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About This School

Grace Lutheran School is a private middle school in River Forest. The principal of Grace Lutheran School is Bill Koehne, who can be contacted at bkoehne@graceriverforest.org. 225 students go to Grace Lutheran School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Grace Lutheran School is 13:1. St. Vincent Ferrer is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Multiracial 9%
White, non-Hispanic 65%
Hispanic 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 22%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2%
Asian 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Our daughter had difficulty with school and this school is the sole reason she succeeded. Everyone put forth an effort to find ways to help her. Her learning disability was not an obvious one. If we had not gone to this school I believe she would not be so successful today. This school is loving has high academic standards and is all about the children. As a teacher in a public school district I could not have been happier with Grace Lutheran School. We were not members of the church but were treated like family. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a good education for their child and does not wish to go the public route. Our daughter is thriving in college and on the Deans List.

  • (11 months ago)

    Grace School is a caring community where my daughters have flourished. Their teachers know them deeply and care about their intellectual social and spiritual developement. The opportunities abound -- plays insturmental music after school and summer classes and more. The new principal is impressive as well. We are so thankful for this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    My 2 children are graduates of Grace; they were well prepared for high school. Once in high school they both took all honors and AP classes to the highest level and are now in college with one majoring in pre-med and the other pursuing a master's in business. Beyond the academic success they are achieving I feel they were taught to pursue social justice and volunteer causes and are committed to making a difference in their field.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has been attending Grace Lutheran for several years now. We are not members of this or any church. We have always been made to feel more than welcome and very comfortable. We have been invited to many parties and outings both in the school year and during the summer break. Even the kids in my son s class that are not really friends are all very respectful to each other and quite kind in my experience. I have found the individual attention the small class size and the academics to be excellent. Foreign language is taught in all grades starting in kindergarten (perhaps even JK and preschool). Art and music are integral to the curriculum. For example they have artists of the week where a single master is discussed in many of the classes the decade the artist lived the culture lived in where they can incorporate art they do. Junior Orchestra is offered beginning in the first grade. There is plenty of recess breaks for the children currently my son gets at least two longer recess breaks along with a shorter 10 minute break every day. There are no letter grades given individual assessments review the progress the individual child has made.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has been great for my kids. They have flourished with the personalized attention. The only way to feel impersonal here is to actively try to remain anonymous. The entire staff is VERY caring and united in their desire for all children to succeed be happy and develop a relationship with God. But it is a small private Christian school filled with all of the advantages as well as pitfalls of such an institution. The previously mentioned bullying has been addressed and resolved.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has been fantastic. We are not members of the church but have always felt welcome. Many of the children are either members of other churches or no affiliation at all. The attention the the childs well being is great. We have been sending our child who is your average kid here for two years with absolutely no problems at all. His reading writing math and social skills are all blossoming beautifully. The focus on music and art are phenomenal. Lots of recess and physical play. Standardized testing and letter grades are not part of this school. Individual assesments lots of parental involvment and a very loving atmosphere. Highly recommended by this parent!

  • (4 years ago)

    We found this school to be rather impersonal. Solidly average academics. Our experience was not outstanding but rather middle-of-the-road. I would consider this school if your local public option is not acceptable.

  • (4 years ago)

    Organizational skills should be taught primarily at home. This school has everything your child needs and more. Great academics caring teachers great music programs sports and a Christian education from people who really care.

  • (4 years ago)

    Academically this school does meet the standards for teaching your child. They absolutely fall short on teaching your child organizational skills and you may find yourself utterly shocked if they move on to a public high school. This school is not inexpensive and extras are all additional fees. As per an earlier review you without question must join the church to be included as a full member of the group. It is kind of an unspoken rule there.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child goes to Grace Lutheran School and just loves it! She's starting 6th grade.This her second year at the school.The teachers are friendly.It is a school you want to send your children to>

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent of 3 children who attended Grace Lutheran school I could not have been happier with the education that my children received. Some of the teachers were absolutely stellar and most were very good to excellent. I found the compassion and empathy for the student's wellbeing as good as the academics. The extra curricular activities were adequate and I found the teachers to be as committed to their passions in these areas as in academics. The music program was especially good. I would recommend this school without reservation to anyone who is considering it for their children.

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