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PK-12
Private
Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 761
 

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12555 Ryewater Drive
Houston, TX 77089

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(281) 464-8299
(713) 378-9718
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August 08, 2014
We moved our oldest son over a year ago and are very pleased with the school. We decided to move our younger elementary age son over this year. Public schools in our area, for the most part, are pretty good. No school is going to be perfect; but, we have really enjoyed the transition over to LSA. We personally prefer the smaller school and Christian environment LSA offers.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2014
Lutheran South Academy is a blessing to our family and to this community. Not only are they offering top-notch academics in a Christian environment but they also offer incredible opportunity for children to be involved and be well-rounded. I cannot say enough good things about this place and the dedicated people that work there. I've noticed that some reviews complain about the fact that the school supports its athletic programs and wants them to be successful. Thank God that they do!!! No kids want to be attending the high school that is known for losing. LSA had an amazing year this year with almost every single team making the playoffs. Both basketball teams made it to the state final four and the girls golf team won the state championship! With that said, the school definitely promotes high academic standards above all else and supports the fine arts as well. The band, choir and the drama department all had an amazing year too! As a parent of 3 children - I could not be more proud of what this school is. I would highly recommend LSA to any family that is looking for a Christian education that focuses on excellence in everything that they take on.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2014
my child has been at LSA for the past two years and I will be enrolling my other child to attend this fall. I cannot begin to tell you what this school community means to my family and the amount of time, love and energy poured out by the entire staff. When choosing a school it is important to spend time with the admin and faculty to make sure it is a good fit. As I read some of the other comments I am discouraged at those who use this site to lash out for personal vendettas, especially those who attack the Christian aspect. This is a Christian school focused on teaching the love of Christ while taking care of the whole student" (body, mind and spirit). This may not be for everyone but it is sad that some try to belittle and reduce a Christian school for teaching about God s Love. Those who are serious about a great education, in a safe environment from teachers who really love their profession, you should come visit. After being in public schools and now at LSA I could not be happier. As for the academic aspect, all you have to do is look at their national test scores and where graduates are attending and you will see that LSA stands above local public & private schools

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2014
I enrolled my child in the pre-k 3 program. I had originally thought that she would be graduating from the school she attending - how wonderful to attend 1 school for your entire career. Turns out we are looking for another school and seriously doubt she will be attending high school here. Here is what is emerging.... 1. Elementary classes with 25 students. Ratios are lower in most public schools 2. High emphasis on high school athletics to the detriment of other needed programs....auditorium/ chapel, classroom space, additional teachers 3. High schoolers are spinning tires in parking lots and street next to school with little kids around 4. They stopped publishing where graduates are attending college. Many are going to junior colleges or Lutheran associatedschools. 5. Not all teachers are accredited teachers. 6. They are planning on admitting more students, but not hiring additional teachers. These are just some of the trends that are emerging, in my eyes . Hope this is helpful.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2014
We have been at Lutheran South for many years. While every school has its pros and cons, we are now of the opinion that the negatives outweigh the benefits... particularly at the high school level. Athletics are given a disproportionate amount of time, effort and preference. (School was even canceled when the basketball team went to state.) The academics simply are not challenging. We are not convinced that our child will be competitive in their college applications. While a handful of students do end up in superb colleges, this is not true for the majority. For the amount of money spent, this is a tragedy.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2014
As others have said previously, this school provides a loving, Christ-centered atmosphere for our children to feel safe. That said, however, their hiring practices and new teacher placement has really caused some lower school kids to suffer. There is not a logical flow to the curriculum, and there is no tool for proving that their student learning outcomes have been met. There is virtually no scholastic communication between the subsequent grade levels. My youngest was the unfortunate recipient of poor judgement in faculty selection, and cannot catch up. To my knowledge, there was no mentor available to her or any specific expectations as far as detailed lesson plans. Speaking to her aid, I became painfully aware that this young lady had no idea what she was doing. Sadly, it seems she was thrown out there with no support. Simply said, The "freedom" that is given to this private institution to develop and modify curriulum needs to be removed. I am at the point where I am considering pulling all three of mine out, because I just cannot count on consistent instruction from year to year. My next move is to try to get something accomplished with the PTO.....here's hoping.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2013
I'm a senior in High School this year. I don't know why the last few posts were bitter-probably written by the same person- but all I can say is that I've really enjoyed my time at LSA. I've been here since 4th grade and the elementary school was distinguished. The teachers really knew what they were doing and gave me a strong base and confidence to keep my grades up. When we transition into MS, in 6th grade they gave us organizing tips, planners, and really pushed you harder to keep our grades up. It really helped cultivate a strong work ethic. Also they have exploritories, which are basically fun activities you sign up for and play every Friday which helps keep your character and competitive drive. High School I took challenging classes and some of my favorites were debate and bio(one of the Baackes-not sure which was in Mensa). Field days, Football games, Homecoming, and house parties were all part of my high school life. The people here are all really different, you've got a lot of rich kids but they all have different personalities. A lot of people in my grade are into law, fashion, engineering, and journalism. Overall a prestigious private school, with intelligent, nice kids.

- submitted by a community member

October 09, 2013
Others should know: Your children will have been more prepared for college having gone to public schools. Particularly if you are in Clearlake, Pearland, or Friendswood. If you are in Pasadena, this is debatable. This school gets consistently less diverse over time. In the nineties, it was about 1/3 white, 1/3 black, and 1/3 hispanic. Now, many kids feel uncomfortable there due to the lack of diversity in comparison with the wider Houston metro and their own neighborhoods. Again, public schools are a good solution to this. On a national level, private schools students underperform compared to public schools students after adjusting for household income, among other variables. Be smart with your money. What did I like: Not much. The school does not appreciate people who think differently. It doesn't like diversity of religious views, and especially political views. The political agenda of this school is pushed very strongly on the students. How could this school improve: Hiring better teachers, doing better college counseling, focusing on academics instead of ONLY Jesus, being more inclusive, having stricter discipline measures--everyone cheats, so there is a culture of laziness.

- submitted by a community member

October 06, 2013
I'm a student at LSA and have been for 12 years. Being a Senior now, all I've wanted in the last 12 years is to move schools. Unless you are exactly like other students in the school and believe how everyone else believes, you will never fit in. While most people will talk about how everything is done together at the school, that's untrue unless you're part of the select few. While reading these reviews, I laugh at how obvious it is that my school adminitration has written almost all of them. All the school cares about is football, football, football and unless you have something to do with football, they don't waste their time or money on you. While hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to better improve the athletic department, we are still left with a leaky roof, an inadequate cafeteria, no practice or performance room for programs such as drama, band, or dance, and out of date computers and operating systems. Unless you want to spend 16K for your children to be ridiculed and pushed to the side, I wouldn't waste your time or your money on this school.I, personally, can't wait to leave.

- submitted by a community member

July 20, 2013
LSA is a disappointment. This school is all about appeasing parents that make huge donations to the school. The administration rather turn a blind eye to problems than to address it because it is the easier thing to do. As parents, we pay a lot of money for our kids to go to LSA. It is sad that they allow bullying to continue at that school because it is easier for them to sweep it under the carpet than to address it.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2012
Lutheran South is a great private school with excellent administration. It is a much better private school than others I have seen before. Lutheran South has a wonderful education with students that are warm welcoming and include everyone in everything they do. Lutheran South is one of the better choices for private schools that are available in all of Houston. The faculty and school honestly tries to promote Christ-like character.

- submitted by a community member

May 23, 2012
This "Christian" school has the most questionable form of acceptance and "discipline" that I've ever heard of. The primary reason that you see good reviews here is that, in the student handbook, the school demands you only praise the school, no matter how pitiful it is. The morals on which it stands are twisted and discriminating towards anyone who doesn't 100% concur with all of its "morals" or isn't what the school views as "normal". People may argue that public school would be worse, but honestly, it's much better compared to this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2012
As someone previously stated, private education is not for everyone. Because students are held to a higher standard, some students are dismissed from the school from time to time. It is for this reason that there are sometimes disgruntled parents like the few you see here. Overall, Lutheran South Academy is a fantastic school that provides rigorous academics and tons of extracurricular activities, all in an environment where students can build lasting relationships with teachers and peers. Students leave Lutheran South getting into some of the best schools in the country including Yale, Princeton, etc. I know that when I drop my kids off each day that I am placing them in front of passionate, educated, certified teachers who uphold the same values and morals that I do. I highly encourage anyone interested in private school education on the south side of Houston to seriously look into Lutheran South Academy.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2012
Both my sons have attended LSA since PreK 3. I love it here. It is a very safe environment and the staff is wonderful. The academics are where they need to be and provide a challenging learning environment. While we were attending LSA my son was diagnosed with ADHD so we have had to move him to public school due to failing grades and needing that extra help that LSA could not provide due to being a small school. After attending public I can say without any doubt private school is the place to have your child. LSA provides a strict and disciplined environment that public school lacks! Join the LSA family you won't regret it!

- submitted by a parent

February 29, 2012
After reading the posts already here, I had to say something. My son started in 2nd grade at LSA when they moved to the current location and continued there until he graduated. My wife and I knew all his teachers, principals, and staff by name and they greeted us by name (unlike with our daughter's schools since she wanted to stay in public school). He enjoyed being there and did not miss a day until his senior year. His, and quite a few of his peers, education was sufficient to score exceptionally high on the SAT, other tests, and college courses while in high school. He and several others of his friends / classmates carried all "A" averages throughout their years at LSA and have continued those grades while attending college (he's at UT). For them, the education they received at LSA properly prepared them to attend some of the best schools in the country. Is it the right school for every child? Probably not, but if you care for their academic learning, and want to be involved, it will probably be right for your situation. Based on hindsight, we wish we had sent our daughter there instead of public school. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2011
Uh, hi! I'm a student at LSA. I go to the highschool there and have been attending this school for more than 6 years! I love LSA! Before i transfered there in 4th grade, I had been to 5 schools, all of which i did not like nearly as much as LSA. Anyone who goes to this school can interact socially with many students. It isnt areally a big school. My class of 2014 isn't even 200 kids! The Bible Study program is great for a Christian family and the teachers have humor and brains all in one! LSA has many academic programs including PSIA and National Junior Honours Society. PSIA is a competitive program for students (not sports) that includes reading, poem writing, math, art and more! LSA has had many changes in staff over the past few years. We cant seem to hold down a Choir teacher (we've had a new one every single year for the past 3 or 4 years) and in the 10-11 school year we lost around 3 teachers (due to family reasons of course) LSA nontheless is a great learning enviromnent and i would highly suggest it AS A STUDENT here! GO SOUTH PIONEERS! :)

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2011
This is my daughters first year at LSA, and I love it! My husband and I plan for my daughter to graduate high school for this awesome school! The staff and teachers are some of the most loving and caring people I have ever met! My daughter started her education in private school, and we decided to try out exemplary school district and hated it! If you want your children to go to a school where the teachers and staff really care about your children future LSA is the place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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December 29, 2010
My son has attended LSA for 11 years ~~~ It's a warm, loving environment and the high school and lower school are THE BEST!! Middle school lacks good admin...You can't find a better HS principal & headmaster - Kramer. As for academics, my son ranked at the top in Academic Quest (in math) and other competitions, so the level of rigor is solid. My son loves his teachers, is in nat'l. honor society, and stays out of trouble -- How much is that worth?? It is without hesitation that I recommend LSA.

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September 24, 2010
We have 3 children at LSA. After being in Pearland ISD for 12 years, LSA has been a great experience. Our children have been challenged, and have grown educationally in so many ways. We have had only the best teachers and great principals. So happy to be at a school that truely has zero tolerance for poor behavior in every aspect!!!!! Students are held responsible for their actions. Love, love, love LSA!!

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August 13, 2010
The staff at LSA is above and beyond any public school we have attended. The Middle School teachers, especially Math are EXCELLENT. The Athletic program is a breath of fresh air compared to public schools as well. Commitment to the students well being and the strong Leadership of the Athletic Department equal Teams of students from Volleyball, Swimming, Football and more that love and respect the Coaches and each other. The joy of watching them interact with each other is a blessing in itself. The assisting Parent Coaching Staff, although heavy handed at times, (football), has the devotion to the students to give hours and hours of his time. Overall you just can't top this group of educators for their teaching abilities, their devotion to the welfare of the children and their future directives for the Academy as a whole is outstanding. THEY SHINE!!

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2010
Praise God! We are back in the LSA Middle School. After being on the waiting list for 10 months we are happy to have returned. My son is happy and is thrilled to be back. The teachers at public were great that was not the problem but the hallways to the class were a walk you would never want your child to make even for a week. We had A's and B's but in the classrooms the teachers struggle with the rudeness of the students. Bless their hearts the teachers earn their pay. Drugs are a major problem and the mental and physical torment dealt out by the bully's who run the halls is just beyond words. LSA has a few students with high spirits but they are dealt with as the problem is made known. The Sports Programs are Wonderful! May God Bless LSA! Thank You!

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April 16, 2010
I would politely correct that there are two practice rooms (newly installed) for instrumentalist use. My 5th grader uses it almost every day after school. The band director has done a good job of working with what he has - which isn't much. But if you look at how well the high school band is doing you can tell that the guy nows what he is doing - he just obviously needs some help because he has so much to do!

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March 08, 2010
LSA is a mixed bag, as another poster pointed out. Lower school is definitely the strongest. Some things to consider if you're thinking about LSA- How big are the class sizes? They may not be significantly smaller than public schools. What percentage of graduates go immediately to a 4 year university? It's not uncommon for LSA grads to go to community college. Fine arts are weak. There is no place to perform (i.e. no theater or auditorium). Performances are in the gym or cafeteria. Neither one has a stage. No practice rooms for instrumentalists. Athletics aren't great, but if your kid wants to be on a team, he/she probably can. Academically, OK, but not extremely rigorous. It's not a prep school, they're more interested in saving your kid's soul. Socially, it's probably better than the local publics. Some great teachers, some not. Seems like a lot of new grad teachers.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2010
I don't know what the person is talking about who posted a one star review. She or he did not list any specifics. We just enrolled our 7th grader this '09-'10 school year, entering the brand new Middle School Bldg! It's Feb now and the past 7 plus months dealing with everyone from administration to staff has been wonderful. Challenging work for our son sometimes, but wonderful! The staff is great. My son has some issues with adhd & his teachers have ALL been supportive. You can tell they love the Lord, are very capable and have communicated well with us. They will take a personal interest in your child, this I know! The atmosphere is Christ-centered and positive. Respectful Christian behavior is expected. We came from the Pearland School District and at lSA we feel at home, like nowhere else. Hope this helps!

- submitted by a parent
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February 05, 2010
We have two children attending LSA, one in middle school and one in lower school. We have nothing but praise for the academics, christian environment, and the superior teaching staff! Our 7th grader took the college SAT through the Duke Talent Identification Program and received state recognition. The Middle School staff is fabulous. Teachers are loving of the students and give 100% all the time. Very challenging program, but worth the work! Both the middle and lower school principals are the finest I have seen. We tried public school, LSA has been a blessing for our children.

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November 12, 2009
I have a lower school and a middle school student. They have been there 3 years and LSA has been a wonderful choice. The teachers are caring and the academics are challenging. Some parents dislike the middle school because of all the work. It is tough but the kids are ready for high school and beyond when they are done. The sports are great and the coaches are excellent. Middle school teachers are well suited for the age. Literature is a bit much but they will be better for it in the long run. New band teacher and art teacher are awesome! It is a great place to go. Nowhere is perfect.

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July 23, 2009
We are on waiting list trying to return after 5 months at a public school. We attended Lutheran South for 7 years. My own poor lack of judgement dealing with the Principal caused me to make a mistake in taking my son out of Lutheran. I can't blame it all on IKE stress but it helped. The school is an excellant place for your child to attend. The Middle School Math Department is the best and my son enjoyed every minute of class. History is also outstanding and on top of the list is the children and how they feel about their school. They cherish it. My son misses Chapel and his friends dearly. The Athletic Department is super and the Coaching Staff in every sport is Top Of The Line. Dr. Kramer is overseeing the transition of the Headmaster. A+++++++ Diana Gray

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2009
Do not put your child in this school unless the child will attend Lower School or High School. The Lower School is outstanding but the Middle School is the worst I have ever encountered. Some Teachers are great others have no clue. Admin. in MIddle School is the worst. The parent who wrote that bad reviews come from parents that have children performing poorly is just well performing poorly for putting a label on a C-H-I-L-D. Middle School 6th-8th is averagefromTeachers/Student view but Admin. is poor! High School is better but nothing compares to the Lower School. Excellant! Also the Headmaster just left for a better position after being here for a little over a year. Upward mobility strikes again. And the school year 2009-2010 is about to start. Again If it's Middle School Beware! I was warned I did not believe it. Like a worm in an apple.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2009
Both of my children attended public school in Pearland. I became frustrated with many things...most notably the stress on TAKS. Lutheran South is a great school with very high expectations of their students and staff. Many times (I think) parents have been dissatisfied with LSA is because their children did not perform well; academic standards are way above those in public school and discipline is stressed. My family made a great decision - we will be starting our 5th year at LSA.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2009
I had my children at LSA for 5 years, all in the elementary years. LSA is a mixed bag. On one hand, the teachers are extremely kind and caring. They work hard at developing a nurturing environment where everyone feels loved and appreciated. My primary concern, however, is their academic standards, particularly in the areas of math and science. Their language arts program is wonderful, but in math and science my children were behind their public-school-peers. We eventually left LSA and placed our children in public school. While we definitely missed the kind and caring environment, our children are much more challenged academically in the public schools.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2009
For those of you who believe this school is a disappointment or overpriced or bad management you are by sure wrong! This school had brought everyone in each grade level closer together. Great teachers/ and principals. This school is a christian school that is very good at teaching our children great religion. It is worth every penny and that is why LSA is a great school to send your children to! I would recommend it! I have three children here and they love it.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2009
This school is a huge disappointment. They should be ashamed to call themselves Christian.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2009
This school is overpriced and not worth the money. You are better off in the public school system.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2009
The management is getting worse and worse. It's a Christian school with unfair settings.

- submitted by a student
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March 06, 2009
This is not a great school by all means. The tuition is far too expensive compare to the academic outcome. You are paying too much for a very so-so school. I do not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2008
Lutheran South is the best school ever hey im a 14 year old student and i think that its amazing

- submitted by a student

July 04, 2008
I graduated from LSA in 2005. Having gone there from 6th - 12th grade, I felt so prepared for college. For the parent who thinks LSA doesn't practice their principles of allowing students to be involved, you have to fully put yourself out there as a student. You reap what you sow. LSA taught me so much & even now in college, I hear students who talk about hating their high schools and for me, that just wasn't true. I lov my teachers and still do. They still keep in touch and I fully intend on inviting them all to my wedding (whenever that may be. This school is absolutely amazing and I love it with all my heart.

- submitted by a community member

May 14, 2008
Excellent school & staff. My daughter has attended for 4 years, coming from public school. She has a lot of friends in public school & she is so happy she has the opportunity to attend LSA. The staff is caring and attentive, but also allows her to grow on her own.

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January 15, 2008
What an excellent school!! The teacher's are very caring. The principal looks out for all of the students. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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October 12, 2007
Our children have attended private schools on the East Coast and in the Mid-West. This is an excellent school by national standards. It is Christian and academic. Each student is provided an opportunity to participate. The principals and teachers are very dedicated Christians. They find ways to get the students involved in plays, chapel, sports, and academic competitions. It is an amazing school. We could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2006
Great atmosphere. Loving teachers.

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May 08, 2005
We have found LSA to be a wonderful place for our daughter, who is currently in the second grade. The Christian environment is definitely a plus, and the lower teacher to student ratio helps ensure the student gets the attention he/she needs. LSA follows the Texas educational curriculum.

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June 20, 2004
We had an excellent experience at Lutheran South. Our Daughter attendened 6-8th,10&11th (graduated early). She attended 9th in Public school. (CCISD) her grades fell, so we returned her to Lutheran South. (She is an honor Student and graduated with cords a year early) she actually was ahead of her public class mates and in fact her english teacher would ask our daugher questions that she could not answer. Our daughters overall attitude was awesome while attending Lutheran south while at private was noticably affected by her peers. If I had to do it over again, I would have not put her in public school for that year. We have 2 other childern that will attend Lutheran south as well.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2004
If you are looking for a school where your student will feel loved and cared for, then LSA is for you. The faculty and staff go out of their way to make students feel good about themselves! Not only are students cared for, but they are being prepared for future leadership roles in society. My family loves LSA... it was the best choice we ever made.

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Lutheran South Academy
12555 Ryewater Drive, Houston, TX  77089
(281) 464-8299
Last modified Lutheran South Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Lutheran South Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top