It is our goal to help all children develop an understanding and love for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That is at the heart of what we do every day in our school, whether it is preschool or elementary school or junior high.
In our preschool classrooms, we utilize The Creative Curriculum® which is an award-winning curriculum that enables children to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills.
How is it different and why did we invest in it for our preschool programs?
– It is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Illinois State Early Learning Standards.
– The curriculum presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources in tandem, giving every educator the “what,” “why” and “how” of early childhood education.
– The curriculum offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner.
– It addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of the day.
– It offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
– Offers complete support for working with English- and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices.
– It contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.
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…”
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…”
Kelly Skaff, mom of five Zion Lions and one alum
“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…”
The Seaman Family
Our son began attending Zion in fifth grade and although he was the “new kid” the Zion community immediately demonstrated Christian values as he was welcomed warmly by students, teachers, and administrators. As parents, we are impressed by the cohesive curriculum that is aligned across lessons and subject areas designed to provide depth, spark curiosity,… Read more “The Seaman Family”
Ryan & Becky Bertram
“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…”
The Roderick Family! Dad, Joe, mom, Nicole and son, Hudson
We chose Zion back in 2017 when looking for a preK for our son. It was important to us that he receives a Christian education in a loving environment. The love and education he has been given these past 5 years at Zion is more than we could have imagined. The small class sizes are a… Read more “The Roderick Family! Dad, Joe, mom, Nicole and son, Hudson”
The Wolf Family
Zion Lutheran School has been an outstanding place for our children to learn and grow! The Zion highlights that are important to our family include: 1. Exceptional curriculum taught in a small class setting 2. Extracurricular offerings including sports, choir, and chess club 3. Religious education and weekly chapel visits 4. Opportunities for parents to volunteer… Read more “The Wolf Family”
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…”
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…”
The Harper Family
There’s a saying that “it takes a village to raise a child”! As a retired military family, we were well aware of our need for a dependable support system. Faith, family, and friends sums up how we live our lives and with Zion we discovered that we had been led to an educational institution in… Read more “The Harper Family”
Kristi Edwards and her daughter, Kinsley
I chose Zion for my daughter because I wanted her to follow in my footsteps, I too was a Zion student. I wanted her to be in a school environment that was loving, caring and safe; a school that is Christ centered and committed to planting and nurturing a Christian lifestyle…
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…”