FAQ

General

Do I have to be member of your church or a particular church to send my child to school there?

Absolutely not, we have families from many different faith backgrounds. We share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ from a Lutheran perspective. To learn more about what Lutherans believe please visit our What We Believe section of this site.

Is your Kindergarten program full-day or half-day?

We offer two choices for kindergarten, a half-day or a full-day program. Both programs provide the essential instruction necessary for first grade success. Both programs prioritize core curriculum objectives in the morning hours, however the full day program allows for extension and enrichment of those morning lessons into the afternoon. Full-day hours are 8:20am – 3:20pm. Half-day hours are 8:20am to 11:50am.

What are the class sizes?

For our preschool, we follow NAEYC’s recommendations regarding ratios. These ratios are lower than state standards.

Preschool student-to-teacher ratio:
Beginner (Ages 2½ -3): 6 to 1
Preschool (Ages 3-4): 7 to 1
Pre-Kinder (Ages 4-5): 9 to 1

For our elementary school, our student-teacher ratio is often lower than local public, charter, and private schools. The average class size is around 17. The following are the class size limits for 2016-17.

K-8 Class Size Limits:
Kindergarten: 20 student max
Multi-age (1/2 & 3/4): 20
Traditional (1-4): 22 student max
5th-8th Grade: 26 student max

Teacher Aides in classrooms:
Kindergarten: 15 students
student max Multi-age Class: 15 students
1st/2nd Grade: 18 students
5th Grade: 22 students

Does curriculum meet state standards?

Yes, and in most cases, it exceeds them. As a parochial Lutheran school, we are able to independently determine and adhere to educational standards which best ensure the highest quality of academic preparation for students. Our school provides a rigorous academic curriculum that integrates the Christian faith and knowledge.

Where do graduates go to High School?

Students have attended or currently attend local public high schools in Gilbert, Higley, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Tempe, as well as private high schools including Gilbert Christian, Valley Christian, Seton Catholic, Brophy and Xavier College Prep.

Where do graduates go to college?

Graduates of Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran School have attended or are attending universities such as Grand Canyon, Arizona, Arizona State, Barrett Honors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Northern Arizona, San Diego, Azusa Pacific, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Greenville College, Concordia Irvine, Concordia Texas,…to name just a few.

Do students have to wear uniforms?

Yes. Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran School is a place for instruction and learning. The purpose of having a standardized dress policy is to simplify the matter of student attire and place that issue in perspective with regard to the learning process. Standardized dress also promotes a sense of civility and equality among the students and encourages responsibility and self-discipline. Our administrators and our faculty insist that each student be dressed in a way that will not hinder the educational process, that will promote a positive image among our students, and which will provide Christian witness to the community. Please visit the Dress Code/School Uniform section of this site for more details.

Do you allow parent help in the classroom?

We welcome and encourage parental help in our classrooms. There are numerous opportunities for parents to volunteer and serve in the classroom and other school day activities.

Are you accredited?

Our Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Lutheran School Association (NLSA). Our K-8 is accredited by National Lutheran School Association (NLSA).

Are your teachers credentialed?

All teachers, preschool through 8th grade, have at least a bachelor’s degree. K-8 teachers have also completed a teacher training program and have been credentialed by a state.

Preschool lead teachers are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in education and/or pursue a CDA (Child Development Associate) credential. Each preschool staff member must hold or pursue a CDA and complete 18 hours of professional development each academic year.

Elementary and middle school teachers are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in education, state certification, and a Lutheran teacher’s diploma. Elementary teachers attend school in-services, local workshops and the LCMS Pacific Southwest District teacher conference to complete 18 hours of professional development each year.

What are the school hours?

Preschool
Morning sessions: 9:00am to 11:30am
Afternoon sessions: 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Grades K-8
Monday through Friday from 8:20am to 3:20pm
Kindergarten Half-Day
8:20am – 11:50am
Drop-off
8:00am – 8:20am
Pick-up
3:20pm -3:30pm

Extended Care
Before: 7:00am-9:00am
Lunch Bunch: 11:30am-12:30pm
After: 3:00pm-5:30pm

Do you have before and after school care?

Yes, we have an excellent wrap-around extended care program for all students to help meet the needs of our working parents. Please visit the Extended Care section of this site for more details.

Does your school offer a Hot Lunch program?

Yes, we provide an opportunity for our preschool-8th grade students to receive a catered-lunch option through Not Your Typical Deli, where parents are able to order lunches and pay online. Orders may be made the night before to a month in advance. Students may participate everyday, occasionally, or not at all.

How much homework is there?

Teachers try to assign no more than 10 minutes times the grade level of the students for homework. For example, students in second grade on average would have no more than 20 minutes of homework. Several teachers offer tutoring after school or in the summer

What special classes are offered to students?

Preschoolers:
Spanish, S.T.E.A.M. Enrichment

K-5:
Art, Choir, Computers, Library, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Recorders (4th grade), and Band (5th grade)

6-8:
Band, Choir/Music, Electives (multiple classes in the subject areas of Life Skills, Humanities, and S.T.E.A.M.), Global Language (Spanish, German, French or Mandarin Chinese), and Physical Education

Do you make accommodations to the curriculum for learning needs?

Our small class sizes help teachers get to know each of their students’ different learning styles and needs quickly. Our school has a partnership with LSEM (Lutheran Special Education Ministries). This partnership allows us to have a resource teacher on staff 20 hours a week as well as gives us access to a multitude of assessments and educational resources. Each student (PS-8th) is assessed several times a year to monitor growth in reading skills. Students in grades 3-8 may be tested to move up a grade level in math. The resource teacher consults with teachers and parents and provides small group and 1-1 interventions with students. We have two multi-age classes (1/2 and 3/4) that provide more opportunities for cooperative, differentiated, and project-based learning compared to the traditional classroom.

What before or after school activities are available?

Non-athletic clubs are offered before school to students. Ovation (show choir, for Grades 5-8), Student Council (Grades 3-8), First Lego League (robotics) (Grades 4-8), and Chess (Grades K-8). After school athletic opportunities are offered to students starting in first grade. Competitive team sports begin with sixth grade students. Girls: cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, softball, cross country, basketball, golf, and track and field. Boys: flag football, soccer, baseball, cross country, basketball, golf, and track and field.