ACADEMICS & PHILOSOPHY
St. Matthew Lutheran School’s academic programs prepare students for high school and beyond. In the classroom, everything begins with the firm belief that children are precious gifts from God and are equally deserving of our time, talents, and love.
Departmentalized teaching in the upper grades means our teachers teach to their strengths; giving each student their very best. Recently updated science and social studies curriculums as well as an all-new math curriculum installed for the 2014-15 academic year. St. Matthew follows all State of Michigan educational requirements and standards – except those conflicting with our doctrine.
Our teachers work with each student to showcase their God-given gifts and abilities; realizing that not all children learn in the same manner or at the same speed. We work hard to reach the full potential in each child while striving to instill a life-long love of learning.
We are even blessed to have, through a partnership with the Wayne-Westland School District and their Share Time program, the opportunity to have certified and specialized instruction from teachers in foreign language, art, and physical education in our school weekly to work with students on a variety of projects and skills. Our students’ offerings are displayed throughout our hallways for our school and church families to view and appreciate.
The current 2014-15 academic year K-8 enrollment averages 14 students per classroom as shown in the attached graphic (click the icon to the left to zoom).
Each child is a gift from God. It is our privilege and responsibility to prepare each student to be Christ’s ambassador to fulfill his/her part of the Great Commission. St. Matthew will nurture its children in their spiritual growth along with their academic, physical, emotional, and social development. In order to offer an effective Christian education, we partner a quality educational staff with actively supportive parents to achieve common goals.
St. Matthew’s School believes that the canonical books of the Old Testament are the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We accept the teachings of Martin Luther’s large and small catechisms and the documents contained in the Book of Concord as a true exposition of the Word of God and a correct exhibition of the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. That is why we insist the Gospel message permeate all aspects of the educational ministry of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School.
Each Wednesday morning, the entire school participates in Chapel led by our Pastors and staff in the Church’s sanctuary. Our doors (while technically secured, monitored, and locked throughout the school day) are always open, and parents are welcome to check in any time they have a question or concern.