Admissions

Welcome to CCLS

Welcome to Christ Community Lutheran School!  As you get acquainted with CCLS, we are confident that you will find that we are a school with a focus on academic excellence in a Christ-centered community. Located on five campuses, Christ Community Lutheran School provides Christian education for infants as young as six weeks through Grade 8. Over 700 students are enrolled at CCLS this school year between all five of our school campuses. CCLS was established in 1973; it is an association school of four St. Louis congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. At CCLS, we hold to a Statement of Faith, based in Biblical truth, which guides school actions and decisions. Our faculty and staff are a group of dedicated educational leaders, faithful to the development of young people’s minds and hearts. Our families come from varied backgrounds, with the commonality of commitment to Christian education.  Working together, we live out our vision to transform lives through Christ-centered education.

Key Dates for the 2024-2025 School Year Admissions/Enrollment

9/18/2023 - Inquiry Process Begins - Inquiry Form Active on Website
10/2/2023 - On Campus Visits Begin
11/1/2023 - Admissions Process Begins -- Applications Posted for Candidates
12/4/2023 - Tuition Rates Published
12/4/2023 - Priority Re-Enrollment Process for Current Students Begins
1/5/2024 - Priority Re-Enrollment Process for Current Students Ends
1/19/2024 - New Student Enrollment Process Begins -- Admissions Decisions Posted for Candidates
5/18/2024 - Tuition Contract & Deposit Due
7/15/2024 - Student Checklist Forms Due - Health Forms, Permissions/Acknowledgements
8/20/2024 - First Tuition Payment Due

2024-2025 Academic Calendar

Admissions Process

1. Inquiry

Let us know that you are interested in learning more about CCLS by first completing the Inquiry Form below. After you have completed the form, you will receive a follow-up phone call from our admissions team to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with information about our school's admissions process.

By completing the Inquiry Form, you will be registered in our online “CCLS Blackbaud” enrollment system, which is used for all steps in the admissions and enrollment process. You will receive an email invitation to complete your Blackbaud account set up, which is necessary for next steps in the admissions/enrollment process.

2. Visit Campus

We would love to host you for a tour with a member of our Admissions Team to share more with you about CCLS and hear about what's important to you for your child's education. A member of our admissions team will reach out to schedule your tour after you complete an Inquiry Form.

Incoming kindergarten–8th grade students will meet with the principal and have the opportunity to shadow prior to enrollment. 

3. Admissions

After you have set up your CCLS Blackbaud account, you will have access to complete an Admissions Application. The Application is part of an enrollment Checklist, accessed by logging into your CCLS Blackbaud account. The online admissions application is best filled out on a computer.  Instructions for accessing and completing the Application are available at this link. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee due at the time of application. You will complete the following information on the application:

  • Student Information: name, gender, birthdate, address, race, religion, entering grade
  • Student Education History: most recent school, history of suspension/expulsion, behavioral issues, learning differences, 504 or IEP, academic strengths & weaknesses. Click this link for information about Students with Special Needs.
  • Household Information: parent name, gender, marital status, phone, email, employment, custody of student (more than one household can be entered)
  • Family members already attending CCLS: relationship, name
  • Signature: digital signature of one parent/guardian required
  • Application payment: $50
  • Documentation: Birth certificate, Most recent report card, IEP/504 (If applicable)

Click here to view our admissions and enrollment policy. Admissions applications will be placed under review, as they are received, by the school's admissions team.  All prospective K-8 students will meet with the campus principal prior to admissions decisions.  You will receive an admissions Decision via the CCLS Blackbaud system. For full classes for which there is a waiting pool of candidates, you must first complete the Application processes and be admitted in order to be placed in the waiting pool. Note: We are currently accepting Applications  for the 2024-2025 school year.  Applications for the 2025-2026 school year will open in November 2024.

4. Enrollment Agreement

Students who are accepted for admissions to CCLS will be notified and will receive an online Enrollment Agreement in their “CCLS Blackbaud” enrollment account.  The Enrollment Agreement requires signature by one parent/guardian; terms of the agreement include acknowledgement of the statements, rules, regulations, conditions, and other terms contained in the  CCLS Parent Student Handbook, including the Statement of Faith,  and acknowledgement of and agreement to the Family Commitment.  The enrollment agreement may be completed on a mobile device.  Completion of the Enrollment Agreement requires payment of a $250 non-refundable Enrollment Fee. Instructions for completing the Enrollment Agreement may be found at this link.

5. Tuition Contract

After the Enrollment Agreement is complete, enrolled students will receive an online Tuition Contract in their “CCLS Blackbaud” enrollment account.  The Tuition Contract will outline the annual tuition for CCLS. For K-8 students, the Tuition Contract will also apply any discounts, scholarships or financial aid received.  The Tuition Contract requires signature by one parent/guardian and may be completed on a mobile device.  Completed Tuition Contracts and a 10% tuition deposit are due by May 20 prior to the next academic year. Instructions for completing the Tuition Contract may be found at this link.

6. Student Checklist

The following documents must be submitted to the student’s “CCLS Blackbaud” student checklist no later than July 15 prior to the upcoming academic year: Acknowledgements & Permissions, Immunization records, Physical exam records.

Early Childhood Program Options and Tuition for 2024-25

Our Early Childhood Education Program serves children 6 weeks–4 years old. Please click through the tabs to learn more about our program options and tuition rates. We are a 10 month academic program. Please click here to view the 2024-2025 academic calendar.

Early Childhood Education academic year tuition is paid in 10 installments.

Monthly School Day Rate for 5 Days: $1,449

  • Age 6 weeks to one year
  • 5 days per week school day - 8:15am-3:30pm
  • Before/after care available for scheduled days
    • Before School Care - 7:00am-8:15am: $235
    • After School Care - 3:30pm-5:30pm: $370
  • Glendale, Kirkwood Campuses

Early Childhood Education academic year tuition is paid in 10 installments.

Monthly School Day Rate for 5 Days: $1,449
Monthly School Day Rate for 3 Days: $961
Monthly School Day Rate for 2 Days: $699

  • Age 1 by July 31 of school year
  • 2, 3 or 5 days per week (see 2 and 3 day choices, below) - 8:15am-3:30pm
  • Before/after care available for scheduled days
    • Before School Care - 7:00am-8:15am
      • 5 Days: $235, 3 Days: $165, 2 Days: $120
    • After School Care - 3:30pm-5:30pm
      • 5 Days: $370, 3 Days: $255, 2 Days: $185
  • Crestwood, Glendale, Kirkwood Campuses

Choices for 2 Day Schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday
  • Monday, Thursday
  • Tuesday, Thursday
  • Tuesday, Friday
  • Wednesday, Friday

Choices for 3 Day Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Early Childhood Education academic year tuition is paid in 10 installments.

Monthly Rate for 5 Days: $1,071 (school day) / $588 (half day)
Monthly Rate for 3 Days: $756 (school day) / $415 (half day)
Monthly Rate for 2 Days: $557 (school day) / $305 (half day)

  • Age 2, 3 or 4 by July 31 of school year
  • 2, 3 or 5 days per week (see 2 and 3 day choices, below)
  • School day (8:15am-3:30pm)
    • Crestwood, Glendale, Kirkwood, Webster Campuses
  • Half day (8:15am - 11:45am)
    • Crestwood, Webster Campuses only
  • Before/after care available for scheduled days
    • Before School Care - 7:00am-8:15am
      • 5 Days: $165, 3 Days: $120, 2 Days: $80
    • After School Care - 3:30pm-5:30pm
      • 5 Days: $235, 3 Days: $165, 2 Days: $120
  • Preschool 3’s and 4’s must be potty trained prior to first day of school

Choices for 2 Day Schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday
  • Monday, Thursday
  • Tuesday, Thursday
  • Tuesday, Friday
  • Wednesday, Friday

Choices for 3 Day Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

K–8 Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition & Fees for 2024-25

Kindergarten-8th grade academic year tuition is paid in 10 installments.  Annual rate listed below. 

Tuition Rate (Kindergarten - 8th Grade) - $8,830

Discounted Member Rate

Tuition Rate for CCLS Association Church Members
Member 1st Child (Discount-$3210) - $5,620
Member 2nd Child (Discount-$3640) - $5,190
Member 3rd Child (Discount-$4850) - $3,980

Required Fees
Application Fee (New Students Only) - $50
Enrollment Fee - $250 ($600 family max.)

Financial Aid

Families applying for Kindergarten-Grade 8 at Christ Community Lutheran School may apply for financial assistance through FACTS. FACTS is not a source of assistance; rather, a third-party qualifier that is impartial, confidential and accurate. CCLS uses FACTS exclusively to calculate family tuition assistance need. Families may apply for assistance only after their application to CCLS is complete.

The annual financial need for CCLS families is greater than the funds available. Qualifying families receive a percentage of the assistance for which they qualify. In general, families do not receive assistance greater than 50% of the tuition, regardless of the amount for which they qualify. Students of families applying for assistance must be in good standing with CCLS or their prior school.

Each of the four CCLS association congregations awards their own member children. The CCLS Board of Directors entrusts tuition assistance scholarship awards for community families to the scholarship committee. Scholarship dollars are not available for the CCLS early childhood program.

Tuition Assistance Options

Families apply for financial assistance through FACTS. Priority is given to families who apply by April 10.

  • Financial aid will be applied to tuition contracts, if known at the time of sending contracts in April; otherwise, it will be applied to the billing account in Tuition Management.
  • Scholarship letters will be emailed through FACTS once determined.
  • Any available funds may be dispersed to newly enrolled families or families with recent hardships after the deadline based on calculated need. 

CCLS, Association churches, LESA, ACE, and MOScholars all utilize FACTS, so only one application will need to be submitted to apply to each of them. However, each organization may have specific questions and documents required. Scholarships and association discounts will be awarded in the following order for the 2024-2025 school year. Links provided with more information about scholarships and how to apply.