Using God’s Word as our guide, St. Paul Lutheran School will raise up future generations of Christians in our community by assisting parents in the Christian teaching of their children and by striving for excellence in all areas of instruction.
St. Paul Lutheran Elementary School was founded in 1879 by the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Since then, the Lutheran Elementary School has served thousands of families and students in helping to nurture and raise children in the ways of the Bible, God's inspired, perfect word. We offer a rigorous curriculum in historic downtown Appleton. Our curriculum, whether religious or secular, has Christ at the center. He alone is the focus of our Christian education program. Through our religious lessons and all subject areas, they learn about the amazing grace of God--that he would send his Son, Jesus, to live in our place, die in our place, and now prepares a place in heaven for us. We truly offer education for time and eternity!
We are a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), which is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. The WELS school system is the third largest parochial system in the United States.
In March of 2022, St; Paul Lutheran Ministries hosted the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA) team. This accrediting organization is also recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).
While on our campus, the five member team compared our educational ministry to 241 different standards characteristic of a high performing school. We received 239 out of 241, for a final score of 98%. This resulted in St. Paul Lutheran Elementary being given renewed status for our school accreditation for the next 6 years. We want to thank the visitation team of Mike Henning (Good Shepherd, West Allis, captain), Kyle Bender (Immanuel, Greenville), Jarrod Pfarr (St. Peter, Appleton), Jacob Steinmetz (Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha), and Ashley Stege (Teacher Coach at the Center for Urban Teaching, Milwaukee) for their work on our behalf. Also, we want to thank the faculty, staff, students, and members of St. Paul Lutheran Ministries for all of their hard work and dedication to making disciples of all nations and teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). We will now look to improve our ministries even more with a 6-year School Improvement Plan. To God be the glory!