Recognized for Excellence

National Blue Ribbon School

In 2007, Salem Lutheran School was awarded by the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C., as a National Blue Ribbon Recipient. Five years of documented test scores above the 90th percentile school wide in math and reading, a balanced curriculum, and successful strategies for all students to learn led to this prestigious award.

National Distinguished Principal

Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner

In 2012, Salem Lutheran School’s Director, Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner, was recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in Arlington, Virginia. School leadership in developing a climate where all students can be successful, providing programs using research-based strategies to benefit all types of learners and establishing a positive communication model to develop the relationship between parents and teachers were established under her leadership.

National Exemplary School

In 2014 Salem Lutheran School was named a National Exemplary School by the National Lutheran School Association in St. Louis, Missouri. Based upon the identification of best practices used by Salem, this award now gives way to published articles and webinars to help other schools improve their practices. Best practices identified by two visiting accreditation teams included:

  • Salem’s “Way to Go” strategy for developing a positive communication strategy between parents and teachers.
  • The implementation of a special services program based on identification of learning differences through Aimsweb benchmarking
  • Response to Intervention
  • Salem’s approach to creating servant leaders by mentoring students and providing real opportunities to practice them.