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First Lutheran

Private | K-8 | 358 students

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Posted March 9, 2014

I am now a Junior in high school and I can honestly say that First Lutheran was the best school I have ever attended. All of the teachers made sure that their students were prepared for high school. I had the opportunity to serve on L.E.A.D., the student government, here I learned so many helpful life lessons. All of the teachers are friendly and I truly believe that they genuinely know me. If you are considering sending your child here, I encourage you to do so . I wouldn't trade my time at this school for anything else!

Posted January 29, 2014

The school used to be much better in 2013 but sadly the english teacher was pressured to leave and replaced by the co-principal. Now the grades in english have gone down and the classes are larger for the majority of the core classes.

Posted October 20, 2013

Great school, small class size, 2 classes per grade. We really like the values the school teaches our 6th grader (we've been here since Kindergarten.) The only downside is we sometimes feel there is more homework than really necessary - it looks like busy work - compared to the amount our friends in public school are assigned. Overall we feel our child will be very well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 25, 2011

Excellent Private School. I feel the educational level is excellent and my two kids have excelled. I have one in 8th grade and my boy is in 1st grade, excellent teachers and office staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2011

Great school with exceptional teachers. If any parent complains about this school, they should have their child attend a public school. They'll really appreciate what they have.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 17, 2010

First Lutheran offers a very warm and friendly environment for the kids. The teachers and staff are excellent and we are very satisfied overall with the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2010

My daughter started Kindergarten as my marriage was unraveling. Not only did I personally feel welcomed and supported, but I felt that my daughter received extra attention and care on top of everthing academic the school had to offer. Coming from a background of traditional, serious studies, I have been very happy with everything that she learned, from grammar, to math, to science, social skills and self-worth as well as a sense of others developed through kindness and generosity. The bonus has been that the very same teachers/staff also participate in a rich culture of music and drama that include the children by means of programs offered by the school and incorporated by the Church. Everyone becomes part of the bigger picture that really strives for the wholesomeness of the child in relationship to its place in the world and God. What a wonderful place to be part of!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 18, 2010

This is a wonderful, nuturing school. Teachers are caring and know the kids well. I feel the educational level is excellent and both my boys have excelled.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 11, 2009

FLS is a nice small environtment, better suited for small kids. its very boring. some teachers aren't the brightest (or best suited) crayons in the pack. there is always one, if not more, fundraisers going on.

Posted January 13, 2009

This is our second year at this school. I have two kids going, one older and one younger. I have been to 4 other private schools over the past 10 years due to moving, and this school is by far the best private school I have ever sent my kids to. It is large for a private school, which I like. There are two classrooms for every grade from first to eighth. I love that the school goes up to eighth grade, this way my two kids can stay in the same great school longer and less running around for me. The kids from fifth grade and up change classrooms for the core subjects. This starts to teach them responsibility. The 7th & 8th grade core teachers must be four of the best group of teachers that any school has had. They are challenging, caring, understanding, and organized. Great School!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2008

Good school, but nothing special. Agree with previous parent that this is a place for quiet kids who stay quiet. (Good for infants, not so much for toddlers). If your child is 'spirited', then this is probably not the best place for him/her. Teacher/administrator communication below average at best.
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Posted May 23, 2008

My opinion: Nice little campus. Clean. Traditional, uninspired instruction - nothing terribly innovative or unique. The perfect place for the quiet student who likes busy work, who wants to fit in, but not stand out. Even remedial students can do well here if they can sit still and be quiet. Most teachers are adequate, a couple are fantastic, some abysmal. There are only two classrooms per grade, so there's no avoiding the abysmal. The principal is chilly, abrasive and disorganized. If you're someone looking for a christian school, it is, according to the expensive new sign in the parking lot. If you're looking for an academically challenging environment, there are better choices.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 20, 2008

First Lutheran School's Early Education Center has been such a blessing for our family. Our daughter has attended and loved the daycare services at their Lomita campus. The director, Sandy is not just warm, caring, and always available to parents, she is conscientious and zealous. She and her wonderful staff keep the facility clean and safe at all times. There are always new things for the children to do and explore. My daughter has absolutely blossomed in the loving environment that all the teachers work to maintain. Even I as a parent have learned so much from Sandy and her teachers. With each new phase of my daughter's development I have felt supported and validated as I grappled with how best to approach her changing needs. The teachers at this site have been nothing but supportive and loving with us all!
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Posted March 28, 2007

My daughter has been attending FLS for the last 5 years. I have been very pleased with the School academically and socially. My daughter has met some very nice friends. There is a great deal of homework and it keeps my daughter very busy but I know that she is getting very well prepared for the rigors of High School. The teachers are well educated. Most of the teachers hold teaching credentials and Master degrees. The teachers are very willing to communuicate with the parents and assist with any problem that the child may be having. I am very glad that I found this school. They have many opportunities for parent involvement. I really like the gradelink program. I have reccomended this school to 2 of my friends and they are very pleased also. FLS is great!
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Posted December 22, 2006

I have been attending this school since preschool. It's the best school that I have been to. I would highly recommend this school for anyone! They teach discipline and highly educate you for high school and college. You can have a very fun time here! It's all worth it.
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Posted April 1, 2006

The level of parent involvement at First Lutheran is very high. Quite often they hold lotteries to determine which parents can attend field trips. The academic quality seems good. We transferred from FL to a public school and the teachers were very impressed with their knowledge of history and science.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2006

This has been a great school for my two boys, ages 8 and 5. FLS runs an excellent school. Many of the staff have been associated with the school for many years, so there is a rich sense of tradition. Most of the day care staff and even some of the teachers were former students. Academically FHS seems to run at a very high function. Occassionally I question the large amounts of homework; but am overall pleased with the challenges they put my boys through. FHS has regular music classes that especially emphasize great singing. There are sports programs for the older kids. Parent's can be as involved as they want to be through volunteering in the classroom and the PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) programs.
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Posted August 17, 2004

This school is academically strict and has some very good teachers. Many teachers and staff seem to be bored up in working at the school, and each year - more and more staff are quitting and being replaced. This year for example is getting a new principal. For grades 7 and 8, the math teachers are being replaced, the english/literature teacher is being replaced, the PE teacher, the science teacher... so basically the only one that is staying is the history teacher.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 39% 11%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hispanic 4% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Sandy Ammentorp
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  • Coed
  • Evangelical lutheran church in america
  • AACS
  • ELEA
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  • (310) 320-1963


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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
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  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
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  • Playground
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  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Orchestra
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  • Dance
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  • First Lutheran School follows the California state standards for curriculum. we have two classes per grade level taught be highly qualified teachers. Students participate in music, computer and physical education taught by highly qualified specialists in those areas.
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2900 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503
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