In July of 2007 a committee of interested members was formed to explore the feasibility of starting a Christian school at First Lutheran Church in Missoula. Inspired and convicted by the rich educational heritage of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and believing that the establishment of such a school would be an important ministry of First Lutheran Church to its own families as well as to the Missoula community, the committee began to formulate its vision for a school.
Core values that emerged were two-fold: a commitment to high academic standards and, more importantly, a passion for establishing a school that is wholly committed to and built upon the solid foundation of faith in Christ and the eternal and unchanging truth of God’s Word.
Other key determinations included deciding that the school would welcome students of any faith and that the school would be primarily funded by tuition. As educational models and philosophies were researched and considered, it became clear that the educational approach proven to produce an exceptional academic outcome was the classical model.
Agreeing that a biblical foundation and high academic standards were paramount, the committee set about giving the school an identity by adopting a mission statement, a key Bible verse (Isaiah 61:3b), and a school motto: Crescentes in Fide et Sapientia (Growing in Faith and Wisdom).
After receiving congregational approval, with much excitement and thanksgiving First Lutheran Classical School was dedicated and began classes in August 2009. The planting of an oak tree, our school symbol, celebrated the launch of the school. First Lutheran Classical School exists because of the blessing of Almighty God and the commitment of those who are called to serve Christ’s church in this educational ministry.