Mission, Vision, Core Values


Gloria Dei Lutheran School will be well-known throughout Chicago and the Garfield Ridge neighborhood as a premier Lutheran School, widely recognized for meaningful integration of faith and learning. Our students will know Jesus as their Savior from sin and death, thrive in twenty-first century learning skills, and live their lives serving family and neighbor in Christian vocation.



Informed by God’s Word, Gloria Dei Lutheran School is committed to developing lifelong learners through academic excellence, and implanting Christian values for a future of meaningful service to church, family, and community.



Shaped by the inerrant Word of God, the Confessions of the historic Lutheran Church, and the Constitution of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Boards, administration, and faculty and staff of Gloria Dei Lutheran School shall act in a manner consistent with these core values:

Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ  We will…

  • Continue to believe in Scripture as the inerrant Word of God.
  • Study Scripture as a staff on a regular basis.
  • Remain faithful to Divine Service in personal practice.
  • Engage in personal daily devotions and prayer.

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans1:16

Biblical and Liturgical Congruence – We will…

  • Give evidence of our Scriptural beliefs through what we practice in worship, instruction, and decision-making.

“And we have something more sure, the prophetic Word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:16-19

“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalm 96:1-3

Loyalty and Honesty – We will…

  • Remain loyal to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, looking to these for guidance and compliance at all times, but especially when problem-solving and making decisions.
  • Give faithful witness of the Gospel to our Gloria Dei family, those supporting our ministry, and those with whom we come in contact.
  • Be faithful to our calling at God’s servants.
  • Be truthful to one another in speech and actions.
  • Practice, day-to-day, the teachings of Matthew 18, namely, directly addressing a conflict with the person (s) involved.

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3

“Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in Your truth.” Psalm 86:11

Dignity and RespectWe will..

  • Honor all people as children of God.
  • Honor one another, speaking the truth in love.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time, because the days are evil…but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:15, ff

ServiceWe will…

  • Bear the fruit of the Spirit in serving others.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:23

School Goals 2017-2018