Sunday, July 26, 2009

Numbers of LCMS Schools Outside Seward

In my recent posts I wrote pessimistically about the factors that might affect current and future states of religious schools. According to the statistics that the Lutheran Church / Missouri Synod (LCMS) presents on this website, however, Lutheran schools still seem to be prospering in many places. There Synod still has:

988 elementary schools with 120,684 students


108 high schools with 18,867 students.

The "average" LCMS elementary school has nine full-time teachers and 133 students, so St John School is a little larger than this average school. (The "average" LCMS high school has 15 full-time teachers and 216 students.)

The table below, which shows total counts of students per grade, indicates that more students have been enrolling in recent years (or that students drop out as they advance to higher grades):

1st 14,184
2nd 13,514
3rd 13,350
4th 13,041
5th 12,800
6th 12,632
7th 12,193
8th 11,805
9th 4,836
10th 5,000
11th 4,717
12th 4,314

The next table shows the students' ethnicities:

White 82%
Black 7%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
Other 3%

The next table shows the religious affiliations of the students' families:

LCMS operating congregation 39%
Other LCMS congregation 5%
Other Lutheran church 3%
Non-Lutheran church 36%
Un-churched (46,395) 17%

The next tables show average annual cost of education per student:

Elementary Per Student $5,570
High School Per Student $9,034

The next tables detail the funding sources for the schools.

Funding Sources of
Elementary Schools

Congregation Budget 40%
Tuition and Fees 49%
Other 11%

Funding Sources of
High Schools

Congregation Budget 7%
Tuition and Fees 68%
Other 25%

Average Annual Fees
for Elementary Schools

Members $1,960
Non-members $3,250

Average Annual Fees
for High Schools

Members $5,604
Non-members $6,513

The next table shows the enrollments of the largest elementary schools:

St Luke's Lutheran School, Oviedo FL 868
St. John's Lutheran School, Orange CA 826
St. Paul's Lutheran School, Orange CA 804
Hales Corners Lutheran, Hales Corners WI 689
Trinity Lutheran School, Litchfield Park AZ 686
Trinity Lutheran School, Spring TX 667
St. Peter Lutheran, Macomb MI 572
Salem Lutheran School, Tomball TX 555
St. Lorenz Lutheran Frankenmuth MI 532
Grace Lutheran School, Winter Haven FL 530
Salem Lutheran School, Orange CA 530
Shepherd Of The Hills, San Antonio TX 529
Immanuel Lutheran, Macomb MI 527
St John Lutheran School Bakersfield CA 508
West Portal Lutheran School, San Francisco CA 505
Christ Community, Kirkwood MO 501
Trinity, Roselle IL 493
St Michael Lutheran School, Fort Myers FL 492
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Collinsville IL 490
Redeemer Lutheran School, Austin TX 485
St. Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights IL 485
Our Savior Lutheran School, Livermore CA 477
Christ Lutheran School & PS, Phoenix AZ 475
Royal Redeemer Lutheran, North Royalton OH 442
Immanuel Lutheran School Saint, Charles MO 441
Concordia Lutheran School, San Antonio TX 435
Trinity Lutheran. Utica MI 425
St John Lutheran School, Ellisville MO 421
St Paul Lutheran School, Lakeland FL 418
Trinity Lutheran School, Hicksville NY 415
Grace Lutheran School, Pocatello ID 414
St Paul Lutheran School, Boca Raton FL 407
Concordia Lutheran School, Fort Wayne IN 409
St. Peter's Lutheran School, Columbus IN 408
Zion Lutheran School, Brighton CO 407
Trinity Lutheran School, Delray Beach FL 393
Trinity Lutheran School, Bloomington IL 391
St Paul Lutheran School, Glen Burnie MD 389
Rochester Central Lutheran, Rochester MN 389
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy, Sanford FL 387
Grace Lutheran School, Escondido CA 386
Lamb of God Lutheran School, Las Vegas NV 384
Trinity Lutheran School, Waconia MN 383
St Paul Lutheran School, Jackson MO 380
Immanuel Lutheran School, Palatine IL 378
Christ Lutheran School, Norfolk NE 375
Abiding Savior Lutheran School, Lake Forest CA 372
Immanuel Lutheran School, Twin Falls ID 371

The next table shows the enrollments of the largest high schools:

Lutheran High School Of Orange County, Orange CA 1318
Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Milwaukee WI 737
Lutheran South Academy, Houston TX 711
Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School, Las Vegas NV 707
Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne IN 682
Lutheran High School, North Macomb MI 628
Lutheran High School South, Saint Louis MO 527
Lutheran High School, West Rocky River OH 461
Baltimore Lutheran School, Baltimore MD 438
Rockford Lutheran High, Rockford IL 430
Walther Lutheran High School, Melrose Park IL 431
Long Island Lutheran, Brookville NY 408
Concordia Academy, Roseville MN 404

The next tables show average salaries:

Average salaries at
Elementary Schools

Administrators with BA $45,662
Administrators with MA $49,376
Full-Time Teachers with BA $30,320
Full-Time Teachers with MA $35,390

Average salaries at
High Schools

Administrators with BA $54,049
Administrators with MA $57,270
Full-Time Teachers with BA $35,683
Full-Time Teachers with MA $36,888

There are many more statistics at the LCMS website.

I was suprised to see how many Lutheran schools with large enrollments still exist. Many of them are located in large cities, but many are located in towns with unfamiliar names. The annual fees for attending LCMS schools average $1,960 but St John School's annual fee is only $1,000. It seems to me from these numbers that St John School does have the potential to increase its enrollment significantly.

I do not intend to research and write any more articles about St John School's enrollment numbers, but if someone has more numbers or explanations to offer, I will post them in this blog.

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