FAQs
Do I need to attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to attend St. Paul’s school?

No, St. Paul’s church membership is not required. Families from all over the Kankakee and Bourbonnais areas have been attending St. Paul’s Lutheran School for more than 150 years.

What preschool options are available?

We offer 3-year-old preschool 2, 3, and 5 days a week. 4-year-old preschool is available 3 and 5 days per week.  Full and half day sessions are available.

Are full day and half-day kindergarten options available?

Kindergarten is offered on a full day basis only.

Is before and after school care available?

Yes, before school care begins at 6:30 a.m. and after school care ends at 6:00 p.m.

What is the average class size?

Although class sizes vary, we believe low student to teacher ratios allow us to best meet the individual needs of students. Therefore, the student to teacher ratio in a K-8 classroom does not exceed 22:1.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available and is awarded according to need. A student must first be pre-registered before financial aid can be awarded. Additionally, families who are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or other Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches receive a discounted tuition price. Families can also reduce their tuition costs by participating in the TRIP program where families earn tuition credits by purchasing gift cards that can be used in grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and a variety of other retail locations.

Is St. Paul’s a fully-accredited school?

St. Paul’s Lutheran School is accredited by the National Lutheran School Association. In addition, all of our faculty members are state certified, ensuring your child is being educated by qualified teachers and administrators who both fulfill the legal requirements of the state of Illinois and are committed to Christ-centered education. Additionally, we have received full recognition by the State of Illinois--the highest possible ranking for nonpublic schools in the state.

Do you use current technology in the classrooms?

Classrooms are equipped with modern technological tools such as Promethean boards and document cameras. Students in 3rd-8th grade may bring their own laptop or device to class, or we will provide a laptop for their use during the school day, making a 1:1 ratio for computers in these grade levels. We also provide a class set of Ipads and Chromebooks in the lower grade levels, ensuring even our youngest learners are on the cutting edge of technology.

Am I required to volunteer at the school?

Yes, families of students enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade are required to fulfill 20 partnership hours for one student. Preschool families must complete 10 hours. The maximum number of partnership hours required per family is 30. Partnership hours can be earned volunteering in your child’s classroom, helping at athletic events, supervising lunch periods, and in a variety of other ways.

Do you administer standardized tests?

We administer the MAP (Measuring Academic Progress) test in Kindergarten through 8th grade two times per year. The results are used to assist teachers in making instructional decisions.

Do you have a dress code?

We abide by a dress policy that emphasizes modesty, neatness, and cleanliness.  Students should not dress in a manner that attracts undue attention to themselves. Uniforms are not required. Dress code specifics can be found in the Parent and Student Handbook.

Do students attend chapel?

Yes, all students in kindergarten through 8th grade attend chapel on Wednesday mornings.

What type of extracurricular activities are available?

St. Paul’s students participate in a variety of athletic, academic and fine art extracurricular activities including, but not limited to cross country, basketball, volleyball, band, choirs, dramas, musicals, art fairs, spelling bees, geography bees, math competitions, science fairs, battle of the books, and a number of clubs.

Is hot lunch available?

Hot lunch is offered on a daily basis. Free and reduced price lunches are also available for qualified families.