Frequently asked questions

What's the main difference between a Christian school and a public school?

At St. John’s Lutheran School we are able to offer not only an academically challenging curriculum, but a Christ-centered environment where students grow spiritually as well as, intellectually, physically and socially. The love and forgiveness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is evident each and every day at St. John’s.


When did St. John’s Lutheran Church and School open?

St. John’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1882. St. John’s Lutheran School is an extension of St. John’s Lutheran Church and has been in existence since 1883. It is one of approximately 2,000 schools under the auspices of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod and is specifically a part of the Pacific Southwest District. St. John’s has offered an excellent Christian and academic education for 135 years, and by God’s grace, has grown into the largest Lutheran elementary school in the United States.


What is the relationship between the church and school?

St. John’s Lutheran School is a vital component of the ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church. The church plays an essential role in supporting the school children and parents. St. John’s Lutheran Church funds a portion of the school budget. It also helps the partnership through Bible classes for all ages, youth ministries, care ministries, counseling, music, and men and women’s ministries.


Is St. John’s Lutheran School accredited?

Yes, St. Johns is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has also received National Lutheran School Accreditation - Exemplary status (NLSA) from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


How does your curriculum differ from that of area public schools?

St. John’s follows not only California State standards but standards set forth by the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, as well.  


Are teachers in your school required to have certification, like in public schools?

All homeroom teachers have obtained either a State Credential and/or a Lutheran Teaching Diploma from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We are also very proud to have two Nationally Board Certified Teachers on our staff.


What does it mean to be a Christian school parent?

We pray that St. John’s parents will train their child in the way of the Lord, nurture the development of their child’s faith by encouraging their child through instruction and by example to live a life of faith, prayer, worship and service to Christ, that they would pray for family, church and school, and take an active and involved interest in the education of their child.


What does it mean to be a Christian school teacher?

The St. John’s Lutheran faculty and staff are committed to working with families in helping to nurture the development of the whole child. It is the purpose of the school to be an extension of the home in Christian training. We wish to work with children and parents who are willing to walk with us in oneness of spirit and purpose. This oneness is based on a common value system, support for one another and cooperation. The strong partnership between the school and the home is an essential element in educating the whole child.


What's the role of the Council of School Ministries? 

The Council of School Ministries, more commonly referred to as the School Board, governs St. John’s Lutheran School. It consists of 6 elected members from the congregation, the School Auxiliary President and the School Principal. The board meets monthly to review and establish policy and monitor progress.


Who should I contact with questions?

You may contact the school office at 714.288.4406 with any questions you may have.