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Lutheran South Unity School

Private | K-8 | 175 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 24, 2013

Both of my kids go there and it will be the last year there. I love the teachers But the principle is horrible! She doesn't care about any of the kids she talks down to the kids and the parents. We loved the school before she came. The teacher there are the best they always are there if your child needs help. We will miss the teachers there. For the teachers I would give them 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

LSUS is a cosmopolitan school serving an ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse student community. We are thrilled to be part of this community. Challenges occur when we forget that we are in a very diverse community. When concerns come up, I feel that I can bring it to my child's teacher and also the principal. The other staff members are also friendly and can help with what you need to know. My son LOVES his new friends. What a great place to learn. Teachers are just wonderful. Lunch program is satisfactory, but I hear that there are changes being made to help the lunches get even better. The school is a little small, so that is good...if that is what you're seeking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

We came to unity in 5th grade and we love it. The teachers are great if the kids need any help the teachers are there. My daughter is in 8th grade and she loves her teacher , and she has trouble in math and the teacher told us he would come in early or stay later to help her. Yes they drama but what school does n't , they bring someone in to talk to the girls and boys. I know the girls love her and they feel comfortable talking with her. I would like to say thank you to the church and the school for all the support that u have given us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

I love LSUS...it is a great school to have your kids attend. Good Christian values and wonderful teachers and staff. It is a great place to send kids if you want a high quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

I thought Unity was a great school but this year has been a very difficult year. We've been bullied and the class my child is in has a big girl click in it. I thought for being a Christian school the kids sure aren't very Christian oriented. Some of the parents complain about the things and people at school (back stabbing) And I felt very at lost to go to church because the parents have their noses stuck up in the air like their better than others.I never met such a faith that think their better than others. And I do know that the teachers should spend more time with the kids that need extra help instead of passing them on. Being pulled out of class for extra help is for the birds, it should be after school or before school.Some of the teachers are not open minded, you try to talk to them and they have earplugs in. The teachers are very out dated they need to go back and take some summer college classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

christian education with caring teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

There is no doubt that the quality, christian education my daughter receives at Unity far exceeds any she could get locally. Unity has soared above many other local schools by adding cutting edge technology in the classroom! The christian environment promotes parent involvement that fosters our next generation of loving and caring children. That speaks nothing of the accredidation and ISTEP scores which proove a quality education to all students! I would highly recommend Unity to any parent! I went to Unity myself from 1971-1980 enjoying all grades K-8.. it remains the same Christ centered facility it has been all along!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2005

You can's get any better then Unity! The Teacher's, Secretary, Principal, and Teacher's Aides are top notch! The school is so great parents want to get involved. The school has helped my children with more then most schools will do in this day in age including helping my child through me almost dying. The staff is loving and the level of religion is the best. If you are thinking about sending your child to Unity, You will not find a better school then Unity!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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80%

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94%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

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85%

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86%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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83%

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85%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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55%
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25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 74%
Black 32% 12%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Hispanic 2% 7%
American Indian N/A 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 9%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Lutheran Accreditation (2012)

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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Soon to be Mandarin and Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Krista Nagy
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
Fax number
  • (260) 745-9265

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Biblical integration AND workshop model
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
  • 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
Foreign languages taught
  • Soon to be Mandarin and Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Shawnee Library of Allen County Public Library System
  • Lutheran Special Education Ministries
  • The Lutheran Schools Partnership
  • The Lutheran Education Association
  • The Council for American Private Education
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
64
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
80
Students typically come from these schools
Peace Lutheran Preschool
Mount Calvary Lutheran Preschool
La Chaperone Rouge

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$2000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
The Lutheran Foundation of Fort Wayne
Application fee
Yes. $25.
Fee waivers available

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Concordia Lutheran High School
Bishop Luers
South Side HS or Wayne HS
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5401 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
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Phone: (260) 744-0459

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