Why Choose St. James?

A Tradition of Excellence

St. James Lutheran has been partnering with Christian families in the Lafayette area to educate and challenge young people for a life of Christian service since 1851. 

Biblically Discerning

With God as our foundation, we educate and equip for service, for Christ, the mind, heart, and spirit of the 21st-century learner. 


Meaningful relationships developed within a Christian context help students mature in their faith and develop the confidence to discover God’s world and their place in it.  We care for each other here at St. James Lutheran and cultivate a culture of belonging for all students. We believe in a balanced education, providing spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth to prepare youth to be responsible citizens at home and in their community. 

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students are a top priority at St. James Lutheran School.  We are committed to promoting the physical, spiritual, social, and emotional well-being of every student at St. James by providing a safe learning environment. 

Academic Continuity

Our Preschool – 8th-grade curriculums align strategically for academic continuity and excellence, and students leave St. James Lutheran abundantly prepared to flourish in high school and their communities. 

Exceptional Faculty

St. James Lutheran faculty and staff are the heart of the school.  They pray for and with their students, they model a commitment to living a faith-filled life, and they challenge their students to pursue knowledge and truth. 

Academic Achievement

Our rigorous curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to flourish in a diverse world.  Our faculty challenges students to engage the culture around them with a faith-informed worldview, and St. James Lutheran graduates consistently enroll in high school honors courses. 

Fine Arts

St. James Lutheran students are encouraged to pursue creative expression through music and fine arts classes as well as co-curricular clubs and performance opportunities. 

Athletic Opportunities

St. James Lutheran offers Junior Varsity and Varsity sports beginning as early as 4th grade. We promote Christian sportsmanship and opportunities to grow in leadership, teamwork, confidence, and athletic development.

What Do Our Students Love About St. James?

Winning essay by Noah Sattgast, 2nd Grade student, for the “Share Your Story” contest. Read more!