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Rochester Central Lutheran School

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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.

RCLS at a glance

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 athletics 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.

RCLS’s guiding principles, small class sizes, comprehensive curriculum, and extensive extracurricular options equip us to nurture students academically, artistically, physically, socially, and spiritually. 
 

Girl at computer

Boy in science class

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!”

Please do schedule a visit. We think you will see that, too.

young girl reading

Boy playing saxophone

Boy studying

Girl dribbling basketball

Standardized Testing

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.

Recent NWEA results indicate that mean RCLS scores in Math and Reading are substantially above state standardized means. Consider this snapshot of RCLS mean grade-level scores as compared to state mean scores. Included here are Fall 4th grade scores, which indicate students' level of performance at the end of the foundational, early learning years, and Fall 8th grade scores, which indicate students' level of performance near the end of their years at RCLS.

All students at RCLS take the NWEA MAP test. Students requiring adaptations to testing conditions are granted those adaptations. 

Grade

Math- RCLS mean RIT score

Math- state norm mean

Math- RCLS mean compared to state norms

Reading- RCLS mean RIT score

Reading- state norm mean

Reading - RCLS mean compared to state norms

4th

208.2

201.9

The mean RCLS score is at the 68th percentile of state standardized-test scores.

207.1

198.2

The mean RCLS score is at the 70th percentile of state standardized-test scores.

8th

237.1

226.3

The mean RCLS score is at the 73rd percentile of state standardized-test scores.

227.6

217.2

The mean RCLS score is at the 73rd percentile of state standardized-test scores.

 

For more on RCLS's philosophy on standardized testing, see the Bobcat Blog article entitled "Testing to Teach."