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PK-8
Private
Brighton, MI
Students enrolled: 180
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2101 S Hacker Road
Brighton, MI 48114

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(810) 227-6473
(810) 299-1530
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June 08, 2014
No school is perfect. . .and that's why I LOVE Shepherd of the Lakes. At SOTL God's grace is understood and shared. I had the recent experience of observing a class prepare for the end of the day. The students gathered what they needed, packed their bags, and then together the students and teacher sang the song every child at SOTL learns in chapel, "Father bless us as we go, Jesus walk beside us, Holy Spirit guide us." Those students leave, daily, knowing that they have a God who loves them, walks with them, and guides them. That is priceless. Thankful!

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2014
Our child has been in of Shepherd of the Lakes School for 7 years! Our child has grown into such a well rounded person in great part because of this school. Every single teacher, including the Specials, and Pastors have been extremely supportive of our child and family. Their doors are always open! The children have a unique bond with each other and at any given moment will pray for one another! We love that our child can ask questions about God and get a well educated Christian response. Our entire family have made lasting friendships through the school too! We could not say enough wonderful things about Shepherd of the Lakes!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2014
Our family is blessed by loving staff, knowledgeable and loving teachers, and a wonderful environment that is Christ centered in their approach to education. My kids learn the necessary facts in school but they also learn about God's love for them.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
Great place. My kids have been blessed. My family has been blessed. We are thankful for this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
My children have attended this school for 3 years and will continue! The school staff and teachers are kind and are supportive not only to the children but the parents as well! There is no doubt that the best interests of the children are always at the forefront of every decision and event. The church staff and congregation is filled with families who are united in one mission to transform homes through God's grace! We are blessed to be a part of this Christ centered environment!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
My family has loved being a part of this school. The teachers are wonderfully responsive. My kids achieve at a level consistent with their abilities. There is wonderful support from the church leadership. Many parents volunteer a great deal. It has been fun to watch the school grow so dramatically over the last few years.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
This is a great school. The children are cared for amazingly. There is great support from the church. We have been here four years and will continue with all of our kids through eighth grade. The school has doubled in size over the last few years, many new programs have started, we have expanded grades, and the church just decided to expand facilities. We are blessed!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
This is our first year at SOTL and each one of our three children are thriving. This school is strong on academics and parental involvement. Our children have enjoyed the extra-curricular activities such as math club, boys and girl scouts, and running club. Small class size allows more attention to students. What stands out most is the encouragement our children receive in their faith in Christ. This runs through every facet of their school experience; the greatest of which is the teachers' modeling of Christ's love. My children range from easy-going to difficult. It does not depend on the child. Students learn this love and have grown to care and pray for one another. We are not Lutheran, but it has never been an issue. Lastly, I want to commend the staff for their patience and care. Mrs. Gaertner, Principal VanDeven and school secretary Mrs. Horst have gladly answered our many new-parent questions and always greet us with a smile. We have re-enrolled and look forward to next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
I couldn't ask for anything more! My kids have a Christ-centered education. The academics are top notch. The teachers are partners. The church is supportive with their funding. The growth of the school has been fun. The atmosphere is excellent. My family loves everything about SOTL.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
Our family appreciates this school. Our kids are lovingly cared for by their teachers. We find the teachers to be responsive to our questions and they earnestly desire the best for our children. The academic environment is strong and respectful of the different learning styles of children. The administration and the teachers work together to create successful learning environments. The Christian environment is expressed in many ways, including room for kids and parents to make mistakes and find forgiveness and reconciliation. Our children have been attending this school for the last five years and they will continue in this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
We were told such wonderful things about the school when we toured, we were sold and enrolled pour children. We refer to it as our biggest mistake ever. We have contemplated leaving early so many times, ultimately we will never come back. The teachers are okay but ultimately they all solely care about image. We will warn everyone who ask about SOTL to run!!! Worst place ever! The principle is so rude, unprofessional and pain hurtful. She has made numerous parents cry! A grown woman. The principle makes some feel completely unwelcome. Don't hint that you looking at other schools she will ignore you completely...won't even look you in the eyes. Awful school. The administration and Senior pastor are terrible. They try to justify their behavior by saying that everyone sends but the truth is you would not expect treatment like this anywhere in the world a public school would treat you so much better and be so much more Christian then this school. Run! Definitely look at another Lutheran school. I would wish this school on anyone. No one should pay so much money to be treated so terribly. Sad place.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Excellent principal! She takes time to know the students and their parents. Easily approachable and exceptionally responsive.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Thank you so much for all that you do for the children Shepherd of the Lakes. I stand behind this school 100%! The administration is wonderful. The pastors are caring and supportive. The teachers show a genuine love for the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
I agree that there are pros and cons with every school. What troubles me is that the staff reached out to several of us whom they knew would write good reviews to ask us to post on Great Schools, and they had negative reviews removed. Is that Christian? Hiding opinions? Anyone considering this school should ask one question: how many current families have re-enrolled for next year? It will tell you a lot. I feel like the administration strongly bent the facts when they convinced us to enroll at SOTL.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My children have attended Shepherd of the Lakes for 5 years, and we love it! The academics are great, and my children are so happy to be able to talk about Jesus in school. The staff, from the aides to the teachers and the principal, truly care for and are concerned about the students. Problems are approached from a biblical standpoint. We, as parents, are glad to know that what we teach at home is being reinforced at school. We would never consider sending our children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
In response to the poster who questioned the reviews: I believe the one review that was removed by the moderator of this site was taken down because it contained inaccurate information. The school cannot remove comments on its own. You are right - there are pros and cons with every school. Each parent has to decide what is important to them. For our family, it is a great curriculum combined with a Christian education, and we are pleased with what we have received at SOTL so far. Our children have tested above grade level in math, science and reading. They know that being a Christian means that we are not perfect or better than anyone else. We make mistakes and sin, and that is why we need God's grace. If you want a quality, Christ centered education, I would highly recommend SOTL.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School is an exceptional academic facility. My Kindergartener is already reading at a first grade level. My daughters love going to school, in fact, they never want to leave. This school has everything: Spanish, music, art, math club, girl scouts, fantastic teachers and a fabulous principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2014
I love SOTL. I have two children there and would never consider moving them somewhere else. They talk about Jesus everyday and are challenged daily.The teachers are accessible and if you need to speak to the principal you can anytime. If your looking for a great school I highly suggest going to visit SOTL.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2014
We have been going to SOTL for 4 years and plan on doing so all the way through the 8th grade. The class size is small, the education is OUTSTANDING! Best of all they learn about God! The staff if loving and caring to every child. The families are so welcoming and friendly! The school is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to an amazing principal and staff.They offer many after school activities and clubs. As well as Gym, Technology, Music, and Spanish. They do not have a gymnasium yet but are planning on it in the future. My 3 children love it at SOTL and can't imagine ever leaving!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2014
We have 3 children in this school. We have been a part of this school for the past 8 years and have seen it improve in staff leadership, academic excellence, a sense of teamwork between staff and parents and enrollment. My children have always been challenged academically. Due to the small class sizes, I feel confident that my children will not be overlooked academically or socially. SOTL shares Jesus' love with it's students everyday. I LOVE this! The school is not perfect, but no school is. I could never imagine leaving this loving community!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
This school is not what it appears to be. It used to be a great place with a Christian environment. However, for the past two years the new Administration has changed the school to focus on how it "appears" instead of how it is. I pulled my children and would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
SOTL is an outstanding school with caring staff. I am so glad we brought both of my boys over from public school. My children are getting a superior education and reinforcement of our family's Christian world view at SOTL. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
My son will be starting his 4th year at SOTL. Over the past 4 years, there has been tremendous growth and expansion in the school. The staff loves each and every student, works with the parents and provides a wonderful learning environment. The building arrangement may seem a little disjointed to those who are looking for a beautiful, high tech, state of the art facility, but what you will find is a Christ centered environment, students who typically test above grade level and a teaching staff who care about your child's spiritual and academic growth. If the school is out growing it's building, what could be a better testament of what the children are gaining there? No place is perfect. Personally, I would rather a solid academic education where my kids can bring Jesus to school with them everyday than a beautiful building to look at.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
I started my oldest daughter at SOTL for 3's preschool. Now both of my kiddos go there and after three years, I still love it here! The atmosphere is welcoming and the families are great! The teachers have been extremely caring and their compassion shows! I chose SOTL for their strong academic base as well as the environment. I am blessed to have found this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
SOTL is amazing. My kids get a wonderful Christian education plus all the extras: music, art, PE, technology, Spanish, etc. My kids love the free math club and the free boys running club. I am impressed.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
I have tried to post several times, but my reviews continue to be removed. They're not necessarily bad, just offering my perspective as a visitor. Anyway, I visited the school, toured, and met teachers and I think some volunteers. I thought the facility itself was somewhat hodge-podge in its layout, like I was in a collection of trailers underground, but that doesn't necessarily mean its not a good school. The turn-off for me was the interaction I had with a teacher who began talking down another local christian school. This was very strange because it came out of nowhere and it was so harsh. This was a terribly poor first impression of the lutheren religion and from what I heard, it reflected something I DO NOT want my daughter to learn. I have continued to look and will NOT be enrolling my daughter in this school. I suppose folks have a bad day and say the wrong thing, but this was definitely unsolicited and way too natural. I understand this from parents. It can get kind of snobby with parents sometimes. But this is a teacher, and if I have an issue with my child's education, I don't want to be afraid to say something to the teacher. Just my opinion. That's it.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
I transferred my kids from another Lutheran School nearby, I am SO PLEASED, with the leaps and bounds in learning that my children have taken since the change. My oldest started at SOTL in 1st Grade, coming out of Kindergarten, knowing some sight words, but not really reading. He is now 1/2 way through second grade and reading at a 3rd grade level. His first grade teacher partnered with me, helping me to teach him, while she was teaching him to read. I loved some of the teachers at the other school, but the leadership outside the classroom was lost after the principal was unfairly treated. I also have a Kindergarten student, and he is already reading and knows many sight words. He is already part way through the list of words he is expected to know, going into second grade... and a blooming math wiz! I can't say enough either about the CHRIST Centered focus this school has, it shines through my children every day... and they LOVE GOING TO CHURCH AND SCHOOL at SOTL! Very Pleased!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
Excellent Preschool up to 6th grade. Wonderful school to send your children to. I am thankful I did!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
I transferred my kids here after leaving another local lutheran school. They are BY FAR getting a better education and a CHRIST centered education. Academically, my kids have both taken HUGE LEAPS in their learning since the transfer. My son came out of Kindergarten not being able to read (but did know some sight words), with a lot of loving help from the teacher he is now reading at nearly a second grade level and we couldn't be happier. The teachers and all of the staff are just wonderful. We first learned of them by attending their Vacation Bible school where we were AMAXZED at the 600 + kids that showed up the whole weak and seeing their love for CHRIST! Amazing Place.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
This is our first year at SOTl and we love it. We are already looking forward to next year with our children. We know they are getting the best christian education posible here.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
My son started at SOTL in preschool. We liked it so much we decided to enroll him there for his elementary education. I especially love the small class size and the individual attention he gets. This is going to be a great foundation for him.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
I am more than pleased with the school, the curriculum, the teachers, administration and the entire program. What a blessing we have to be able to send our child to such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2008
5 Stars!! This school knows what it means to partner with parents to grow their students in the faith in Jesus Christ in which they are called. They not only have a strong academics but they teach the kids how to serve others through acts of kindness and what it truely means to be a disciple.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
Shepherd of the Lakes is a wonderful school with a great nurturing, learning environment. The class sizes are small and the teachers are terrific--they go out of their way to make the children feel special. This is my daughter's 2nd year and I have seen a HUGE change in her. They have financial aid and are willing to work with your budget. You don't have to be Lutheran--any church is fine. I hope we can afford to keep her there for a long time.

- submitted by a parent
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Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School
2101 S Hacker Road, Brighton, MI  48114
(810) 227-6473
Last modified Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top