“Preparing the next generation of Christian leaders.”
Executive director: Joel Landskroener; principal: Kevin Wilaby; grades: nine through 12; activities director: Kris Gustin; director of admissions: Dan Perrel; director of spiritual life: Dave Lane; enrollment: 190; athletic conference: Minnesota River; address: 305 Fifth St. NE, Mayer, MN 55360; phone number: (952) 657-2251; website: www.mayerlutheran.org.
Mayer Lutheran High School is committed to providing a foundation of Christian education, and students of all denominations are welcome.
Faculty members are dedicated individuals, committed to Christian education, in addition to providing a rigorous academic experience for students. They act as friends, advisors, coaches, and mentors to students who commute from 52 surrounding communities (distances up to 30 miles), including Hutchinson, Shakopee, Buffalo, and Wayzata.
Busing is available from many locations, including the Waconia, Chaska, Watertown, Excelsior, and Howard Lake areas. Assistance with car-pool arrangements is also provided.
The curriculum is designed for all levels of learning, and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. Students have continuous opportunities for individual help and attention, and more than 90 percent of the graduates continue their education beyond high school.
Post-secondary opportunities, independent studies, and individual programs allow each student to build a challenging schedule to fit his or her individual interests and strengths. Technology opportunities challenge students to stay current and knowledgeable in an ever-changing world.
More than 90 percent of all students are involved in school-sponsored co-curricular activities, including athletics, drama, National Honor Society, yearbook, speech, chess, fine arts, mission trips, and more.
Athletics include football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, dance, wrestling, baseball, softball, boys and girls track, and boys and girls swimming. Trapshooting was added in 2014.
Financial aid is available on a need-only basis for families who would like their students to attend MLHS, but cannot afford it. This year, more than $300,000 is available for student aid. Application forms are available on the school’s website, www.mayerlutheran.org.
Online school makes Mayer Lutheran unique
Mayer Lutheran High School’s online program, Genesis Virtual Academy, is a convenient way for students from all over the globe to receive high-quality Christian education.
“We’re just going into the fourth year,” Mayer Lutheran Executive Director Joel Landskroener said in September 2015. “So far this first semester, we have 280 courses being taught.”
A wide range of subjects are available – advanced placement world history, Mandarin Chinese, Old Testament history, high-level math classes, and much more.
Genesis Virtual Academy is open to US residents, as well as students in other countries. It’s an innovative option for missionary families and homeschool students, and it has been a valuable resource for schools looking to expand their course offerings.
Courses are typically 18 weeks long, and students can progress at their own pace within that period. Students can post to class forums, and meet one-on-one with the instructor during weekly office hours.
Some classes include periodic live online sessions, which give students opportunities to ask questions as a class and learn from each other.
“We also offer summer school online, for kids who either want to get ahead or retake classes,” Landskroener said.
To learn more, go to www.genesisva.org, or call (612) 567-6482.
Growing and serving
Although Genesis Virtual Academy is one way for students to experience Mayer Lutheran education, students who are able to spend time on campus reap additional benefits.
For instance, students have a pumpkin patch with more than 100 pumpkins growing as of September 2015.
“We’re thinking about putting in a community garden for the City of Mayer next year,” Landskroener said. “We’re also planting a long strip of native prairie along the highway.”
In addition, Mayer Lutheran has honeybees, and about 25 gallons of honey are expected to be harvested in 2015. Much of the honey will be given away to friends and supporters of Mayer Lutheran.
Building a future
Other areas of Mayer Lutheran are also growing and changing.
A large expansion project has been planned since 2008, which will provide an intuitive central entrance, classrooms, parking space, staff offices, a spacious commons area, two locker rooms, storage space, and a large fieldhouse.
A new roundabout has been constructed near the school, and Mayer Lutheran is now more prominent when visitors enter the city.
While getting ready for the large building project, Mayer Lutheran has been taking care of smaller items, such as building a shop that will be shared by the tech ed and theatre departments.