Salem Lutheran School

Salem Lutheran School is the oldest continually operating private school in Texas since 1853.
Salem partners with families as we educate the whole child - spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Our teachers use a variety of teaching methods to engage our students in their academic growth. We regularly benchmark students to track growth and offer intervention as necessary through our Support Services.
All students engage in STEM learning opportunities in our Innovation Lab each week.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked TX School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 545 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,900
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Salem Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for:

School History

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia,Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2007

Student Body

Total Students
545 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Salem Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
Polo shirts with plaid, khaki or navy bottoms

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
For K-8 Tuition; Infant-K-Prep varies. Discount for second and subsequent students.
% on Financial Aid



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
4-H -Archery and Cooking/Nutrition, PSIA - Academic Competition

School Notes

  • Salem exists to empower new generations of leaders for service to Christ. Salem focuses on nurturing the strengths and abilities of our faculty, staff, students, and parents so that the diverse needs of our student population can be addressed in excellent ways.
  • We empower our students with the skills they need to make Godly decisions as to character and become successful, enthusiastic, and active participants in their learning.
  • Our teachers develop innovative strategies to engage our students in making a difference in their world for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Salem Lutheran School cost?
Salem Lutheran School's tuition is approximately $12,900 for private students.
What schools are Salem Lutheran School often compared to?
Salem Lutheran Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Rosehill Christian School by visitors of our site.
What sports does Salem Lutheran School offer?
Salem Lutheran School offers 11 interscholastic sports: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Salem Lutheran School's ranking?
Salem Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for: Largest student body and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Salem Lutheran School?
The application deadline for Salem Lutheran School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
My son had such a great experience at Salem. His teachers were so nurturing. High expectations are met with love and encouragement. He grew academically as well. I could not ask for a better school in all aspects for my son!
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Salem Lutheran School has been my favorite place to teach! Salem staff and students are more than just a school body, but a family. We get to share in the firm faith and have so many unique opportunities for fellowship any day of the week! Salem works to teach the whole child, rather than solely teaching to a test and without sacrificing academic rigor. Salem helps to lay a firm faith foundation and gives its students a wide range of opportunities to rise up as the Next Generation of leaders for Christ. If you want to get plugged into more than just a school, Salem is your community!
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Salem is a great environment with loving and nurturing teachers. It has great programs that go beyond basic curriculum (art, music, sports, etc.) to meet the needs and gifts of all kids. They've made lots of security upgrades in the last few years, and it feels very safe while still feeling comfortable and bright. Salem has been a great school home for our three kids!
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We very much appreciate everything you have accomplished with our son. His reading and comprehension has dramatically improved under your supervision. You are an incredible asset to Salem and we thank you so much for your great work and incredible attitude. I know he will miss spending time with you as well.
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Dear Salem Teachers,Thank you for the amazing education you took time to provide for me. At times, I thought that some of the homework and projects were completely unreasonable, but now I`m starting to realize that they weren`t that bad. Most of the work was hardly anything compared to high school. Being at Salem has also helped me grow socially. I used to be extremely shy, and only had a few friends, but now I`m a lot more outgoing, and can easily make new friends. Salem blessed me with a Christian environment and Godly teachings.
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"I know the teachers and staff at Salem school and church. I also know what theyhave done in 1 yr that no other school could do. My 3rd grader is 10. When he came toSalem last year he could not read and public school didn`t want to deal with him.Mrs. Honeck and Ms. Shlechte not only have him reading but surpassing their goals for him.I can`t take him out of Salem, he would not make it in public school but I also don`twant a free ride for him. I can`t afford the tuition and the EF cost both but I canand I am more than willing to trade my time and skills to offset the cost."
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Thirteen years ago, my wife and I adopted a sibling group of racially mixed boys. When the oldest was in 1st grade, I stated to the assistant principal of our local public school that I didn`t think he was being treated fairly because he was black. To my surprise, she agreed with me. We immediately pulled him out of that school and started home schooling. After a year and a half, we were exhausted.I arranged a visit at Salem Lutheran School. I met Dr. Gaertner and she arranged a tour of the school with one of the outstanding 8th graders. I was very impressed.The next day, we met in Dr. Gaertner`s office. (A number of people in the school office had seen an article in the local paper about us, celebrating National Adoption Day.) I told Dr. Gaertner we had two problems and she wanted to know what they were.I told her that I had not seen a black face anywhere in the school. She got really excited and told me it was a problem that she and her staff regularly prayed about and that our family was an answered prayer. That got my attention.My second problem was that my wife and I had both taken very early retirements and were no longer receiving salaries. Dr. Gaertner assured me that we would not have to worry. Salem Church and School were willing to partner financially to make tuition affordable with our ministry as adoptive parents. We became members at Salem Lutheran Church and the boys attended children`s ministry events.Over the years, there have been many personal family issues that needed attention. I can`t count the number of times that we have walked into the school feeling like the weight of the world was on our shoulders. Not only were all of those problems solved, they were always solved quickly. Dr. Gaertner`s eyes would light up and her response would blow us away.We would walk out of the school amazed that she and her staff had again reduced our mountain to a molehill.There were serious things and humorous things as the years went by. The boys came from a rough, abusive environment, to put it nicely. The older boys were old enough to still have memories of their environment, while the younger ones were manifesting their experience in other ways. Some of these experiences involved their classmates and sometimes created very difficult situations, even branding the boys with a poor reputation. For example, when one of the boys habitually stole another child`s snacks, his teacher understood that his behavior was the result of having been in a horrible situation as a toddler. She worked out a perfect solution. If he went all week without taking someone`s snack, there was a surprise for him in one of her desk drawers. Problem solved.Sometimes the situations became unmanageable and solutions didn`t always yield lasting results. As the boys got older, they had a difficult time making friends due to some of their choices. Mr. Saalfeld, Salem School`s assistant director of the school, worked with the boys individually as they experienced various issues, mentoring and providing a consistent system of behavior management. It would work for a while but their behavior would backslide. The boys weren`t able to establish lasting relationships.It became clear that we needed to search for a different environment where they could begin to establish new relationships and better reputations. We found a church where the boys are in the majority and mom and dad are in the minority. They now have young role models that look like them, and understand where they`ve been. They appreciate the progress the boys have made, thanks to their time with Salem Lutheran Church and School, and are willing to invest in their future. The boys are excited to go to church and to the youth activities.We are forever grateful for the season of love and support we experienced at Salem! We have to believe that Salem is different because we were there, too. We watched the minority population grow and we partnered with teachers as to how best to help kids coming from these types of backgrounds, as well as providing Salem`s student population with opportunities to grow and accept others with different points of view.During those years, we were loved unconditionally, A thankful family.
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"I wanted to thank this group for all the support, care, and true nurturing you provided to our son. He went through a big change when we transferred back to the US last summer. This Salem team softened his landing by staying true to its core values ultimately making his 8th grade year a great one. He is a fantastic kid with a great future, his mother and I thank each of you for helping him along his journey to success!"
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked TX School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 545 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,900
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Harris County, TX is $14,672 for elementary schools and $16,817 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Harris County, TX is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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