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Lutheran High School

Private | 9-12 | 215 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $112,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $750.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 6, 2014

I have attended ten different Indiana schools; both public and private. Lutheran High School of Indianapolis is by far the greatest school I have attended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2013

I am a parent of two kids at LHS. What a great school that truly cares about my kids. They are involved in so many things beyond the classroom like robotics, sports, fine arts, and multiple service events. They are so busy but love school. Both have realistic goals to go to college and are confident because of LHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

It is a tight clique that does not seek diversity and growth, same size 15 years later. They hide that vocational training is available because that is judged as not good enough. It can be done, they are untruthful about the percent attending four year colleges. Sorry I spent the money, should try a charter school that's FREE. The shining start of the school is the Pastor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

From recruitment through enrollment and into the first year, our experience has been incredibly personal, attentive, and focussed on our daughter making a successful transition to hight school. The staff and faculty have shown to be driven towards providing a strong curriculum and a christ-centered environment for the students. There is a clear emphasis on academic achievement and creating strong partnerships between the faculty and the students. There are countless opportunities for students to find their place at LHSI from peer ministry, volunteerism, athletics, academic clubs, to theatre. Our daughter thanks us daily for the opportunity to attend LHSI. She appreciates the committment our family has made to having her attend this school. We sing praises of thanksgiving for having this great high school in our city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

LHS is an answer to prayer as to where do I send my son or daughter to school! 1. Wisdom is here. The Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 2. Jesus is here Col. 2:3. He is modeled in the teachers, staff, and coaches. No where have we seen these qualities more evident in other private or public schools. The teachers are interested in each student and do their best to help them. There is a non-judgmental attitude among the staff and school. 3. The students here are helpful and accepting of others. They are a joyful, shining example of what Christ compels us to be. 4. Academically, LHS is challenging and rewarding. Excellence is encouraged. However, even those students who struggle are valued, encouraged and given opportunity to succeed. 5. Extra curricular activities are encouraged for all students such as sports, drama, etc. to provide students with the opportunity to feel a part of the LHS family and belonging. These qualities are unmatched in any previous schools attended. Then the King will answer and say "As you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to Me. Matt. 25:40. Christ is here. There are great rewards waiting here at LHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

Sending our daughter to Lutheran High School was one of the best decisions we have made as parents. The teachers and staff actually care if my child is successful and is helping her grow into a young Christian adult . I feel that they are part of our family and look forward to opening all the doors that Lutheran High is leading my child to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

We absolutely love Lutheran High School! Our son struggled socially before coming to this school, and now has been taken in by his peers and LOVES going to school. Academically the school is well prepared to instruct the students and is highly committed to a "real world" view of learning, always keeping faith at the forefront of all teachings. We could not be more pleased! From the admissions director, to the teachers, to the principal, to the pastor, you WILL NOT FIND A BETTER high school in all of Indiana. Our commute is an hour each way, per day, and I don't think a thing of it- this is truly a remarkable school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

Lutheran High School is a tight-knit community that I am proud to say I apart of! The teachers stretch you both intellectually and spiritually. They are easy to talk to and understand. The teachers are unique in the fact that they genuinely care about the students! I would highly recommend Lutheran to anyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2009

The overall rating for LHSI is five stars. The teachers and parents make this one of the best hidden secrets on the SS of indy. The other private school on the south Side has many issues with drugs and guns. We rated this as an excellant school for the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

While I partially agree with the first post, most of the problems have been taken care of. As a former student myself, I didn't like the school. There were few teachers that taught to the level of the students, and took time to figure out what level that would be. To the best of my knowledge, the teachers that ridiculed students in front of their classmates have been let go from the school. However, while I won't be so dramatic, they hardly did anything to prepare for college the way they should have. Their emphasis was mostly of athletics, not academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

Lutheran High School is the best private High School on the south side of Indianapolis. Students are well prepared academically for higher education. The teachers care about the student's successes and take the time to meet with students on an individual basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2006

This is an awesome school. Small classes, passionate teachers, happy active children and christ centered. What more can you ask for? Indy Monthly Magazine ranked the school 9th in the city. The teachers and parents are very active in your child's success. It's a great place to foster a sound base for your child's collegiate years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2004

I am a former student and there are alot of situations that are kept from the parents. The fist fights, the drug use and dealing, the weapons brought to school functions. Also, the fact that teachers are allowed to ridicule the children in front of the class if they make a mistake is horrible! Save your children! Stay away from LHSI!
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Algebra I

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

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
53%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
48%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % passing

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%
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SAT participation

83%

Average SAT score

985

Graduation rate

97.3%


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

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
72%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

This school

 
 
21%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.9
This school
2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
25
This school
30
Recommended load

Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

This school

 
 
80%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 86% 74%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 5% N/A
Multiracial 1 3% 4%
Black 1 2% 12%
Hispanic 1 2% 7%
American Indian 1 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2 N/A 2%
Source: Manually entered by school official
Source: 2 IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 0%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Calvary, St.John, Zion,Trinity,Holy Cross, Our Shepherd Lutheran
Marion County Townships
Home School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 98% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Indiana University
Purdue University
Franklin Community College
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
German
Japanese
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Department of Education Grade A for student performance (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • World Help Operation Baby Rescue (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Independent On-line Languages
  • 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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Excused college visit days
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:15 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael Brandt
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
Associations
  • ELEA
Fax number
  • (317) 787-2794

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • 1:1( apple laptop : student) ratio
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Independent On-line Languages
  • 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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Excused college visit days
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Car Pooling
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Competitions
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chapel Assistants
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • maroon, gold
School mascot
  • Saints
More from this school
  • We are glad you are considering Lutheran High School of Indianapolis! Our commitment is to prepare you for a Christian life while providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Learn more about us first hand by attending an LHSI Preview Night and shadowing a student during a typical day of classes.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
70
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
75
Students typically come from these schools
Calvary, St.John, Zion,Trinity,Holy Cross, Our Shepherd Lutheran
Marion County Townships
Home School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits
Application fee
Yes. $200.
Fee waivers available

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Indiana University
Purdue University
Franklin Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Excused college visit days
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 98%
Military - 2%
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5555 South Arlington Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46237
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Phone: (317) 787-5474

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