First Lutheran School, established in 1957, is owned and operated by First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Torrance.
First Lutheran is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and provides instruction in all subjects required by the State of California.
In addition, First Lutheran's daily curriculum includes enrichment courses in vocal music, religion and computer technology.
The First Lutheran teaching philosophy includes critical thinking, cooperative learning skills, and a phonetics approach to teaching beginning readers.
Our goals are to provide a caring environment to our school and the community, to prepare students intellectually with a strong academic program, and to nurture children and families in the Christian faith.
First Lutheran offers a first-rate Christian education where Christ is taught in the classroom and where the Christian principles of love and forgiveness are taught and practiced in every arena of school life.
A high level of parent involvement is found at every grade level throughout the school. First Lutheran School, rooted in Christian faith and the assurance of God's grace, provides our diverse community of children a quality education, preparing them to participate in the world through lives of service and leadership.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 504 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,800
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

First Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School History

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1957
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
504 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
55%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
First Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(no uniforms)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies somewhat by grade, with a discount for church members.
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Margarita Robertson

Sports

Total Sports Offered
3 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After-school Spanish language class, Church youth groups, LEAD student council

Arts and Music Programs:
Church youth choir, First Kids after-school arts program

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Interscholastic Sports

School Notes

  • First Lutheran School, established in 1957, is owned and operated by First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Torrance.
  • First Lutheran is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and provides instruction in all subjects required by the State of California.
  • First Lutheran's daily curriculum includes enrichment courses in vocal music, religion and computer technology.
  • The First Lutheran teaching philosophy includes critical thinking, cooperative learning skills, and the Open Court approach to reading.
  • Our goals are to provide a caring environment to our school and the community, to prepare students intellectually with a strong academic program, and to nurture children and families in the Christian faith.
  • First Lutheran offers a first-rate Christian education where Christ is taught in the classroom and where the Christian principles of love and forgiveness are taught and practiced in every arena of school life.
  • A high level of parent involvement is found at every grade level throughout the school.
  • First Lutheran School, rooted in Christian faith and the assurance of God's grace, provides our diverse community of children a quality education, preparing them to participate in the world through lives of service and leadership.
Profile last updated: 01/18/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 504 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,800
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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