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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”