Seattle Lutheran High School will close at the end of this school year

This is the last year for Seattle Lutheran High School in West Seattle. Founded in 1978 SLHS, the school has been unable to meet its enrollment, academic, recruitment and financial goals.

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Seattle Lutheran High School, founded in 1978 in West Seattle, announced on April 22 that it would close the school at the end of the 2022 school year. School President Hamilton Gardener made the announcement at a school assembly and on the school website.

After forty-five years of service to the West Seattle community and the education of countless local students, it is with a heavy heart that the Seattle Lutheran High School Board of Trustees has decided to close the high school. , beginning at the conclusion of the current 2021/2022 Academic Year.

The board made the decision at the end of a two-year effort with Hope Lutheran Church and School, focused on creating a viable pathway for high school – a pathway to higher enrollment levels. sustainability, appropriate compensation for faculty and staff, and the kind of educational experience our students so deserve. After reviewing all available information for the 2022/2023 academic year, including enrollment, funding, recruitment and retention of key faculty and staff, we have not seen a path forward that could achieve these goals in a safe and responsible manner. And so, over the next year, the board will consider how school facilities can best be used to pursue Christian education, to include continued collaboration with Hope Lutheran Church and School to explore a new vision for the future.

Our immediate priority, however, is our students and our families – to finish this year like any other, to graduate senior class 2022, and to help underclass students transition into other schools. Select staff will remain employed over the next year to facilitate an orderly and thoughtful closing process.

We are grateful to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund for providing the financial assistance needed to support our mission over the years. We would also like to thank the staff and Board of Hope Lutheran Church and School for their tireless efforts, support, and belief that we could see the high school succeed in the future. Although our goals were not achieved, we could not have come this far without their support.

Seattle Lutheran High School was established in 1976 by an association of more than 30 Greater Seattle Lutheran churches and opened on September 17, 1978. Hope member Bob Christian was the Principal Founder/Executive Director of Seattle Lutheran High School. Seattle and Pastor Hope Clem. Pera was the founding chairman of the Seattle Lutheran High School Board of Trustees. We are grateful to all of the fellowship churches that have supported the high school ministry with their prayers and tithes.

The Commission also recognizes the seriousness of this decision and that many people will feel a range of emotions related to it. The good news is that even when times are tough, God is faithful to his people. The prophet Jeremiah spoke these words which may also encourage you at this time:Because of the great love of the Lord, we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!– Lamentations 3:22-23

In his strength and his peace,

Hamilton Gardiner, President

Seattle Lutheran High School Board of Trustees

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