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CLEF Celebrates 30 Years!

Quality Christian education transforms the life of a child, and this year CLEF is celebrating 30 years proudly serving Chicagoland Lutheran schools as partners in that transformation!

CLEF’s mission to empower urban Lutheran schools to deliver innovative, quality education in a Christian environment provides children in Chicagoland with the opportunity to reach their potential and fulfill their vocation as they experience Christ’s love and grace.  CLEF remains committed to providing the best resources to schools for successful leadership, outstanding teaching and learning, and a holistic education.


Learning • Good News • For Life

Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) empowers urban Lutheran schools in Chicago to deliver innovative, quality education in a Christian environment.


Educated for Tomorrow

CLEF students are civic-minded, culturally conscious, and compassionate leaders.

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Empowered to Succeed

Students are supported to reach their full potential.

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CLEF is Funding the Future of Lutheran Education

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$090,000 In Scholarships Annually
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CLEF is Creating Pathways to Excellence for Schools

Serving Students Pre-K through High School

CLEF supports 22 Christian schools in diverse neighborhoods across Chicagoland. Although each school is unique, they share a commitment to empowering students to succeed in college, careers, and beyond.

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Our Saviour Lutheran School
St. Paul Lutheran School on Dorchester
St. Paul Early Education Center on Canfield
Grace Christian Academy
St. John's Lutheran School
Lutheran Day Early Childhood Center
St. Paul Lutheran School on Menard