Mission & History


“To connect children, families and our community to Christ in a nurturing environment focused on academic excellence.”


The Lutheran School of Saint Luke dates back to 1885 when the State of Illinois granted a charter for a district school of Zion Lutheran Church in Itasca.

Saint Luke School has grown from its original location in downtown Itasca to its current location on Rush Street. Instruction in Saint Luke’s current facility began in 1962. The first Saint Luke junior kindergarten class started in 1970 followed by the Christian Day Care program, making Saint Luke a pioneer in early childhood education.

Year after year, Saint Luke graduates have excelled academically in their future endeavors, high school and beyond. Many Saint Luke graduates place into honors classes, advance onto college and make their mark on the world through their faith, values and character.

Saint Luke is part of the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The majority of our educators have received their educational training in Lutheran colleges.

The pursuit of excellence in a Christ-centered environment has marked Saint Luke over the decades, a solid platform on which to construct the next chapters in Saint Luke’s history.


  • Lead children to know Jesus as their Savior and nurture the faith they possess.
  • Develop the concept of the family, as instituted by God, for the purpose of strengthening the very basis of society.
  • Develop personal responsibility.
  • Nurture the desire to lead a life of service to God and man.
  • Develop a healthy self-concept and respect for others.
  • Teach the basic skills necessary to function and contribute to society.
  • Encourage a strong desire for learning.
  • Provide exposure and an appreciation of the arts.
  • Develop a technologically literate student.