Walther Christian Academy

Education in the Lutheran Tradition

aka Walther Christian Academy   |   MELROSE PARK, IL   |  walther.com

Mission

Walther Christian Academy is a Christian middle and high school, in the Lutheran tradition, that will nurture individualized academic excellence and spiritual growth in a Christ-centered, diverse learning community.

Ruling year info

1941

Head of School

Mr. Wayne K. Wenzel Jr.

Main address

900 CHICAGO AVE

MELROSE PARK, IL 60160-4120 USA

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EIN

36-3640546

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too many high school students are unprepared for college or their future careers. Additionally, high school can be a traumatic time for some students. At Walther Christian Academy, we strive to nurture individualized academic academic excellence and spiritual growth in a Christ-centered, diverse learning community serving students in grades 6 through 12.

Our programs

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Middle and High School Education

Walther currently serves 280 middle and high school students from a variety of religious and socio-economic backgrounds. While many live in the surrounding Proviso Community, other students travel from Chicago and the outer suburbs to attend. Nearly all of Walther graduates continue their education at a two or four year college or university.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Walther students will we well prepared academically, socially and emotionally to continue their education at a two or four year college. They will also be successful in their future careers and be leaders and volunteers in their communities.

Walther Christian Academy provides a rigorous academic environment for students in grades 6 to 12. Our small school will support the social-emotional health of our students and provide a safe environment in which to learn and grow. Advanced classes and dual credit courses with Concordia University Chicago will provide challenge for high-achieving students. Opportunities to participate in a variety of performing and visual arts classes and clubs and a wide range of athletic teams will expose students to new ideas and activities.

Walther Christian Academy has a highly trained staff with more than 70% of our faculty holding an advanced degree. Students who may need additional academic assistance receive individualized attention by a full-time resource teacher. Faculty members are also available both before and after school to make sure students are on track with assignments and are understanding the material. Grades are checked weekly and steps are taken to help those who may be struggling.

Each year, Walther graduates between 95 and 100% of their students and between 90 and 95% continue on to college. Walther graduates also persist in college at a rate exceeding 90% and many go on for advanced degrees. Current juniors and seniors over the past two years have earned 225 college credits while in high school. Since 2011, Walther has had 35 IHSA Team Championships, 5 State Final Four Teams and more than 100 individual state qualifiers in track & field, wrestling and cross country. Students from Walther's music department place in the top state bands and orchestras.

Walther will continue to provide a strong academic environment which will challenge students and also allow them to try new activities. One of our goal's is to increase the number of students we serve. We will only be able to do this with additional outside support as the vast majority of the families in our community are not able to pay for private school. Currently 75% of our students are on financial aid of which less than half of this is funded by outside sources or donations. This limits the investment that can be made for new school improvements including capital upgrades, supplies and equipment.

Financials

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Operations

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Walther Christian Academy

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Manfred Boos

Emeritus Faculty - Concordia University Chciago


Board co-chair

Mr. Erik Pygman

Illinois Virtual School

Heidi Boos

BDO, USA, LLP