Student/Teacher Ratio – 22 to 1
School Day 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Fridays 2:00 pm)
The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At the middle school grades we as a school realize positive socialization, Christian empathy for one another and classroom relationships support much of a student’s school success. In order to prepare students for a rewarding Christian relationship, teachers implement self-help strategies that provide structure, teach organizational skills, and encourage successful performance.
Religion: Through the curriculum, One in Christ, emphasis during the school year is on the history of the Christian church from creation and the Patriarchs, God’s plans for His people and the ministry of Jesus through the growth of the Christian church. Daily devotions, along with weekly memory work, help the students grow spiritually.
Chapel: As a class the students attend our all-school chapel every Wednesday morning. Our worship service includes prayer, music, Christian mission opportunities, and age-appropriate talks. Parents are welcome to join us each week for this special time. A pastor also makes weekly presentations in class.
Language Arts & Reading: The students continue to strengthen their skills in grammar, writing, and spelling though a variety of novels including The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, as well as the Grammar text book, Easy Grammar Plus. Literature and independent reading are also encouraged in a variety of genres and monitored through journaling.
Mathematics: McGraw Hill’s ALEKS on-line mathematics builds on the fundamentals of math and offers tools for self-paced proficiency-based learning.
Science: The textbook Interactive Science is a launching point for an appreciation for the world God has created as the students study life, physical and earth science. Activities and labs take place weekly.
Social Studies: In order to better understand the world in which we live, students focus on ancient world history and incorporate map and geography skills with higher-level thinking skills. The text My World History, is accessible online as well.
Computers: Computer activities are integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, students will have 1-to-1 Chromebooks, meaning that students will have 24/7 access to a Chromebook laptop computer. Chromebooks are used all period in math class, and several classes require daily or weekly usage of Google Docs.
Physical Education: Physical Education is a class designed to provide aerobic exercise, appreciation for physical fitness, and learned skills in individual and team athletics. Students are required to dress in designated PE attire for this class.
Art: The creative side of each student is nurtured through art instruction. Projects are planned to coordinate with the church year and the curriculum.
Literacy Center: The library is available for students to complete research and check out books for personal enjoyment.
Field Trips: To learn more about our varied community, field trips are taken that help support curricular learning. For Social Studies, we visit the Wing Luke Museum and tour Seattle’s International District. For Science, we visit Chuckanut Drive and Western Washington University’s Geology Museum. In addition, Lutheran sixth graders from the Puget Sound area gather to celebrate God’s creation and develop an appreciation for God’s world through a variety of programs and activities at Miracle Ranch. This 3-day outdoor education experience helps build skills and bind friendships.
Spring Musical: Students participate in a drama production involving song and dance. Some of the recent productions include Fiddler on the Roof and The Wizard of Oz.
Special Activities: In order for students to become well-balanced individuals, a wide variety of activities is offered. These may include: soccer, dance, volleyball, basketball, track, spelling bee, chess club, math club, knowledge bowl and drama.
L.E.S.T.: The Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (L.E.S.T.) is a ministry of Concordia University, Portland in partnership with elementary schools of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. L.E.S.T. is based on the value of Christian education that emphasizes the love and praise of God, thankful use of talents and service to others. The primary goal of the L.E.S.T. is to provide an organized structure to promote fun, skill development, fair play and fellowship among Lutheran elementary school youth through academics, fine arts, and recreational activities. Students may be involved in one or many activities. These include: athletics, drill, cheer, spelling bee, Knowledge Bowl, chess, voice, piano, Authentic Writing and math competitions.
Piano and Violin Lessons: Lessons are available throughout the school day for an additional charge.