The 2011-2012 school year saw 243,212 students enrolled in all Lutheran schools. That includes 128,351 in early childhood programs, 98,213 in grades K-8, and 16,648 in Lutheran high schools.
Q: HOW MANY LUTHERAN SCHOOLS ARE CURRENTLY IN EXISTENCE?
There are currently 2382 Lutheran schools in the United States. That number breaks down to 1,393 free-standing early childhood centers, 899 pre-K through Grade 8 schools, and 90 Lutheran high schools.
Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE LUTHERAN TEACHERS?
There are 16,000 teachers serving the 2,382 Lutheran schools. That number includes both full-time and part-time teachers.
Q: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TEACHER'S SALARY?
For first-year teachers at the elementary level, the average salary is $28,800. For an experienced teacher with a bachelor's degree serving at the elementary level, the average salary is $32,167. The average starting salary for a Lutheran high school teacher in 2010 was $29,000 with the average for all high school teachers with a bachelor's degree being $37,855.
Q: WHAT MAKES THE LC-MS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM UNIQUE?
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod operates the largest, single-denomination, non-Catholic, Christian school system in the United States. While those numbers have declined in the past decade due to demographic and financial issues, the Church has been able to maintain and enhance the quality of her school system. The large schools are getting larger, and many are becoming the school of choice in their neighborhoods.
Q: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST PER PUPIL?
Early childhood centers - $2,909
Elementary school - $6,024
High school - $9,960
Q: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF ATTENDEES?
Early childhood centers - 48
Elementary school - 110
High school - 187
Q: WHAT IS THE ETHNICITY OF STUDENTS IN ALL LCMS SCHOOLS?
Caucasian - 82%
Black - 7%
Hispanic - 5%
Asian - 3%
Other - 3%
Q: WHAT IS THE STUDENT-CHURCH AFFILIATION?
LC-MS operating congregation - 39%
Non-Lutheran church - 36%
Un-churched - 17%
Other LC-MS congregation - 5%
Other Lutheran church - 3%
Q: DID YOU KNOW?
Over 59% of LC-MS congregations operate schools and centers.