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Principal’s Message
Hello, and welcome to our site! Please look around to find out more about what we do at Bethel Lutheran School. I truly feel that here at Bethel we are equipped to provide your child(ren) with a nurturing environment. Not only are we a Lutheran Elementary School which is rooted in the comforting and inspiring message of the Gospel, we are also an institution accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education. Our students are guided along the way of the Lord every day at school. We offer small class sizes and a multiage setting, both of which provide tremendous benefits to our students. We aim to instill in our students a desire to strive for academic excellence. Please contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment. I would be more than happy to personally meet with you and discuss the educational needs of your child(ren).

Why Christian Education? 

God’s Word offers tremendous blessings. It gives real answers and true peace. In the Bible we hear about everything that God has done for us. When a child’s study is rooted in God’s Word, he will constantly be reminded of why we are here—to live lives of thanks because of God’s love for us. By making God’s Word our top priority, we enable our children to keep life in perspective and to be motivated to give their best academically, socially, and physically. There is no greater education than a Christian education where your children can grow in the love of God each and every day. 

Mark 10:14 -- "When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'"
Each and every child is precious to God—so much so, that He sent his Son to die in order that every child may be with Him forever in heaven. All a child has to do to receive this ultimate blessing is believe in what Jesus has done for her. Christian education is pleasing to God and beneficial to children because it places children at the feet of their Savior every day, where they are reassured of how important they are to their Savior.

Matthew 16:26 -- "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"
In a setting where God’s Word is taught regularly and is the focal point of every day, a child is constantly reminded of what is truly important in life. Not only does this relieve a child of the stresses of earthly worries, it also provides opportunity after opportunity to be strengthened in faith for life eternal. Through daily Bible study, devotions, prayer, and memory work, our children are provided many chances to be spiritually fortified.

Proverbs 22:6 -- "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Christian education provides true wisdom. It answers questions such as, “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?” Children are led to see that the real answers to life’s questions are found only in the Bible. Yes, they equipped in the best of ways for eternal life with their Savior. But they are also prepared for the transition into adult life, when their roots in the faith become all the more important. Bethel Lutheran School exists to assist parents in preparing their children for time and eternity.

Standardized Test Scores

One blessing of being a private Christian school is that students of Bethel are not “taught to the test.” This allows the faculty to dedicate its attention to emphasizing and teaching what is truly important—lessons for life and eternity. Although test scores are not the focus of our mission and academic goals, we do recognize the high level of achievement of our students. Students of Bethel have regularly tested above the state and national norms on standardized tests. Click here to view the scores of previous years.

Benefits of Multiage Classrooms

Bethel uses the multiage setting in its classrooms. Click here to find out more about the multiage classroom and its benefits.

Benefits of Small Class Sizes

Bethel Lutheran School is excited to be able to offer small class sizes. This allows our teachers to focus on the individual needs of their pupils and allows our students to stay engaged during the learning process. Click here to read an article on the variety of benefits of small class sizes.


Bethel Lutheran School is officially accredited in the meaning and interpretation of the law and according to the rules and standards of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs as established by the South Dakota Board of Education.

The core elementary subjects are taught at Bethel to prepare our students for high school and beyond:
  • Christ Light
  • Bible History
  • Math
  • Geography
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Reading
  • English
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Current Events
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
Notes about our academics:
  • Students are placed into a Math course based on ability level, not grade.
  • Science, Current Events, and certain History courses are taught using Christian-based textbooks and materials.
  • We use the Accelerated Reader program as a supplement to our Reading curriculum.
  • Our students compete in academic competitions such as the Geography Bee and Martin Luther College’s Meet Math.
WELS Schools

Bethel Lutheran School is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The WELS was founded in 1850, and since then it has been proclaiming the pure Law and Gospel message of the Scriptures. It teaches that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died, and rose again so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. Its 1,279 churches make the WELS the third largest Lutheran church body in America.

 The WELS school system, of which Bethel is a part, is the fourth largest private school system of America, composed of 334 Lutheran elementary schools, 406 early childhood ministry centers, 23 area Lutheran high schools, and a Lutheran college. WELS congregations have been training educators and operating elementary schools for over 150 years. Children taught in WELS schools consistently test higher than the national average in standardized tests. The WELS school system has 1,846 teachers, most of whom were trained at Martin Luther College, the WELS college of ministry, in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Click here if you would like to learn more about Christian education in the WELS.