Our mission is Everyone prepared! Everyone saved! Faith is the largest Lutheran school in the United States and the largest non-public school in the state of Nevada. This year, we serve 1,950 students in grades 6-12.
I have great respect for the parents who choose to send their children to our school. The financial sacrifices they make to ensure their children are in an exemplary school are admirable. Our parents realize that the investment they make in their child's spiritual, academic, and extra-curricular lives will have an impact that will last a lifetime - and into eternity. Faith Lutheran is a safe, outstanding school. We are not simply a private school; we are intentionally a CHRISTian school. Daily, students learn about and experience the love and grace that God has for us through our Savior Jesus Christ.
91 percent of our high school's graduating Class of 2018 are in college; 85% of them are in four year colleges and universities. Together, the Class of 2018 was accepted into many different colleges and universities including Concordia University, University of Alabama, Baylor, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon University, UNLV, Virginia Tech, NYU, Loyola Marymount, Penn State, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise LA, Purdue, TCU, Colorado, SMU, University of Michigan, Rice, Oregon, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Marquette, Leigh, Vanderbilt, UC-Irvine, and Arizona - just to name a few. The Class of 2017 secured MORE THAN 8.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS. In the past five years, Faith graduates have been accepted into a staggering 423 different colleges and universities. The average ACT score for the Class of 2018 was 24.8. Our SAT averages for the Class of 2018 were 600 in Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and 590 in Mathematics. 36 Honors and 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses strengthen our college-prep curriculum. In grades 6, 7, and 8 our Middle School boasts Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) scores in the 90th percentile compared to other schools nationwide. Advanced classes bolster a rigorous curriculum. More than 80% of our middle school students make Faith Lutheran their high school of choice; that seamless transition allows us to serve students and families for up to seven years.
We believe that student involvement on campus after school is a vital part of the Faith Lutheran experience. Our middle school offers several drama performances each year, choir, band, handbells, football, volleyball, cross country, cheerleading, dance, wrestling, basketball, track, soccer, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and lacrosse. Our high school offers choir, band, handbells, drama, football, volleyball, cross country, golf, cheerleading, dance, tennis, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf, track, swimming, and lacrosse. Additionally, many clubs and activities, which are located under the "Student Life" tab on our homepage, exist for our Middle School and High School students. There is indeed something for everyone at Faith Lutheran.
While stats are impressive, it's the stories of the lives that have been changed, enriched, and blessed that inspire families from around the valley to attend Faith Lutheran this year. We love welcoming new families into the Faith Family!
We invite you to visit our dynamic campus at any time. We fulfilled another promise in our BUILD FAITH capital campaign as the Student Center was expanded and two additional parking lots were added. Our strategic plan in the next twenty years calls for the vacation of Homestretch Drive and adding an aquatic center, tennis courts, STEM building, auditorium, office building, and new middle school building. Yet, if in a hundred years from now the campus still looks as we picture it today in the master plan, we will have, in a sense, failed. But if future generations, based on needs we know nothing of now, physically alter this campus to better prepare and save people so that Faith Lutheran is a vital and dynamic force in the Las Vegas Valley, we will have succeeded well beyond our wildest dreams. In the meantime, we will continue to build spaces and places for adults and kids to do their best work.
God has richly blessed us since our beginning in 1979. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me. These are indeed exciting times to be a part of Faith Lutheran. We have deep respect for our school's history and thank God for those who have gone before us as it is on their broad shoulders that we stand today, yet we firmly believe that our best years still lie ahead and look forward to God's continued grace on this place.
God bless you, and God bless Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School!
Dr. Steve Buuck, CEO - Chief Executive Officer