The Jury Is In on School Choice

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On balance, school choice is a win. It makes sense. Consider the expenditures per student in the public system, the smaller expenditures per student in choice schools, and that the public system usually retains a portion of its funding while being freed from the responsibility to educate those students. When that happens, public school teachers […]

Bethany Lutheran Church, CLS, and the Souls of our Community

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This article describes a trend that has been noticed in many parts of American public and private life for some years. Several American generations have on the whole lost a deep appreciation for the value of faith, especially the most formative faith of western civilization: Christianity. There has been a strong push toward multiculturalism on […]

Tuition Assistance: A Blessing for Our Families

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It is CLS policy that our families see actual-cost tuition billing. The amount can vary from year to year, depending on enrollment. While this amount is comparable to other fine private schools in Oregon and elsewhere, it can still be surprising to those who have not previously considered the cost of a great education. We […]

New School Year Brings Fresh Opportunities

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On August 1, area students will have an opportunity to try out the reading program at Columbia and get a leg up on the coming school year. While this is mostly geared toward younger students, some older students may also benefit. As of this writing, we have several new students planning to attend, as well […]

New Photos in Our Virtual Tour

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We’ve doubled the number of photos, updating the virtual tour on the Columbia web site. Why now? Well, the upper grades classroom is just about finished, and ready for students in August. If you know a family with a 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, let them know, so they can check us out. The […]

Preparing for Columbia’s Future: Kindergarten through 8th Grade

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Churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) obtain their pastors through a formal calling process that involves the synod. Pastor Jacobsen was called in late 2005 to serve a parish of two congregations: Bethany in The Dalles, and Concordia in Hood River. The two congregations decided on February 28, 2016 to extend two pastoral calls. […]

Local Matching Donation Provided for Columbia Lutheran School

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Columbia Lutheran School enrollment for 2015-2016 is up by 125%! Thanks be to God! If growth in that range continues next year, then the school will be near the sweet spot for cash flow, where tuition pays for school expenses with the lowest possible student:teacher ratio. But for now, we are very thankful that a […]

Limited-Time Opportunities for 2015-2016

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This year, the CLS School Board is offering an early registration incentive based upon the generous gifts we have received over the past year. All students registered for 2015-2016 before May 15th will have their registration fee later credited toward their tuition. This still allows the school to make needed purchases in anticipation of the […]

Standardized Testing? How about Adaptive Testing!

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Columbia Lutheran School is using the Measures of Academic Progress from the Northwest Evaluation Association for an objective measure of our students’ academic progress. Over the summer, we looked into using it as an independent school, but found that the cost that way was far beyond our reach in this first year. However, it turns […]