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Our Savior Lutheran School

Private | PK-5 | 75 students

We are best known for family atmosphere and small one-on-one class sizes.

 

Living in Austin

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $124,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted yesterday

My child has attended Pre-K at Our Savior for the past two years and is now starting Kindergarten this year. We are so pleased with the new teachers and the new Headmaster, Pastor Borchers. You can see that there are a lot of changes happening and that not only is the staff excited but the so are the parents with one of the largest PTO's groups in many years. Great things are happening this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2014

This school is slowing dying. We had our children here for many years and were happy but over the last few years it has gotten unbearable. I blame this in a large part to the past two principles OSL has had and to their school board for not reacting to trouble and complaints with a fast firm hand. We decided last spring that we would not re-enroll our children and begin looking for another school. My wife and I like small class sizes but when your kindergarten and 1st grade class combined together have less than 10 children; your 2nd and 3rd grade class combined together only has 3 students; and your 4th and 5th grade class only has 8 students and your continually losing good families b/c your administration is desparte to keep families, so behavioral problems become an issue it is sad. Watching some of the really good dedicated staff suffer through this was agonizing. There are a few very good, dedicated young teachers here but the rest, the majority are either to scared of change or unwilling to change for this place to be what in needs to be successful. We hate that we have to remove our children but our children's education is on the line here and we have to put that first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2014

We love Our Savior Lutheran School! The teachers are attentive and amazing. Our son loves going to school everyday. He runs down the hall to get to class. Everybody takes care of everybody and knows one another. Field trips are well thought out and educational. We have a son that completed kinder and a son that completed pre-k 3. It has been awesome that we can drop both boys off and pick up at the same time. There is a before & after school care drop in, that is flexible and wonderful when you need it. We would highly recommend OSL for a child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2014

My kids went to OSL and now my grandkids are going there. God is working in this place. It is amazing to see how the student's lives are being transformed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2014

My grand daughter attends school here, and loves it! We have seen her gain confidence in her abilities, and a true enthusiasm for learning. She cannot wait till school is back in session; she misses her friends and teachers. The PTO is great, as is the small class size, ensuring individualized attention. Keep up the good work!


Posted December 5, 2012

Having attended OSL from Pre-K through 5th grade, I know first hand how dedicated and caring the faculty and staff are to the students. A truly wonderful experience that I could never forget. Thanks OSL!


Posted December 4, 2012

When my children are in the care of OSL school/childcare, I know they are being respected, nurtured, attended to, educated the right way, and, maybe most importantly, safe. When I pick up my children in the afternoon, they are smiling and happy. They have truly enjoyed their day and are at peace, which is a treasure. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. It is a place where you find very well educated and experienced teachers who have been in one place for a long time. They do not exceed certain student/teacher ratios, which allows for efficacious instruction. It is a private Christian school and they do, of course, teach their beliefs, but are not overbearing with it. It has a positive effect on my children and they seemed balanced with it all. Their later start and dismissal times work toward my advantage. I would have to pay after school care with a public school. I will never forget the feeling that I had the first day I visited OSL. Everything felt right about it. I trusted my instincts and they were spot on! I carry that same feeling with me now, several years after my initial visit. Trust me. If you place your children in this school, you will NOT be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

My 4 yr old daughter loves going to school here. She's been going here ever since she was a year old. Their mission is teaching children the love of Christ while offering a competitive academic program. I believe OSL is doing a wonderful job of laying a solid foundation in my daughter's character and academic career. I believe one of the differences here is in the little things and the extra things the teachers have time to plan and do since the student teacher ratio is lower. I love that the teacher greets her warmly and makes her feel welcome. I love that I'm not the only one that thinks she's the most important thing there. I love when she is all excited about a cool space planetarium that came to visit their school or the garden they tend. It's these extra things that excite her that get me excited about the school. The teachers here believe they are on a mission to reach each child for Jesus and inspire a love for learning. Even the principal has a servant heart and the children love him. He makes them laugh and finds ways to bring joy to their day. He stays involved with their activities and leads them in chapel time. He's a great role model and leader for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

Small classes, motivated and caring teachers, and convienient location. Many of the parents are involved with the PTO. There is a well-tended garden that the students participate in. A safe learning environment. Christian education and reasonable tuition. Our child has been at Our Savior (OSL) for three years and she is doing very well. Her favorite subjects are science and the gardening time--recess too! ;) We appreciate the loving teachers and smaller class sizes. The teachers work with us for any extra attention she needs. Our daughter reads above her grade level. Her math homework is challenging. She will stay at OSL all the way through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

My daughter just finished 1st grade at OSL and I could not have asked for a better teacher. I appreciated the extra attention she received as there were only 10 in her class. The teacher has a special relationship with all of her students. She also has special events for the children, such as Author Parties when the children get to read their written and illustrated books to parents and classmates. I felt I could always talk to the teacher with any concerns and she was always happy and willing to listen. As my daughter enters the 2nd grade I am most confident in her future teacher also, she comes highly qualified. One thing my daughter is looking forward to is growing, taking care of and tasting the yields of the garden. Most importantly, my daughter is being taught to love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. I highly recommend Our Savior Lutheran School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My daughter loves to read! At OSL she got the attention she needed that her last school couldn't provide. Now she loves to read and reads on her own for fun! We can't believe the difference a year with a great teacher could make. We'll be there all the way through!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I recommend this school to anyone whose children are not getting what they need from larger private or public schools. The school is fully accredited. OSL has smaller classes and dedicated teachers. Our daughter has attended PreK and 1st grade at OSL and will be there next and following years. We're very happy with the amount of attention she receives in a smaller class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

My son has been at OSL for 3 years and we couldn't be happier. The teachers, staff and administrators are all wonderful. The school provides a loving, supportive environment where kids thrive. My son and the other kids in his 1st grade class are far ahead of some that we know from other schools. The flexible before- and after- school care has been a lifesaver for us. The moderate tuition makes this private education the bargain of a lifetime!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

My children have been at OSL for a few years now in the school and chidcare, and while I have always been happy with the care and level of education that my children have recieved, I am very excited and impressed to see a good program improving into an even better program. It seems that making a few new additions to the staff have made all the difference. I look forward to watching this program contiue to excell and am glad that my family is a part of it. God Bless them and the work they do
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

Our son has been attending PreK 4 (and PreK 3 last year). We love the small class sizes and attention from his teachers. He is always excited to go to school and has crafts to bring home everyday. Great teachers and staff and attention to all students are what keeps him enrolled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

Our Savior's early childhood and elementary school program has been around for 35 years. My kids all attended OSL and loved it. When they went to public school in the later years, they were at least a full grade ahead of their class. Christian education also grounded them in their faith and their lives are richer for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

My son is bilingual. He was the only one in the class that can't speak English well. PK teacher refused to be patient with him. He was there for 3 days and I had to pull him out of that school. He was so scared that he wet himself twice. The principal and PK teacher were so mean. They think he has a development issue. He is perfectly a good student in other school. My advise is that if your child can't communicate English well, Don't even register to that school because it just wastes your time and money. All they want is just money. I was very clear with them that my son can't speak fluent English yet. They said everything should be fine. I paid for tuitions/application fees and had to rescue my son after 3 days. They never mentioned about refund my money
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

My daughters are in preK 4 here, and I love this school. There are lots of available extracurriculars, they're learning computers and are writing-neither of which we work on at home. I am so impressed with the strides they've made while having fun. Their teacher is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

Osl is a great school. My baby loves her teachers - ms. Betty (prek) and ms. Helms (k). They both firm but love, care and are highly skilled, motivated. Good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

If you want a safe, non-competitive environment where your child will learn the minimum skills, this school is for you. However, if your child has special needs, whether they are extra attention for a challenged child or an ADHD child, or a challenge for a gifted child, please look elsewhere. Extracurricular activities are non-existent. There has not been a principal in several years. Essentially, my experience was of profound disappointment and I hope my child has not fallen behind too much. Little to recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 31%
Hispanic 32% 51%
Black 21% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Assistant principal(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 90 percentile ranking on Iowa Test of Basic Skills (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 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
  • Pastor Eric Borchers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
Associations
  • LSAC
Fax number
  • (512) 836-4660

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • It is true that we are a smaller school. However, Our Savior is filled with students who are engaged in the classroom and growing socially, physically, academically, and spiritually.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
8
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
10

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Local Austin, Pflugerville, and Round Rock ISD
Local 6-8 grade Christian Schools
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1513 East Yager Lane
Austin, TX 78753
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Phone: (512) 836-9600

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