St. John's Lutheran School Photo #1
St. John's Lutheran School Photo #1
Located in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago, St. John's Lutheran School has been providing quality, private education since 1876.
The preschool through eighth grade programs offer small class sizes and individualized attention that allow students to flourish in a safe and loving environment.
St. John's seeks to help families pass their faith in the Lord Jesus to their children through a Christ-centered educational program and to help children fully develop their God-given gifts.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 147 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,300
  • Acceptance rate: 99%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Apr. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. John's Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
147 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
St. John's Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
13 students
Classroom Dress Code
Collared shirt and khaki or navy bottoms

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Apr. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Discounts available for: multiple children in one family
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Amanda Hays


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, STEM Scouts

Arts and Music Programs:
Acting Club, Art Club, Band, Choir, Drama productions, Guitar Lessons, Handbell Choir, Piano Lessons, Ukulele lessons, Voice Lessons

School Notes

  • St John's Lutheran School encourages Christian fellowship as one of the most powerful factors in building character. We want children to enjoy the feeling of "being a child" as they grow and learn.
  • We are proud of our students. As graduating 8th grade students leave St. John's, they regularly qualify for placement in Chicago's top academically-competitive high schools, such as Northside College Prep, Lane Tech, and Loyola Academy, to name a few.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
"I just love preschool. I don't know what I would do without my preschool." This is a quote from my four-year-old on her way home from school today. We love that she is in a school environment where we are confident the teachers and staff care about not only her academic growth and success but are also there to support her social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It's also great to be part of a school that fosters a sense of community among the families they serve.
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"St. John's is a great school that feels like one huge family. The parents are very supportive of the school and of each other. The teachers truly care about each child and make a personal relationship with them. There are lots of ways for families to get involved from volunteering to serving on the PTL, to attending events at the school and church. The families that are here make it a really special place. As a parent and teacher of the school, I get to see both sides of how a school works. I love the connections and relationships that are built. I know my own children love going to school."
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We have been a St. John's family for 9 years now. Our oldest daughter is a current 8th grader and our youngest daughter is a current 5th grader. I have to brag on the teachers and staff. They have all been very supportive and caring. I love that my girls have been challenged academically and morally. I appreciate how they are being taught good values of being kind, respectful, how to help and serve others. Which aligns with what is being taught at our home. Both have excelled tremendously in their academics and are above average in their test scores thanks to the amazingly dedicated teachers. St. John's has been a wonderful environment where my children feel safe, cared for, and part of a close-knit family. I am confident that my children will continue to excel due to the foundation of quality education that St. John's provides. We truly have been blessed by St. John's.
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St. John's has been a great school so far. I have 2 kids at the school and the teachers and staff have been nothing but wonderful. St. John's has a great community and we are all like family. We have met some of our best friends while attending this school! I would highly recommend St. John's to anyone looking for a great school.
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GREAT teachers and high quality education. Christ is the center of St. John's education.
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When I toured the school 5 years ago, I had no idea how St. John's would become more than just a school for my kids, but my extended family.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 147 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,300
  • Acceptance rate: 99%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Apr. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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