Our Impact

Our mission is to touch the lives of children and families through a high-quality, faith-based elementary school experience.

LESA’s need-based tuition assistance program provides meaningful scholarships to children of all faiths who attend Lutheran elementary schools. Today, 1 in 10 Lutheran elementary school students in the greater St. Louis area receives tuition assistance from LESA.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

LESA works collaboratively with member schools to provide programs and resources that serve teachers and students.

  • professional development for 500 teachers and 35 administrators
  • mentoring materials for new teachers and administrators
  • STEM support through our Pre-K-8 LEGO kit lending program
  • curriculum guides that integrate our Christian faith into every aspect of instruction
  • accreditation support to schools renewing National Lutheran School Accreditation
  • cost-savings through the Spire Natural Gas Aggregation program and other partnerships
  • funding & resource coordination for standardized testing and school counseling services

“Our teachers go above and beyond. They’re always learning new things and bringing them back to the kids, and coming in and challenging them in new ways.”

Danni Eikenhorst, Parent


LESA Serves

  • 34 Lutheran schools
  • 8,300 students
  • 500 faculty members

Scholarship Impact

To date, LESA has awarded more than $6.1 million in need-based tuition assistance to children of all faiths in the St. Louis Metro Area.

  • 36% live at or below Federal Poverty Level
  • 36% attend urban ministry schools
  • 47% are of minority ethnicity
  • 35% are non-Lutheran
  • 13% no church affiliation

“When God calls you in a certain direction, he gives you what you need to get there.”

Katie Fabbiano, Parent

LESA At A Glance

  • 100% of LESA member schools are nationally accredited
  • $6.1 million in Building Blocks Scholarships
  • 3,548 hours of STEM & LEGO Education learning for 473 students
  • 3,493 students impacted by funding for standardized testing
  • 28,600 hours of professional development since 2004
  • $278,000 invested in ongoing learning opportunities for teachers & principals
  • $273,000 in mental health services & counseling funds for students
  • $451,000 in cost-savings for member schools from the Spire Natural Gas Aggregation program, the Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Institute, and professional development grants

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