Lutheran High School
of St. Charles County

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit the school as a student?

Yes! We have a special Shadowing Program where a student can visit and attend a regular or half day of school to experience the students, teachers, and classes. The guest student is paired with an LHS student of similar age and interests. Those wishing to “shadow” for a day may simply call LHS at 636-928-5100 and ask for Mrs. Lisa Gnade, who will arrange the visit. You may also contact Mrs. Gnade by email at

Do you have to be Lutheran to attend Lutheran High School?

No. Although many of our students come from our Lutheran elementary schools, we are here to serve all students and families in the community who desiring a Christian secondary education.  Lutheran High School serves students from more than 60 different congregations.

When does the school year begin and end?

We generally begin school during the second week of August, conclude the 1st term before Christmas, and celebrate graduation before Memorial Day.

When does the school day begin and end?

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday the school day begins at 8:05 a.m..   School begins at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays. School is dismissed at 2:45 p.m. every day. The school building is normally open for students from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We strongly suggest that all students make arrangements for arrival and departure from school within that time. If this cannot be arranged and students MUST arrive earlier or depart later than the stated time, arrangements can be made with the school office. Students involved in activities after school should make arrangements to be picked up as soon as possible after their activities conclude.

How do students get to and from school?

Most students arrange carpools (the main office can suggest potential families), and students of driving age may register their cars and drive to school. We do not provide bus transportation.

What do students do for lunch?

We partner with local food establishments who bring in different entrees for us to sell at lunch. Students may bring their own sack lunch any or all days. Microwaves are available for student use, and vending machines sell snacks and drinks.

How many students are in a typical class?

The student/classroom teacher ratio is 15:1. Classes will normally have between 18 and 23 students in a room.

Is there an entrance exam?

We do administer an exam to all incoming freshmen to help us with proper placement in classes. We also look at the latest report card to make sure that we are able to meet the academic needs of each student. This exam is usually administered in our Lutheran elementary schools and also given here at Lutheran High in the early spring. All students must also complete a writing sample which will be evaluated by Lutheran High’s English Department. Families may contact Student Services to make these arrangements.

Can LHS serve students with diagnosed disabilities?

Yes. Lutheran High has a Resource Specialist and Learning Specialist who work with students who have diagnosed disabilities to develop an Individual Educational Plan to meet their specific needs. The programs are designed to provide a supportive atmosphere while encouraging students toward self-advocacy.

What do students wear?

Lutheran High has a standardized dress code. Both male and female students are given several options of school “polo style” shirts, khaki or black “docker style” pants or shorts, and females may wear regulation plaid or khaki skirts. We believe standardized dress improves academic focus and helps create an orderly educational environment for our students.

How can I get to know other students?

LHS has an Ambassador Program where 20 to 30 of our students take personal responsibility for helping to welcome transfer students and make them feel a part of the Cougar family. This has proven to be very helpful for students from the community who have joined us. We also strongly encourage students to get involved in the large variety of activities and clubs offered at LHS. Being a part of a co-curricular group can really help a student get to know others. Last year over 90% of LHS students were involved in at least one co-curricular activity (music, athletics, drama, clubs).

What is the tuition?

We would like to visit with you to discuss Lutheran High’s tuition rates, payment plan options, scholarships and financial aid opportunities for all incoming students. Please call the school office at 636.928.5100 or email Lisa Gnade at

Does Lutheran High School accept International Students?

Yes! Lutheran High is authorized by the US Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue F-1 student visas. We also partner with The Cambridge Institute to help provide support to those students and host families. Please contact the school office for  further details.

How can I stay informed of all LHS events and happenings?

Our website and social media outlets always have the most up-to-date and current information. Be sure to check us out on Facebook (Lutheran High St. Charles), Twitter (@LutheranCougars), and Instagram (@LutheranCougars).