International Student Frequently Asked Questions

The School:

  1. Living Word Lutheran High School (LWLHS) is seeking to enroll international students who are interested in a high quality education at a private, Christian, school. The school currently limits international students to 10% of total enrollment.
  2. LWLHS is a caring educational environment with small class sizes and an 11:1 student to teacher ratio that creates an ideal setting for academic and social growth.
  3. LWLHS has a full-time guidance counselor to assist students and their families through the college and scholarship process, including testing and admission applications.
  4. LWLHS has dual-accreditation through AdvancedED North Central Association AND Lutheran Schools Accreditation Association.


Academic Life:

  1. Students can choose up to eight course selections each semester using our unique block schedule. Five or six courses meet on each class day.
  2. LWLHS offers 9 Advanced Placement (AP) courses including Statistics, Computer Science, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature, Spanish, Biology, English Language, and U.S. History. Students can also choose from 14 dual-credit college courses.
  3. Sixty-six percent of LWLHS students are involved in both arts and athletics. There are 16 varsity sports to choose from as well as forensics, student government, and many other clubs and organizations.  The music program includes award winning choirs, band, and drumline groups.
  4. Students are not required to pass a state mandated test to graduate from LWLHS. Once students have fulfilled the required courses and credits set by the state of Wisconsin and Living Word LHS they are automatically eligible for graduation.
  5. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered each year. A proficiency test is taken prior to the start of school and students are placed in ESL Language and Composition, ESL Literature and Composition, or ESL Grammar and Composition. Advanced students can also enter regular English class offerings.
  6. Students may choose to take the SAT, ACT or TOEFL tests - depending on the university where the student is applying for admission. For the 2016-17 school year, LWLHS students averaged a 26.4 ACT score (well above the national average) and students have shown to increase this score 4 points from their 9th to 12th grade year at LWLHS.
  7. LWLHS graduates have enrolled in many major universities including, but not limited to: University of Alabama, Pepperdine University, Northwestern University, Washington University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and Berklee College of Music. A complete list is available upon request.


Student Life:

  1. Students are housed in an on campus residence hall built in 2015. There are 5 student suites, a large living room/commons area, full kitchen, and laundry facilities. Each student suite has two bedrooms, a lounge area and complete bathroom/shower facility. A full-time Residence Hall Coordinator has an apartment in the facility.
  2. The school day is from 7:45 am to 2:40 pm. Residence hall students have mandatory study hall from 3:15-4:15 pm and 6:30-7:30 pm each Monday - Thursday.
  3. School events for LWLHS students take place throughout the year. Residence hall students have one special cultural event scheduled each month. The Residence Hall Coordinator takes the students on a shopping trip once each week and the student chosen as outstanding “Resident of the Week” can choose a weekend outing for the students.
  4. During the first three weeks of January LWLHS offers special “Winterim” courses. Students earn a half-credit for taking one course full-time during this section of the semester. International students may choose to either: take a course from the catalog of Winterim offerings, use the structured time on campus to prepare for supervised SAT, ACT or TOEFL test prep, or opt out of Winterim and extend their Christmas holiday time off campus.
  5. Students are provided three meals a day. Breakfast foods are available for students to prepare each morning. Lunch is provided from a variety of local venues each day at school. The evening meal is prepared in the residence hall kitchen by a cook. While containing some Asian dishes, the cuisine varies to immerse our students in an American food culture.
  6. LWLHS provides the students a health insurance policy through United Healthcare for the school year. Students are automatically enrolled in this coverage as a part of their tuition and fees.
  7. In case of accident or illness, LWLHS will assure the student receives proper treatment in a timely manner. A report will be filed and sent to the parents. In an extreme emergency the parents would be contacted immediately.