Dubuque Lutheran School

The Mission of Dubuque Lutheran School is to enrich the whole child soul, mind, & body in a Christ-centered learning environment. "We chose DLS so our child could be in an academic environment where Jesus Christ is honored." -DLS parents Why Choose DLS 5. KIDS LOVE DLS - Joyful faces and excitement about learning 4. TUITION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE - money should not be an obstacle for a Christan education 3. OUTSTANDING STAFF - share the Christian faith while modeling their love of learning 2. EXCELLENT STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO - a multi-grade classroom environment with a maximum of 20 students per classroom ...And the top reason for enrolling at Dubuque Lutheran School: 1. WE ARE CHRIST-CENTERED - We believe the Bible is the complete accurate and true Word of God. We believe we have salvation and eternal life through faith alone, by the grace of God alone, and not by anything we have earned or accomplished by ourselves. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Lord of our lives.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." John 8:12 Academic Performance The academic performance of students at DLS is top notch! Average scores for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and other tests consistently rate the DLS student in the top 10% of the state! Our students are able to transition to middle schools in the area and excel in academics and extra-curricular activities. Average Proficiency Rate: 76.5% Public Schools, 90.2% Private Schools, 94.2% Dubuque Lutheran School *NEW ADDITION* - Homeschool Academy! Now in addition to day school, Dubuque Lutheran School is offering a part-time, afternoon Christ-centered enrichment program for homeschool children in grades K-5! Call 563-588-0614 for more information.
"I send my children to DLS because it's a Christ-centered environment. I have had two children graduate from DLS and can attest to the quality academics as well. I love that the teachers love God and their students as well!" -a DLS parent.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 35 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $4,200
  • Acceptance rate: 100%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Disabilities
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
35 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade
Dubuque Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
For 2018-2019 tuition is: $4200 for community members $3200 for members of Our Redeemer Lutheran church or St. Paul Lutheran church Registration for 2017-2018 starts Feb 1st. The early-bird registration rate ends April 1st.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Principal and Secretary


Total Sports Offered
1 sport

School Notes

  • Tuition assistance is available. Money should not be an obstacle for a Christian education.
  • Iowa Lutheran Student Tuition Organization (ILSTO) provides tuition assistance grants through an application process. This assistance is provided until June of each year.
  • If families need additional tuition assistance after receiving assistance from the ILSTO, they are able to apply to the Dubuque Lutheran School Tuition Assistance Committee (DLSTAC) to determine eligibility for additional tuition grants. There is no deadline to apply for this assistance. However, families must apply to the ILSTO first before asking the DLSTAC for assistance.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Dubuque Lutheran School cost?
Dubuque Lutheran School's tuition is approximately $4,200 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Dubuque Lutheran School?
The acceptance rate of Dubuque Lutheran School is 100%, which is higher than the national average of 94%.
What sports does Dubuque Lutheran School offer?
Dubuque Lutheran School offers 1 interscholastic sports: Track and Field.
When is the application deadline for Dubuque Lutheran School?
The application deadline for Dubuque Lutheran School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I have had 2 daughters attend Dubuque Lutheran School. I have been very impressed with the dedication of the teachers and the ongoing open communication. One daughter excelled and always scored well above her grade level and the teachers were wonderful at looking for ways to challenge her. My younger child struggles more and the teacher is putting in extra time after school hours to tutor her. I feel very blessed to have a high quality school in town. The teachers care about the students academically and spritually and it shows every day.
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Dubuque Lutheran School is a wonderful school which has been a real blessing to our family. We have two children that attend. Our two children are very different personalities and certainly learn in different ways. It comes very easy for our oldest and he loves to challenge himself academically. Our second child is more of a free spirit and being a good student never has seemed a priority for her. The small class sizes and the caring dedicated staff has allowed each child to get the education plan and strategies needed to be very successful. It is truly a blessing that they are receiving the very best educational experience but also the Christian values which lead to true character development.
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Dubuque Lutheran School is a K - 5 Christian School that offers superb academic, spiritual, and character education. As a middle school teacher, I was extremely concerned about choosing a school that would provide my daughters with a well-rounded education that would prepare them for the different callings God will place upon their lives in their youth and as adults. DLS has given and continues to give them this foundation that their futures will be built upon. The friendliness, cooperation and open communication of the teachers, staff, and students'' families makes me sure that DLS is the best choice.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 35 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $4,200
  • Acceptance rate: 100%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Iowa is $5,810 for elementary schools and $10,792 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Iowa is 94% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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