New Family Frequently Asked Questions
Does a child need to be Lutheran in order to attend Our Savior?
Our Savior School is open to all those who desire to have a Christian education for their children.
What Lutheran School system is Our Savior School affiliated with?
Our Savior is part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) which operates over 2,000 preschools, elementary schools, and high schools, along with 10 universities and 2 seminaries. LCMS schools are supported and networked by several professional organizations and advisory groups.
What programs are offered for young children?
The Early Childhood Center accepts children ages 24 months through age five in our morning preschool program and/or the full time child care program. Our Savior also offers young school aged children a Before and After school option. We also provide annual summer camps at our Camp Genesis program.
What Kindergarten options does the school offer?
Our Savior School offers both a half-day and a full day Kindergarten program.
What hours do you operate at Our Savior?
The Early Childhood Center and Extended Care (before and after school care) are open from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Kindergarten begins every morning at 8:15am and dismisses at 2:45pm. Preschool begins at 8:30am and dismisses at 11:30am.
Is there financial assistance available?
Our Savior uses Tuition Assistance Data Service (TADS) as a third party organization to objectively determine the amount of need a family is eligible to receive. Forms may be requested from the school office. Families must file paperwork and submit necessary financial information. Families will be notified once their application has been approved.
Is the school accredited?
Our Savior is fully accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC).
Are all the teachers properly credentialed?
Our Savior teachers and aides meet or exceed the credentials outlined by the MN Department of Human Services and/or the MN Department of Education.
How do you describe Our Savior School’s curriculum?
Our Savior’s curriculum is based upon state and national standards, local trends, and the needs of our students. Our district and national officials also advise us through in-service workshops and conferences and the National Lutheran School Accreditation process reviews our curriculum to ensure it is in compliance with accreditation standards. While the Kindergarten curriculum includes a progressive program of learning aligned with state standards, the Preschool curriculum is the One in Christ early childhood curriculum from Concordia Publishing House.
Does the school teach a foreign language?
Our Savior provides Spanish instruction to all students in preschool and kindergarten.
What are the student-teacher ratios in your classes?
Toddlers: 7 students to one teacher
Preschool/Kindergarten: 10 students to one teacher
Extended Care: 15 students to one teacher
How does arrival and dismissal work?
Our Savior parents must sign their children in and out of the school.
Do you provide snacks?
Our Savior provides nutritious snacks in the AM and PM. Snack menus are posted in each classroom.
Do you go on field trips?
Our Savior teachers plan field trips that enhance the learning of young children.
What will my child need to bring to school?
Our Savior teachers will provide a thorough list of items needed for a successful school day.
How can I be involved in my child’s education?
Our Savior encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s education by participating in a variety of activities and events throughout the school year. Fundraising projects , field trips and other volunteer activities provide ways to be visible and give a precious gift of time.
How is the school administered?
Our school is administrated by a director. A volunteer team of parents are part of our Education Committee that provides financial, communication, academic, and marketing support for the vision and mission of the school. Our Savior School is a ministry of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
What is your discipline policy?
Our Savior addresses the discipline of the children from a proactive approach by setting clear and enforceable limits, modeling acceptable behavior and recognizing each child’s individual needs.
What emergency plans and safety precautions does the school have?
Our Savior regularly practices emergency exists in case of fire, tornadoes and lock down procedures. A thorough emergency plan is provided to every family upon enrollment.