More than likely you know a young person who struggles with mental illness. Today, mental health problems are diagnosed more frequently than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. More than twenty percent of youth ages 12-25 are now experiencing or will experience a serious mental disorder.
It’s been about two years since we sat down with you and asked some questions. Is the timing right to do this again?
Absolutely. I enjoy a forum to speak candidly about the big picture of Lutheran High School and all the things we are currently working on.
Each year, the administration at Lutheran High starts looking towards next year to think through what we can add, expand, and improve to make our school even better equipped to serve students in the future. This year is no different. We are excited to share plans to expand all aspects of the school from athletic and academic to the physical building.
After a student makes it through middle school, sometimes all the parent hopes is for their child to survive high school. But LuHi has a greater vision. “If we put students in the right environment surrounded by the right people where culture matters and Christian worldview is taught, God will work through them,” says Executive Director Dan Gehrke. “I’m amazed at their faiths and I’m amazed at what they accomplish.”
High school is a pivotal point of life; it is both sunshine and storms. It can inspire or shake a foundation of values, self-esteem, knowledge, and even faith. According to Barna Group, three out of every five young Christians leave church either temporarily or permanently after age fifteen. That’s a staggering statistic, and one that LuHi responds to very seriously.
“Black Friday” - the day following Thanksgiving - generated over $1,000,000 in online sales per minute! That day through the following Monday, now referred to as “Cyber” Monday, captured 20% of all online holiday shopping. Forecasts suggest the average U.S. consumer will spend $1,007 this year on gifts, food, decorations, and Christmas cards during the November-December holiday season.
In many ways, the four years that students spend at LuHi go by in a flash. High school is a time to cherish, but we also aim much higher. Every member of the Lutheran High faculty and staff wants to prepare our students for college and for life.
Finding the best school to academically nurture and challenge your children is critical to their success. For many families, paying for that academic investment in their children is a major stressor.
Your 14-year-old student is about to enter high school. It’s obvious they are nervous; they spent the last 10 hours deliberating over what they are going to wear the first day of school. But we know you feel the anxiety, too.
In the video above, LuHi Principal, David Ness, talks about the importance of filling classrooms with teachers who:
- Are experts in their field
- Have a passion for their subjects that’s easily recognizable by students
- Can relate to their students
- Care about students and can nurture their growth