New Students at Cross Lutheran School

Why Choose Cross?

The school a family chooses to send their children to is a decision that requires much thought and prayer. Cross Lutheran School offers children a solid academic and spiritual foundation, as well as many extra-curricular opportunities in a safe, encouraging environment with caring teachers and staff.

Cross Lutheran School provides an excellent range of educational opportunities. We are continually striving to grow and adapt to the needs of our community. We offer an expansive curriculum for Pre-K through eighth grade, and can even tailor an adaptive curriculum to accommodate students of all abilities.

We truly love each child we have the opportunity to care for and teach. It is our hope and reward to watch your child grow into an intelligent, successful, young adult who is ready to take on the next step in their journey of education.

Cross Lutheran School holds National Lutheran School Accreditation and is recognized by the State of Illinois.

Cross admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded the students at our school. 

Cross Lutheran School teaches Spanish at all levels, K-8, to prepare students for required foreign language programs in high school and to encourage a broadened perspective on learning.

Food Service

Students will bring their own lunches to school. They may choose to participate in a variety of outsourced food services.

Before and After School Care

Cross Cares is committed to providing Christian care and direction before and after regular school hours, consistent with the care and training that is provided during the school day. This self-supporting program is designed to be as much like the home experience as possible. Children can engage in a variety of activities from free play on the playground to arts and crafts. For students needing to get a head start on homework, a time and quiet place will be provided.

Bus service to and from school is not available.

Special Education

The Special Education Program at Cross Lutheran School strives to address a wide range of learning needs, including specific learning disabilities. This program, centered in Christ, prepares students with unique learning challenges to maximize their God-given spiritual, academic, emotional, and social potential. The teachers adapt and develop curriculum to match the needs of each student and use a variety of teaching strategies, making sure each student, regardless of ability, is reaching his or her full learning potential.

The Resource Program provides direct services for students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) and other plans that focus on student achievement. The plans provide an individualized program for each student that meets his or her needs in order to build strengths. Students stay in their regular classroom and go to the resource room for direct support services, usually in reading and math. The Resource Program also exists to assist students who would benefit from one-on-one or small group instruction, due to either a potential learning difference or a need for more individualized support.

The Literacy Foundations Program is an early intervention program that is designed to address and support students with possible vulnerabilities to learning. Cross provides a screening to all kindergarten, first, and second grade students to look for those that may qualify for this program. Teacher recommendation and parent permission is needed in order to participate in this program. This program provides individualized or small group (2-5 students) instruction for those with mild learning difficulties or remedial needs in language arts subjects like reading and grammar.

“We started our Cross journey with the preschool program and have been beyond blessed by the relationships built with Cross families and staff. Shortly after kindergarten started, it was brought to our attention that our child was falling behind and struggling with reading and comprehension. It was the attentiveness and open communication of our Cross teacher that helped diagnose some vision issues.

The Cross staff was very supportive and accommodating to our pediatric ophthalmologist’s vision therapy plan. To keep our child academically on pace, Cross provided personalized special education services onsite with amazing one-on-one support and encouragement. In addition, Cross advocated with our family for our child to receive additional support from our local school district.

Cross was amazing in navigating us through the testing and qualification process and as a result of this effort; we now participate in Dual Enrollment. This personalized program has allowed our child to thrive in the learning environment because of the expanded access to the resources and services made available. We are extremely grateful of the support and genuine care we have experienced at Cross and hope you prayerfully consider starting your journey here!” -Lyndsay Kelley