Something I read recently about Lutheran education:
The essence of any Lutheran school is its workers. Called or committed Lutheran church workers are the foundation of Lutheran Christian education. The beauty of Lutheran high school education is found in the relationships that are formed between students and teachers – relationships defined by a proper balance of law and Gospel that consistent Lutheran theology produces. (Not to go to deep theologically, but it accounts for truly being able to “love the sinner, but hate the sin” – a very important aspect of running a high school.) This also makes for an appealing environment for Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike because it fosters both academic and spiritual growth. That “essence” isn’t found just in theology classes or chapels, but in every interaction between the workers and the families. Lutheran schools are a place for discipline and growth, but also for forgiveness and mercy – and trust me, we all need that. Lutheran schools, unlike most other Christian schools, serve a dual spiritual purpose: they train up Christian kids to be spiritual champions and they serve as a means to save the lost. One need not already be saved to attend a Lutheran high school.