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.
Does the school offer Kindergarten?
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.
How much is your tuition?
Tuition Schedules are available by calling the school secretary at 952-474-5181, x218.
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 are informed based on information provided and amount available from TADS.
What kind of curriculum is available?
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 that guides our learning in every area of child development.
How does Our Savior decide their curriculum?
Our Savior’s curriculum is based upon state and national standards, local trends, and needs of our students. Our district and national officials also advise us through in-service workshops and conferences. The National Lutheran School Accreditation Association reviews our curriculum to ensure it is in compliance with accreditation standards.
Does the school teach a foreign language?
Our Savior provides Spanish instruction to all students in preschool and kindergarten.
How do the school’s Kindergarten test scores compare to area schools?
Kindergarten students will be given MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®)) three times a year; fall, winter, and spring. Teachers will share the MAP results with parents at the fall and winter Parent Teacher Conferences. Spring results will be sent home for parents to review. Teachers and/or parents may request a conference to discuss the results.
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 and other volunteer activities provide ways to be visible and give a precious gift of time.
How is the school administered?
Our school 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.
Are all the teachers properly credentialed?
All our teachers and aides meet or exceed the credentials outlined by the MN Department of Human Services and/or the MN Department of Education.
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).
Is there chapel each week?
Yes, Students in our child care program through Kindergarten participate in worship led by our church and teaching staff each week. Parents are encouraged to participate.
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