“I find peace in the fact that my kids have the opportunity to grow in their faith, while getting a quality education and building that great foundation in Christ. People often ask me why I chose Grace Lutheran for my kids, but I feel that Grace chose us.”
– Becky Johnson
Grace Lutheran School is a unique educational experience unlike any other. Coupling a passion for academic excellence with a devotion for Christian values, parents and students alike agree: Grace Lutheran School teaches the greatest lessons.
What Parents and Students Say About Grace:
Grace Lutheran not only exceeded in preparing me academically for attending high school but it provided the most important basis for life; a knowledge of and trust in the Lord which has seen me through life’s trials. Grace Lutheran provided a fun, loving, Christian family and I still cherish the memories as well as the continuing friendships created there. The benefits I received from Grace Lutheran simplified the task of choosing the type of school to help me raise and nurture my daughter in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as her Savior.Carla Ramberg
I was raised by a Village that included my parents, my church, and my school – Grace Lutheran. All pieces of this Village worked in harmony as they all came from the same strong Christian-Lutheran base. My memories of my 9 years at Grace Lutheran are very strong; and each memory is part of the person I have become. Teachers like Miss Sieling, Miss Marquardt, Mrs. Liebert, Mr. Stohs, and Mr. Liebert…all were vivid role models in my childhood. They cared about me and each student in the class, classes that were small enough that no student got lost in the shuffle; they had a love for learning and teaching; they enjoyed the world that God gave them; and they easily shared their faith with their students daily.
Of all of those incredible teachers, Mr. Liebert, my 7th and 8th grade teacher and also the principal, left the most indelible impression. He was cool, he was Christian, he made us play by the rules, but loved us all no matter what. He was the reason I went to college at Concordia in Nebraska and became a Lutheran school teacher.
While I no longer serve in the classroom, I am now the Head of Advancement, an administrator at Long Island Lutheran School (Pre-K through Grade 12) in New York, where I have served since I received my first call there. In my role, I do all kinds of things I never thought I would be doing in my life. Part of the reason I have been successful at them is because I was taught to trust in God, to believe in my abilities, to challenge myself, and to have passion for my work. All of that was emulated in each classroom setting at Grace.
And then there’s that word grace, a perfect name for the school, as I also learned the most important lesson of God’s amazing grace to each of us. It enables me to set goals, to try new things, to rise and fall knowing that God loves me no matter what.
I hope, above all things I accomplish in my life, that I continually share God’s love with all people in my midst and that I serve God through my work – whether I am talking to prospective parents, meeting with people in our community about stewarding the gifts that God gave them, reminding a student at our school to adjust behavior, enjoying the life stories of families and alumni, or dealing with important issues as they arise.
While I live far away from Grace Lutheran now, it is always close to my heart. Jane Lottes
Let’s face it. We have really good public schools in Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo. We could send our kids anywhere and they should be “fine.” Why do we continue to send our son to Grace Lutheran School? One word – character.
The dictionary defines character as, “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” After five years of elementary education at Grace, here is how I define it for our son: Every morning in the car on the way to school, we each take turns saying a prayer. My son will start; I follow. Since we live just a short distance from Grace, I drive slowly. It’s the best part of my day.
He surprises me constantly with what he shares in those prayers; what is on his heart and mind that morning. Last week, one of his prayers hit me hard. To paraphrase, he prayed for the substitute teacher his class would have that week – that she would be able to guide the students in their lessons, and that his classmates would respond to her “in a good way.” I did not coach him on what to say; his experiences in the classroom had already taught him to give his concerns to God and to have a compassionate heart for others.
For me, knowing HOW to come before your God to pray for your substitute teacher, a person that you do not know or may have never seen before, that is how to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God, just like the prophet Micah said so long ago. Our children are being equipped to become the servant leaders of tomorrow because Grace Lutheran School provides an environment that produces the type of character, perseverance and self-control that will give them every opportunity to succeed and be happy in this life. David Freitag
I first walked into the doors of Grace Lutheran School almost exactly twenty years ago as a student teacher. I had a two year-old little girl, and I was expecting my second. I didn’t know what to expect upon entering into my student teaching experience, as I grew up going to public schools. The first thing I noticed was the small atmosphere, which made me immediately feel welcome. The parents, teachers, and students welcomed me and made me feel immediately a part of the GLS family. I learned so much in those weeks of my student teaching, and I always had Grace in the back of my mind as well as my heart as I continued the remaining months of my college years and into graduation.
After I received my degree, and still feeling the love from my student experience, I put in my application to become an aide at Grace. I was so blessed to spend the year working in the first grade classroom for the first full year, and my perspective changed from being a student teacher to an aide, and then to a perspective parent. It was then that I made the very smart decision, knowing now that God directed me the whole time, to enroll my oldest child in the PreK program with Mrs. Beth Scholten. I watched my little girl grow in her faith and academics, reciting letters and numbers as well as sharing her love of Jesus in song and art projects.
Now having two little girls, I was very blessed to be offered the sixth grade teaching position for the 2000-2001 school year. From there, I had not only grown in my faith and love of Jesus, but I had watched how that faith and love grew in my children, adding on my son in 2004. God had special plans for my entire family when I received that student teaching experience back in 1996.
Over the years, having two of my now-adult children spend their entire educational years at Grace up through eighth grade, I see not only the evidence of the quality in their education received, but how the seeds of faith were planted very deeply. Academically, our children thrived, graduating from Fargo North High School with academic honors and scholarships. Currently, my oldest is a nurse at Essentia, and my middle child is attending NDSU on a fully-paid ride, holding a 4.0 GPA and working towards a degree in respiratory therapy. They hold firm in their faith, ready to share the gospel with those around them. Our son is still attending Grace Lutheran School, and we are excited to see the fruits of his academic and faith building experiences he is receiving here!
While many may be concerned of the smaller class sizes at Grace Lutheran School, I can assure those people from experience that having our children stay through eighth grade has been the best decision we could have ever made for them. When they were asked about attending other schools, and in this area the public schools are excellent, my children always responded with “I want to stay at Grace to learn more about Jesus!” While their answers always made us smile, we knew in our hearts that those extra years spent at Grace not only helped them become the people they wanted to be without fear of exclusion or being questioned about why they believe what they do as Christians. They are able to defend their faith with memorized scripture, Bible stories, and an overall feeling of holding pride in what they know to be true. When our girls left the school they had known for ten years of their lives, even in a small class size, they headed out to the larger schools being rooted in their belief in Jesus and made fast and life-long friends on top of the ones they made at Grace.
As parents, every bit of sacrifice we made to have our children attend Grace Lutheran School was completely worth it. We have only one shot in raising children to become strong, Christian, and productive adults. Like I tell my own children and students as well, our times on Earth are very short compared to the eternity we spend with Jesus. We wouldn’t have done it any other way. Lisa Sande
Grace is a great school because there are nice teachers and friends. You get to go on fun field trips and do fun activities and projects. A field trip we do is we go to the Pumpkin Patch. We also get to learn a lot about Jesus and a lot of His miracles. We get to celebrate the 100th day of school. At the end of the year we do fun activities and have a picnic. We also collect chapel offerings for places like Harvest Pack. Harvest Pack is when we raise money and that money gives food to people who don’t have it. We can give a poor family food for a whole year. Grace does way more. It’s really fun! I think this is a great way to grow up.Aryn Dilger, Grade 4