Who are we?
Lansing Christian School was established in 1951 by a group of families who had a vision for a PreK-12th grade Christian school that would be vigorously academic and thoroughly Christian. LCS is a private day school and our community currently includes over 540 students from more than 70 different Christian churches and 25 public school districts.
Our vision at LCS is to equip young men and women to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ. This is a big job! But with exceptional faculty, dedicated staff, and a close partnership with parents, we are able to provide an engaging and nurturing learning environment where students can flourish as they discover and develop their God-given gifts and abilities.
What is our purpose?
Recognizing God as the source of all truth, wisdom and knowledge, Lansing Christian School partners with Christian parents to engage students in an academically challenging environment that fosters spiritual, intellectual, social and physical growth through rich and diverse educational experiences.
Helping each student understand that they belong to Jesus Christ, that their lives have purpose, and that they have a unique role to play in God’s story is foundational to everything we do at LCS. Their unique identity in Christ makes them special, so each and every student should feel a sense of belonging in our learning community.
What do we believe?
As a Christian school, we hold to a Biblical worldview that recognizes God as the Creator of all things, Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of all who acknowledge Him as Lord, and the Holy Spirit as the one who reveals truth. We believe that the knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom, that fellowship with God is the basis for true fellowship with one another, and that each student is uniquely created by God and is endowed with particular gifts. The goal of our school, in cooperation with the home and church, is to assist parents in the training of their children “so that they might set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:7) and to help each student develop to his or her full potential.
Are all grades on one campus?
YES! Having a PreK-12th grade campus provides LCS with the unique ability to intentionally cultivate relationships across grade levels. Our buddy programs help promote an inclusive and supportive school culture by encouraging older students to act as role models and providing younger students with the mentorship of an older buddy. This benefits everyone!
What curriculum does LCS use?
Academic excellence is pursued at all grade levels by developing the life-long skills of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, thinking for innovation, empathy and persistence. This is supported by a PreK-12th grade curriculum that includes integrated technology, coding classes, the creative arts, academic support services, Biblical study, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level.
Is LCS accredited?
Yes, Lansing Christian was first accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) in 1996. In 2007 the school was accredited by the North Central Association (NCA). The NCA stamp has international recognition and provides a process of peer review and a framework for continuous progress toward excellence in every activity and program of the school.
In 2012, and most recently in 2016, Advanced Ed (formerly known as the North Central Association), in partnership with Christian Schools International, awarded the school another five year accreditation.
Are the teachers certified?
Yes! 100% of our full-time faculty are certified by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education. In addition, over 40% of our teachers have advanced degrees (Masters or PhD). LCS has some of the best teachers in Christian education who provide exceptional instruction and live out their faith in the classroom each and every day.
Does LCS prepare students for college?
Yes. Our PreK-12th grade curriculum includes integrated technology, coding classes, the creative arts, academic support services, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, so students are well-equipped for academic success beyond high school. In fact, nearly 100% of LCS graduates pursue higher education and all who apply are accepted into a four year college or university.
What is the Student/Teacher Ratio?
The average Student/Teacher ratio is 14:1 across all grade levels. LCS teachers foster meaningful engagement that encourages deeper learning and reflects a personal investment in the lives of each student. As a result, our alumni share time and again how the extra time and encouragement they received from their teachers helped them to grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually.
How do I schedule a visit to LCS?
The best way to understand the many benefits of an LCS education is to experience our community for yourself! Click the Learn More link below to schedule a personal tour or to sign up for a Student Shadow Day, where potential students are paired with a current student and are able to attend classes and participate in a typical day at LCS.
When does LCS accept applications?
Our annual admissions season opens October 1st. As classes fill, applications are still received, reviewed, and added to our waitlist.
Does LCS have a preschool program?
Yes! We are a PreK-12th grade school. Our Early Learners Preschool program is designed to be a safe, Christ-centered learning environment that respects the pace of childhood. The approach of the Early Learners Preschool Program supports the development of the whole child and is designed to help children meet developmental and academic milestones to prepare them for a successful kindergarten and elementary school experience. A child entering PreK3 or PreK4 must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1 and be potty-trained.
What is the minimum age for kindergarten students?
Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1.
Does LCS accept international students?
Yes! We welcome international students and have several multilingual faculty members who are often able to assist with their transition to our community.
What does LCS offer for homeschool families?
LCS offers a homeschool incentive program for part-time high school students. Each new student enrolling will receive 50% off tuition for their first part-time class. Click the Learn More link below to learn about the homeschool application process. Please note: To compete on a Lansing Christian athletic team, part-time students must attend 20 hours/week or be enrolled in 5 of 7 classes. Participation in extracurricular creative arts and performing groups is at the director/teacher’s discretion.
Does LCS offer tuition assistance?
Yes! No student pays the full cost of education at Lansing Christian School. Through our Variable Tuition program, families pay tuition that ranges from 55-85% of the actual cost of education. Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program that matches a family’s tuition rate to their unique financial situation. This makes a quality Christian education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise benefit from our school community. New students must first apply to LCS before applying for Variable Tuition. Families not applying for Variable Tuition will pay the exit rate of the tuition range.
What income is typical for families who qualify for Variable Tuition?
Many factors are evaluated by a third-party service, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and size of the family. Therefore, a wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program.
Does LCS offer other scholarships?
The Pilgrim Scholarship allows current LCS families with incoming grade 1-12 students to apply annually for a scholarship based on their qualities, abilities, activities, and their family’s financial situation. The scholarships range from $250 – $1,000 depending on the funding available and the number of applicants. The scholarship committee will be looking at evidence of the student having positive leadership and contributions in the classroom, school, church and community and showing compassion for others.
Does LCS offer a ministry discount?
Yes! LCS values the contribution of those in full-time ministry both in Greater Lansing and at Lansing Christian School. If you are in full-time ministry as a paid profession, complete the Variable Tuition application and the Ministry Discount form.
Is LCS affiliated with a specific church, denomination, or ministry?
No. LCS is an independent school that accepts applications from students from a wide range of churches and denominations. Currently, our student body represents over 70 Christian churches in our region. We consider it a high calling to educate and equip students to be able to engage the world for Jesus Christ and join God in His transformational work in our communities and in our world. Ministry happens at each grade level as students are empowered to apply knowledge and skills to produce real work that meets real needs for real people right here in our very own community and throughout the world.
Does LCS offer Chapel and/or Bible Classes?
Yes. Every student in grades K-12 participates in chapel twice weekly. Students have opportunities to lead their peers in chapel. At the middle school and high school level, students are able to join the chapel leadership teams, which are responsible for planning chapel events and leading worship.
Additionally, Bible classes are a required component of our curriculum at every grade level.
Does LCS offer a variety of sports?
LCS participates in MHSAA Division IV / Class D athletics. Our competitive sports programs available to middle and high school students include basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball, baseball, track & field, cross country, equestrian, swimming & diving, water polo, bowling, lacrosse, and golf.
For grades K to 5, we offer youth baseball and basketball clubs, as well as Pilgrim Play, which is a Saturday morning co-ed program designed to develop skills in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and baseball while learning to play with a positive attitude.
What about creative arts?
Students have the opportunity to be involved in drama productions, art classes, worship leading, local art competitions, and a variety of concerts with our choirs and bands.
Does LCS provide after-school care?
The “Junior Pilgrims” after school care program is available for PreK through 5th grade students Monday – Friday, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. and includes homework time, snacks, and supervised play. It is a nurturing and activity-based environment that helps students transition from school to home each day.
Does LCS have a bus service?
No. As Greater Lansing’s first choice for Christian education, LCS serves families that are spread across a 30 mile radius of mid-Michigan and more than 25 different public school districts, making a bus service impractical. Also, our students benefit from many of our parents and grandparents becoming very involved on campus. As a community of families who enjoy helping one another, some families choose to arrange informal carpool groups.
Do LCS students wear a uniform?
No. LCS partners with parents to enforce a neat, modest, and appropriate dress code.
What are the demographics of the LCS community?
Our students come from over 25 public school districts and 70 different Christian churches, while nearly 20% of our student body is comprised of minority students. LCS provides opportunities for students of all races and ethnicities to connect, grow in unity, and help our community learn about and celebrate one another.
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