Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

As a ministry of St. Stephens Lutheran Church, St. Stephens Lutheran School responds to God’s command in the Scriptures to bring up children in the training and instruction of the Lord so they can model the Christian lifestyle and strive for academic excellence. The school, student, home, church, and community partner to carry out the God-given responsibility to “feed My lambs.” John 21:15

How long has St. Stephens Lutheran School been operating?

The school opened in 1943. Lutheran schools have been offering excellence in Christian education in the United States since 1847.

To what synod does St. Stephens Lutheran belong?

St. Stephens Lutheran Church belongs to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Do you have to be a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church to attend the school?

No, you do not have to be a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church; however, worship attendance is encouraged either at St. Stephens Lutheran or your own church.

What grade levels are offered at St. Stephens Lutheran School?

SSLS offers 3-year-old preschool through Grade 8. Children must be three years old by the program starting date to enter preschool and five years old by August 31 to enter kindergarten.

What hours is your school in session?

School begins each day at 8:15am and dismissal is at 3:10pm.

Is St. Stephens Lutheran School accredited?

SSLS is fully accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the National Lutheran School Accreditation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and AdvancED program.

What curriculum do you use?

State approved textbooks are used for subjects other than religion; the curriculum is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Integrating the Faith, a curriculum guide for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod schools, is used at all levels.

Does your school offer computer education and/or foreign language?

Computer education is part of the weekly curriculum at SSLS for all students, K-8, and we offer Spanish to all K-8 students each week, too.

How many students are in a class?

Our preschool classes are limited to 18-20 students depending on the age of the children. To ensure a quality school program, our normal class size is 20 students per class, K-8. A teacher assistant is available in the primary classrooms and in larger classes at the discretion of the administration and School Board.

Are standardized achievement tests administered?

Each year the national Stanford 10 testing program is administered to students in Grades 1-8; classes at SSLS consistently score above the national average. Graduates of SSLS enter high school well prepared to take grade level, accelerated, or honors classes.

Are field trips offered?

Appropriate field trips are offered for all students at various grade levels. Students in Grades 6-8 participate in multi-day trips to Washington, DC; Williamsburg, VA; and the Outer Banks.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, SSLS has a written dress code; all students are expected to follow the dress code with parental support.

Do you have parent-teacher conferences?

Formal parent-teacher conferences are held at the end of the first quarter of the school year; additional conferences are scheduled as needed.

Do you have after-school sports or other extra curricular activities?

After school sports are offered to students in Grades 5-8. There are also a wide variety of other curricular activities including choir, programs, concerts, and drama.

Do you have a hot lunch program?

Hot lunches are available on a daily and optional basis; we comply with the National School Lunch Program guidelines.

Does St. Stephens Lutheran School offer before and after school care?

SSLS offers before school care starting at 7:00am on school days, and after school care is from 3:15-6:00pm. Contact the school office for information and fees.

What are your enrollment procedures?

Parents desiring to enroll their child are requested to make an appointment with the Admissions Corrdinator. The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other and to acquaint new parents with the purpose and goals of our school, and we can answer any additional questions in regard to the school or its program. The Admissions Coordinator will assist the family with the enrollment process.

St. Stephens Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, enrollment policies, athletic policies, and other school-administered programs.