Sioux Falls Lutheran School

At Sioux Falls Lutheran School, our mission is to develop capable, Christian servant-leaders in a complex world: World Ready, Faith Secure. We value children, faith, family, community, and the integration of outstanding academic and scriptural training. We are committed to partnering with parents and the church to raise lifelong learners who use their gifts and the fruits of the Spirit, in faith, to touch a troubled world with God's grace.
Together, we create lifelong learners by: transforming natural childhood curiosity into a passion for learning, thinking critically and working collaboratively within the classroom, exercising problem-solving and decision-making skills when challenges arise, fostering relationships across grade levels through teacher-led family group activities, and faithfully and lovingly serving God and our neighbors.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked SD School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 454 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Sioux Falls Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Dakota for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
1977

Student Body

Total Students
454 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade
Sioux Falls Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Average ACT score
26
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
We know that financial considerations play an important role in your family’s educational decisions, and it is our fervent prayer that the cost of tuition would not be an obstacle for any family when choosing to pursue a Christ-centered education at SFLS. That’s why we provide up to $200,000 in needs-based tuition assistance to qualifying K-12 families each school year. Learn more: www.siouxfallslutheran.com/tuition-assistance
Admissions Director
Megan Baedke

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Drama Club, Math Club, National Honor Society

Arts and Music Programs:
All-State Band, All-State Choir, All-State Orchestra, Honor/Festival Bands, Honor/Festival Choirs, Marching Band, Musical, One-Act

School Notes

Early Childhood
  • Sioux Falls Lutheran School is committed to providing a high-quality learning environment where play-based academics and the love of Jesus Christ are intertwined in equipping children to beWorld Ready, Faith Secure.Since 1977, our early childhood educators have shepherded over 5,000 young minds to know Jesus and have laid foundational skills to help them excel academically.To best serve your family, we offer flexible scheduling options that allow you to choose how many days and which days of the week your child attends class. Before and after school care is also available.We are grateful and honored to be named a Local Best preschool in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, since 2008. Learn more:www.siouxfallslutheran.com/preschool-admissions.
K-12 Education
  • At Sioux Falls Lutheran School, our mission is to develop capable, Christian servant-leaders in a complex world who are World Ready and Faith Secure.We are passionate about giving our students the tools they need to be successful academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We strive to accomplish this goal by maintaining high academic standards, employing excellent teachers, and upholding a Christian worldview drawn from Scripture. Ultimately, we are committed to partnering with parents and the church to raise lifelong learners who use their gifts and the fruits of the Spirit, in faith, to touch a troubled world with God's grace.
  • As part of our Bible classes, we use resources from Peacemaker Ministries to teach our students Christ-centered conflict resolution skills. By following the Christ-centered four-step process, our students learn problem-solving skills that will serve them well throughout the course of their lives.
  • Sioux Falls Lutheran School is accredited through the state of South Dakota and National Lutheran Schools Accreditation.In addition to core subjects and Bible classes, we incorporate art, music, physical education, and Spanish into our curriculum. Our distinctive music program includes classroom music, Suzuki-based violin instruction beginning in kindergarten, a variety of ensembles, and private music lessons available throughout the school day as a convenience for families who wish to enjoy uninterrupted family time in the evening. Learn more at www.siouxfallslutheran.com/music.
  • Beginning in 5th grade, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletics. We compete as a B class school at the high school level, and we compete locally and regionally in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa at the elementary and middle school levels. Athletic offerings: www.siouxfallslutheran.com/athletics.
  • In addition to athletics, student are blessed with a variety of other extracurricular opportunities including drama, student council, marching band, math club, and more, that are designed to help develop soft skills, practice leadership, and strengthen friendships and faith. For a full list activities, visit www.siouxfallslutheran.com/fine-arts.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Sioux Falls Lutheran School offer?
Sioux Falls Lutheran School offers 8 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Track and Field, Volleyball and Weightlifting.
What is Sioux Falls Lutheran School's ranking?
Sioux Falls Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Dakota for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Sioux Falls Lutheran School?
The application deadline for Sioux Falls Lutheran School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
We are alumni parents of two Sioux Falls Lutheran School students. Our son and daughter were 8th grade graduates from SFLS in 2005 and 2008, respectively-years before the amazing new school building was opened. From their kindergarten years through 8th grade, SFLS was their second home. An amazing place, a safe place, a wonderful place to be surrounded by the love of Jesus shared daily by each and every teacher and staff member. We loved the teachers and the ways in which they identified needs and strengths that helped our kids work to their greatest potential. The extra activity options, like music and sports, helped our kids find ways in which to excel outside the classroom and made them better high school students. The convenience of music lessons during the school day was an amazing timesaver. The variety of opportunities for parents to engage were numerous, and we still treasure the friendships we made through those connections. We often tell others that, even though we didn't know it at the time, having our son and daughter attend SFLS was the best decision we ever made for them. And we give all the credit to God, working through the dedicated SFLS team, for providing us with this blessing--SFLS. We are beyond grateful for the amazing teams, past and present, that give everything for each and every child so they leave this amazing place knowing that "Jesus loves them" and that He always will. These years since 2008 have given us many opportunities to stay connected to Sioux Falls Lutheran School, and we are beyond amazed at the incredible spaces and the many changes that have occurred in this ministry that continues to make an eternal difference in many lives.-Terry and JoAnn Hirsch
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5  
There are so many reasons to say yes to SFLS! Academics, music, theater, sports, Christian education, STEAM, and more! I especially appreciate how our teachers and helpers in the hallways help to shape the whole child: mind, body, and spirit. Not only are my kids getting great hands-on education with small class sizes, but they are also learning to manage conflict as peacemakers. My children have grown up in this loving community starting with the Kids Day Out program for 2 year olds and they are continuing to build their solid foundation in 3rd grade and Fantastic Fives. They walk confidently down the hallways and see middle schoolers and high schoolers throughout their day have positive interactions and get excited about growing up to do the "big kid stuff".
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5  
What an amazing school and staff! We can't say enough good things about SFLS! Staff know who everyone is and administration is always there to greet everyone in the morning and afternoon. It is like walking into our second family. We have kids in elementary and infant/early childhood and each teacher with whom our kids have interacted has helped them grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We have met so many amazing people and have created friendships that will spill into other parts of our lives here. The music program is amazing and the amount that our kids sing and incorporate music to other aspects of learning is incredible. And being in kindergarten and already getting Spanish lessons is great! Our kids love going to sporting events as they know a lot of the high schoolers and love being able to watch them play. Being able to have our kids interact and the high schoolers say hi and give them high fives is incredible to see the bonds they are making with kids of every age at the school.
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Our family has been at Sioux Falls Lutheran School for 5 years now, and it has been a wonderful blessing. Because the school is rooted in the local LCMS churches, we feel confident in the Biblical teachings and love that our kids see their teachers, pastors, and friends not just at school but also at church on Sundays. I truly believe the Holy Spirit drew us to SFLS. My husband and I never once considered sending our children to a private school as we assumed we could not afford it. But after one day of our first child attending a public school, the Holy Spirit stirred our souls and made it clear that we should dedicate our children's schooling to the Lord. We talked to the school's administration and they were so welcoming and explained all the ways that we could receive help with the tuition to make it affordable for our family. The Lord makes a way! Our kids come home singing wonderful songs of faith and Jesus' love, they tell of all the cool things they learn about regarding God's awesome creations, and they learn to deal with the difficulties of this world in a loving, Biblical way. We love seeing the school grow with new families and teachers, and what an absolute blessing that our youngest elementary student will see their older middle school and high school siblings in the same hallways in the coming years! So many parents are willing to share their gifts and talents with their children that it is unlike any experience you will find elsewhere; it is a true family in Christ.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked SD School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 454 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Sioux Falls, SD is $4,550 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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