Garden Homes Lutheran School (GHLS) is a licensed and accredited Evangelical Christian school that participates in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. GHLS is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) school system--the 4th largest private/parochial school system in the United States.
The WELS international headquarters is located in Milwaukee, WI. GHLS's Christ-centered curriculum trains the whole child: mind, body, and soul.
Our high standards, no excuses approach is meshed with a loving, positive, and supportive school culture that nurtures students to use all their gifts to the glory of God. Our school vision statement is, "Every Student Loves, Learns, Laughs, and Leads.".

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked WI School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 260 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,700
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Garden Homes Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Wisconsin for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1954

Student Body

Total Students
260 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
99%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
Garden Homes Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
30%
Average Class Size
23 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(uniforms are navy pants/skirts/sweaters; white button down shirts/blouses; black shoes and belts)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Acceptance Rate
98%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
John R. Wesenberg

Sports

Total Sports Offered
4 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Arduino 101, Mindstorm Robotics Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Forensics Team, Hand Bell Choir, Junior Choir

School Notes

  • Garden Homes Lutheran School (GHLS) sits on the edge of Garden Homes Historic District, our nation's first municipally sponsored, community owned housing project, now a part of the City of Milwaukee. The school came into existence in 1954.  Our new school building, opened in the fall of 2004, enabled us to expand our enrollment as part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Our old school, across Roosevelt Drive from our current campus, is the home of the Light House Youth Center, a Lutheran-Christian ministry for youth from 5thgrade through high school.
  • Our student body is usually around 250 children (K3-8) and is nurtured by a loving and qualified staff of 13 teachers and 3 administrators, all holding undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in education.  Several  Educational Assistants (EA) are also employed to assist teachers and students.  Classroom size currently averages between 20 and 25 students.
  • GHLS is a Christian school in the Lutheran tradition.  We are owned and operated by Garden Homes Lutheran Church (GHLC).  Both GHLS and GHLC are members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), headquartered in Milwaukee, but with churches and schools all over the United States and in several other countries.  The WELS school system is the 4th largest private/parochial school system in America. GHLS is accredited by Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA) and the National Council on Private School Education (NCPSE).  We have been a Milwaukee Parental Choice school since 2000, and are listed in the Great Schools Directory for the State of Wisconsin. GHLS seeks to educate the whole child: mind, body, and soul, within a loving, positive, and supportive school culture of high expectations and no excuses. Our curriculum is tied to the Wisconsin State Standards and provides a complete complement of courses for students that excel as well as those who struggle.  Special education and Title 1 services provide additional support for students who need a little extra.   All of the secular subjects traditionally taught at this educational level are taught at GHLS (Math, Reading, Phonics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, History, etc.)  These subjects, and all of GHLS`s curriculum, is tied to state standards and "Christ-centered", meaning that they are presented with the absolute truth of God`s Word as their ultimate guide.  In every subject and every lesson, opportunities are seized for presenting how God`s wisdom, power, and love in Christ, are evident.  Every day in every class, students are encouraged to see God more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly.In addition to teaching the traditional, secular subjects, GHLS also teaches religion classes that are a more concentrated and in-depth look at the Bible. 

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked WI School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 260 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,700
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Milwaukee, WI is $5,326 for elementary schools and $9,712 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Milwaukee, WI is 95% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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