School of Distinction

Trinity Lutheran School, Utica Ranked in the top 5% of Lutheran Schools Nationwide

Trinity Lutheran School in Utica has been named a “School of Distinction” by the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) Commission.  Students in pre-school through high school are educated in nearly 2,000 Lutheran schools nationwide.  The NLSA Commission met in July and accredited 131 of the schools.  Six of the schools received an additional award by being named a “School of Distinction.”   This significant honor places Trinity Lutheran School in the top 5% of Lutheran School across the country. The status of a School of Distinction is a tremendous accomplishment. For this effort, each school receives a special award that is reflective of the accomplishment.

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, director of School Ministry (LCMS) says, “The award of ‘School of Distinction’ is a great accomplishment and demonstrates a school’s commitment to provide an outstanding quality Christian education for the children it serves.  Daily, students hear the Gospel message of the promise of eternal life in Christ with an excellent academic program.”  On Sunday, August 25, Travis Grulke, Superintendent of School for the Michigan District (LCMS), presented the award to Trinity.  Mr. Grulke stated, “Accreditation is all about school improvement and Trinity embraces that as they continually look to improve every area of their ministry to equip their people to reach those who don’t know our Risen Savior.”

Trinity Lutheran completed a yearlong self-study that thoroughly examined the school by use of a comprehensive set of seven standard areas.  These areas included purpose, relationships, leadership, professional personnel, student services and teaching and learning.  The entire Trinity staff participated in this extensive process.  The school was visited and studied further by a validation team of educational professionals.  Trinity received high grades and comments in each of the observed areas.  A school action plan was developed which will guide annual progress throughout the next five years.

“It is an honor to be recognized by those involved with the accreditation process for what we do at Trinity,” says Principal Bruce Volkert.  “Our gifted faculty and staff will continue to build on the foundation that has been established for many generations at our school.  We are proud of the high quality Christian education experience that is offered to families.”