Michigan Lutheran High School

615 East Marquette Woods Road
St. Joseph, MI 49085
  • "Michigan Lutheran offers a Christian education that my children can't get in any other high school in our area. There are small class sizes, and the teachers know all of the children well." - Recent MLHS parent
  • "Comfortable, God-centered environment, filled with people who want to see you succeed. Outstanding academics, excellent athletic programs." - Recent MLHS student
  • "I Love M.L. !!! I love the faculty! I love the Christian environment. Mr. Herbst is Amazing! He does an OUTSTANDING job marketing our school, he is wonderful!! " - Recent MLHS student
  • "What impresses me the most is the sheer love and dedication of its teachers...they have taught multi-generations of students, never losing that desire to equip teenagers for service in the church and community! God has richly blessed hundreds of students through these faithful servants." - MLHS alumni
  • "A great place to learn not only the skills you need for life but also for your spiritual life. I loved how every day you felt safe... A great school for being able to use your talents, whether that is theater, band, choir, sports, speech, etc. The teachers recognize students' talents and encourage using them to the glory of God. "- MLHS alumni

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Definition of Terms 
2019 School Data
Michigan LutheranBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19701909
Campus Size7 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment113 students318 students
% Students of Color
18%
22%
% International Students
9%
20%
% Students Boarding
19%
67%
Average SAT Score1166* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size20 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:111:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered3017
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
20%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$14,930
(Includes Room & Board. Additional fees apply.)
$56,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$6,770
(Additional nominal fees apply.)
$29,900
Tuition international students$30,000$50,145
% Students on Financial Aid
20%
37%
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineMay. 31Jan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
70%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJoel C. Cordes
Matt Herbst

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered3017
CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, French, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered816
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
A/V Tech, Digital Media Production, International Club, Lions Club, National Honor Society, Power Lifting, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Club, Rotary International, Student Council, Taste of Ministry

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Choir, Drama, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Spring Talent Show

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Trap Shooting

School Notes

    Michigan Lutheran High School is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of faith-based education for all. We help students achieve personal, spiritual and academic success by educating body, soul and mind. We serve beyond Southwestern Michigan to students from Germany, South Korea, China, Spain, Mexico, U.S.A. and more every year.Among U.S. best in standardized testing; annually leads our region. 
  • Our average ACT: 25 (U.S. average ACT is 21)
  • Our average SAT score: 1166 
  • Average graduating class GPA: 3.51/4.0
  • +95% of graduates pursue college degrees.
Intimate school setting, wide-open opportunity to collaborate in multiple team sports and extracurriculars.
  • 90% of students involved in extracurriculars daily!
  • 75% of students involved in Fine Arts daily! 
Beautiful facilities, caring and licensed dorm supervisors, ample access to organized study and additional amenities.
  • "Home away from home" stepping stone to the independence needed for college.  
One of the American Midwest's most attractive settings, St. Joseph, Michigan is among the most beautiful and safest places in the U.S.
  • 90-minute drive from Chicago and a highly desired tourist destination on Lake Michigan.
  • World headquarters of American appliance giant, Whirlpool Co.
  • Moderate lakeside climate supports wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables and year-round activities.  
Access to a full-time international student advisor for adjusting to academic, cultural and social changes.
  • Specific courses in ESL support (English, Religion),
  • Instructors adapt to ESL learning needs.
  • +30 AP and dual-credit college courses.
SAT Prep course (for all junior students) and TOEFL Prep (international).
  • Latter course also examines U.S. college application process, personal statement for applications and intense focus on developing ELL academic writing skills.
Our guidance counselors are very familiar with U.S. college application/admissions process and the international student's unique needs when transferring to post-secondary education.
  • Recent college acceptances to University of Michigan, Penn State University, Notre Dame University, Washington University - Seattle, etc.
Discount program for returning students with leadership skills and/or academic achievements.
  • Full Merit Scholarship available to superlative 11th & 12th graders.
  • 2018 graduating class was awarded over $1M in college scholarships!
  • Dorm students provided with host family stays during breaks if they can't return home (at no extra cost to the student).
  • LD types supported: Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
  • Michigan Lutheran High School accreditations: National Council for Private School Association (NCPSA) and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA)

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