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Central Lutheran School

Private | PK-8 | 191 students


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Posted June 11, 2014

This is a school that once was wonderful and now has no no ability to provide education. It is no longer a christian centered school and is so far in debt that it is merely a breath away from closing its doors. I will be shocked if it opens again in September. Not a good investment in any way.
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Posted September 3, 2013

CLS welcomed my son mid year with open arms. The school follows a traditional academic curriculum which is fine, and the building and classroom equipment are a little older looking (this initially turned me off) Im glad I went forward with this school because CLS shines above other schools in its warm caring atmosphere. The presence of The Lord is felt and seen in this school. The staff and families here are very down to earth and culturally and socioeconomicly diverse. My son loves going to school here!
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Posted August 14, 2013

Central Lutheran School has been a wonderful place for my two children. I know they are challenged, stretched, encouraged, and loved by their teachers. They are learning and performing well and I know that the supportive environment and close-knit community helps them to feel secure and ready to take on new challenges. The music program in this school is amazing (everyone should have the opportunity to sing with such a talented choir director!) and I appreciate that the arts and physical education are still an important part of the curriculum. There are opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of extra-curricular programs - sports, drama, chess club, etc. The preschool program has recently expanded to include all-day options for parents who need more than a half day program. This is exciting! The school is currently in a great time of organizational growth. Another comment mentions that the principal was overextended - and that was true at that time. There is new leadership in place and an emphasis on growth, open communication, and a healthy structure. The tuition is extremely affordable compared to other private schools, but the quality can't be beat.
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Posted February 26, 2013

Central Lutheran school has, in the past, been a great school. The leadership needs to be replaced before the teachers will feel free and supported again to provide the excellent education that they have provided in the past. The Principal is overextended, being asked to run the daycare, kitchen, and teach the 5th grade, in addition to duties as the principal. She leaves the teachers feeling unsupported and unappreciated. The school has had a lot of potential in the past, and may yet again.
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Posted April 17, 2012

Central Lutheran has a strong tradition of providing a Christian based education. There are a number of aspects such as computer class, PE, hot lunch, field trips and extended care that are not offered by all private Christian schools. Our son has excelled in his time there both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities (especially sports and music). We love Central Lutheran!
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Posted February 19, 2006

Central Lutheran school has been such a blessing to our family. They offer one classroom per grade preschool-8th grade plus many extra curricular activities such as baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, stage drama/acting, traveling choir, band, Spanish. The computer lab, science and arts are wonderful. Chapel on Wed. involves a class/grade in rotation to participate. My son has attended for 7 years now and has maintained the B honor roll. Academics average a grade level higher compared to public schools. The school is a tight community with 3 local supporting churches offering a tuition discount if you qualify. They accept Scholarships such as Kidsfirst too. Home visits are conducted by the teacher prior to the start of each school year for a chance to know eachother. It is a school where everyone has the chance to get to know one another and support eachother in a loving Christ centered environment.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 73%
Black 28% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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775 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 645-8649


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