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St. Paul Lutheran School

Private | PK-8 | 130 students

Our school is best know for it's academic excellence and strong music program.

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $191,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted June 18, 2014

St. Paul is a fantastic school! We pulled our children out of public school and couldn t be happier with our decision. Both children are thriving at St. Paul s; they get individual attention needed at the younger formative years. The /teachers/staff is amazing. My children also love going to school and our family has noticed the change in behavior and respect they shown since changing to this wonderful school. If you are thinking moving to private we highly recommend St. Paul s, you will not be disappointed, they are simply the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I highly recommend St. Paul's Pre-school. All of the PK classes are taught by certified teachers. The students attend chapel each week. You receive a daily behavior report from your teacher. The teachers encourage open communication and answer their emails! The sense of community at St. Paul's is unlike any other school my kids have attended. This school is filled with loving, caring, and patient teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

St. Paul is an amazing school where the children are treated as individuals and receive a quality education. The teachers are loving and kind. They guide each child according to his/her ability. They provide academic support or challenge when needed. The students have numerous opportunities to "shine" whether it be academically, athletically, or spiritually. You can truly see God in the teachers and the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

At the first meeting with the principal when we tour the school we were put at ease, she worked with us on how to meet the uniform requirements with a child that did not like scratchy clothing and had fine motor difficulties with belts and buttons. All of her teachers from the classroom teacher to the teachers of "specials" did their best to include recommendations from her Speech Therapist, Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. Through the Champions program there has been both push in support and pull out support for my daughter. She also participates in ALT ( Academic Language Therapy). She has gained independence and confidence. The regular classroom classes are small and her teachers have given of their time and expertise beyond the classroom setting. The school has provided audio books through Learning Alley and encouraged her to participate in the Accelerated Reader program. They provided a reader for the Iowa Basic Test which allowed her to test to best of her abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

We pulled our son out of an public elementary school rated 10/10 here on greatschools and placed him in St. Paul, and we couldn't be happier that we did. His class size is less than half what it was in his public school, and he is getting much more individualized attention. The school just feels calmer and quieter than the school he left behind, and the school is not burdened with state-mandated standardized testing that I feel works contrary to the goal of actually educating kids. We feel very lucky that we found this little gem of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

St. Paul's is a private school without a "private school attitude." I really appreciate the fact that they are inclusive, diverse, and committed to keeping costs down for families. Excellent teachers, caring staff - Fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

St. Paul has offered an incredible preschool experience for my 2 year old son! The director, Tessa Spencer, and all his teachers have been highly professional, flexible, and very kind towards our family. From my knowledge as a public school teacher, it is evident that they provide an outstanding experience and education beginning at the preschool level. Our son has learned so much and loves attending St. Paul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2012

We have had 5 kids at St. Paul over a 20 yr period. We have never regretted the decision to educate them at this fine christian school. The teachers and staff have been consistently excellent through all those years. Now our grandchildren will be attending St. Paul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2012

Both my kids have attended St. Paul for their elementary years. We loved the Christian / Lutheran solid foundation laid for their lives in the attention and care given by the teachers and staff. Here we felt part of close-knit school family. The recent expansion into the newer wing makes this small school that much better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

St. Paul is an exceptional school that produces bright, highly educated, well rounded students. At the annual Awards Dinner, I am always astounded at the accomplishments of so many of the students. I'm disappointed to read some of the reviews on this site, especially the entries criticizing teacher communication. Make no mistake--at a school that strives to keep costs down while providing a premier education, there is an onus placed on the parents to get and remain involved. I would hope that parents who select St. Paul would desire to be active participants in their child's education (the principal clearly communicates this expectation at the outset of the school year). My guess is that t the parent who complained about not receiving a weekly e-mail from a certain teacher, probably didn't approach the teacher and request it. Be a champion to recommend/find a better way, not a part of the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

We have attended St Paul's since PreK1. The first 3 years were great. In rating a school we look for several qualities, the most important being; academics, parent/teacher collaboration and communication. St Paul s dedication to academic excellence is very high. The area of parent/teacher collaboration fell well below our expectations.The teacher was very good at setting her expectations, however, did not solicit feedback. With an annual tuition at 6k plus we expect at least a minimum amount of parental/teacher collaboration. In terms of communication, we received less than a dozen emails. Homework was poorly explained. Email correspondence to the teacher at times was ignored or responded to several days later. With a class of 11 students, we expect at least weekly correspondence. Austin offers several options in terms of private and public education. If you consider St Paul s we suggest asking questions related to the qualities you are looking for in a school, interview the lower grade teachers, request referrals from current and non-current parents, and ask about attrition. While the principle is extremely nice she never solicited feedback from parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

It gave my boys the foundation they needed to survive and excel in public high school. St. Paul is a family not just a school. everyone cares there. It is an AMAZING place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

Great kids, great parents, great teachers in a caring environment!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 13, 2010

Our child has attended St. Paul since pre-kindergarten, is entering middle school, and loves it! No child gets lost here, every single one gets the individual attention that public schools and larger private schools may not be able to provide. It is a safe, welcoming place where children perform at an extremely high academic level. As parents the most important things for our child are safety, happiness and a good education. These are St. Paul's strong points and they do it with a very affordable tuition. We are lucky to have found a valuable school where our child can truly enjoy early education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Both of my boys attended St. Paul from PK through the 8th grade. When they moved on to high school they were very well prepared for the AP classes they took in high school. The teachers at St. Paul are excellent Christian teachers. This school is not some high brow private school. Kids of all backgrounds attended. Best money I have ever spent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

I'm Sorry that one parent had a bad experience at St Paul and decided to unload on them. The Principal was hired due to her 20+ years experience and leadership skills. She is also an outstanding Christian role model - as are each of the teachers and staff members as well. My children not only receive an outstanding education, but an outstanding Christian education as well. They receive individual attention when warranted - which is something they did not receive in public schools. Please understand - St Paul is not 'perfect' in everything - but I choose to send my children there because of the overall Christian atmosphere and learning environment - and I understand that in any educational setting where 150+ students reside, there will be hiccups that occur. I'd rather have St Paul handle these hiccups than anyone else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

St. Paul's has been a great school for my child. The small student/parent ratio is wonderful because each child gets the attention they need. The teachers and staff are always very approachable and very dedicated to the students. The school may not have the most up-to-date technology and gadgets but it has the most important aspects of an education -- a positive learning experience where the children are in a safe, Christian environment. I have been pleased with the experience we have had at St. Paul's for the past 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

My children are second generation students at St. Paul. I attended St. Paul myself and when I switched to public school for high school, the entire year was a repeat of what I'd learned the previous year at St. Paul (in 8th grade). St. Paul helped me to excel for above the other students in high school that had always been in public school. My children have been at St. Paul for 5 years. The class sizes are smaller. Both of my children have learned so much this year, and I believe that it has to do with the fact that the their teachers are able to spend a lot of one on one time with him. They wouldn't have that advantage in a public school class with 20+ children. St. Paul is a loving, Christian environment that will both nurture and educate your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

my child has been here for over 4 years and I was happy with it at first! Now its like a circus! There is no real principle, simply a teacher made into one. The teahcers who have children that go there play favortism and make it very obvious. The lunches are terrible and the kids dont know what it is half the time. The teachers play favorties among the students as well as parents. At first I was so happy with this school now its nothing but a nightmare!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

St Paul is an outstanding school that concentrates on the basics of education in a caring christian environment. If you're into what's shiny and the newest fads, this isn't the school for you. If you want to ensure your child has a strong educational and christian foundation, give them a try. My kids now excel in a private high school and a private college because each of their foundations were built rock solid from St Pauls.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 31%
Hispanic 26% 51%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 4% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • State Geography Bee finalist (2012)
  • State Geography Bee finalist (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Eifert
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • stop by
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
Fax number
  • (512) 469-0785

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Music
  • Religious
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • National Honor Society
  • PSIA
  • Student council/government
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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 PSIA
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • St. Paul Lutheran School has been serving the Austin area for over 100 years. We are committed to quality, Christian education. We offer a year round preschool for children ages 2 to 4 as well as school year programs for Kindergarten students through grade 8. Summer camp is also available. Beyond the core classes we offer Spanish, music, PE, art, and computer class. With our small class sizes we are able to work with gifted students as well as those with slight learning differences. Visit today!
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
33
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
35

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
McCallum Fine Arts Academy
Concordia High School
other public and private
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3407 Red River St
Austin, TX 78705
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Phone: (512) 472-3313

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