Michigan Lutheran High School

  • "Michigan Lutheran offers a Christian education that my children can't get in any other high school in our area. There are small class sizes, and the teachers know all of the children well." - Recent MLHS parent
  • "Comfortable, God-centered environment, filled with people who want to see you succeed. Outstanding academics, excellent athletic programs." - Recent MLHS student
  • "I Love M.L. !!! I love the faculty! I love the Christian environment. Mr. Herbst is Amazing! He does an OUTSTANDING job marketing our school, he is wonderful!! " - Recent MLHS student
  • "What impresses me the most is the sheer love and dedication of its teachers...they have taught multi-generations of students, never losing that desire to equip teenagers for service in the church and community! God has richly blessed hundreds of students through these faithful servants." - MLHS alumni
  • "A great place to learn not only the skills you need for life but also for your spiritual life. I loved how every day you felt safe... A great school for being able to use your talents, whether that is theater, band, choir, sports, speech, etc. The teachers recognize students' talents and encourage using them to the glory of God. "- MLHS alumni

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Council for Private School Accreditation
Religious AffiliationOther Lutheran
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1970

Student Body

Total Students118 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 15%
Students by Grade Michigan Lutheran High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
20%
Average Class Size20 students
Number of AP Courses30 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1166
Average ACT score25
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMay. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,930
Tuition NotesAn additional $8,310 Room & Board fee is assessed for Domestic students using the dormitory. This also covers their meal plan. Additional fees may apply. Inquire about International Student pricing.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Acceptance Rate
70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJoel C. Cordes
Admissions AssociateMatt Herbst

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringFootball,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballVolleyball,
Weightlifting

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
A/V Tech, Digital Media Production, International Club, Lions Club, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Club, Rotary International, Student Council, Taste of Ministry

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Chorir, Drama, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Spring Talent Show

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Trap Shooting

School Notes

Michigan Lutheran High School is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of faith-based education for all. We help students achieve personal, spiritual and academic success by educating body, soul and mind. We serve beyond Southwestern Michigan to students from China, Korea, Vietnam, Spain, Mexico, U.S.A. and more every year.

We are among America's best in standardized testing, annually leading our region. 
  • Our average ACT: 25 (U.S. average is 21)
  • Our average SAT score: 1166 (U.S. average is 1060)
  • Average graduating class GPA: 3.51/4.0
  • +95% of graduates pursue college degrees.
Intimate school setting, wide-open opportunity to collaborate in multiple team sports and extracurriculars.
  • 90% of students involved in extracurriculars daily!
  • 75% of students involved in Fine Arts daily! 
Beautiful facilities, caring and licensed dorm supervisors, ample access to organized study and additional amenities.
  • "Home away from home" stepping stone to the independence needed for college.
One of the American Midwest's most attractive settings, St. Joseph, Michigan is among the most beautiful and safest places in the U.S. and was voted a Top-25 Place to Live by USA Today in 2019. Michigan was voted #1 by Thrillist.com in 2018!
  • 90-minute drive from Chicago and a highly desired tourist destination on Lake Michigan.
  • World headquarters of American appliance giant, Whirlpool Co.
  • Moderate lakeside climate supports wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables and year-round activities.  
Access to a full-time international student advisor for adjusting to academic, cultural and social changes.
  • Specific courses in ESL support (English, Religion)
  • Instructors adapt to ESL learning needs.
  • +30 AP and dual-credit college courses.
  • SAT Prep course (for all junior students) and TOEFL Prep (international).
    • Latter course also examines U.S. college application process, personal statement for applications and intense focus on developing ELL academic writing skills.
Our guidance counselors are very familiar with U.S. college application/admissions process and the international student's unique needs when transferring to post-secondary education.
  • Recent college acceptances to University of Michigan, Penn State University, Notre Dame University, Washington University - Seattle, etc.
  • Discount program for returning students with leadership skills and/or academic achievements.
  • Full Merit Scholarship available to superlative 11th & 12th graders.
    • 2018 graduating class was awarded over $1M in college scholarships!
  • Dorm students provided with host family stays during breaks if they can't return home (at no extra cost to the student).

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