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Lutheran High School
of St. Charles County

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I visit the school as a student?

We have a special Shadowing Program where a student can visit and go through a regular 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. Rachel Schenck, who will arrange the visit. You
may also contact Mrs. Schenck by email at schenck@lhssc.org.

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

Although many of our students come from our Lutheran elementary schools, we are here to
serve all students and families in the community desiring a Christian secondary education.
Lutheran High School serves students from more than 38 different congregations.

When does the school year begin and end?

We generally begin about the middle of August, conclude the 1st term before Christmas, and
have graduation by the end of May. This fall we have Orientation on August 14th with the first
full day of class on August 15th. Second semester exams will conclude on May 24th with
graduation on May 25th.

When does the school day begin and end?

Block 1 begins at 8:15 a.m. School is dismissed at 2:45 p.m.
How early can students arrive and how late can they stay?
The school building is normally open for students from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 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 activity
concludes.

How do students get to and from school?

There is no bus transportation. Most students arrive in car pools. (This is easier to arrange than
most parents imagine.) Students of driving age may register their car and drive to school.

What do students do for lunch?

Students have a 25 minute lunch period each day. We have no hot lunch program. We do have
an entree which students can purchase each day in the Commons at lunch time. (Example:
chicken nuggets, spaghetti, pizza, ravioli, burgers, salad, etc.) Students may bring their own
sack lunch any or all days. Microwaves are available for heating items. Vending machines are
available for drinks. Juniors and seniors have the option to eat in the RecPlex Food Court and
purchase items there.

How many students are in a typical class?

Classes will normally have between 18 and 23 students in a room. We limit an academic class
to 28 students. The student/classroom teacher ratio is 18:1.

Is there an entrance exam to attend Lutheran High?

We give an Explore Test to all incoming freshmen to help us with proper placement in classes.
We do want to look at the latest report card to make sure that we are able to meet the academic
need of each student. The Explore Test is 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 Departments. Families are urged to contact Student Services to make these arrangements.

Can LHS serve students with diagnosed disabilities?

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 also for
females, 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?

We have an Ambassador Program where 15 to 20 of our students take personal responsibility
for helping to welcome transfers and make them feel a part of our Lutheran High School
family. This has proved very helpful to 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 94% of the LHS students were involved in at least one co-curricular activity
(music, athletics, drama, clubs).

What is the tuition?

We have several tuition rates. Association member student rate is $7,337. Messiah
Association member tuition is $7,920. The community rate for all other students is $8,679. In
addition there is a $250 registration fee that covers all books, computer use, etc. We have three
payment plans including a one-time payment with a 2% discount, two semester payments, or a
monthly payment plan which is done with electronic transfer of funds to avoid the need to write
and send monthly checks.

Does Lutheran High School accept International Students?

Lutheran High is authorized by the US Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue F-1 student visas. Please contact Mr. Will Roundey at roundey@lhssc.org for more details.