At Zion Lutheran School, we want to see students and families come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. However, we recognize the sacrifice families make to send their children to a private, Christian school – and we want to help!
Tuition assistance is available for K-8th grade students. Zion Lutheran School is blessed to have 3 sources that fund our financial aid and 1 easy process by which you can apply.
Because each family is unique, we hope you take the time to meet with us and apply.
Source #1 – Zion’s Tuition Assistance
Needs-based – Zion Lutheran Church and School offers financial assistance to our families who value the importance of Christian education but who struggle to make financial ends meet. Funding for tuition assistance comes from a variety of sources within the church and school. Consideration for assistance is given on a case-by-case basis, and scholarships do not renew automatically from year to year.
“Multi-student Family Grant” – Automatically applied to the total tuition of families with 3 or more children enrolled in our preschool-8th grade school. No application needed. Grant amounts are subject to change each year based on funds available.
Source #2 – Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) Building Blocks’ Program
(For more details visit http://www.lesastl.org/tuition-assistance)
LESA’s Building Blocks scholarships offer financial aid to children from economically disadvantaged families who wish to attend LESA-member Lutheran elementary schools. Funding for Building Blocks scholarships is raised through LESA’s fund development efforts. Consideration of requests will be given on a case-by-case basis to families expending less than 10% of their income on Lutheran elementary school tuition, provided extenuating circumstances exist. Scholarships do not renew automatically. Families seeking assistance with the cost of tuition through the LESA Building Blocks must apply for funding each year.
For more information on the Building Blocks or Missouri District scholarship programs, call Maureen Gersman at 314-268-1234 with your questions.
Applying for tuition assistance from Zion AND from LESA
Both ZLS Tuition Assistance and the LESA Building Blocks program now use FACTS Tuition Aid Assessment online application process.
To apply for assistance, families will create an account and submit an online application through FACTS. To determine your family’s financial need, FACTS will request the prior year’s federal tax documents and, in some cases, supporting documents for income and expenses. FACTS also requires a small application fee to process financial aid applications.
Please use the link to LESA’s website to apply for tuition assistance using FACTS.
Source #3 – Empower Illinois
Empower Illinois is a statewide Scholarship Granting Organization created in 2017 to serve Illinois children through the state’s tax credit scholarship program. The Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program was created in Illinois to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income. Our scholarships provide parents a way to help their children find success.
Empower Illinois serves as a conduit for processing donations, scholarship awards and program compliance for approximately 80% of all Illinois private schools. We support schools and nonprofits in their tax credit fundraising efforts while assisting students and their families through the scholarship process that can help make their dreams a reality.
Visit https://empowerillinois.org/ to learn more and to apply for a scholarship through Empower Illinois.
For more information on tuition assistance, email Mrs. Ananda Baron, principal, at email@example.com.
Lynae (Mathews) Hoercher, Teacher at Zion and Alum
“My name is Lynae Hoercher and my Zion story is very special to me. I grew up going to Zion Church where every Sunday was a family affair. My grandparents, aunt and uncle, cousins and my immediate family have all attended church at Zion and/or went to school here…”
Tricia Burge – mom of current Zion Lion and one ZLS alum
“Our family chose Zion Lutheran School because of its long history of providing a high quality, affordable education coupled with a Christ-centered approach to teaching not just an engaging and challenging curriculum, but also wholly dedicated to reinforcing strong morals and values. And we could not be more pleased with our choice…”
Crystal Dallas – mom of two Zion Lions
“Our children’s education is very important to us. We wanted a school that would nurture their mind, body and spirit. Before visiting Zion Lutheran School, we conducted extensive research and visited several other area schools. We attended an open house event at Zion Lutheran School and there was just a feeling of belonging…”
Suzanne Bollmeier – mom of two Zion Lions
“We chose Zion because we were interested in a school that provides not only excellent academic offerings, but also a strong Lutheran foundation…”
Jennika Denery, mom of one Zion Lion
“We are so thankful to be part of Zion! We chose Zion because the peace of our child is our top priority, and Zion brings solid education with foundational truth which encourages peace in her life and the lives of all Zion students…”
Lance and Michelle Rensing, family with two Zion Lions
“Our family moved from Florida and a small charter school to Belleville and a year of public school. Public school was not conducive to our son’s learning style or challenge level. Our niece attended Zion from preschool through 8th grade and had nothing but positive things to say about attending Zion. We chose Zion after we toured the school with our son and talked with teachers and students…”
Phallisha Curtis, mom of one Zion Lion
“Our son has attended Zion since pre-school and he is now in junior high. We chose Zion based upon the recommendation of family friends whose children attended Zion. We liked the pre-school, before and after school child care, academic and extra-curricular options all grounded in Christian love…”
Liz Krulick – mom of three current Zion Lions and one alum
“We are an Air Force family with four children, and when we move to a new area, deciding upon a school is one of our top priorities. Three years ago, we moved to Belleville and Zion Lutheran School came highly recommended from another Air Force family we knew well…”
Amber Morthland, mom of one Zion Lion
“We were not happy with our current school district option and chose to look into private schools. Zion was one of the schools that many parents I spoke with suggested for a great private school. We went to the open house and knew before we left that would be the school Summer would attend…”
Eric and Kayla Pounds – parents of five Zion Lions
“We are a military family with 5 children, so to be honest, the reason we chose Zion isn’t why we stayed. Zion offered a one-stop drop-off for all our children, which was extremely convenient. However, when we saw that the staff and teachers truly manifested their personal and organizational center in Christ, we could not put a price on this incredible blessing…”
Kelly Skaff, mom of five Zion Lions
“When our oldest child was starting Kindergarten, we chose Zion for the small class sizes. At that time, we had no idea we were also becoming part of a wonderful community. Zion has given our children challenging academics, the opportunity to play team sports, a great music program including band, choir, and private music lessons, and enriching opportunities for public speaking through plays and leading chapel. Most importantly, Zion has helped our children build a strong faith foundation…”
Becky Bertram, mom of three Zion Lions
“We chose Zion because we wanted our kids to go to a school where they would be encouraged to grow in their relationship with God, and where each of our three children could receive a unique education, tailored to their individual needs…”
Jenn Pagan, mom of two Zion Lions
“We chose Zion five years ago, after touring and learning about all the opportunities they offered our children not only educationally, but spiritually and physically as well. Since then, our children have flourished. They enjoy the variety of classes offered in addition to basic studies, such as music, art, P.E., religion and enrichment…”