For 184 years St. Paul’s Lutheran School has been dedicated to educating and empowering every student who walks through its doors, always doing so with Christ at the center. Established in 1837, St. Paul’s is the oldest continuously operating elementary school in the state of Indiana. This historic institution has built a legacy that is highly sought after, but the staff is not resting on their laurels. St. Paul’s continues to grow while keeping its mission statement at the forefront:
Educate each child in a Christ-centered environment for a life of service to God and man.
The school’s youngest students, ages three and four, reside in the Early Childhood Development program headed by Stephanie Mueller, director and lead teacher. Packed full of creative learning and activities, this program currently offers Pre-K and Little Bear classes, which meet half days, five days a week. In addition to these offerings, there is also a three-day-a-week program and an afternoon enrichment program.
“Our curriculum is focused on academics, but it’s a lot of life skills as well,” says Mueller. “We teach them how to get along, how to work together, how to use the letters and words we’re learning, but more importantly how Jesus teaches us to use those words.”
Keeping its parent’s demanding schedules top of mind, the school is expanding the Early Childhood Development program to meet the needs of a wide range of families.
“The expansion will offer a three-year-old program in which parents will have several choices as far as days go,” says Assistant Principal Megan Keefer. “We will also be doing a ‘Mommy and Me’ class for two-year-olds twice a month to help them become acclimated with our school, church and learning environment.”
Beyond the Early Childhood Development program’s growth, the K-8th grade classes are excelling as well.
“We adhere to a rigorous academic program and are very proud of how we consistently perform on standardized testing,” says Principal Doug Schwartz. “We’re a well-rounded school and send our kids to high school well-equipped.”
St. Paul’s choral program is deeply rooted in Lutheran tradition, with the youth choir directed by Kantor Kevin Hildebrand of Concordia Theological Seminary. It is also host to a strong athletics program, boasting a boys’ basketball team which competed at and won a state title.
So what sets St. Paul’s apart from other schools in the area?
“Our Lutheran heritage and identity along with our ties to the church are so important,” says Keefer. “Our downtown location allows us to immerse our students into the community. Our classrooms are not just the four walls around our building.”
Address: 1125 Barr St. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone: (260) 424-0049
Years in Business: 183