Redeemer Lutheran School has been part of the Austin community since 1955. We provide a family atmosphere for our students and prepare them for the future. We award more than $80,000 in financial assistance for families to assure that we have a school that has a wide variety of students. Our students and parents enjoy RLS as a caring environment that often has alumni bringing their children to the same place they enjoyed as students themselves.
We have a welcoming environment that includes more than a dozen foreign exchange students annually. The majority of these students come from South Korea, and many extend their visa's to stay for several years.
Christian teachings are included a variety of ways for children of all learning types to receive ample opportunity for Christian teaching and exposure. Religion classes are included at every grade level. The chapel is hosted on Wednesdays and prayer integrated daily. Learn more about Spiritual Life at Redeemer here.
As an accredited school our curriculum contains, at a minimum, the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) which are required for all students in the State of Texas. Our students are well-prepared for subsequent schooling. Approximately half of our graduates continue to our Association high school - Concordia High School. Almost all of the rest move onto the public high school in their respective districts.
In speaking with counselors in local school districts, we have heard that our alumni come prepared to work with a good educational background to tackle rigorous curriculum. They bring a unique skill set that has actively educated them for research, embracing technology, and carrying themselves with a sense of pride in knowing they can accomplish anything with God's help.
During the past years, many of our former students have finished near the top in their respective high schools: In 2012 Andrew Weidner was valedictorian at Anderson High School; in 2011 Christopher Oballe was valedictorian at Vista Ridge High School, and Mary Dryden-May was valedictorian at McNeil.
Redeemer proudly participates in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. We received the following message from the AR program: “According to your Accelerated Reader Real-Time data, your students using AR read an average of 499,459 words each. They have taken an average of 28 quizzes each, making your school stand out on a national level for its impressive achievement in student reading practice.”
Redeemer participates annually in the PSIA (Private School Interscholastic Association) competition, and as many as 31 students have advanced to the state competition. Our elementary students have PE classes daily, and Spanish is taught in all grades.
SERVICE, OUTREACH, AND COMMUNITY GIVING
The Redeemer family cares about others. Our gardens provide the fresh herbs for the Meals on Wheels Program of Austin. Our children make presentations at Nursing Homes, and our weekly chapel offerings have gone to sponsor a variety of needs in the Austin and world communities. We have helped LifeCare Pregnancy Center with donations of infant care items and Caritas of Austin with their current needs from cans of ravioli to cans of tuna. We have formed a bond with the street children of Kenya through Fikisha Kenya. We have donated more than $2000 worth of musical instruments for their worship and have sent videos of our students praising God. They have reciprocated, by sending similar videos to us.
RATTLER SPORTS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Redeemer participates in competitive athletics in grades 5-8 in the Capital Area Private and Parochial Schools (CAPPS). We compete with other large private schools in the Austin area in basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and track & field. Some of our middle school teams compete in Lutheran State Tournaments in basketball and volleyball. We also offer some after-school clinics in volleyball and basketball for grades 4 & 5.
Elementary students in grades Kinder Bridge - 5th grade enjoy three 30-minute Physical Education classes per week. Middle School students in grades 6-8 have PE twice a week.
SCIENCE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Our award-winning Science Enrichment program, the Rainbow Room, combines hands-on activities that complement classroom science study and support the children's love of nature. Whether tending the herbs we grow for Meals On Wheels in our Outdoor Classroom or adopting a campus tree for a year of study, we learn to be good stewards of His creation. Winner of the National Environmental Excellence Award from SeaWorld Busch Gardens and other honors.
MUSIC, CHOIR, AND BAND
In our elementary music classes at Redeemer, students work to be musically literate, expressive, and creative. Every child will build musicianship through singing, moving, and playing instruments. Using Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly, and John Feierabend’s approaches, the students are taught to be creative stewards of culture. All elementary students participate in choirs and regularly complement worship services at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Middle school elective classes include Varsity Choir, Varsity Band, and the annual musical theater production. Learn more about our Music Enrichment program here.
ELEMENTARY PLAY AND RECESS
We recognize the importance of play in the lives of children. We have three State-of-the-Art playgrounds, which offer challenging and creative play areas for our students. Redeemer Lutheran School has been involved in an ongoing 35+ year play research program with The University of Texas. Thirty-three Doctoral dissertations have been written based on research done on our playgrounds.
Opportunities to develop and utilize creativity through Art are offered in Elementary and Middle School. Art class is offered once a week in Elementary School. Ceramics, Crochet, and WORDArt are several electives that our Middle School Students have had opportunities to participate in.
DRAMA AND FINE ARTS
Our drama program offers students a wide range of performance experiences through pantomime, script work, and improvisation to help them achieve personal confidence and success. Our music and drama coaches collaborate to present an elaborate Broadway musical production each fall. In the spring, students compete in several dramatic forums, such as Modern Oratory, Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Impromptu Speaking, for which several of our students won state recognition and state championships.
Our fifth-grade students annually perform a Christian Musical for a chapel program for the school. Our third graders dress as a deceased character from history and have to tell all in attendance some things about that person. All grades present a chapel service each semester, many of which include student acting and singing.
Our Spanish program for 2-year-olds through 4th grade offers a fun way to learn Spanish. Our 1st-grade students learn American Sign Language. Languages are taught through songs and activities. Fifth through 8th grades studies a more formal Spanish curriculum, culminating in all students receiving a high school credit before they leave middle school.
FIELD TRIPS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students at all grade levels take field trips as part of their school curriculum. In fifth grade, this includes an overnight trip to Camp Lone Star in the course of their outdoor educational requirement. Middle school students take trips to Houston, Big Bend National Park, and St. Louis. Our middle school students also have the opportunity to be involved in Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society.