Grace Lutheran School in River Forest, Illinois, provides quality Christian education to students who live in Oak Park, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Maywood, the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago, and other communities in the city and western suburbs.
Our school philosophy: educating mind, body, and spirit
Education at Grace Lutheran School is a shared effort between teachers, students, parents, and church congregation. Together we seek a strong spiritual, academic, and moral foundation for our students, trusting in God’s promise in Proverbs 22:6: “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”
We seek to educate the whole student—mind, body, and spirit—and to develop in students a lifelong love of learning. We strive to provide an intellectually challenging environment that is responsive to the needs of all students. We believe that learning occurs in the classroom and beyond—on the playground and playing field, in worship, in song, and in service.
Grace Lutheran School offers morning programs for three- and four-year-olds, with an optional afternoon program. Kindergarten is a full-day program with an emphasis on early reading and math skills as well as social and emotional development. Read more about preschool, junior and senior kindergarten.
Elementary and junior high
Grace School's eight elementary and junior high classrooms are led by gifted and experienced teachers committed to Christian education and to seeing each student as a unique child of God.
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Grace Lutheran School staffs our classrooms with highly qualified educators; nine teachers hold a master's degree. Our teachers seek to live out Christ's teachings in their daily lives and in their interactions with students in the classroom, athletics, fine arts, and other student activities. Meet our staff.
Faith formation at Grace Lutheran School
Religion. School days begin and end with prayer. Religion classes are taught 4-5 days per week. Weekly all-school chapel services are led by Grace's pastors, teachers, guests, and students.
Service. A variety of service projects are done by our students to benefit ministries both near and far.
Grace School's sports teams compete with other private schools in the area. Cross country and track for girls and boys include students in grades 3-8; basketball and volleyball teams for girls and boys include students in grades 5-8.
Band and orchestra
Band. Ensemble and individual lessons are taught by teachers from Walther Christian Academy. Students have the opportunity to join students from other area Lutheran schools to participate in a larger band that rehearses at Walther.
Orchestra. Grace School's orchestra consistently receives high ratings in area contests. Instructor Kris Hedlund offers violin lessons scheduled during the school day and two levels of orchestra.
Facts and figures (2019-20 school year)
Enrollment: 207 students in PK-8 in the 2019-20 school year
Geography: 11% of students live in Chicago, 28% in Oak Park, 10% in River Forest, 12% in Maywood, 11% in Forest Park, 11% in Elmwood Park, and 17% other suburbs.
Diversity: 59 % white, 22 % Black, 12.5 % bi-racial, 3 % Hispanic, 3 % Asian, 0.5 % Native American.
Religious background. 46 students from member families at Grace Lutheran Church; 53 from other Lutheran churches; 51 belong to non-denominational churches; 5 attend Catholic churches; 2 Jewish, and 50 have no home church.