Our Biblical Philosophy Regarding Tuition Assistance
Informed by God’s purpose and guided by our Bible-based mission, vision, and values, we believe that Christian education is not simply a product or commodity. It is a ministry. It is a commitment. It is a sacrifice and a priority—for our supporting churches, donors, parents, teachers, and staff. It is also an opportunity—a connection between your child’s needs, your family’s values, and our school’s mission.
That is why, at Sioux Falls Lutheran School, the first and most important consideration is what is best for your child’s spiritual and academic future. This philosophy applies to every area of our ministry, including tuition and the allocation of tuition assistance, and will be explored during your family’s Educational Success Consultation.
We also recognize that finances play an important role in your family’s educational decisions. That’s why we provide up to $200,000 in scholarship assistance to qualifying families each school year. Our ultimate goal is that money will not prevent families who are willing to make their children’s Christian education a priority from attending Sioux Falls Lutheran School.
How Might Tuition Assistance at SFLS Work for Me?
“…and it was distributed to each as any had need.” (Acts 4:35b).
For several years, SFLS has successfully partnered with TADS, a third-party organization that conducts a private financial analysis to determine a family’s level of financial need. SFLS receives a confidential report outlining your financial situation, based on the information you provide.
In addition to your TADS application, the following circumstances may also impact the amount of tuition assistance awarded:
Funds available for tuition assistance
Number of parent-applicants relative to available funds
Number of dependents in your family
Number of children you have enrolled at SFLS
Other extenuating circumstances, as noted on the tuition assistance application
Families may be awarded up to 50% of tuition from our tuition assistance fund, depending on available resources. Tuition assistance is issued annually, and a new application must be submitted each year. Our administrator will provide application instructions during your Educational Success Consultation.
Additional Tuition Assistance Resources
In addition to the $200,000 we make available in tuition assistance each year, you can use the following resources to help fund your child’s Christian education:
In order to help families who don’t qualify for needs-based assistance, Sioux Falls Lutheran School offers a School Tuition Reduction Incentive Program. Participating families purchase gift cards at face value through our school and use them, instead of cash or other cards, to make purchases. A percentage of each gift card you buy goes directly into an account for your child and is applied toward your child’s tuition. Check out the 2018 SCRIP Informational Brochure for a list of participating businesses.
South Dakota Partners in Education Scholarship
The South Dakota Partners in Education Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides tax credits to insurance companies who donate to a nonprofit scholarship granting organization (SGO), which then provides scholarships to private school students who meet specific income and grade requirements. Additional information about the scholarship will be provided during your Educational Success Consultation.
With changes to tax laws in 2018, parents can now withdraw up to $10,000 per student per year, tax-free, from a 529 plan to cover the cost of tuition at private K-12 schools.
Association Church + Private Donor Tuition Assistance Funds
Several Sioux Falls Lutheran School Association Churches have established needs-based tuition assistance funds for children of the congregation who attend SFLS. In addition, private donors who contribute to our school often have a Christian interest in providing tuition assistance to those in need.
Our team of committed administrators and finance personnel are available to assist your family in putting together a reasonable tuition payment plan in order to make Christian education at SFLS a reality for your child.
Applying for Admission
Our admissions process begins with an Educational Success Consultation. The complementary visit with our administrator, Mrs. Tia Esser, is designed to help us understand your family’s needs and give you a true understanding of what it means to receive a Sioux Falls Lutheran School education. It also provides opportunities to meet our teachers and tour our facility.
To schedule your Educational Success Consultation, contact our admissions director, Mrs. Megan Baedke, at 605-335-1923. We look forward to meeting you!
Sioux Falls Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admission policies, athletics, and other school administered or sponsored programs.
What families are saying:
“I trust that our kids are safe and cared for at SFLS. I know they are learning at a rapid rate in each school subject, and most importantly–they are learning about how to be a Christian.”
–Brian, SFLS Parent
“I often marvel at the ways that Sioux Falls Lutheran School is impacting my life, even today. Early on, ADHD provided a serious obstacle to my education. I can only imagine where I would be if I had not received the support and attention of the staff and teachers at SFLS. Beyond that, I can’t stress how important it is to receive an education where faith and school are joined hand in hand. The knowledge and values that I started to cultivate at SFLS have been vital in defending and grounding my faith throughout my life thus far.”
–Paul, SFLS Class of 2010
“I appreciate the diverse education (i.e. violin and chapel in addition to core curricula), the family-oriented atmosphere, and learning experiences tailored to the needs of the individual student.”
–Dave, SFLS Parent
“The Spanish education that I received from SFLS tremendously impacted my experience with the language in high school. Those 9 years of learning the fundamentals and laying down the basics made me extremely prepared… It programmed my brain to pick up the high school material faster. Also, SFLS allowed me to take the Spanish I course for high school credit, which in turn enables me to take AP Spanish senior year.”
–Anna, SFLS Class of 2015
“Each of my children attended kindergarten at a wonderful Christian school, but I can truly say that SFLS offers the most well-rounded kindergarten experience. The academics are excellent and the co-curricular components—such as art, music, religion/faith formation, and PE—are the perfect compliment. SFLS offers a challenging, yet nurturing, well-rounded approach to education and the growth of the entire child. We love the holistic approach it takes.”
–Rebecca, SFLS Parent
“Sioux Falls Lutheran School set me up with a great education that carried over into high school and will soon serve me well in college. SFLS is the reason why I have the passion for music I do right now. But more importantly, it has a great, welcoming, Christ-centered atmosphere, which is why SFLS will always be such a family to me.”
–Kadie, SFLS Class of 2013