Cross of Glory Lutheran School
and Preschool

Our Mission Statement

Cross of Glory Lutheran School is a part of the total ministry of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church. In cooperation with families, Cross of Glory Lutheran School exists to equip children with the power of God’s Word and academic excellence. We seek to produce students who are strong in God’s Word, who are prepared for life eternal, and who are able to apply their education toward serving their Savior in any walk of life.

Our Philosophy

It is the general philosophy of Cross of Glory Lutheran School that we educate the COMPLETE child with a high quality Christian education while simultaneously encouraging, supporting, and nurturing families through the Word of God.

To accomplish this:

Educating the Whole Child

Our school offers a Christ-centered, Bible-based education through which the children of our congregation and community have the opportunity to grow:

  • Spiritually: know their Savior, Christ Jesus, and the work of salvation
  • Intellectually: math, science, language arts, and other typical courses
  • Socially: promoting positive interactions with other students, teachers, and adults as well as how to deal with issues involving other people
  • Physically: building strong bodies through PE, recess, and movement activities
  • Emotionally: how to deal with failure and frustrations

Emphasizing Spiritual Growth

Our school offers the environment in which each child is enabled to grow spiritually

  • In his / her faith in Jesus, through a daily study of the inerrant Word of God (the tool of the Holy Spirit)
  • In his / her understanding of Christian doctrine as summarized by Martin Luther, and
  • In developing his / her spiritual gifts and strengths in order to be prepared for a life of Christian service to this congregation, the church at large, and the community.

Providing a Safe and Cooperative Environment

Our school offers the environment that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and aesthetic needs of each child by

  • providing a Christian environment where children can develop their God-given talents;
  • using a Christ-centered curriculum in which Bible truths permeate each subject;
  • using called WELS teachers who daily confess Christ as their Savior.
  • Employing innovative and research based educational tools and programs to meet the COMPLETE needs of each learner.

Supporting Parents

Finally, since the Bible teaches that parents have the primary responsibility for instructing their children in the Christian faith (Deuteronomy 6:7-9; Psalm 78:4-8), our school provides the environment that supports Christian parenting and home life.
It is our vision for Cross of Glory Lutheran School to be a school that develops and nurtures a church-home-school partnership to assist the parents in their responsibility to “bring them [their children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4.



Micah Foelske



5th-8th Grade

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Keri Patterson


 3 – year-olds

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Beth Marquardt

Preschool Director


4 – year-olds

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Brenda Jeffers



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Paul Pappenfuss

2nd-4th Grade

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Thea Arndt

Preschool Aide


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Susan Ehlers

Preschool Aide


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Alexa Foelske

Principal Relief Teacher
5-8th Grade

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The curriculum at Cross of Glory Lutheran seeks to educate the mind and enlighten the heart through the timeless truths of God’s Word. Cross of Glory’s curricular framework is balanced and comprehensive. Its design promotes cognitive growth in all of its objectives, activities, strategies, and resources. The curriculum takes into account the wide range of cultural backgrounds and learning styles of its students, offering flexibility to remediate the struggling student while at the same time enriching the gifted learner. The Cross of Glory Lutheran student will be fully equipped with the tools needed to succeed in and out of the classroom.

Starting at the base level of our education system, students in our three and four-year-old preschool are exposed to many new concepts about the world. Sticking to the scientifically backed research of the importance of play in early child education ( our preschool offers ample amounts of time for these young students to grow in variety of ways in their playful interactions with each other and the staff. Throughout the week, our students are exposed to various subject areas such as math, reading, writing, art, music, science, history, and other STEM activities. Our four-year-old preschool reading series is directly tied into our Kindergarten and lower grades reading curriculum to ensure students are properly prepared to succeed in these years as developing readers.
The key component in Cross of Glory’s religion curriculum is the Christ-Light series, which presents both Old and New Testament Bible stories in an exciting, colorful, and memorable way. Each lesson has a key truth that is meaningfully discussed and applied to the children’s lives. This comprehensive curriculum gives students a strongly rooted foundation in God’s Word, equipping them to live as children of God. Memorization skills are enhanced as students commit to memory Bible passages. Every Wednesday morning the students gather for a brief children’s devotion in the chapel. Parents and friends are invited to join the students for this devotion. The 7th and 8th grade students will take a two-year doctrine course with our Pastors that examines the teachings of God’s Word.
A thorough mathematics curriculum is critical for success in our ever-changing world. The traditional math approach at Cross of Glory gives students a firm foundation in computation, math concepts, problem solving strategies, and data interpretation. This foundation is constructed through daily instruction and review in a cumulative manner. Ample time is provided to grant individual assistance until the concepts are mastered. The math program is experiential in nature and employs manipulative and real life situations to build mathematical knowledge. Students in the middle school who demonstrate above-average aptitude in mathematics will be placed into an accelerated math program.
A clear understanding of the English language is imperative for success in all areas of the curriculum and everyday life. Sienna Lutheran’s language arts curriculum accomplishes this through its integration of reading, phonics programs, writing, spelling, grammar, and oral expression in a sequential and developmentally appropriate order.

  • READING: Students develop a love for reading through phonics-based instruction that incorporates thematic units of high quality literature, poetry, short stories, and plays. The curriculum emphasizes listening and comprehension skills, while developing the ability to read critically. Each classroom has a library with appropriate book selection.
  • WRITING: Students are taught to be proficient writers in a step-by-step composition process that includes phrases, sentences, paragraphs, reports, letters, poetry, journals, and short stories. Grammar is taught and stressed in all writing lessons. Students are encouraged to exercise their free expression in creative writing exercises
  • SPELLING: The spelling component of the curriculum develops the sound/spelling connection in language, provides dictation practice, and incorporates and reviews vocabulary words in weekly units.
  • ORAL EXPRESSION: Students develop public speaking skills through experiences in show-and-tell, oral reports, and class presentations.


The development and use of modern technology continues to evolve and shape our lives. In order to gain proficiency in this technological, computer exploration begins in kindergarten, with much more rigorous use in middle and upper grades. Students are given the opportunity to develop familiarity with the physical structure of computers and with operating various computer programs to supplement cognitive growth. Our lower grade classrooms are equipped with computer equipment, numerous educational software titles, and high-speed Internet access that are utilized in a variety of contexts and disciplines. Educational software programs are incorporated into the curriculum as a way of enriching the overall academic program. Our middle and upper grade classrooms boast a 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio which allows technology use to be integrated into many different disciplines. Use of the computer is regularly incorporated into the curriculum as a way of enriching the overall academic progress.
The science curriculum at Cross of Glory Lutheran leads children to a greater appreciation of the awe-inspiring, created world in which they live. By means of textbook investigation, hands-on experimentation, special group projects, and technology-aided presentations, students discover various aspects of physical, earth, and life sciences. Special emphasis will be placed on developing skills such as observing, comparing, hypothesizing, predicting, measuring, testing, and interpreting.
The scope of study in Cross of Glory’s social studies curriculum includes exposure to a variety of social science disciplines: world cultures, values and customs, history, geography, sociology, current events, economics, and civics. Instruction and activities in these areas are structured to help young students develop skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, cause-and-effect relationships, and reading charts, maps, and graphs. This curriculum aspires to give students the necessary tools to be active, well-adjusted citizens and leaders in today’s world.
Cross of Glory’s music program contains the integrated components of music theory, voice development, and music appreciation. Basic elements such as notation, rhythm, and music terminology prepare the children to read music and explore musical instruments. Vocal skills are developed through pitch exploration, ear training, and classroom singing. Students are introduced to famous composers and some of their works. In an effort to showcase the musical talents and accomplishments of our young musicians, several public performances are planned throughout the year. Individual piano lessons are offered through various teachers.
Concepts such as line, shape, form, color, pattern, design, and composition are developed in an art curriculum that allows children to express their creativity and discover their talents. Young artists learn to value not only the product, but also the process. The children also enjoy exposure to well-known artists, their unique styles, and classical works. Other goals include development of fine motor skills, improvement of hand-eye coordination, and experiences in collaborative learning. Projects are displayed in the main gathering space near the office.

The goals of Cross of Glory’s physical education program include: instruction in the rules, skills, and strategies of team and individual sports; physical fitness and cardiovascular development; practical experiences in leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship; and development of a positive self-image in a safe, structured environment. Expectations include participation in all games and activities, respect for peers and instructors, proper care of equipment, and cooperation. The P.E. program is designed to enable each child to achieve success while developing an interest in life-long physical activity. Participation in P.E. for students with medical problems or physical limitations will be modified as needed.

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School Hours

Monday – Friday 8:15 am – 3:30 pm

Office Hours  8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Address 10111 W. Jomax Rd., Peoria, AZ. 85383

Phone 623.224.8839