are also challenging, but not overwhelmingly hard (even AP). People here really care about you, and students get along with each other. I have friends who are older and younger. We also have the size to have fun events (ex pep rallies, dances, club things, bible studies) where there are more than 10 people in attendance, but small enough that you will see people more than once a day and can easily form friendships. The kids who dont like it here seem to be: party harders who think we are too christian, or loner types who dont like socializing, and probably wouldn't do any better at another school. Overall, 85% of the kids are nice, outgoing, involved, christian, polite, and intent on having a great time in high school...what more could you want?
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 21, 2010

Lutheran High School was an incredible experience that I was blessed to have! The teachers are passionate about what they do and truly take the time to explain concepts. As a graduate of Lutheran High I can say I felt well prepared for college. The sports programs offered are intense. What I enjoyed most is that the coaches were former collegiate athletes that could really identify strengths and weaknesses in your game. They also were very serious about keeping a balance and ensuring you kept your grades in check. The facilities are clean, well kept and extremely safe. God s love is shared in every aspect of the high school and a great stepping-stone on this crazy path of life.

Posted July 26, 2009

I am currently a junior at Orange Lutheran High School and I truly love it. I'm not as wild about Jesus as the other students and teachers so I was a bit worried on my first day freshman year but it wasn't bad or uncomfortable. The theology classes, though theology translates to 'words about God,' didn't try to shove Christianity down your throat. They are open minded and accepting of everyone. Now, if you want a school with rigorous academics, OLu might not be your first choice compared to kids with theatric or athletic aspirations. The academics are not exceedingly advanced but the teachers do demand a hell of a lot from every student, and they don't accept excuses. The most advanced and demanding classes are: Honors and AP Chemistry, AP Language and AP Literature, AP Biology, AP Economics, AP US History, and AP Statistics.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 28, 2009

I am currently a freshman at Orange Lutheran. It is not 5-star status, but it's definitely above average. They offer a variety of classes and they even offer online classes which are free for full-time students. However, I do not think that you should come to Lu High because of good education. Sure they have great academics but just as good as a public school. The athletics and arts are decent too. Although they have all these great things I hate the school. The people are just too sheltered and overall just weird. It's annoying having to go to chapel every day even though I love Jesus. It's really just a waste of time. We do nothing. Anyway, it's a pretty good school. but i hate it =P
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 2, 2009

It is a great school if you an over-achiever but if you are an average student, even one that tries really hard, you wont get anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 13, 2008

principal is not the greatest and wont pay attn to the kids that need the most help...go to mater dei
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2008

Excellent school! Our daughter is a freshman this year and we are very pleased with her education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2006

I love LHS, the teachers are of high quality and they care about the students.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 24, 2005

I am a senior at LHS and I love it. Great campus and facilities, plenty of opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities beyond sports.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 25, 2005

My daughter is a freshman at Orange Lutheran High School. She has been very active in Girls Cross Country and is an honor roll student. She loves the diversity at this school and is thriving. She commutes from Huntington Beach, and we will continue to do this. It is worth our time and the effort is paying off. Her physical abilities are directed and encouraged by a wonderful coaching staff, she has become a committed student and athlete. It is a great privelage to have her their. She went to Christ Lutheran Elementary and on a field trip to Orange Lutheran, felt the desire to seek her high school education at the campus because 'Everyone was so happy and encouraging' she said.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2004

I was a student at Lutheran high. This school is the best of many that i had attended. All the teachers and administators were very encoureging and supportive. I believe this is a great enviroment for everyone. Its a fun productive learning enviroment i would like my kids to go here. i was blessed with my time at this school. As were many other students. Great school!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 12, 2003

I am very pleased with the leadership at Lutheran High. The prinicpal and Executive Director have a great vision and seems like they are following through with it. They are always taking the school to a higher level in all aspects. I feel very blessed to have my child there.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 26%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 11%
Black 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Leslie Smith
  • Coed
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
  • ACSI
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  • (714) 998-1371


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2222 North Santiago Boulevard
Orange, CA 92867
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