School Spotlight: West Lutheran High School
West Lutheran High School offers academics, athletics and arts and small class sizes too. The private school is located in Plymouth.
About West Lutheran
“One thing I like to say about West is we do big things in a small way. And we do small things in a big way,” said Principal Steve Merten, who also teaches electronics tech class. “If you to visit any classroom, you’d see lot of one-on-one. Class sizes are between ten and twenty kids. So the teacher is going to make sure the kid is going to get their attention.”
West Lutheran High School exceeds the state benchmarks in English, mathematics, reading, and science by an average of 20 percent. The arts are stressed as well with an outstanding music department.
“You can talk about the text books, you can talk about the equipment in a school, the curriculum that you follow, the sports, but if you don’t have a school where you have teachers with heart, it’s not much of a school. It’s going to be pretty shallow,” explained Merten. “I know these teachers. In fact, this staff I’m teaching with this year is probably the most talented staff I’ve gotten to teach with in a career pushing 40 years here.”
Being a Lutheran high school, it is a place where a student can learn and grow in their Christian faith.
“What stood out to me most when I first started teaching at West was just how family oriented the school is,” said Sarah Gierach, who teaches math. “It feels like a family here and the families themselves actually get really involved too here at West. So, that makes the community just a really cool place to be a part of. ”