Portland Lutheran School

740 SE 182nd Ave,
Portland, OR, 97233-0972
Tel: (503)667-3199
Grades: PK - 12 | 237 students
Portland Lutheran School is committed to the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development of its students.
PLS teachers promote independent thinking and curiosity, scholastic excellence, community service, and individual responsibility, all within a college preparatory curriculum designed to maximize each student's interests and talents.
Small class sizes from preschool through high school ensure individual attention, and ethnic and religious diversity broadens perspectives.
PLS graduates are consistently accepted at the nation's top colleges.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Religious Affiliation Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1905

Student Body

Total Students 237 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 19%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Portland Lutheran School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 90%
Average Class Size 14 students
Number of AP Courses 5 courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus, AP Language/Composition, AP Literature/Composition, College course: Cultural Geography, College course: Environmental Science, College course: Psychology, College course: Sociology  
Average SAT score 1717
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes We offer a personalized tuition plan (based on your family's income/expense review) for accepted students in grades K - 12. PreKindergarten: $1785-$2975 (3-5 days a week) Kindergarten: $5950 Grades 1-6: $6670 Grades 7-8: $7015 High School: $9220
% on Financial Aid 60%
Average Financial Aid Grant $3,000
Acceptance Rate 99%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Pam Merritt


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Key Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, drama, leadership, music - choir, music - instrumental Key Club, drama, leadership, music - choir, National Honor Society,
Spanish Honor Society,
music - instrumental,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Phonics Phactory (1.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Greater Portland Christian Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Greater Portland Christian Academy (0.3 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Portland Greater Portland Christian Academy
    17800 Se Main St
    Portland , OR , 97233
    0.3  mi  |  94  students  |  Gr.  PK-9
  • Portland
    Ascension Early Childhood Ed Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    1440 Se 182nd Ave
    Portland , OR , 97233
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    0.4  mi  |  7  students  |  Gr.  PK-KG
  • Portland
    Wynne Watts School, Albertina Kerr Centers
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    930 Ne 162nd Avenue
    Portland , OR , 97230
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1.3  mi  |  40  students  |  Gr.  NS-K
  • Gresham Portland Adventist Elementary School
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    3990 Nw 1st Street
    Gresham , OR , 97030
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    1.4  mi  |  215  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
  • Gresham
    The Phonics Phactory
    Po Box 2128
    Gresham , OR , 97030
    1.4  mi  |  245  students  |  Gr.  PK-9

School Reviews

  • Recommended April 30, 2013 - When my twins were ready to enter Kindergarten, I spent weeks researching our options. When we toured PLS the first time, what really struck me was how the admissions counselor appeared to know each and every child personally. As I spoke to teachers, other staff, and even several of the students, I quickly realized this was not an isolated quality...but rather an entire culture. This place was a family. The class sizes are small which allows the staff to really know the students. In-home visits are made to each child''s home a few weeks before school starts each year. This strategy not only eases the child''s transition to the next grade, but also gives the teacher valuable insights to best aid their students to succeed. Teachers at PLS recognize that not all children learn in the same way. Every effort is made to engage each child using a variety of different approaches. Communication between educators and families is highly valued, right up to the Executive Director whose door and ears are always open to parents. As we end our third year at PLS, we feel it is our second home. My children feel safe, loved and engaged. I know this because they tell me often. This school is complete in its dedication to raising the "whole child". I highly recommend PLS! - Posted by Parent

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The average private school tuition in Portland, OR is $8,363 for elementary schools and $13,685 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Portland, OR is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).