2017 School of Distinction

In July of 2017, Sioux Falls Lutheran School was named a “School of Distinction” by National Lutheran Schools Accreditation commissioners.

Of the 104 Lutheran schools that were accredited in 2017, SFLS was one of only five that received this top ranking. In addition to our excellent academic programs, SFLS was chosen because of the high overall score awarded during the reaccreditation process and three “powerful, research-based, and replicable practices” identified by the NLSA visiting team in March:

  1. The policy based governance system functions appropriately, is well defined, and provides visionary service and leadership for the school.

  2. The school conducted professional evaluation resulting in the implementation of Zoned Recess (creating a safe emotional and physical space) and integrated movement activities in all classrooms.

  3. Powerful music education programs, including Kindermusik-based instruction, Suzuki-based violin instruction, individual music lessons, and a variety of ensembles, help ensure a balanced approach to educating the whole child.

These practices will be shared via webinar with other Lutheran schools during the 2018-2019 school year so that our brothers and sisters in Christ have the opportunity to replicate these effective methods.

The Local Best

Our preschool program, which serves students ages 2, 3, 4, and 5, has been named one of the Local Best in Sioux Falls for 10 years running.


Sioux Falls Lutheran School is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of South Dakota and by the National Lutheran School Accreditation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.