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Garden Homes Lutheran School

Private | PK-8 | 260 students

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $80,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $780.

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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13 reviews of this school


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Posted January 27, 2014

The emphasis on reading and English helps my child. A dedicated teacher in charge of the middle school is an advantage,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

This is such a nurturing school. The teachers are all hands on and take personal interest into each child. My son has received every bit of attention and resources he needs to succeed. The faculty has always been pleasant to speak to. All of my children will be attending Garden Homes Lutheran School. God has truly blessed Milwaukee with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

My daughter has attended Garden Homes Lutheran School for almost 2 years now. I just love the family atmosphere and the warmth displayed by the teachers and staff. Garden Homes Lutheran School has had a great impact on my family and I will always be grateful for that. My daughter loves school and does not want to miss one day. I love her teachers, the curriculum is phenomenal. She is learning math content that I learnt in high school. However the trait that I admire the most about Garden Homes is the high level of discipline that the students are expected to adhere to. I attended Catholic Schools all my life and I can definitely relate to this school climate. I recommend Garden Homes Lutheran School to any parent looking for a great school for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

My children have attended this school for two years and I absolutely love it. They are very encouraging and they also allow children to enjoy activities while learning. The most important part is that my children love their educators this year and that makes me a happy parent. I've also notice academic growth. Which makes me even happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Garden Homes Lutheran School is definitely a school of excellence! I appreciate the fact that the classrooms are not overcrowded, the teachers are concerned about each student, and the classrooms are well equipped to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. Students are able to learn and grow in a positive environment. The Principal of Garden Homes Lutheran School has a zero tolerance policy for any type of violence in the school, and does a great job with keeping parents actively involved in the education of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Garden Homes Lutheran is an excellent place for a Christian education. The staff shows love and concern for the children. The grading scale used to bother me ,But it has actually been a blessing. My daughter has been challenged to strive harder and she has accomplished that goal. She is an A honor student pushing for 4.0 this entire year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Great school with a caring staff. If you want your child to learn about our wonderful God and general academics this is a great choice. There is a No tolerance policy, so make sure your child is well behaved! As a parent of a student at garden homes lutheran I'm grateful for that policy. Helps to keep my child focused on the right things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Garden Homes is a FANTASTIC school with a caring and dedicated faculty. This school has brought so much good to the Garden Homes community. It is well-known for its safety, cleanliness, hard-working and caring atmosphere. Students at this school receive a great education from highly qualified teachers and staff members. Most importantly, these students know they're LOVED and safe in this school. I love walking into Garden Homes because I'm immediately greeted by the smiling faces of various teachers and students. I love the relationships that the teachers have not only with the students but also with the families as well. Garden Homes is a school that encourages every student to love, learn, laugh, and lead. I definitely see a lot of this daily in our school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2013

I love Garden Homes Lutheran School! The staff really cares about you and your faith. Garden Homes has awesome programs for its kids to participate in. GHLS is a great place to meet great kids! I can't imagine life without Garden Homes Lutheran School


Posted February 7, 2013

The teachers care about the students. I love the Christian and secular education that my son is receiving. The cirriculum is preparing the students for high school and college. This school offers extra cirricular activities as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2012

As principal, I could not have a better staff. They are all life-long learners and dedicated servant-leaders. They live their Christian faith and want all of their students to attain their full, God-given potential. 100% of our teachers and 62% of our Educational Assistants hold undergraduate degrees in education. 4 staff also have graduate degrees and 2 are currently in graduate programs. When you enroll your child, you'll immediately feel like part of the Garden Homes Lutheran School family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 17, 2012

I love working at Garden Homes Lutheran! It is so much more than a job- the faculty and staff cares about the families at our school and we strive to reach everyone with the love of Jesus. There is a positive atmosphere and a wonderful working relationship among the teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 17, 2012

Each teacher has done a great job tailoring their educational approach to the specific needs of each of my children. The teachers care about each child, motivate them to get the most out of their natural abilities, and keep me informed about what's going on in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

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50%

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Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
58%

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50%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
66%

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68%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

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50%

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55%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 92% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

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86%

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 61% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Reading

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students55%
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Math

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Reading

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Science

All Students63%
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Social Studies

All Students85%
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Proficient in Englishn/a
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students20%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
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Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Students16%
Femalen/a
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Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students42%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Students13%
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English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students25%
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Reading

All Students8%
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Proficient in Englishn/a
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students61%
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Hispanicn/a
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Math

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Reading

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Science

All Students74%
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Social Studies

All Students92%
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Academic rating
6 / 10
Climate rating
10 / 10

This school's GreatSchools Rating is based on academics (90%) and climate (10%). The academic rating measures students' test scores, academic growth and college readiness. The climate rating measures safety, cleanliness, parent involvement and more.

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**The academic growth rating measures how schools affect student test score improvement over time in reading and math. This data is from 2013 and is provided by the Value-Added Research Center and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Climate ratings

This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Keeping things safe, clean, and orderly.

This rating evaluates a school's environment, based on its safety, order, cleanliness and more. More highly rated schools have well-kept facilities and a safe environment conducive to learning. Schools rated poorly may have a chaotic environment, conflicts among students or even theft or violence.


Creating healthy, respectful relationships.

This rating measures whether the school has a positive learning environment and cultivates an atmosphere of respect. At a school with a higher rating, it's more likely that the school's culture celebrates hard work and learning, students treat their peers and teachers with respect and class lessons reinforce character strengths such as kindness and tolerance. A school with a lower rating may have a weaker learning environment or allow disrespectful behavior.


Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

This rating sheds light on the academic expectations that teachers have for students. At a school with a higher rating, educators are more likely to stress academic success, ask kids to work hard and expect kids to be college-bound. At schools with lower ratings, it may be more acceptable for students to put in average or minimal effort, perform poorly on tests and lack strong academic goals.


Supporting its teachers.

This rating indicates how teachers feel about their school's professional environment. At a highly rated school, teachers are more likely to work well together, learn from one another, have opportunities for professional development and feel supported by the administration. At a school with lower ratings, teachers may not interact much, feel appreciated or have much input in school decisions and policies.


Informing and including families.

This rating reflects how much communication parents can expect from this school. A highly rated school is more likely to have regular communication (e.g. newsletters, emails, and meetings) between administrators, teachers and parents. This may include information about student progress, homework help and volunteer opportunities. At lower-rated schools, parents may not get regular updates and may feel less welcome at school.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black, not Hispanic 94%
White, not Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 1%
Multiracial 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Source: Manually entered by school official

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 100%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/AN/A
Disabled students 9%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Exemplary Attendance Award from Non-Public Education Services, Inc. (NESI) (2010)
  • Two faculty members recognized as outstanding teachers in a Milwaukee Parental Choice school. (2011)
  • Two faculty members recognized as outstanding teachers in a Milwaukee Parental Choice school. (2010)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • UPS Foundation Grant (2012)
  • School Choice Leadership Award (2013)
  • LBAA Basketball National Champions (2013)

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

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
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • Forensics club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Joel A. Nelson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran (Wisconsin Synod)
Fax number
  • (414) 444-9105

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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
  • None
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
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Forensics club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Pearls for Teen Girls
  • Spelling Bee
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Carpool for sporting events
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Columbia Blue and Navy Blue
School mascot
  • Viking
More from this school
  • At Garden Homes Lutheran School, we educate the WHOLE child: mind, body, and soul. MIND--High Expectations, No Excuses, Qualified Staff, Small Classes, Accelerated and Remedial Help, Accredited and Licensed. BODY--Fitness Encouraged, Wellness Taught, Daily Physical Activity, Organized Sports, Uniform Dress, Healthy Breakfast and Lunch. SOUL--Engaging Bible Study, Uplifting Group Worship, God's Praises Sung, Christ's Love Modeled, Prayer Taught and Practiced, Service That Shapes Lives.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
260
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
265
Students typically come from these schools
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)
Other Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) Schools
Other private/parochial schools in Milwaukee area

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Application fee
No

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Milwaukee Lutheran High School
Various Milwaukee Public High Schools
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2450 W Roosevelt Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53209
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