At Topeka Lutheran School, students and teachers are partners in learning. Our teachers go beyond the curriculum with personalized education for each student. Academic excellence is not an empty slogan, but our proven track record. This is achieved by maintaining high academic standards, small class sizes, a family atmosphere, and Christian instruction.
TLS Theme for 2018-2019 School Year
"Spirit of truth" John 14:15-17
Our theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “Spirit of Truth” based on John 14:15-17. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
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.