Our Schools

Quality Schools in the Heart of Chicago Neighborhoods

CLEF-supported Lutheran schools in Chicago provide an irreplaceable alternative for many families seeking an education that nurtures their child’s academic, moral, emotional, and spiritual growth. Low teacher-to-student ratios provide individualized instruction and small class sizes craft a collaborative environment to support real-world learning and help students approach their studies with enthusiasm and curiosity.

Each school is a “family of families,” where children learn the values of compassion and service — and live them every day. CLEF schools embody the values of inclusivity and diversity by welcoming students of all faiths. All students share in the Christian community and benefit from a high-quality educational experience.

CLEF schools are located across Chicagoland. Our community is 22 schools strong — including six stand-alone preschools, 14 schools offering preschool-through-eighth-grade curriculum, and Walther Christian Academy, which serves middle and high school students. Each parochial school has its own identity and spirit, reflecting the staff, students, and neighborhood it serves.

Caring, Supportive Teachers and Leaders

Strong teachers are vital to student success. Teachers in the CLEF community are committed to creating an educational environment that builds character and instills in each child a love of learning. In partnership with Concordia University Chicago, CLEF provides teachers and administrators with ongoing professional development opportunities, access to instructional coaches, and curriculum support. We continually invest in educators to improve student outcomes and keep pace with a rapidly changing world.

School Safety

CLEF-supported schools are physically and emotionally safe environments. Our schools invest in important security measures and the small, community-focused learning environments ensure students feel safe coming to school.


Learn more about the schools in the CLEF community or use our find a school search tool to locate a Lutheran school near you.

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