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." - 2017 MLHS parent
  • "Comfortable, God-centered environment, filled with people who want to see you succeed. Outstanding academics, excellent athletic programs." - 2017 MLHS student
  • "I appreciate the faith-based education that my daughter receives and for the excellent academics. It is a blessing as a parent to know that she is surrounded by Christian values and influences as she grows in maturity in faith during these challenging teen years." - 2017 MLHS parent
  • "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!! " - 2017 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. " -1978 MLHS graduate
  • "My 4 years at MLHS were a very enjoyable and critical part of my academic, social and spiritual development. The classes and extra-curricular activities put me in a good position to succeed in college and to witness my faith. I have many fond memories of my time there and thank God for the excellent teachers, Christian friends, and opportunities to grow. " - 1989 MLHS graduate
  • "ML is 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... ML is also 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. "- 2009 MLHS graduate

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Michigan LutheranBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19701910
Campus Size7 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment108 students313 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$30,000$48,850
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJoel C. Cordes
Matt Herbst

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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered815
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1824
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.
  • Our students are among the nation's best in standardized testing and annually lead our region. 
    • Our average ACT: 24.9 (U.S. average ACT is 20.9)
    • Our average SAT score: 1144 
    • Average GPA of the 2017 graduating class: 3.51/4.0
    • +95% of graduates pursue college degrees.
  • An intimate school setting means wide-open opportunity to collaborate in multiple team sports and extracurriculars.
    • Approximately 70% of students are involved in a Fine Arts activity every day! 
  • Beautiful facilities, caring dorm supervisors (who are also teachers), ample access to organized study and additional amenities provide a "home away from home" stepping stone to the independence needed for college.  
  • MLHS is blessed to call home one of the American Midwest's most attractive settings: St. Joseph, Michigan. Our town and surrounding communities are among the most beautiful and safest places in the U.S.
    • We are a 90-minute drive from Chicago and a highly desired tourist destination with Lake Michigan as "our backyard."
    • Our area contains the world headquarters of American appliance giant, Whirlpool Co., and boasts a climate supporting a 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),
    • All instructors adapt to the learning needs of our English language learners.
    • AP and dual-credit college courses for qualified students. Many are offered using an online platform with on-campus instructor support.
    • SAT Prep course (for all junior students) and TOEFL Prep (international).
      • Latter course also examines the US college application process, guides students through writing a personal statement for college applications and provides a more intense focus on developing the ELL's academic writing skills
  • Our guidance counselors are very familiar with the college application/admissions process in the U.S. and the unique needs of the international student making the transfer to post-secondary education.
    • Recent college acceptances to University of Michigan, Penn State University, Notre Dame University, Washington University - Seattle, etc.
  • Discount program for students who have been with us for a year, taking into consideration leadership skills and/or academic achievements.
    • 2016 graduating class was awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships.
    • Dorm students are not required to "go home" during breaks. Michigan Lutheran High School provides host family stays during those times - at no extra cost to the student.
  • Michigan Lutheran High School accreditations: National Council for Private School Association (NCPSA) and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA)

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