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What is Hope Lutheran School’s mission statement?

Hope Lutheran School is committed to providing quality academic instruction, equipping students for lifelong learning, recognizing each child’s unique abilities, and nurturing each child in body, mind, and spirit in a community that shares and lives the Christian faith.

What are your hours of operation?

The school office opens at 8:00 a.m. Parents may drop off their students beginning at 8:15 a.m. Elementary and middle school begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Our morning preschool programs begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m., and our afternoon preschool 4s class begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. The office remains open until 4:00 p.m. Before-school care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and after-school care is available until 6:00 p.m. for ages 3 through 12.

How do I set up an appointment for a visit to the school?

You may visit our Schedule a Tour page to schedule a visit of our campus every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., or you may contact our office manager at 206-935-8500 to make an appointment for another time if you are not able to attend the tour on a Thursday.

What grade levels are offered?

We offer a preschool program for students ages 3 and 4, kindergarten, lower elementary (grades 1 through 5), and middle school (grades 6 through 8).

Is your school affiliated with a religious organization?

We are affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Our student body is currently 45% Lutheran, with the rest of our students coming from a variety of backgrounds including Catholic, Jewish, Methodist, and Presbyterian faiths, as well as no home church. Students at Hope come from a wide range of ethnicities and religious beliefs, and we foster an environment of cultural sensitivity and mutual respect.

What are the steps in the admissions process?

We invite prospective families to visit our campus during an Open House event, group or personal tour, or a school event. Please click on Apply to see specific steps in completing the application process. Classroom visits are encouraged, and we typically schedule these on Tuesdays.

Can prospective students spend a day at the school?

Yes. We welcome prospective students to spend half a day with us. We typically schedule these visits on Tuesdays during the school week. Fill out our inquiry form or call us 206-935-8500 to schedule a visit.

Does Hope Lutheran School require any testing for new students?

Yes. Students entering Hope Lutheran School from kindergarten through eighth grade must complete an entrance exam. Previous report cards or testing scores may also be submitted for evaluation with the application.

Can a student enroll during the school year?

Students may enroll during the first half of the year. However, sometimes there are special circumstances that may require admittance as late as third quarter. These circumstances must be discussed with and approved by the principal.

Do you offer any financial aid?

Yes, tuition assistance funds are available to help families with financial need. Tuition assistance grants are awarded based on availability of funds and on recommendation from the National Association of Independent School (NAIS), our tuition management firm, which processes applications and determines qualifying need via application. Applications must be submitted to NAIS for each school year as grants are not renewed automatically. Applications are available through the school office and must be submitted to NAIS no later than March 31st to be assured consideration for the coming school year. Applicant information is kept strictly confidential.

Processing is completed online with NAIS at: www.sss.nais.org/parents. Parents may apply for tuition assistance through NAIS after they have finished the application process for Hope Lutheran School and their child has been accepted for admission. Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information on applying for financial aid.

What accreditation do Hope Lutheran teachers have?

Our teachers are certified and most hold master’s degrees in education. We have an extensive hiring process that includes multiple interviews that helps us identify teachers who are not only highly qualified but possess a love of children and education.

Is homework required for students?

Guided reading is recommended by our staff each night to be completed by the student or with a parent. On average, students can anticipate 10 minutes of homework with each grade level completed. There is no required homework for preschool students.

What is the student-teacher ratio?

Our maximum preschool class size is 16, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1, with one teacher and one assistant per class. The average class size of our K-8 classes is 18, and the student-to-teacher ratio for our K-8 classes is 13:1.

How many students attend Hope Lutheran School?

Currently our enrollment is over 200 students; we offer one class per grade level.

Are students required to wear uniforms?

Yes. All K-8 students are required to wear uniforms. For more information on uniforms, click here.

Is before- and after-school care available?

Yes. Before-school care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and after-school care is available until 6:00 p.m. For more information on our extended school care program, click here.