Academics

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Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and on the teaching of the Christian faith. Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana. Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and encouraging each child to reach their full potential.

We offer school options for age 2-preschool through 8th grade.

See our class offerings for 2019-20 here.

Middle School Grades 6-8

Accreditation

NLSA

 Holy Cross Lutheran School is accredited through the Indiana Department of Education and through the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA).  NLSA is a rigorous national accrediting process designed to evaluate schools based on their unique purpose as Lutheran schools. It helps schools evaluate not only the quality of the academics and programs, but also most importantly the spiritual dimension of the school. The “Standards for Lutheran Schools” and report forms are similar to those used by other accrediting agencies, both secular and religious.  A downloadable copy of these standards is available below.

Standardized Testing

Holy Cross Lutheran School administers the ISTEP+ test for students beginning in the third grade. In addition, Holy Cross has partnered with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for our student assessments.  Students at Holy Cross take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).  These tests are state-aligned, and are used to determine the instructional level of students, to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and to measure growth from year to year.  Students in Kindergarten and First Grade take tests in the areas of Reading and Math.  Students in Second Grade and above take tests in the areas of Language, Reading, Math and Science.  All of the tests are taken on a computer.  MAP tests are similar to standardized testing such as ISTEP, CAT, etc., however, they are unique in that they adapt to the student’s ability, accurately measuring what a child knows and what a child needs to learn.  The tests measure academic growth over time, independent of grade level or age.  As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.