Topeka Lutheran School
Topeka Lutheran School is open to all families desiring a Christian education for their children. The programs at Topeka Lutheran School are well-balanced to promote each child's academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. Our elementary school offers a rich and varied curriculum based on the guidelines of the State of Kansas and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Topeka Lutheran School is fully accredited by the State of Kansas.
About Topeka Lutheran School
Our Lutheran School system is an integral part of the educational system in Kansas as well as the entire U.S. Our elementary Lutheran schools date back to the 1830’s when Lutheran congregations established Christian Day Schools for their children. The first of these schools is older than our public school system. We are not in competition with the public school; rather, we work closely with the public schools and community. What makes our school unique is that we are convinced that Christian training is best done in the home, church, and school. In our school, Christ is the center of instruction in all our classes. Topeka Lutheran School’s curriculum is based on the guidelines of the State of Kansas and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Topeka Lutheran School, located at 701 Roosevelt, has been in operation since 1874 for many years as St. John’s Lutheran School, and since 1952 as Topeka Lutheran School serving K-8th grade families in addition to housing the half-day preschool.
Our Center for Young Children (CYC), established in 1999 and located at 1732 SW Gage, is a state licensed child care facility and preschool serving infant through Pre-Kindergarten families.
TLS Theme for 2015-2016 School Year
"Saved by Grace, Called to Serve"
Our theme for the 2015-2016 school year is “Saved by Grace, Called to Serve” based on Ephesians 2:8-10. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” It is our goal during this year that as faculty and staff we will commit ourselves to teaching your children God’s plan of salvation and the response that God desires for us to give.
Primary in our teaching is sharing the knowledge of Jesus’ sacrifice for each of us. Our response in thankfulness for that gift of salvation is our willingness to both seek and grant forgiveness to others. We believe a Christian school setting gives children and adults a multitude of opportunities to practice their faith.
Under the Triune God, Topeka Lutheran School strives to nurture families, prepare students academically through Christ-centered education, and integrate faith and life, so students and their families are equipped to share the love of Jesus.
Topeka Lutheran School has been in operation since 1874 when the Rev. P.G. Germann, pastor of the newly established St. John’s Lutheran Church, organized a private school in the church basement at 2nd and Van Buren streets in Topeka. The school soon became a church project, and in 1885, the congregation built a two-room school house. St. John’s Lutheran School continued to grow, and in 1888 they added a third room to the facility. In 1919, the church bought three lots at 4th and Harrison in Topeka, and opened a new school at this location in 1922. By 1948, this facility had grown to a five-room operation and was quickly outgrowing the site. In 1949, the church purchased a plot of ground at 7th and Roosevelt.
On July 3, 1951, the Lutheran School Association, Topeka, Kansas, was organized by four Missouri Synod Lutheran churches in the Topeka area. At that time, St. John’s Lutheran School became Topeka Lutheran School, and a new facility was opened at 701 SW Roosevelt in September 1952. The school continues to be located at 701 SW Roosevelt, although it has undergone several additions / remodeling projects since then. Currently, three Topeka Lutheran church congregations are associated with the school: St. John’s, Faith, and Christ Lutheran Churches.
The Topeka Lutheran School Foundation was founded in 1971 to provide financial assistance to the school. The Foundation’s endowment is a fund of assets invested so that a continuing source of income is available for the school’s needs. The interest is then used for scholarship aid to students or capital and program improvements at the school.
Control and Governance
Topeka Lutheran School is owned and governed by three Lutheran congregations in Topeka: Christ, Faith, and St. Johns. The Board of Directors meets eight times a year to hear reports and conduct necessary business. A primary function of the board is to enact policies by which the school can be administered. The day to day business is conducted by the principal who has been given that authority by the board.
The school is fully accredited by the State of Kansas and it complies with the rules and regulations governing the education of students. Teachers at TLS are certified by the State of Kansas.
Authority in our school is based on the Word of God. The Gospel motivates us. The Law will show the Christian his/her shortcomings, give a goal to strive for, and direct us. Obedience developed in Christian Education comes from faith and love in God. Love for one another is a result of the faith and love in God.