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St. Thomas Lutheran School

Private | PK-1 | 110 students

Our school is known for quality pre-school teaching along with Christian basics.


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Posted January 14, 2014

St. Thomas Lutheran is providing our son with not only the skills he needs to succeed in kindergarten next year but a nurturing environment in which he can grow as an individual. His teacher has 30+ years experience as an educator and a genuine love for our children and what she does. She and the program director have gone above and beyond with our son and some issues he has had adjusting to going to school for the first time and with some medical issues that have arisen. We are always "in the loop" with what our son is learning via the Weekly Classroom Newsletter and emails home when warranted. In return whenever I have a question, my emails are always returned in a timely manner. Our experience thus far has been beyond anything I could have imagined, our son is not only learning and succeeding but he is being cared for by a staff who truly treat their students as if they were their own. St. Thomas Lutheran is truly one big family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 14, 2014

Being a teacher myself, I think I am a pretty good judge of good, quality educational programs. Well St. Thomas has surpassed all of my expectations! My daughter loves to go to school, has made tremendous progress in her math, English language, and science skills, and I am actually learning things from her! She is in the all-day 4-year-old preschool room, and she is already doing simple addition problems and sounding out simple words. The curriculum is rigorous and spans all the academic skills, social emotional learning, gross/fine motor skills, AND gives a thorough religious education. I can't tell you how proud I was when my daughter came home quoting bible versus and telling me she would never die because she believed in God and Jesus! As if this wasn't enough, the staff there is always so caring, generous and supportive! My daughter's teacher makes herself available through email, notes, and even when I am picking her up from aftercare at 5PM! In addition, they provide great opportunities for families to get involved, such as Family Fun nights, Friendship lunches, Grandparents Day, etc. I just really can't say enough good things about St. Thomas!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2014

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about St. Thomas! I had one daughter attend the kindergarten wrap program last year and she had a great experience and was very well prepared for first grade because if the extra half day she had at St. Thomas. This year I have a child in the all day 4 year old program and she is really enjoying her first experience with school. She loves going everyday and is learning so much. The staff there is fabulous and I feel they do a great job communicating through notes, newsletters, and emails. Whenever I send an email to my daughters's teacher she always respond back in a timely manner. She is great with the students and really meets their individual needs. St. Thomas is a great school with a loving and caring staff!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2013

No communication with teachers. No one returns notes or emails. The only time they contact parents is for promotions and money. So sad. So disappointed.
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Posted April 15, 2013

St. Thomas is a great school! Both of my daughters went there for the all day Kindergarten and they were way ahead of their peers when they went to the first grade in the public school. The teachers and staff are very caring. I wish they still went up to 8th grade. I would recommend this school to any parent.
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Posted May 12, 2011

My daughter is finishing up Kdg. It was the BEST experience I could have ever hoped for. She is an early 5, and is excelling in reading, math, social skills. You will not find a more caring, spiritual and educational experience for your dollar. The teachers are amazing and totally dedicated to the children. I highly recommend this school and hope they consider expanding the grades past Kdg in the coming years, we would come back!
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Posted February 13, 2008

I can't begin to say enough about the quality Christain education that St. Thomas Lutheran School has to offer. The teachers are excellent, the class size is small, and the St. Thomas school community is warm and inviting. My children are excelling beyond my expectations. I searched a long time for a school, but when I went to visit St. Thomas I knew it was the right choice for my children. Make it a point to check this school out. Once you get there, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2008

At St. Thomas you will experience a true feel of Christian love and family. Class sizes are small, ther is a great curriculum and a wonderful list of extra curricular activities. All the students and teachers interact so well together. It is such a wonderful thing to know all the students and staff and faculty and for them to know you. It truly is a wonderful gift from God to be a part of St.Thomas. My children love it there. Come and see Rocky Rivers best kept secret for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2007

Unbelievable learning environment! We live in the City of Cleveland and looked for nearby private school to send our child. St. Thomas has small classes, a wonderful curriculum, a loving staff and our child is so excited to go to school every day! I love that she is learning about Jesus too! She is thriving!I would recommend this school to anyone! It's a real gem!
—Submitted by a parent

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Cathie Lucarelli
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
Fax number
  • (440) 331-2681


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Public School Bus for some
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • American Heritage Girls
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
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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
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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
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$1000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered

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21211 Detroit Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
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