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As a private school option located in the River Valley serving Two Years - 5th grade, 1st Lutheran School has been providing a Christ-centered education since 1853.


Our retention rate is 96% which speaks volumes that our families love being here. This is why it is important to apply early since space is limited in many classes. Below are some important dates to help your planning:


January 26, 2024: Priority Re-Enrollment for current families

February 3, 2024: Open Enrollment begins for all prospective families 


*There is a set classroom size for each grade level. If capacity is reached in any grade level, a waitlist will be established.


Before you apply, please review our Admissions Brochure and our

Mission and Vision.


Feel free to contact our admissions team at for more information.



Kristin Basham 

Director of Community Involvement

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Visit Us




Nobody should walk the education journey alone. We believe a child’s education is a partnership between the family and the school. We would love for you to come see our 1st Lutheran campus. Our admissions team would love to guide you on a tour of the school and answer your questions.



Reach out to our admissions team to schedule your visit: 


Call: (479) 452-5330


Personal Tour

Schedule a time to tour with your family. These tours are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays during school hours and usually last about an hour.


Admissions Event

Check out our events schedule and RSVP to one of our upcoming in-person events.


Student Shadow Days

During the year, we offer students the opportunity to come spend a morning experiencing our campus and what it is like to be a panther!

Application Process


With a retention rate of 96%, you know that our families really like it here. It also means it is important to apply early to guarantee a spot for next year.

January 15-26, 2024: Re-Enrollment for current families

February 3, 2024: Open Enrollment begins for prospective families

Before applying, check out our Mission & Vision Statement, then reach out to our admissions team to schedule a tour and start your journey to become a Panther!


Interested in attending 1st Lutheran? Get our guide for prospective families! CLICK HERE



For parents, no investment could be as life-changing as their child’s education. We want you to be fully aware of what your tuition covers and other costs associated with an education at 1st Lutheran School.


Your tuition includes:

  • Textbooks

  • Curriculum 

  • Technology

  • Subscriptions for technology

  • Yearbooks



Making Christian education available in an affordable manner has been a mission priority for First Lutheran Church since the school's founding in 1853.  This dedication to and financial support of Christian education is what already allows us to offer some of the River Valley's most affordable tuition rates.

We know that some families may need further financial assistance to attend 1st Lutheran School. To learn more about our scholarships and tuition assistance, review our Tuition Assistance Packet here.

If you have specific questions, reach out to Samuel Fishburn 



1st Lutheran School offers a safe and fun summer care program for students age 2 through 12.

Our elementary program travels off campus multiple days per week for field trips.


We enroll Early Childhood students for our Summer Care Only program as space allows; students must be at least 2 by February 1, 2024.


We enroll Elementary students, Kindergarten completed through age 12, for both part-time and full-time enrollments.


Summer 2023 dates:

June 3 - August 2, 2024


Rates and other information will be released by March 2024.


Non-Discrimination Statement

1st Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or age in administering our educational policies, programs, activities, and employment practices.

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