Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church’s school admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admission policies, and school-administered programs.
Admission Policy – Enrollment
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church’s school strives to provide a Christian education for the children of the congregation and the Crown Point community. Children of members will be admitted at all times, subject to limitations due to class size. The school also serves as a mission outreach into the community. Hence, children of non-members are welcome at all times, subject to space and class size limitations. Children are enrolled on a first come first served basis, based on the following:
- Early Enrollment is conducted throughout the month of February. Early Enrollment is available to currently enrolled children, their siblings, and Trinity Lutheran Church members.
- Open Enrollment begins March 1st and continues until classrooms reach capacity.
The gaining of children from outside the church is a mission venture of the school and is viewed as a challenge to the congregation. The Day School Board reserves the right to make the final decisions relative to enrollment. Regardless of the class size limit “Divinely Called” workers children will be accepted into the class.
If Trinity Lutheran School simultaneously receives enrollment forms that exceed the possible number of students that a given classroom can successfully accommodate, Trinity Lutheran will conduct a random lottery drawing of eligible students who meet admission standards at a public meeting.
All children attending Trinity Lutheran School must attend and participate in all functions, activities, and events related to the curriculum, including Religion class, Chapel, and all mandatory activities and events for classes required and essential in grading.
A new student should be in good standing at his/her previous school. Enrollment is not considered final until the child’s school records are received and reviewed by the school. All new students to Trinity Lutheran School are subject to a nine-week acceptance period.
The following procedures shall be followed for those wishing to enroll their children in our school.
- An application form shall be completed by the parent.
- After submittal of the completed application form, an interview shall be scheduled with the principal. All new students, except those entering Preschool and Kindergarten, must provide the following: the student must attend the interview with the principal; the parents must present the last report card; and the parents must present any copies of standardized test reports given to parents from the previously attended school.
- Students may be asked to take the Wide Range of Achievement Tests (WRAT) to determine academic ability for placement and general knowledge.
- Following the interview, the principal may bring a recommendation to the Day School Board for final approval.
- The parents must also sign a “Release of Records” form for all school records including special testing, etc., so the child’s school records can be received by Trinity Lutheran School. A complete transcript of records (academic, health, testing, etc.) shall be sent to the school office.
- The parents must present the immunization record
- The parents must present a copy of the child’s birth certificate as per the State of Indiana law.
- If the child is accepted for admission, the family is expected to comply with the appropriate tuition policy requirements.
Birth Certificate and Immunization Records
As a part of our registration requirements, parents must present a copy of their child’s birth certificate and immunizations.
If the birth certificate is not in the school office within 30 days of the first day of school, the student will not be able to attend school until those documents have been submitted. As a state accredited school, we must adhere to the following state law:
Indiana Code §20-33-2-10(C): If the proof of a student’s date of birth is not provided within 30 days of enrollment or appears to be inaccurate or fraudulent, the school shall notify the Indiana Clearinghouse for Information on Missing Children to determine if the child is reported missing.
If immunization records are not compliant within 20 days of notification by the Lake County Health Department, the student will be removed from school until such records have been made compliant.
Early Enrollment for current Preschool and Elementary students is opened at the beginning of February each year.
Early registration will assist the Board and Principal in their planning efforts for the coming school year. Forms will be distributed via the Trinity Weekly Announcements and are available in the school office.
Trinity Lutheran Church and School members, returning students, and their siblings have one month to register for school before Early Enrollment becomes Open Enrollment to families outside the Trinity family.
Those registered for Christian Essentials will be considered members after completion of the course.
Entrance Age Requirement
The State of Indiana requires that a child must be five (5) years of age on or before the date of August 1, in order to enroll in Kindergarten. Any waiver of the age requirement is based on the policy of the Public School district in which the child resides. (This is usually no more than one month.) A family having a child with an August birthday would need to contact the local public school to arrange for screening.
Trinity Lutheran School continues the time-honored Lutheran tradition of making Home Visits prior to the beginning of school. The teachers will call the families and set up an appointment relative to their personal home visit. The teacher presents material germane to the classroom setting including policies and procedures. School process and procedure is also discussed at this time. Each child can get to know the teacher in the comfortable and convenient environment of their home.