Engaging young adults in a Christ-centered environment, delivering academic excellence and spiritual growth to develop Christian leaders.


The rigorous education program at Lutheran High is designed to challenge students, but doing so in an environment that helps each child grow in knowledge and succeed in life.  With 97% of graduates over the last five years enrolling in college, certainly the curriculum is “college prep” and intended to prepare students for whatever career and college program they select.  The curriculum is designed to ensure that each student receives a complete and high-quality Christian education.  The goal of the academic program is to create a unique community of learners based on Christian values.

The seven period school day (45 minute periods) delivers academic success in a traditional setting.  An honors program and dual credit opportunities push the highest achieving students while personal attention helps each student succeed.  Most students graduate having already earned a significant number of college credits.

Boasting ACT scores that rise above area high schools and the state and national averages, our graduates have continued their education at many prestigious colleges and universities.  Scholarships abound for our graduates as they prepare for college.

ACT Scores

The ACT exam is the college readiness test most often given in the Midwest. This test is a reliable tool for assessing the potential academic success of college bound students.
The 2011 average composite ACT score for Lutheran High was 23.7. This compares to the state average of 20.9.

    Top 25% of class - 29 composite ACT average
    Top 50% of class - 26.6 composite ACT average

The ACT average for the past 5 years for MELHS is 23.45 compared to the 20.7 state average and a national average of 21.1.

Over the last five years, twenty-five of our students achieved a score of 30 or above on the ACT. ACT scores of 28 and higher are above the ninetieth percentile nationally.

From the last five years, 97% of the 310 graduates have enrolled in college while 3% entered the military or workforce.

Average ACT Scores
 Total TestedEnglishMathematicsReadingScienceComposite
  School State School State School State School State School State School State
2011 60 144,469 23.6 20.6 23.2 20.9 24.2 20.8 23.0 20.7 23.7 20.9
2012 45 146,822 23.3 20.5 22.6 21.0 23.5 20.7 22.0 20.8 23.0 20.9
2013 46 160,066 22.8 20.2 22.8 20.7 23.1 20.4 23.0 20.5 23.0 20.6
2014 60 158,037 24.2 20.3 22.9 20.7 24.4 20.8 23.2 20.5 23.8 20.7
2015 54 157,047 23.3 20.3 22.1 20.7 23.6 20.8 22.4 20.6 23.0 20.7
Percent of ACT-Tested Students Ready for College Level Coursework
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Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following as college readiness benchmark scores for designated college courses.

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

English Composition:
18 on ACT English Test
College Algebra:
22 on ACT Mathematics Test
Social Science:
22 on ACT Reading Test
23 on ACT Science Test

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Every year, numerous graduates receive academic scholarships to various colleges. A number of students have received full scholarships to the colleges of their choice. It is not uncommon for students to receive scholarships of double or more the amount their families paid in high school tuition.