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1400 Elm Street
New Haven, IN 46774

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April 24, 2014
Choosing the right school for your children is such a hard decision! I am so glad that I chose Central. It has been the right fit for my family. I know that my children are safe and loved and receiving the highest quality education possible each day. They have grown in their faith and are becoming such wonderful people, and I know that the teachers at Central have played a large part in that. I would recommend Central to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2014
I am so incredibly thankful for Central Lutheran School! My child is currently in pre-school there, and I love the curriculum, program, and staff! I can't wait to see what a wonderful future he will have at CLS! We have family who have attended the school in the past, and it seems to be continually growing in academics, faith, and family involvement. I have never felt more at home, so quickly, within a school system/environment! God bless CLS!

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2014
I have always love Central and will be sad when our last child is out of there. I think Central provides a good Christian background for a child, especially when they attend a public school, where children are not always so nice. From experience, I can see that my children know what is right and what is wrong when they encounter others who have different backgrounds. I attended Central myself and knew that my children would, without question.

- submitted by a parent

December 22, 2013
Love this school! Students are friendly. Staff is awesome! The school feels like a family. If you ever do not feel a part of the school it is because you are not getting involved. There is something for everyone.

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November 28, 2013
My experience as a student at central was just awful. I was harassed both sexually and emotionally by everyone at the school. Not even just in my grade, everyone in the school merely because I'm a little different and I don't come from a wealthy family and just because I don't wear name brand clothes. I had only one friend at the school, and both of us were caled lesbians just because we didn't talk to anyone else, but how is that not expected when everyone else harassed us? Then the friend I had moved out of state and I had no one. I was called fat and ugly on a regular basis, and I only weighed 110 pounds, I've always been skinny. The poeple at central cannot even say they are christian I began going to youth group at a different church because the students at m church are from the school and harass me at church activities.. I complained to teachers often and no one did anything to help me. In fact I often was punished when someone else had done something wrong and blamed it on me. Central should not even be considered Lutheran. The students and staff at my public high school are fifty times better, and have never failed to fix any problems I have had with other students.

- submitted by a community member

October 07, 2011
Reviews of this school are very polar as are experiences that go along with this school. I was a student here and depending on what family you come from and how much money you have, gives you these polar view points. If your family is well off and gives plenty to the school and church, more than likely your child will do just fine. However, the children that do not have this sort of background and appear different not only have poor experiences, but the school does nothing to help them. I have seen it from both sides and it saddens me that a school can call itself Lutheran and have this sort of eliteist attitude toward these kind of situations. I did however receive a great education, but a very poor experience. If you are looking for good Chirstian values, they teach it well, but fail to practice it.

- submitted by a community member

August 18, 2011
To berate Central is unfounded, witness their ISTEP testing scores. Out standing school with a fantastic reputation in New Haven and NE IN.

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April 27, 2011
My children attended Central Lutheran School. There are good memories and not so good memories. But I would recommend this school to anyone who would ask me. As I read through the reviews as parents we must remember each child is an individual and should be treated as such. What school was good for one may not be the best for another. But to look at the test scores, this school does prepare students for High School. The teachers are good and several are OUTSTANDING! The leadership is strong and will be stronger with our new principal coming this summer. The Academic programs are very good - again check out the test scores.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2011
Central is a Christian school in name only. I would NEVER recommend this school. Our experience - with three children in various grade levels - was, at best, substandard to public schools in terms of academics - particularly math. And, at worst, one of the middle school level teachers was verbally and physically abusive to many students. Over the several years we were associated with this school, my students were stunted academically and their faith was damaged, almost beyond repair.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2011
The level of academics is below that of local public schools. The school board's answer to this was "we all passed ISTEP". I want more than the minimum requirements for my children, which is why I looked for a Christian school.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2011
My child was the victim of extreme bullying and the principal's answer was maybe I should remove my child. You better believe I did! This is NOT a Christian school.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2011
My child was NOT academically prepared for high school. Although she was able to get up to speed after the first semester in high school, her advanced placement tests prior to entering high school fell short. When I brought this concern to the school board it became a personal vendetta against the teacher of that subject.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2009
Central Lutheran School is a wonderful Christian school. It provides numerous extracurricular activities for any and all students. It provides flexiblity for parents to be as actively involved as they want to be, whether they work full time, part time, or are a stay at home parent. Academically, the students are well prepared for high school, exceeding my expectations.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2009
I am a graduate of CLS, and I loved it there. It is definitely a 'Loving, Caring, and Sharing family of Christians.'

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2009
Central offers a Christ based education that is second to none. My children are currently attending which makes them the third generation of my family to attend Central. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a school for their children.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2009
I love C.L.S. and the parents and students at the school. As a working mom, I appreciate the opportunities to still help out in the classroom with at home projects or sending cookies in and getting the field trip dates way in advance so that I can ask off of work to attend a few of these with my child. My child had formed many lasting friendships at this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2009
I think Central is generally a good school, with eminant individual attention. There are some equality issues among the students, and the stereotypical Christian braingwashing, and Republican politics is also a major element to the school's atmosphere. Still, my teachers are mostly very nice and fair, and I think it is a very good school to attend.

- submitted by a student
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January 09, 2009
I think this school is more about money than the children in my experience. If you don't have money and aren't a stay at home mom, you are looked down on. Some of the kids that go there are not very nice kids for going to a Christian school.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2005
Central Lutheran School is a Caring, Loving, Sharing, Family of Christians. I was very impressed while during the eighth grade year having to write a Term Paper, so they know how to make one for highschool. The whole school is a great learning enviroment for (a) child(ren) from k-8. Every grade well equiped for students of that age group.

- submitted by a student

December 03, 2004
CLS is a caring, loving, sharing family of Christians. CLS is an excellent school that provides a Christian education in a safe environment to grades K - 8. The faculty demonstrate God's love and genuine intrest to each of their students. The faculty members are easily accessible and willing to consult with parents. CLS is blessed with a curriculum that has demonstrated solid performance in ISTEP testing. CLS possesses comparatively the best computer lab of all elementary schools in the area. The school is currently going through a facility upgrade that will continue to provide a comfortable environment to students for years to come. The CLS staff welcomes any opportunity to acquaint prospective students / families to our school.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2004
Very nice school. Good Christian teachers and staff. We no longer have children at this school but, miss it's positive, nuturing christian enviroment. As the above review mentions 'clicks'....I believe this to be an issue at most schools. In my opinion this is not a big problem at CLS. Teachers and staff keep up to good work!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
A very clique school, you have to be one of the rich students to be treated fairly, the school itself needs to be updated and playground is below par for the younger kids.

- submitted by a parent

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Central Lutheran School
1400 Elm Street, New Haven, IN  46774
(260) 493-2502
Last modified Central Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Central Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top