Lutheran South Academy

Private | PK-12 | 670 students


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Posted Monday, 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

Posted April 3, 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's hoping.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.

Posted October 9, 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.

Posted October 6, 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.

Posted 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

Posted June 1, 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted August 9, 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! :)

Posted 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 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

Posted February 9, 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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Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 37%
Hispanic 11% 47%
Asian 6% N/A
Black 6% 14%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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