Barbara Deming, February 4, 2011
My name is Barbara Deming and I have been serving as the Principal at Faith Lutheran School since the 2006-2007 school year. I want to thank you for your interest in Faith Lutheran School! We are glad to know you are dedicated parents who are thorough in conducting research to find the best fit for your child s education. At Faith the individual students needs come first, and we want each child to be successful and know they are valued. Our programs continue to evolve, affording the best opportunities to provide quality education to meet the needs of the whole child; academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Therefore, we are so pleased to receive your feedback as we thoughtfully consider our curriculum starting with Toddler Two s up through our elementary grades. Over the past five years our programs have been enriched in a variety of ways. For example we have added a community oriented PE program. By utilizing the skills of local community health and fitness experts, we are able to provide a program that teaches children how to utilize resources in their community to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At Faith our traditional curriculum and instructional strategies provide academic development through individualized instruction. Teachers use multiple strategies to assess and gather information regarding student learning, which in turn drives daily instruction. We teach and support basic Christian virtues that reinforce the development of integrity. Our staff established high standards for behavior and teach problem solving strategies. Our students are engaged in hands-on community service projects to model compassion for our neighbors. Our parents are actively involved in the partnership of educating their children. We are thrilled to offer a welcoming, friendly, and family oriented school community, and we welcome you to come and visit to see for yourself!
Faith Lutheran School is a hidden gem on the east side. This is my daughter's second year attending the elementary school and we couldn't be happier. She is receiving a quality education. The smaller class sizes mean that she is being taught at her ability level - rather than at her specific grade level. More than that, she is receiving an incredible character education. Weekly chapel is the highlight of her week. The students are amazingly supportive of each other. As a parent, I have found the staff and administration very responsive and proactive in terms of communication. The music program is amazing, the Japanese teacher is great, and the PE options are interesting and fun. I couldn't recommend FLS enough.
Faith Lutheran Elementary in Redmond WA is a small school that provides quality individualized instruction. Teachers work towards students success in a very caring environment. Even though it s private, I like the fact that it s a humble atmosphere: students are taught to care for others and respect all cultures, backgrounds, etc. We are very pleased with the progress our youngest son has made academically after he joined Faith Lutheran. He s always happy about going to school and even about doing homework! At Faith he has found the joy of learning.
I have all four of my children enrolled at Faith Lutheran School of Redmond. I love having one drop off and pick up time. One of the reasons we chose Faith as our children's school is that not only do they have an amazing academic program with students testing scores much higher than the national average they teach virtues and I honestly feel it is something the public school system is lacking. I feel like my kids are better well rounded human beings because of the skills and virtues of kindness, self-control, love, kindness, patience etc. I highly recommend Faith Lutheran.
Faith Lutheran School in Redmond is a superb school to take your children. Their academic program is stellar which their test scores prove. Being a smaller school they offer the opportunity to provide advanced education for children who are more advanced and can also take the time to help children who need more time to learn subjects. They also spend time teaching moral and social skills.
We started at Faith Lutheran Redmond for preschool and were so impressed that, despite plans to change to public school in kindergarten, we have stayed. The small class sizes, the amazing teachers and the incredible sense of community that Faith Lutheran offers have been so valuable to our children's learning. They are excited to go to school everyday and have excelled academically. Their unique emphasis on virtues has supported our goal of raising children who will love and participate in their community.
Faith Lutheran School in Redmond has been nothing but exceptional since my children started in the preschool program four years ago. We are constantly impressed with the entire staff, the quality of teaching and the education that our children are receiving. The staff at Faith Lutheran treats every child like their own with high quality instruction and support that is tailored to each child. The staff doesn't just focus on their own class they know all of the students from preschool children up through 4th grade. We have two kids attending Faith Lutheran and can't wait for our third child to join the Faith Lutheran family in a few years.
The only thing left to be desired at Faith Lutheran is updated facilities, and this will be happening soon. Faith meets all the requirements for education of the whole child. If you are looking for a school you can entrust your beloved to where their educational and emotional needs will be met, and you can be sure they will learn the important skills they need to be successful in life, then send them to Faith Lutheran School in Redmond! I predict the student population will increase rapidly so get them enrolled now so they can grow with the school and benefit from small, mixed age classrooms.
Love this school! Teachers are fantastic they really care about your child and teaching! They teach to YOUR child, not to a test. My son was really strong in math so they let him move on ahead instead of keeping him back and having him be bored. They bring specialists for PE so they get soccer from people who really know Soccer,Karate or dance just to name a few things they have done. I have been with this school for 6 years now ( two kids) Can't say enough good things.
This is our fourth year at Faith Lutheran! Our family never planned on our Kindergartner attending a private school. We are so happy we made this choice. Our child LOVES her school and teachers. Faith is a family, we really are. The best decision we ever made for our daughter was to walk through those doors. The level of attention and commitment to my daughter at Faith is unmeasurable. The kids have fun learning, this school is a joy.
This is our fourth year as a Faith family, and I couldn't have asked for a better place for my children to learn. The early education curriculum/teachers is hands down one of the best on the eastside. My daughter went through their kprep program last year and is now breezing through kindergarten material at her new school. The environment is loving, nurturing and academically challenging which produces well rounded children in our community. We love FLS!
This private school is ideal for parents wanting to send children to a school with small class sizes (no more than 14 kids per class), faith-based learning (Judeo-Christian), and emphasis on tried-and-true learning techniques (Not the latest fad in teaching). The school is at the start of a growth phase that will see new facilities take shape in the next several years.
Faith Lutheran School was a wonderful place for my children to grow. My daughters both attended FLS for 3 years. We were planning on attending again this year, but were relocated out of state. We moved just as school started. I was worried about making a transition from the small class sizes to a large public school in California, but my daughters have been so well prepared! We just had teacher conferences and both my kindergartener's teacher and my 2nd grader's teacher were very impressed with not only their academic abilities (their reasoning and logic skills as well as vocabulary are considered high) but also their ability to adapt so easily to such a big life transition. I attribute this to the wonderful, caring teachers at Faith who took the time to really know my children and work with them at their levels. I know it was the teachers and Principal at FLS who nurtured their self-concepts and help them develop their virtues. They do love the school they are at now, but have both said to me, "Mommy, I miss Faith Lutheran. I wish my school had chappel and Ms. Deming. (the principal). I am so grateful that we were able to be at Faith as long as we were.
We love Faith Lutheran because of the individualized learning and wonderful teachers; every child is well-taken care of. I wouldn t be surprised if the previous review was written by a disgruntled former employee. I have never met a Principal who was more caring, dedicated and hard-working. She has a great vision for the school and works hard to get things done. Yes, teacher turnover is high, and there are a number of reasons for that, but it s unfair to say that it s due to job dissatisfaction. Rather, I have noticed that if a teacher isn t a top-notch performer, then the Principal will not renew her contract. Even though tuition is about the lowest I ve seen, which I m assuming means that the salaries are low, the school still manages to find good teachers who don t want overflowing classrooms and school district bureaucracy. Faith Lutheran is a wonderful, supportive community where children can flourish academically, socially and spiritually.
Don't be fooled by the top administrator/principal. She gives a great tour and looks like she knows what she's doing and talking about but it's all a facade! Her staff knows this, and so the turnover of teachers is unbelievavble each year, as the curriculum is a joke, and the staff is never supported in doing their work. The small class size is nice, but the enrollment is extremely low particularly in the elem. grades. Look elsewhere at schools that have good leadership. Faith is not the place.
We love this school. Our daughter is happy and thriving here. We pulled her out of another school where she had been one of 24 kids in a class. Her pre-K class at Faith Lutheran has 12 kids and 2 teachers, and she gets the attention she needs. She will be staying for Kindergarten next year, and her younger brother will be starting the preschool program. We're so impressed with the quality of the elementary teachers and the academics that we are also moving our oldest into the 2nd grade program for next year. The facitilies at this school are modest, but the classrooms are nicely laid-out and well-equipped. The playground is wonderful. If you look beyond the older buildings, you will find a very warm school, with staff that is passionate about teaching academics and values in an encouraging environment.
As a parent with two children currently enrolled at the school (and we will be back next year!), I have found the academic and pastoral care to be excellent. True, the facilities may not be a modern as some, but the wonderful staff more than make up for shiny new buildings. When we moved into the area a few years ago, we viewed a number of private schools - many of which were considerably more expensive than FLS - but they didn't have the friendly atmosphere we found at Faith. My second grader is already far ahead of grade level, and is loving the new Saxon Math curriculum. Her literacy is also far outstripping our expectations, and she currently reads at a fifth grade level. This is, to a large degree, because of the individual attention and encouragement she receives at Faith. A previous reviewer commented on the library - well, my kids are always very excited when it's library day, and bring home a varied selection of reading material appropriate to their interests and ability. Way to go, FLS!
My son has been a pupil at Faith Lutheran for the past two years. He was very shy when he started there. Thanks to the dedication of his teachers, he has developed confidence, personal responsibility and a real love of learning. The small class sizes mean that the teachers have a significant amount of time to spend attending to the needs of each student which is so important during the early years. The children are treated like family. Well done Faith Lutheran!
The Curriculum and teachers at Faith Lutheran School rock! The students learn Japanese, have Virtues Studies (they really love their JAM sessions), music, and PE on Fridays. The best part is that in addition to all these specialized classes, they learn the basics, like math and science, at their own pace! The spelling tests can be individualized and my son's teacher has tailored his classwork specifically for his skill level and learning style. His study and work habits, and confidence level have really improved because of this individualized attention. Thank you Faith Lutheran!
We feel very fortunate to have found Faith Lutheran. I looked up just about every school on the Eastside and almost bypassed Faith because it only went up to the third grade. However, I believe that the first few years of school are the most critical, so I went for a visit and ended up being extremely impressed. The Principal really cares about having a quality school filled with great teachers. I was afraid that the small class sizes and extra resources would translate into high tuition, but Faith was the least expensive school I considered. While my neighbors had good things to say about our public school, I didn t want my child to be one of an already overcrowded student body of 550+. Because the classes at Faith are small, the students receive a lot of individual attention and are able to learn at their own pace; even the homework is tailored to each student. The teachers and parents have been very welcoming and my child is thriving socially and academically. I was very excited to hear that Faith is planning to expand up to the 6th grade because we don t want to leave anytime soon!
Having read some of the other reviews, I'm wondering if they're talking about the same school! I have two children at Faith, in kindergarten and grade 2, and we are very happy with it. We moved to the area 18 months ago and looked at a number of private schools. We decided upon Faith for three main reasons: 1) It's a small, friendly school and the staff really seem to care about each child, 2) it has a well thought through curriculum which flows through each grade so the kids get continuity as they progress through the school, and 3) considering the excellent education they provide, the fees are very reasonable. Now into our second year at Faith, we feel more and more that we made the right decision. Our kids are already well above grade level in their academic achievement and, more importantly, they enjoy being there.
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