Why is it important to give my child a Christian-based education?

Christian school education has a feature that is simply not available in any other form of education anywhere in the world. A Christian school is the only academic institution where the evangelical Christian witness to students is central to its mission. That foundational mission is encouraged by Trinity Lutheran Church, the School Board, School administration, and every teacher; it is encouraged by parents and by the students themselves. Martin Luther said, “I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme.”

Is Trinity Lutheran Christian School approved by the state?

Yes, Trinity Lutheran School is approved by the Maryland Department of Education, and the Preschool is also licensed by the State of Maryland. We are also accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

Are your teachers certified?

Our faculty has, at minimum, a four-year college degree, while several also hold an advanced degree.

Does my child have to be Christian to attend Trinity Lutheran Christian School?

No, a family or student does not have to be Christian to attend Trinity Lutheran Christian School.  We accept students from other faith traditions with the understanding that we believe that the basis of all teaching is God and His Word.  Our desire is that each student would proclaim Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We seek to nurture and train our students toward the goal of growth in godliness of character and action, and to encourage a deepening faith and personal relationship with our Lord.  The study of God’s Word is a vital element in the life of a Christian, and Bibles are used daily in our classrooms.

Our students also participate in regular chapel attendance.  Chapel is a special time set aside each week for worship, praise, and sharing God’s message.  We may invite special guests, pastors, and speakers to share and to teach.  Individual classes may also participate by presenting programs to share with the rest of the school.  Chapel attendance is mandatory for all students, and we invite parents and families to attend.

Do you have to be members of Trinity Lutheran Christian Church to attend your school?

No. While the school is located on the property of Trinity Lutheran Church and is operated as a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church, the school welcomes families from throughout the community to enroll. More than 32 different churches are currently represented in our student body and only 40% of students enrolled attend Trinity Lutheran Church.

When is the first day of school?

Trinity Lutheran Christian School generally begins at the end of August prior to Labor Day Weekend.

FACTS Tuition Management

Q: Am I able to make a lump sum payment through FACTS once I have already setup my payment plan?

A: Yes, you would need to login to your FACTS account and let FACTS know what payments you would like your lump sum payment applied to.

Q: If I make payments in the finance office, outside of my payment plan, how does that get applied to my account in FACTS?

A: The finance office at the school will manually go into your FACTS account and record those payments. 

Q: Can I have my payments adjusted once it has been setup should things change throughout the school year?

A: Yes, this would be accomplished through our Finance Office who will then need to work with FACTS to make adjustments. We encourage you to limit these changes as they will take some time to accomplish.

Q: Can I apply for financial aid before registering for the school to ensure I can meet the financial obligations of the school tuition?

A: Absolutely and we encourage you to do so. The link can be found on our school website under the Admissions tab – click on Tuition and Financial Information. Select “Apply for Financial Aid”. This will take you right to the FACTS system where you can apply – the fee is $ 35.00.

Q: Once I apply for financial aid, how long does it take before a decision is made?  And what is the maximum amount of financial aid that each student can receive?

A: Financial aid decisions are completed within two weeks from the time your application is complete through FACTS. The maximum amount a student may receive each year is $2,125. Financial aid is assessed each year so it is necessary to apply each year to qualify.

Q: What is the annual fee for the FACTS management account and do I have to have an account if I pay in full before July 31st? 

A: The annual fee is $ 50, however if you already have a FACTS account with another school there will be no additional charge. If you pay in full by July 31st, you do need to setup a FACTS account, however, the fee will be covered by the school. 

Q: Will there be a discount if I pay in full before the school year starts?

A: Yes there will be a 4% discount if your child’s tuition is paid in full by March 31, 2019.

Q: Will Before/After Care and Summer Camp payments be managed through the FACTS system? 

A: No, at this time these payments will continue to be processed through Praxi and the Finance Office. 

DeWar Tuition Refund Plan - Protect Your Investment at TLCS!

Q: What is the Tuition Refund Plan and why is it being required this year?

A: The Tuition Refund Plan will pay benefits (subject to the terms of the policy and the amount insured) to the school, which provides substantial assistance in meeting your financial obligation. It is required to be purchased if a student’s tuition is financed. 

Q: Would you recommend purchase of the Tuition Refund Plan if I have paid in full prior to July 31st?

A: Yes, although it is NOT required to be purchased if your balance is paid in full, we encourage it as it protects you as well as the school.

Q: If I purchase the plan and I have paid my tuition in full, will I be able to get a refund of my tuition should my student withdrawal?

A: Depending upon the terms of withdrawal, your tuition would be prorated for the amount of days your child has attended and then you may be refunded for the unused yearly insured fees. Please refer to the Tuition Refund Plan for terms and conditions of protection.

Q: Am I covered as soon as I enroll in the plan? 

A: Coverage is effective for Medical dismissals from August 1 through the last day of the academic year. For non-medical or other dismissals, coverage is effective after meeting the fourteen-day attendance requirement.

Q: What is the cost of the Tuition Refund Plan?

A: The cost is 1.5% of the Tuition (minus the non-refundable registration fee) due after Financial Aid and/or discounts have been applied. 

                      Examples – Tuition is $ 7,000 – fee = $ 105.00 Tuition $ 7,000 - $ 1,500 (financial aid) – fee = $ 82.50