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FAQs

Why should I choose Bethel Lutheran School?

Everything we do at Bethel is carried out in the light of God’s Word. Your child’s spiritual well-being is what is most important to us. Also important, though, is academic excellence. For that reason, we are accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education and offer small class sizes in a multiage setting.
 
What is your curriculum based on?
We base our curriculum on the truths found in the Bible and on the academic standards laid out by the South Dakota Department of Education.
 
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
They have been trained at Martin Luther College, the WELS college of ministry. They have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and are certified in the state of South Dakota. Based on their God-given gifts and qualifications, they have been called to serve the students and parents of our school.
 
Does your school use standardized tests?
Our students take the Dakota State Testing of Educational Progress (DSTEP), the same test that students of South Dakota public schools take. The primary purpose of the test is to improve our classroom instruction. While we recognize that standardized tests are more a quantitative than qualitative assessment, we are proud of our students, who have consistently tested above the state average.
 
Do I have to be a Lutheran or a church member if I would like my child to attend your Lutheran Elementary School?
No, it is not a requirement. We do, though, require non-member parents to visit with our pastor to become aware of what our church body believes and of what your child will be taught in daily instruction. We certainly welcome all to worship with us at our church.
 
Do your students go on field trips?
Yes, we find great value in providing opportunities for our students to learn outside of the classroom.
 
Do you offer an after school care program?
The program is available for our students from 3 – 6 p.m. It includes organized activities and study time.

We hope to have provided you a good amount of information. If questions remain, however, we would love to hear from you.