I went to this school when I was a child and my child goes there now. It is a wonderful school with a focus on traditional learning and character development. Every single teacher and staff member at the school is fantastic and cares about your child as a whole. It's an extremely caring and supportive environment, and has good academics on top of that. Students have the opportunity to do hands-on projects and activities such as building 3-d maps of Virginia and its terrain, and playing a fake stock market, which augment their understanding and allow them to have fun while learning. The school also uses Saxon math, which is really great for building upon math skills and avoiding the forgetting curve throughout the year because students review old material in their homework every day while also working on new skills they've learned. The school also teaches spelling throughout elementary school as a core subject-- something i think many public schools ignore. The middle school program switches classes and next year is adding Spanish is part of its core curriculum. The price is affordable and it's nestled right off of columbia pike and george mason drive-- two major roads in the area. The church also has an Eritrean ministry, so there is a lot of diversity in the school.
My kids are finishing kindergarten and 3rd grade and I am extremely satisfied with the education they got at OSLS. We are enrolling them in next years classes. They teach homeschool courses with respect and love. The individual attention they needed to do well was there and they let us know right away when our kids were struggling. Very happy with this God centered school.
I decided to enroll my son after hearing from several friends about the positive, encouraging learning environment at Our Savior. My high expectations have been met! The new principal and staff are completely dedicated to the children and responsive to parental concerns. The smaller class sizes are a great plus, with the individualized attention my son is receiving. I have already recommended this school to another friend, who is sending her children to Our Savior this year.
My 2nd and 5th grader just finished another amazing year at Our Savior Lutheran! As both of my children have attended this school since Kindergarten, each year just gets better and better. Having lived in Arlington most of my life I am aware of the various different schooling options in Arlington. While Arlington has a lot to offer, no other school compares to Our Savior's excellent teaching, nurturing environment and goal to develop students with excellent character and compassion. This school truly is a hidden gem in Arlington and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable Christian day school that is above all others!
Few resources, old books, and worst - a principal and administration that aren't interested in helping students.
Small school on a quiet street in a crazy city. Teachers and staff go above and beyond. This is not a job but a calling. Most of the staff comes from a Lutheran education system and attends the church. We are not Lutheran and did not attend the church, but felt involved and included. Christ centered learning inside and outside the classroom. My 7th grader went on a mission trip in DC to serve the homeless for a retreat. My 4th grader went to multiple historical sites with his class - making history come alive. My kindergartner was loved, hugged, and encouraged every day. As a military family we loved the daily Pledge of Allegiance and prayer in school.
So, so so happy with this incredible school- its small, Christ-centered, dedicated staff, most who have been there for 20 plus years- its literally a family- with strong academics, student-focused approach, in a nurturing environment building character and instilling values. You can't beat the student/teacher ratios- and for a smaller school, we are amazed at the amount and level of student and family activities, sports, events, and a strong PTL with truly dedicated parents and staff. If you're in the Northern Virginia/DC area, and looking for a safe, nurturing, strong academic, Christian environment, you have found it at Our Savior Lutheran School. We have several friends who home-school, and knowing that is a growing trend in the US, we like to say that because of the values, ethics, and moral character building that your child gets at Our Savior, we call it "Home-schooling in the House of God!"
We have been at Our Savior for K and 1st grade and have been happy with our son's experience. He is making great progress academically, helped by teachers who care and understand that young kids need chances to get their energy out. The interactions with his teachers and principal and the nonacademic activities keep him happy to come to school, which is nearly as important to us as what he is learning. The small class and school size gives the teachers the flexibility they need to help each child succeed according to their individual traits.
HOMESCHOOLING IN GOD'S HOUSE -- "Our Savior Lutheran Church began a Lutheran school because it values Christ centered education. We believe that in partnership with the home it is important to address the needs of the whole child through our educational program. This is done to prepare each child for the next step of his or her development." A philosophy statement doesn't get better than that!
Our Savior Lutheran has an excellent faculty. They are nurturing, yet they challenge the students to strive for academic excellence. Not only does the school provide a quality education, but the environment is unmatched. The students are surrounded by a caring people, and they are taught Christian values by the example set before them by the faculty and staff. You will not find a better school for your children.