School Details

Zion Lutheran School

408 Jackson Street, Marengo, IL 60152
(815) 568-5156

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 332 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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About this school

Zion Lutheran School is a private middle school in Marengo. The principal of Zion Lutheran School is Mrs. Joanie L Smith. 332 children attend Zion Lutheran School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Zion Lutheran School is 18:1. Marengo Community Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% %
Hispanic 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school preaching reaching and teaching. Pastoral staff needs MORE involvement with the kids though.

  • (1 year ago)

    I had the misfortune of going to Zion from preschool to 8th grade. I hated every minute of it. The majority of the staff are stuck up snobby whiney over sensitive nut cases. I know this is a Lutheran school too but the staff are OBSESSED with God. Everything they do they bring up God somewhere. It's really quite creepy. I am now a junior at Marengo Community High School and I love it. Trust me I'm not just some bad kid who got in trouble all the time and has a beef with this school. Almost all of my classmates agree that this school is absolutely positively THE worst school in Illinois.

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing Teachers! A great Christian education.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school because it has heart. Everyone cares and watches over each other. I could not imagine our life without Zion in it!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love that Zion Lutheran School is focused on teaching our kids the word of Jesus Christ and they integrate this into their entire curriculum. I also am particularly greatful for some of their extra services they provide parents such as their Back Up program which allows kids to go after school to a supervised and loving environment. Our three kids have had some wonderful creative and inspiring teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending for 5 years and my son for the past 3. I couldn't imagine sending them anywhere else. Zion has wonderful teachers that have many of the same principles that I do. The students are respectful and help each other.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughters have attended Zion for the last 5 years and am very thankful we have such an excellent school available for our children. Zion is committed to providing top-notch education while ensuring each student is respected and appreciated as an individual. We know the foundation our kids are receiving at Zion will not only help them excel academically but also instill in them values and respect for the world around them.

  • (5 years ago)

    We had tried the public schooll had were completely appalled by what goes on there. Putting our children at Zion was the best decision we made. Quality of education is much higher and there is a family feel among the families that attend. Teachers know the kids in all the grades not just the ones they teach. And the kids themselves in all grade levels from pre-school to 8th know eachother and the school promotes the older kids to assist the younger ones. Great activities and althetics too. I also disagree with the previous review on it not being a school for kids with special needs. My son receives both P/T and O/T and the teachers and students are wonderful with him. The grading scale is tough though and many teachers are very picky and may set too high a standard.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school for science and english. Early computer education. Appropriate for college-bound students. Not for children with learning or behavioral difficulties. Excellent supervision and disciplining of children on playground.

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