Ascension had doubled enrollment and plans to triple numbers from 2018 before school starts in August. Upon returning from the July 4th holiday, Principal Rev. John Albers, received news of additional children making plans to attend Ascension Lutheran Christian School (ALCS) in Gary beginning this year, bringing the current total to 30 scholars for the 2018/19 school year. However, 20 others have expressed interest in enrollment. The school is still hopeful they can reach their goal of 50 scholars for the current year before the first day of school on August 14.
Ascension opened last year with a cohort of 15 scholars in two classrooms. This coming year the school will expand to three classrooms serving children from kindergarten through 3rd grade. Current plans include adding an additional grade each year and growing enrollment until the school serves at least 200 children through the 8th grade.
So far, only one of the scholars is an active member of a Lutheran congregation, providing an excellent opportunity for outreach. The ministry of the Gospel not only provides a foundation for the ministry, but is a vital part of the daily curriculum at the school.
“We continue to seek mission partners to help us fulfill our mission of lifting up the children, families and city of Gary, Indiana,” said Albers in response to this news. “Each of the children we serve will qualify for the Indiana Choice Scholarship program, and while we are still building enrollment, there will be a gap between these funds and the total cost of the ministry.”
The school is also adding to its staff, recruiting new teachers for this year and, as enrollment and funding makes possible, part-time classroom aides. Albers and others from the school are actively recruiting volunteer staff as well, to assist children and help teachers in the classroom.
If your church, auxiliary, or other group would like a presentation on the ministry of the school or more information on how you can help, contact Pr. Albers at 219/887-5031 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org