Our Curriculum

St. Paul believes that as part of God’s wonderful creation each of His children have been given gifts and talents in abundance. The purpose of education is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and discipline to use those gifts both here in time and later in eternity. As good stewards of the gifts we have been given, it is our responsibility to develop them to their fullest.

St. Paul’s curriculum and academic program is accredited by the State of Illinois and the National Lutheran Schools Association. Religion, language, reading, social studies, science, and math make up the core of our curriculum. It is further enhanced through instruction in music, art, physical education, health, and technology. The academic program at St. Paul has been producing quality leaders in our community since 1961. Graduates of St. Paul routinely find academic and extra-curricular success in high school. The solid foundation throughout the curriculum and teaching we offer provides them with confidence they need to find success.

Enhanced Curriculum

Our academic program provides an accelerated curriculum within an enriched environment for hands-on learning as well as real-world application. Our techniques for learning allow for each child’s learning style to be touched. St. Paul has an integrated S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in the areas of writing, math, science, etc. Our school focuses on these subjects to help our students gain skills required to succeed in today’s challenging world. This includes the ability to think critically and solve complex problems.

Our ultimate goal in S.T.E.M. integration is to encourage our students to take an interest in S.T.E.M. subjects at an early age. We integrate S.T.E.M. from preschool through 8th grade. This will be beneficial to them when they enter the job market one day. St. Paul also offers algebra to 7th and 8th grade students. St. Paul teachers understand that students need the skills to prepare for an ever-changing world. We believe that they must be given the tools necessary to function as Christians and leaders in our society.

Registration Forms

Dear Parent,

Thank you for your interest in St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Rochelle. We look forward to offering your child the quality Christian educational experience they will need in the years to come.

St. Paul is an accredited school, Preschool through 8th grade, providing a comprehensive academic curriculum that has been serving families in the Rochelle community since 1961. After more than 60 years, we look forward to continuing our long tradition of academic excellence and strong Christian values.

We are very proud of the nurturing family environment that each child and family experiences here at St. Paul. Teachers communicate regularly with parents on the progress of each student in order to provide an environment where everyone is committed to the success of their child. A large number of our graduates have been accepted into Honors classes in core curricular areas and have become leaders in their respective schools, private or public. Our staff is extremely dedicated to our school and the quality educational experience your child will receive.

Like you, we care about the full development of your child. We will work together with you to guide your child in many areas of their educational development including:

Spiritual, Academic, Physical, Social, Emotional and Character

I believe you will also discover the wonderful atmosphere that St. Paul has to offer. Selecting the school that you wish to entrust your children to is very important, and we thank you for considering St. Paul Lutheran Church and School.

We invite you to come to our school, take a tour, and see us in action. Call our school office 815-562-6323 with any questions to arrange a visit or to make an appointment with me. I look forward to seeing you.

God’s Blessings,
Steven Hall, Principal


2024-2025 Preschool Registration:

2024-2025 Preschool Registration will be held in the school gymnasium at 8:30am on:

· Tues. 2/13/24 for Members/School families only, 8:30am.

· Tues. 2/20/24 for the general Public, 8:30am.

Registration for both is on a first come first serve basis.

Prior to the registration date, parents need to contact the school office for registration paperwork. Completed registration paperwork, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, the registration fee and the last month’s tuition must be turned in at the time of registration.

St. Paul Preschool classes fill up quickly so parents are encouraged to call the school office prior to Feb. 13, 2024, to request registration information. (school office: 815-562-6323)

Enrollment forms, Medical History form and the Family Notification form for enrolling your child can be requested from the school office or downloaded from our Preschool registration post on this website.  Please return them with a copy of your child’s state/county birth certificate, the $125.00 registration fee, and the last month’s (May) tuition.  The tuition for the three-day class is $205.00 per month; while the two-day class is $160.00 per month. Tuition for the 5 day class is $245.00 per month. St Paul member families receive a discount of $5.00 per month ($240.00, $200.00 and $155.00).  The registration fee and tuition is non-refundable.  The balance of your tuition payments will be due the beginning of each month starting in September and ending in April.

      Please note that your child must be three years old by September 1, 2024 in order to be eligible for the class and must be fully potty-trained.  Your child should also have a current physical form and immunization records on file in the office by the first day of school.

2024-2025: Kindergarten through 8th grade: EARLY registration begins in March preceding the start of the school year.  A portion of the registration fee/a registration deposit of $175.00 per pupil with the registration paperwork, is due by April 19th. The remaining balance is due at registration on July 31, 2024.  

Final registration for Kindergarten through eighth grade takes place the first week of August preceding the start of the school year.  The balance of the registration fees and the first month’s tuition is due at final registration.  For information regarding tuition fees, please call the school office at 815-562-6323.  

Please contact the school office at 815-562-6323 if you have any questions regarding the 2024-2025 registration process. Thank you!


The curriculum for the 4-year-old classes includes kindergarten readiness skills involving introduction and development of letters, sounds, and numbers as well as development of small motor skills including beginning writing. Developmentally appropriate classroom projects and activities based on the selected theme units provide the basis for the choices that are available. Children attending school for more days will have the opportunity to enhance the development of all skills through additional activities and benefit from the enrichment and more in-depth development of the theme units. All preschool children benefit from the opportunity for peer socialization, building of self-confidence that comes from becoming more independent and participating in small and large group activities in a classroom environment.

What Can My Child Expect?

  • Christ-centered environment
  • Learning centers
  • Reading and Math readiness skills
  • Group activities and free play
  • Two or three day sessions
  • Class size limited to 12 per class
  • Half-day sessions
  • M-W-F morning (3 Year-Olds only)
  • T-Th morning (3 Year-Olds only)
  • M-W-F afternoon (4 Year-Olds only)
  • M-F Morning & M-F Afternoon (4 Year-Olds only)

Elementary School

Encouraging positive behaviors don’t end in preschool. Throughout the school, children are encouraged to investigate, learn and grow in concern for their fellow students. On Wednesday mornings, the student body comes together for Chapel services. Along with a moral message often including student participation, the children give food or monetary offerings to a certain cause.

Our teachers continually explore new methods of teaching and access up-to-date information to give the children every opportunity to achieve academically. St. Paul School offers a well-balanced, quality education in Reading, Math, English, Religion, Science, Social Studies, Computer Laboratory, Art, Music and Sports programs for boys and girls.

Junior High / Middle School

Core fundamentals that are emphasized in the elementary program are further developed in the Junior High program. This cultivation occurs through an excellent academic program that includes eighth grade algebra, computer science, daily religion class that instills a sense of importance of a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, and an athletic program that encourages physical development.

During this impressionable time of transition from childhood to adolescence, the academic, physical and spiritual growth provided at St. Paul, provides our students the framework to succeed in all aspects of their life. St. Paul has produced and continues to produce leaders in the Rochelle area community and nationwide as well.

Schedule a Tour

If you are interested in a tour of our school, please call the school office at 815-562-6323.