Divine Peace Lutheran School presents children and families a safe, close knit community where Christ serves as the foundation, focus, and purpose of the school. Admission to Divine Peace Lutheran School is a multifaceted process. Our Mission is to offer:
"Excellent Education Empowered by Christ's Love"
In order to achieve this mission we seek to attract children and families who are dedicated to leading lives of service and growth through Christ. We expect parents to become an integral part of the Divine Peace Community while also reinforcing the Truths of the Bible at home. Above all, we want parents to partner with teachers and our pastor to raise their children with a unshakable spiritual foundation.
Beyond founding the school on the cornerstone of Christ, Divine Peace Lutheran School does two things that are unique and rare. Divine Peace limits classroom sizes to 15 students, but teaches through a multigrade classroom. This multigrade teaching approach benefits both academically gifted and struggling students because it provides the opportunity for younger students to stretch themselves, while providing reinforcement in the later years. Because of the small classroom sizes students receive individualized instruction and support, but they are also expected to learn the valuable skill of working with students who are older and younger than they are.
If, after taking a tour of the school and speaking with a Teacher and Pastor, a parent seeks to enroll their student(s) at Divine Peace Lutheran School the student's academic transcripts will need to be sent to Divine Peace for review. An admission/placement test will also be given in order to further gauge where the student is academically. After these steps there is a $350 enrollment fee and $250 technology fee.
Students receive unparalleled attention, love, and connection at Divine Peace in a way that would be impossible in a public school setting.
*Interest in Divine Peace has been extremely high for the 2017-18 School Year. Due the limited number of spaces we recommend you schedule a tour in order to reserve a space for next year. Fill out Form Below.
Q: How much is Tuition?
A: Tuition for the 2016/2017 year is $7950. There is also a $350 enrollment fee and $250 technology fee (about $800/month over 10 months).
Q: How do I pay tuition?
A: Divine Peace uses the SMART Tuition Payment System and a number of options are available in order to fit different family's budget.
Q: Does the school offer Before or Aftercare Programs?
A: Divine Peace offers a Before-care Program from 7:15AM - 7:45AM free of charge. The After-care Program is from 3:45PM - 6PM and costs $15 a day.
Q: Does the school provide lunch for students?
A: A Lunch Service is provided to parents who would like to purchase meals for their child. A Calendar, Menu Choice & Sign Up Form are sent out Monthly.
Q: Do students go on Field Trips?
A: Typically a field trip is scheduled once per quarter. Trips have ranged from the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums to hiking mountains in Harper's Ferry.
Q: What is the curriculum & teaching style at Divine Peace?
A: The curriculum of Divine Peace is Christo-centric, which means that all subjects ultimately highlight God's Glory and are obedient to Him through Christ. A wide range of resources empower both students and teachers to co-create and partake in whole group, small team, and individualized lessons and courses of instruction. Our guiding principles for choosing resources are as follows:
- The resource honors God
- The resource is proven and age appropriate
- The resource is beautiful and of a high quality
-The resource is flexible yet firm enough to meet the learner where they are while guiding them to higher achievement
-Architecture and design strongly influence learning. Teachers draw from traditions like Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, IB and other schools of thought for inspiration in their classrooms.
Manipulatives (wooden blocks, stuffed animals, puppets, scale replicas, architectural models, artifacts from around the world etc.) allow students to work and experience with their multitude of senses and are integrated from Kindergarten onward. In the upper grades students have the opportunity to build their own computer and learn coding through the game Minecraft through an innovative STEM Kit called Piper. Leveled readers, quality picture books, phonics, and whole language techniques serve as the foundation for first and second grade readers. Creative projects, traditional summative tests, note taking, research, public speaking presentations and integration of technology are gradually introduced in the middle and upper grades. Singing is also an integral and unique feature of Divine Peace. All students learn ancient and modern hymns and songs that empower them to glorify God. A number of performances and singing events are scheduled in Church throughout the year, with the highlights being Christmas & Easter.
Teachers seek to collaborate with parents in order to serve each child so that content is tailored to the individual student's gifts rather than forcing them to fit into a State or Federally mandated mold. We believe parents know their child best and should be the chief director in determining the standards and goals of their child's education. This certainly requires parents to be actively engaged in the school community. But this engagement creates the dynamism and richness that makes Divine Peace truly unique.
Q: Are standardized tests administered at Divine Peace?
A: The Terra Nova standardized Test is given in the Spring of each year in order to give parents a benchmark of student progress in core areas like Reading & Mathematics. Due to the wholistic approach at Divine Peace we find these tests to be important in a narrow sense, but certainly limited in terms of capturing both God's sense of giftedness as well as the renowned Harvard psychologist's (Howard Gardner) research on multiple intelligences.
No narrowly conceived, highly regulated, standardized test should ever be the gauge, measure, or primary criterion for determining a student's worth or promise in the future. This is especially true in the complex emerging age in which students are developing. Rather, critical thinking, imagination, character, courage, and conviction in Christ will pay the highest dividends for eternity.
Q: What is the Leadership Model at Divine Peace Lutheran School?
A: Divine Peace is unique in that the school is an outgrowth of the Church. Therefore the Church Council has governance over the school. This Church Council oversees strategic financial and planning for the school. A Board of Education consisting of a President and panel of members governs the operations, policies, and practices of the school.
A School Handbook outlines the policies, practices, and expectations for Divine Peace Lutheran School. These handbooks are given to each parent upon enrolling and they are expected to read and fully understand the contents. It is from this handbooks that issues concerning discipline, tuition, dress policy, etc are properly handled.
Q: What makes Divine Peace different from other schools?
A: Divine Peace is dedicated to cultivating hearts and minds not only for this life, but for eternity. Our scholars find joy and peace beyond this world when they learn the Truth, Beauty, and Love of their Savior, Jesus. Christ becomes the fountainhead for excellence in all areas of what we do at school from the manners and courtesy we extend to peers to the quality of work completed in class. Divine Peace relies on the Holy Spirit to create disciples for Christ, to ignite an inner flame that can serve as a beacon of hope for others in a world often focused on temporal, shallow pursuits. Divine Peace produces young, capable leaders, servants, scholars, artists, scientists, and citizens of God's Kingdom who live in this world, but are not of it. Ours is a community of Compassion, Love, and Grace.
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