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Zion Lutheran Christian

Private | PK-12 | 410 students

Academics, athletics, character building and leadership development

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $96,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,140.

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Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is my third year at Zion. I am principal of the high school. Our purpose is to challenge our students to develop academically, spiritually, physically and creatively so our students can become productive members of society. Our educational community is small and family-like where everyone knows your name. If you haven't been to Zion for awhile come visit us. If you have never visited Zion, come and form your own opinion. You might like what you see.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2014

This school gave me anxiety. The kids here so absolutely disgusting. Throughout my years here I only found like 4 people I actually like. I remember there was a huge cockroach in the CAFETERIA! That is completely unsanitary. I felt like I had no freedom to do anything. People would even get yelled at for not recycling. The odors in the bathroom were repulsive. The stench made my eyes water. As for teachers, I only liked 3 of them and this made school VERY tough! I think my friends would agree with me on this review..


Posted April 10, 2014

Education is terrible and way behind. Administration in need of new leadership. Not at all a Christian atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

As a former student of this school, I feel that this school has good intentions, but falls drastically short of said intentions. They display themselves as a good Christian school that molds yound individuals into mature, intellectual, and faithful adults. However, the faculty themselves are not qualified to fulfil this task. They often lie and take sides in disputes without listening to the entire scenario (as a moderator should do), and they tend to abandon those who are struggling, rather than help them. Not to mention that a large portion of the staff and student body is not actually of the faith that the school defines itself to be.As i stated, they do have good intentions, but they have a loong way to go before they can live up to their words.


Posted July 25, 2011

I am not sure if I agree with the school being rating one of the best when it comes to steering Young Adults in the right direction. The administrators and especially some of the teachers are not compassionate as Jesus is. In most cases, I ve been told that teaches have gone as far as to discourage children by telling them that they would never amount to anything, which I know is all a matter of opinion. Some of the teachers and administrator have gone as far as lying, and this is not right. Zion could be a wonderful school, if they could get there act together. Children are the future and as adults it is our responsible to steer them in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Wonderful school with wonderful Lutheran Christian atmosphere! From pre K to High School...Zion Lutheran Christian School has it all!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

We have been at Zion Lutheran for many years. While there have been bumps in the road the school is in headed in a great direction. There is a Great High School / Middle School Principal and Administration. There are good Teachers. My child has top scores on the annual national SAT testing. Would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2008

I feel very fortunate to have found Zion Lutheran Christian School when I moved into the area one year ago. I found this school to be very supportive, caring , nuturing, disciplined but most of all safe! The adminstrative staff is extremely supportive and accomodating. The teachers are great! The academics and athletics are well rounded. I am very happy with this school and recommend it highly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

As a parent, my experience at Zion has been favorable. The high school faculty are brilliant, truly dedicated to the students and passionate about their profession. Administrators are sincere, helpful and professional. Zion has been a positive experience. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

The review just below this one is not accurate, at least regarding the high school. Many, if not most, of the high school teachers are former public-school teachers, and are certified. Also, while the school may have been somewhat disorganized in previous years, the new principal, Mr. Kemp (a former public-school principal with many years of experience) has greatly improved the situation. I am very happy with the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

The teacher's are not certified. The school is very unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

We are very happy with Zion's Pre-School and will be sending our kids to their Elementary School too. So far we have experienced the 3 and 4 year old classes and think they are great. Lots of extra activities to keep it interesting and fresh for both students and parents, plus the teachers are nice and the kids are great. Plus really good academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

I agree with the positive comment submitted earlier. My daughter is in 9th grade and is very pleased with the school. Mr. Kemp, the new Principal, brought some changes that started to bear fruits. The staff is courteous and very helpful. The teachers are good, but I am hoping for a more rigorous curriculum in 10th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

Our children have been at Zion Lutheran since infancy and we've seen them learn and mature not only mentally but, physically and spiritualy. The staff strives continually to teach and encourage the children to be their best. While the school has gone through changes like any other school does, it remains a school dedicated to continue to to reach out and embrace it's students. Most recently Zion's adminstration added Mr. Kemp as their High School Principal. He comes with many years of experience and is making a tremendous inpact in the High School. Zion has also up dated their security and technology and it is continuing to improve on those areas daily. We are proud Zion Lions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I have been at Zion for 17 years. I had one child start at age 3 and graduated in 2006. He is now attending college at a Florida University. My other child is in the middle school. His SAT national achievment scores have always ranked him in top percentile for his age group. Most of the teachers are great some not so great as you would find in all schools. As a whole the school is a safe place to send your child. The Athletic department runs a strong program that has had alot of success this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

My daughter graduated from Zion in the class of 2007 after attending the school for 12 years. While I felt her early years in elementary and middle school were good and productive, High School was another story.Total lack of direction by the board and office,numerous headmasters or none at all for periods of times, high turnover every year of mediocre teachers.Church had interim pastors and finally the last one left.Finally her last year they lost the core of good teachers and coaches. I feel she got out just in time. Web site has not been updated in over a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

The school lacks direction. Homework is terribly lacking, and assignments are not challenging. Children in the middle school are tested on HIGHLIGHTED material in a chapter, not the CONTENT of the chapter. How anyone with eyes can rate this school highly mystifies me. Jeez, we had a recent graduate have no clue how to say MAGISTRATE at a graduation function as if it was never heard in a classroom. Some teachers are wonderful, but seem to be driven out. High school enrollment for 2008 I believe is around TWENTY! It would seem that the majority of parents whose Children attend Zion agree with me and would rather take chances elsewhere. Finally there is WAY too much foul language used around campus to be tolerated in a Christian school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

I am horribly disappointed. The framework for a great school is being hidden under a very non-professional management. The quality of the academics and athletics is poor. Families are being driven out. I cannot believe that there will be enough enrollment for the high school to remain open.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

Zion Was a good school until this year. Now it is falling apart. The teachers are great though. Athletics are a disapontment to me. It is not chalanging. Dissaponted
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

Zion is an amazing school. While it had gone through some difficult times in the past year, there clearly remains a dedicated, highly qualified, able, caring staff of teachers and administrators who truly care about our children. Zion is making sigificant and highly innovative improvements in technology, with a full middle school honors prgram and additional AP classes in the high school. I wouldn't send my child anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 44%
Black 13% 29%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Shepherd of the Coast
St. Ambrose
Deerfield Elementary
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 35% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 20% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Philippe Dupont and Ms. JoAnn Halem
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran
Associations
  • FCIS
  • SACS/CASI
Fax number
  • (954) 421-4250

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • leadership
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Rotary
  • Execel
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Fruitful Fields
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our school is based on "The Leader in Me" philosophy based on Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Effective Children and Teens.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
100
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
Shepherd of the Coast
St. Ambrose
Deerfield Elementary

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$8000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Step-Up and McKay

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 35%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 5%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 20%
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959 SE 6th Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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Phone: (954) 421-3146

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