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About This School

Gethsemane Lutheran School is a private middle school in Tempe. The principal of Gethsemane Lutheran School is Mr. Wendell L. Robson and can be contacted at wlrobson@glstempe.com. 194 students go to Gethsemane Lutheran School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Gethsemane Lutheran School is 14:1. Fees College Preparatory Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Asian 8%
White, non-Hispanic 75%
Black, non-Hispanic 7%
Hispanic 7%
Multiracial 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    This school has continued to positively evolve with an emphasis on academic excellence the student's character development - all based in a christian atmosphere with a focus on individual moral and character development. The test scores give the school elite status. Our children (3) have benefited from the academic athletic and Christian community environment. Our family has been blessed to be a part of the Gethsemane Community. This school has earned the opportunity to be part of your educational evaluation process for your children and your family.

  • (9 months ago)

    We have been very happy with the educational experience at Gethsemane. We have found the teachers and staff to be kind and caring. We have enjoyed the smaller class sizes. Gethsemane is full of great Christian families and we are proud to send our children there!

  • (9 months ago)

    Gethsemane Lutheran School has been an amazing community in which to raise my two boys. They have both been with the school since they were 3 years old and attended Preschool. The individualized learning and attention to each child has been what has kept us there. My son's first grade teacher recognized that he needed additional things to keep him challenged as well as several others in the class and she made that happen. By challenging them at an early age it has set the bar pretty high. My two sons have had the opportunity to participate in sports music drama band Spelling contests geography contests and Accelerated Reader programs among others. The staff knows each family and is always working with each one to meet their needs. Teachers are accessible and open to discussions. Outside of the classroom the school has many activities throughout the year to join the families in fun and fellowship. It creates a community atmosphere where you feel comfortable knowing that others are looking out for your family when you are not able to be with them. Thanks Gethsemane for 10 great years so far!

  • (9 months ago)

    My children have been attending GLS for over 6 years. We love this school because of the small class sizes and advanced curriculum. Our children are eaily a year ahead of their peers who attend public school. Additionally we enjoy the comminity aspect of the school and the mentoring of younger students by the older children.

  • (9 months ago)

    We love Gethsemane Lutheran School. Our son is in his 4th year at GLS. The school is not the fanciest looking from the outside but once you get inside the classrooms the entire experiance changes. State of the art electonics mobile computer lab with Ipads as well as standard books. The small class size ensures that our child is receiving a great education. While many public schools are cutting non-academic classes GLS offers many programs such as music & drama & a sports program for the older students. The most important aspect to us as parents is that GLS is a Christia n based school that teaches our child the same beliefs & guidelines that we try to reinforce in our home. The staff cares about the children & we consider GLS an extension of our family.

  • (10 months ago)

    Gethsemane Lutheran School has been a big part of our lives since 2002 when we moved to AZ from MN. Our three children will spend all of their elementary years at this great school! As parents a Christian school with teachers that believe and model strong values is important to us. GLS provides that and so much more. Teachers at GLS truly care about their students. They encourage and challenge students on a daily basis. They integrate a Christian viewpoint into all aspects of education - curriculum chapel campus life and extracurricular opportunities. Creativity within the classroom is another reason we are raving fans of this school. A WWII re-enactment Iron Chef and CSI are all examples of courses that have been offered at GLS. Music drama and sports are a few of the extracurricular activities you can find at GLS. Who doesn't love rooting for the Gethsemane Gators throughout the year? GLS is affiliated with Gethsemane Lutheran Church which broadens our family even further through great support and integration. We couldn't be happier with the school the staff and the teachers at GLS. You should definitely check it out.

  • (10 months ago)

    This school is amazing I am proud that my student can go to Gethsemane.At this school my daughter can be in honors math and most importantly honors kindness.

  • (10 months ago)

    Gethsemane is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers and support staff. The student-to-teacher-ratio is low enough so that each student is given the support he or she needs in order to reach his or her potential. The teachers are always looking for cutting-edge ways to teach the material to their students. It is a huge sigh of relief to send my child to a school where I am confident he is loved and cared for. All parents should seriously consider sending their child to Gethsemane.

  • (11 months ago)

    My child has attended this school for 4 years. We really like the school! Gethsemane has gone through some changes but it is heading in the right direction. Teachers and staff are outstanding. The principal is dedicated and is always happy to speak with the parents.

  • (11 months ago)

    Gethsemane Lutheran School in Tempe may be a small school but it is big on technology and service to the community. Caring programs like "Chores for Charity" make GLS stand out. Kids do extra chores at home and in the neighborhood to earn money to buy food for the a local food bank or pet supplies for the humane society. They also have innovate electives that keep the children engaged and excited for school. For example a science elective called CSI Gethsemane gives the middle schoolers a chance to put their forensic science knowledge to the test and solve a staged crime on campus. Gethsemane is more than just a school it is a community with teachers parents and students who care about learning growing and each other.

  • (1 year ago)

    Gethsemane Lutheran School has been a part of our families lives for many years. Our two daughters attended from preschool through the eighth grade. They received an excellent education learned about God and are responsible high school students. They attend one of the highest ranking high schools in the state and know the education at Gethsemane was a huge factor for them to be admitted to their high school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! It is a small school with big school offerings. The class sizes are small. Technology is on the cutting edge. Students use technology to enhance their learning experience. The principal is a loving compassionate leader whom all the children know. The teachers are outstanding teachers and great Christian role models. I would recommend this school to everyone looking for quality education!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our family is so very thankful for Gethsemane Lutheran School. The teachers are so talented and the environment is just like one large family. When I send my child off to school I know she is safe well taken care of and that she will learn an extensive amount of subjects. Not only does she learn the important subjects but she also gets to participate in amazing extracurricular activities of her choice. Currently she is participating in hand bells band and cooking in addition to advanced math and her important core subjects. We are so grateful and so thankful for all the hard work and time the teachers put into our child every day. We believe our daughter will be very successful because of the time and dedication the teachers put into each and every child. Sending our daughter to Gethsemane is one of the best decisions we have ever made.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our third year at Gethsemane with only regret that we didn't start sooner. The Administration is the most compassionate about children and their walk with our Lord. The teachers find joy in teaching their students and it shows. Academically the standards are high and the small class sizes ensure students needs are met if they need advanced math they receive advanced math etc. Gethsemane is a community of families supporting each other and the love that is shown and shared is absolutely wonderful. Personally I would recommend Gethsemane to any family who wants to receive a quality education for their child at a great price surrounding by a supportive community of parents staff and administration.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son was in the Gethsemane preschool for a year and a half. We experienced very poor communication between teachers/staff and parents. The teacher quality especially in the preschool 3's class was poor. I requested a conference with out son's teacher and she would not even look me in the eye. She said our son was doing fine and she had no concerns about him but it was like pulling teeth to get any information out of her. Shortly afterwards we removed our son from the school. None of the staff teachers or the principal even asked why we were withdrawing him. I would think twice about sending your child to this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children are entering their 10th year at GLS. The teachers and staff are caring and work in the way of the Lord. The classes offered are advanced and they offer assistance to others in need of extra help. The sports activities that are available are offered to all students after grade 4 with the exception of Cross Country in 3rd grade. The elective classes are also current to what children are interested in. We have 6 more years at the school and would not trade it for anything!

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have gone to GLS for 5 years now and we love it. The school is small enough that my inattentive "flakey" child gets the attention she needs but the curriculum is still challenging and advanced. The school is also very affordable for a private school. It costs about half what a normal private school costs.

  • (3 years ago)

    Gethsemane is unique as it offers school and daycare at the same location for 2 years old through 8th grade. My daughter is entering her second year here starting pre-K. I have been consistently impressed with the range of learning and activities the caring outreach of the school community and the quality of schooling provided. This school is amazing and I have every intention of both of my children attending through 8th grade.

  • (4 years ago)

    We did not enjoy our time at this school and found the administration to be very uncaring and difficult. They only seem to care about the money and not the child. We would never recommend this school. There are far better choices out there for your children.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our children have attended Gethsemane for the past seven years. We love the school and especially the staff. Like all people they are not perfect but they truly love the students and strive to do their best every day. The staff have always been accessible and have helped our daughters with any help they have needed. GLS rates very high academically. They have a great sports program and all students may participate if they meet the age requirements. We highly recommend this school to anyone who want their children to be educated in a secure and caring environment.

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