St. Mark Lutheran School
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St. Mark Parent Testimonials

We send our children to St. Mark for so many reasons!!!  Yes, the small class sizes are great.  The multi-grade setting--something I (Lynne) experience through elementary school--is a wonderful learning environment.  We know Mr. Drews and Mrs. Van Egmond love, yes love, the students.  They continually go above and beyond to help their students succeed.  How many schools can boast that?!  However, the most important reason we send our kids to this school is peace of mind.  Let us explain:  We KNOW our kids are being taught by teachers who share our beliefs.  We KNOW that everything is being taught in light of God’s Word.  We KNOW that our most important responsibility is to equip our son and daughter to follow Christ and live their lives for His glory.  More than having a state of the art building, a full-service cafeteria, or advanced classes, this school provides the atmosphere we crave for our kids.  A place where they are encouraged to love and serve their Lord while learning, growing, and living in this crazy world!  We are so thankful the Lord has provided St. Mark Lutheran School.  It is a blessing we would not want to be without in this God-given, awesomely wonderful (and sometimes scary) task of raising the children He has loaned to us.
John & Lynne Costin

Ephesians 6:4 tells us to bring our children in the training and instruction of the Lord.  We are blessed to have St. Mark Lutheran School in our lives to assist us in teaching God’s Word to our children.  St. Mark uses the school day to teach all subjects with the Bible as its guidel.  The day also includes devotions, prayer, praise, and the study of God’s Word.  We can’t be with our children all day, so how great is it that we can have teachers that know God’s Love, and that they teach our kids about their Savior.
Dennis & Jean Riegsecker

In the past, we think Jon has had some trouble with school.  Lincoln Public Schools seemed to focus on correcting behaviors more than school education.  We feel that St. Mark does a wonderful job on working with Jon in both those areas and also adding Christian education.  We also like that there are not as many kids in the school.  Jon is greatly benefiting from this blessing.  Most of all, we love the fact that Jon wants to go to school and be there.

-Stan & Lisa Stamps
Kids are exposed to so much so early in life.  We wanted our child to have the strongest foundation anyone can.  With Jesus as his cornerstone, we hope to give him the tools to build a life that can weather any storm.  St. Mark partners with us to provide the foundation for our children.  We are thankful to have this opportunity so close to home.

Clint & Michelle Bergen
We send our daughter to St. Mark because we believe that a Christ-centered school is important to her upbringing.  We know she is safe, loved, and appreciated for her unique gifts.  The kids of St. Mark seem to stay innocent longer than their peers in public school, and aren’t exposed to morally questionable lifestyles.  We like St. Mark for its family-style atmosphere, too.  We are all working together for the lives of our children.

-Jeff & Tina Schmidt
I came from a long-standing tradition of parochial school attendance.  For example, my grandfather Richert had at least one grandchild enrolled at NELHS for the first 25 years of its existence.  Before high school, 90% of us (first cousins) attended one of the area Lutheran schools (that we play in sports now).  This number grows when you consider my grandfather’s great nieces and nephews.  Meanwhile, this spring, two great-grandchildren of my grandfather will graduate from NELHS.  For my parents, they are on their way to having a 15+ year streak of grandchild attendance at NELHS!  What I am getting at is that I do not really know much about other schooling options.  What I do know and remember is a theme for our school year when I was attending Trinity shortly after it opened.  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  At the time, I thought it was quirky, if not poor English.  It did not make sense.  Today, it is crystal clear that God impressed this on my heart and in my mind for a reason.  The world is a scary place for our souls.  I want to see my children, their children, and so on-together in eternal glory.  Attending St. Mark is not the only way to influence my children, but those cousins of mine, who did?  We are still going to WELS churches.  Other cousins...I cannot say that anymore.  The way I see it, this is not a decision for my family of four for thirteen years.  It will affect generations to come.  So with the help of St. Mark Lutheran School, Chad and I will train up our children in the way they should go.

-Chad & Wendy Colson

We believe that Christian education offered at St. Mark is one of the most effective tools we have to help us “train our child[ren] up in the way they should go.”  As alumni of a WELS school ourselves, we knew the advantages of the multigrade setting and smaller classes: academic and spiritual growth.

-Curt & Tracy Jamison