About Calvary

Calvary Lutheran School offers top-quality Christian education in the Kansas City community. Children from infants through eighth grade are in an environment where they learn to strive for excellence, serve the Lord, and show love and compassion for all people.

For parents seeking an exceptional education for their children, Calvary’s curriculum, programs, sense of community and experienced faculty are all deciding factors. Calvary focuses on nurturing the whole child—academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Our students grow with confidence, developing a strong intellectual and moral foundation that lasts a lifetime.

Calvary is open to all children in Kansas City and surrounding neighborhoods. We are dedicated to offering the highest standard of education for an affordable tuition. Calvary’s church and school communities are hard at work year-round to ensure that the school is well supported to offer unparalleled learning and growth.

Our Mission

Calvary Lutheran School supports parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibilities by creating a Christ-centered environment where students are challenged, encouraged, and enabled to be life-long learners.

Our curriculum and programs are designed to help all students demonstrate:

  • Spiritual Growth: Being a witness to Christ and His plan of salvation through their words and actions
  • Academic Excellence: Acquiring academic skills and knowledge to become problem-solvers and independent thinkers
  • Cultural Awareness: Respecting various cultures, their arts and customs
  • Physical Growth: Recognizing that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and to live their lives according to God’s purpose
  • Emotional Maturity: Acknowledging their uniqueness as a child of God and demonstrating that uniqueness by responding appropriately to each situation
  • Social Awareness: Recognizing their responsibilities to those around them

Calvary Quick Facts:

  • Affiliation: Calvary Lutheran Church
  • Campuses: Waldo and South Kansas City
  • 1948: Elementary grades established
  • 1996: Early Education Center established
  • Mascot: Warrior
  • School Colors: Royal blue and white
  • K−8 School Hours: 8:10am–3:30pm
  • K−8 Extended Care: 7–8am and 3:30–6pm

General Structure:

  • Focus on Faith in Jesus
  • Long-standing tradition of academic excellence
  • Loving and nurturing teachers with strong faith and experience
  • Small class sizes in a safe and secure setting
  • Differentiated instruction in reading and math
  • 21st Century Learning Environment
    • Computer lab
    • SMART Boards
    • Technology integrated into the classrooms
  • Foreign language instruction in 4th-8th grades
  • Fully accredited through NLSA and Missouri Non-Public
  • Faith formation through Bible-based curriculum and weekly chapel
  • Friendly, bright, clean atmosphere

Student Profile:

  • 145 students in K−8
  • 101 students in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten
  • 108 children in the infants−2 year old program
  • 27% minority
  • K−8: 50% Lutheran, 50% other community students
  • EEC: 8% Lutheran, 92% other community students
  • 80% of students in grades 1−8 perform above the 85th percentile on the Standard Achievement Tests
  • Average K−8 student/teacher ratio is 16:1
  • Early Education student/teacher ratio follows Missouri licensing requirements

Faculty Profile:

  • All K−8 and Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten lead teachers have 4-year education degrees and state certification
  • More than half of early educators have degrees in child development
  • More than half of teachers and the administrator hold master’s degrees
  • K-8 Faculty average tenure in education field is 23 years and EEC is 10 years

Interscholastic Sports:

  • Boys soccer, basketball and track/cross country for grades 5−8
  • Girls volleyball, basketball and track/cross country for grades 5−8
  • Girls cheerleading for grades 7 and 8

Music Ensembles:

  • 5–8 band
  • 6–8 handbells and chimes
  • K–3 vocal choir
  • 4–5 vocal choir
  • 6–8 vocal choir

Other Activities:

  • Family fun nights
  • Plays and musicals
  • Service projects
  • Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge
  • BOOK IT! and Accelerated Reader programs
  • Blue Springs School of Economics
  • Academic Bowl
  • Mathletics
  • Kansas City Young Audiences
  • After-school clubs
  • Gathering of the Talents
  • Cyber Dudes
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • Greater Kansas City Science Fair