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Memorial Lutheran School

Private | PK-8 | 240 students

We are best known for Classical Education program.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $241,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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Posted April 4, 2014

My son has been at Memorial Lutheran since he was 17 months old and my child is now 3 1/2, and I have always felt very comfortable with the classroom teachers. They seem to really love the kids, and he has learned a lot that I know will help him when he begins kindergarten. Mary is a great leader and the headmaster Pastor Heine seems very warm and genuine. Have been absolutely thrilled with our experience here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Memorial Lutheran School is a gem. My children were so prepared for high school. The curriculum improves each year with the classical instruction. Their mission is "Building a Strong Foundation" and that is most definitely the case. Dedicated faculty and caring family atmosphere.


Posted January 27, 2014

My children have attended MLS for three years, and I cannot stress how pleased I am with the faculty, staff, and academic integrity of this school. The Classical curriculum and approach prepares the students for the complexities and challenges of our ever-more-challenging world. The students consistently do well in academic competitions and testing. The music program is exceptional. Certainly one of the best private schools in the Houston area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2013

Working Parents Beware! On it's surface this school appears to be ideal, it's reasonably priced, organized, the facility is great, awesome music room, etc. There are several days throughout the academic year when this school is closed, a few of which, if you pay an additional $35/ day you may still send your child for care while you work. However, there are several days when the school is closed completely, and this is not an option. I have seen no evidence of how the tuition is invested into the students. You pay for before and after care separately, lunch is a separate cost, supplies are a separate cost which includes parents buying the utensils, paper plates, paper towels for your child to eat with along with a laundry list of other items. Not to mention, they don't provide breakfast or snacks. You must pack and send daily. Your tuition is spent on maintaining the aesthetics of the school. They even found a way to turn Grandparents day into a revenue generating opportunity. All of this would be tolerable if my child was having an awesome academic experience. Not the case. The morning care teacher was rude, she would never acknowledge me when dropping off my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

We love MLS! My kids are in 1st grade and Pre-K4. I find their curriculum very challenging. We moved our kids from a high-priced private christian school in Houston with very sub-standard academics. What a relief MLS is! Deftly money well-spent. First graders have an option to take Orchestra. They learn to play the violin including Choir. Music and Math are strongly emphasized in their curriculum. Saxon Math is taught at a grade above. Religion is also a strong emphasis. There are morning and afternoon assemblies with opening and closing prayers. Teachers say a short prayer before every parent/teacher conference. We could not be happier. Our kids are thriving in all areas - academically, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically. Teachers are very loving, warm and yet stern. They encourage discipline, personal responsibility and reward students accordingly. School publishes Student of the Week in the weekly newsletter to highlight top performers. My kids are always so motivated to win title. lol I could go on and on about this school. Memorial Lutheran School is by far one of the most under-priced GEMS in Houston. We drive an hour one-way to take our kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is a wonderful school! We have been apart of this school family for 2 years, and it has exceeded our expectations. The curriculum that they use has really prepared my child for the next grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

I've had two children at MLS since they were infants. I knew they were in good hands and am always so excited to hear what they have learned each day. The teachers in the baby wing do a great job communicating with parents daily. I appreciate that most staff and other students know my children by name and greet them with a hello or hugs each day. Mrs. Linn is wonderfully organized and taught my daughter all about the solar system at 2 years old--information she STILL retains! Miss Linda is a wonderful teacher who patiently potty trained my son and instilled in him a deep faith in Christ. I highly recommend Mrs Kunz for preschool. Her gentle nature, calm disposition, structure and discipline are a match made in heaven for this age group. PreK equally wonderful and Mrs. Clarissa has a genuine love of teaching and of the children. Kindergarten challenging, yet nurturing. Mrs. Bohot is patient, loving, and a master teacher. She helped develop a love of learning in my child who is now reading! I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

I am a current student here and I think that it's a good school for early childhood. It's small, which is an advantage for kids at elementary school age. But when your child is in middle school I think that It is necessary to have at least 50kids in your grade. MLS has 8 children in the 7th grade. This would have been alright if all of these kids were nice, but some of them can be mean or annoying at times. The academics were good, not great. I feel they lack in open-mindedness. Especially in science. Some of their ideas on religion seemed forced upon me. Overall my experience was good, not great. I would highly recommend it for 5th grade and below.


Posted May 8, 2012

My daugther is completing her first year at MLS this year. She is a second grader that transfered from another Classical private school. We have been so happy with MLS and our 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson. She is amazing in every way. I know that she cares for my daughter and our family. I can't imagine leaving her class to move on to 3rd grade. Seriously Mrs. Wilson is so awesome!!The academics at MLS are very challenging. The children are also expected to display respectful behavior towards themselves and others. We have been very happy at MLS. The Admissions director is very responsive. I do have one gripe which is rather small. The children are required to wear dress shoes everyday even when on the playground. I don't feel like flats or dress shoes offer enough support for my daughter when she is playing on the playground. The office has been open to my concerns so we will see what next year brings. If you are looking for a school that helps your child to develop academically and spiritually, MLS is a smart choice. We have already referred two other families to MLS. We believe in the school and the leaders that are in place. Feel free to email me if you have questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

This is a fantastic school! Teachers and staff are just wonderful! Small class size, academically rigorous, and caring and attentive teachers. Parent body is involved and active. I just can't say enough about this gem of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

My children enjoy going to MLS preschool. The school has a nice facility and loving teachers and wonderful activities for the kids. The school has a diverse student body and my children were loved and accepted even though we are not members of the Lutheran church. School administration generally worked with us to address our needs and concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I have two children in the Early Childhood program, and love the care and attention that they receive and excellent Lutheran education! The Headmaster is committed to not only following the classical education model, but incorporating elements of technology, athletics, and religious studies to make a more well-rounded student by the time the kids get older. I would prefer to see a stronger presence of staff and teachers during before-school and after-school care times to bolster school security, and would welcome the use of the Raptor or other check-in systems for visitors. Fortunately, the teachers are attentive and alert, and know most (if not all!) students and parents by name, creating a warm and safe family environment. I would welcome more involvement of the attached Church, which our family is a member of, to use the school as outreach to the unchurched or "church-shopping" families that attend the school. Overall we are VERY pleased with MLS, and can't wait for each new school year as our kids grow in faith and knowledge at this special place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2010

I have two children who attend the Memorial Lutheran summer program. The first day I walked into the school to enroll them for Summer Camp, I could feel the love and care the faculty had for all children. The teachers are friendly and helpful! My daughter is allergic to bug bites, and the teachers make sure she is okay; especially when they are doing outdoor activities. The summer curriculum is also great! The activities are educational so my kids continue to learn while having fun during their vacation. Because my son will be too old next year, this will be his last summer. He is already talking about all the activities he will miss next year. If I lived closer to the school, I would enroll my children all year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

I have two children who both attended Memorial Lutheran school from PK to 8th grade. Not only did they receive the best academic education possible, but they were also taught to respect others and to have a true love of God. I would recommend this school to anyone who loves small class sizes, caring and loving teachers and staff, and wonderful extra curricular opportunities, like music, athletics, and academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

My daughter just completed Second Grade this week at Memorial Lutheran School. I am so happy to see the progress that she has made in Math and Vocabulary. She always struggled in the past. The classes are small and the teachers really focus on the needs of each child. The school's music program is really worth it! Overall I can see the genuine interest and love that all of the staff has for all of the students. The school provides a safe and positive environment. It is a pleasure to walk in and see every teacher smile :) Third grade...here we go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

We have a preschooler who has been attending Memorial Lutheran since she was a year old. The teachers all know who our daughter is and are very attentive to her needs, which makes her (and us) feel comfortable and secure. We also appreciate the fact that when an issue arises they are quick to address and rectify the issue. We rest easy knowing that our daughter is getting a great education in a loving, Christian environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

I have an infant (4mos old) attending Memorial Lutheran and we couldn't be happier with the care and love she is given throughout the day. The teachers are very attentive to her needs and encourage her development as well by introducing her to new activities. I was looking for more of a school environment vs a daycare as I want my baby to be educated and stimulated from an early age while also being loved and nurtured. She gets all of that from her teachers here. We have seen a huge difference in her mood and development since she's been attending Memorial Lutheran. The school has a very familial atmosphere which makes me feel all the more comfortable when leaving my baby for the day. I would highly recommend Memorial Lutheran to any parents looking for childcare for their infants. Its top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

We have two daughters attending Memorial Lutheran. One is two and a half and the other is seven months. We have been extremely pleased with this school. I am impressed with what my two and a half year old already knows. She knows her alphabet and how to count. She also can recite the Lord's Prayer verbatim. She loves going to school, and we rest easy knowing that she is in such a loving Christian environment. My little one is also happy at school. The caregivers and teachers truly love the children, and it shows. We have considered moving to another part of town, but we are hesitant to move too far away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

I have a one year old at Memorial Lutheran and I am so pleased with the teachers and curriculum. It is so nice to know that the caretakers of your children are doing wonderful things with them. As a fellow teacher, it means a lot to me to know that my child is learning and in a very loving environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

I have a 6th grade student we moved to Memorial lutheran. We had her in another Lutheran School which shall remain nameless that iwas more interested in how much i could give then in the education she was receiving. Memorial Lutheran is way above the bar educationally. The teachers are incredible and because of the small class size they get the Indivual attenion they need. They also do not stifle the kids creativity like some of the other Lutheran schools. Being a member of rthe Church is not required and kids are not given special treatment just because they are. Pastor Day is an incredible Headmaster. It is one big happy family and parents and students are treated as a membe of tyhat familyr. Tuition is extremely reasonable actually more then tht it is cheap. I would gladly pay double for the education she is receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 31%
Black 18% 13%
Hispanic 7% 51%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Award of Excellent by the Lutheran School Accreditation Commission (2009)

Arts & music

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  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Reverend J. Bart Day, Headmaster
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
Associations
  • LSAC
Fax number
  • (713) 782-1749

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

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  • Yearbook
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  • Parent teacher league is involved in all fundraising efforts and school suport. the community is generous with donations to our annual auction.
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  • Students who attend Memorial Lutheran School do not have to be Lutheran! Students from other faiths attend our school. We also have a good number of international students at Memorial - from countries such as Norway, Angola, China and England.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Lutheran High North
St. Thomas HS
St. Agnes Academy
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5800 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
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Phone: (713) 782-4022

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