RCLS at a Glance
Established in 1875, RCLS is a NLSA (National Lutheran School Association)-accredited school, operating in association with
Family of Christ, Grace, Holy Cross, and Trinity Lutheran Churches
in Rochester, Minnesota.
Rochester Central Lutheran School has been shaping and developing strong, Christian students for 142 years. As a thriving Preschool-grade 8 school, RCLS is committed to helping students achieve academic excellence and to helping them discover how they can impact the world for good.
Art, vocal music, band, physical education, and technology are key components of students’ school days, while service opportunities and extended school-day options such as sports teams and academic and art activities contribute to our mission to educate the whole child. Always, faith in Jesus Christ underlies this mission and informs our worldview.
As you explore our web site, we hope you will sense that RCLS’s guiding principles, small class sizes, comprehensive curriculum, and extensive extracurricular options equip us to nurture students academically, artistically, physically, socially, and spiritually.
RCLS, in association with Family of Christ, Grace, Holy Cross, and Trinity Lutheran churches, is a Christ-centered school that welcomes students from the four corners of Rochester and surrounding communities and from 40 different local churches. Students need not be Lutheran to attend RCLS. In fact, while 27 percent of our students attend one of the four association churches, 65 percent attend other local churches and 8 percent have no affiliation with a church at all. Still, we are a family at RCLS. Our small but diverse community is such that relationships are inclusive of the whole family. Students develop trusting relationships with peers and teachers, and parents and families enjoy the friendship our community fosters. Teachers and current parents agree: “Kids love it here!”
Each fall and spring, RCLS administers the NWEA standardized test. The NWEA offers standardized norms, but this test has an advantage in that it allows teachers to map an individual student’s progress.
RCLS students regularly score well on the NWEA. In spring 2017, for example, 87% of RCLS 8th grade earned average or higher (67% above) scores for the grade level in math. In reading, 91% of 8th grade students scored average or above (69% above).