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Mission Statement & Philosophy

Zion Lutheran School is a Christ-centered community that exists to:

LIVE for Christ

Zion Lutheran Church and School preaches and teaches to live for Christ, who saves us by grace through faith in Him. Church services, youth Bible studies, acolyting, and assisting with communion are ways that students may build their own faith walk while serving others in the church and school community. Confirmation and religion classes are educational opportunities that students may build their own faith walk while being equipped to serve others in all aspects of life.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

LEAD a life of godliness, wellness, and integrity

With Christ as our example, Zion develops the whole student (social, emotional, academic and spiritual well-being) through Christian modeling, leadership opportunities, character education, and instruction rooted in Scripture. 

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

LOVE and serve one another

Zion is a school that provides a safe, nurturing, and accepting environment by modeling the spirit of the words from Scripture in all that we do. The faculty and staff are committed in developing personal relationships with all students, enabling each one to feel loved and cared for.

We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

LEARN for a lifetime

Students at Zion are equipped to live their lives in the pursuit of excellence, building upon the foundation of knowledge and understanding of God's love for them. This intentional, spiritual development in an exceptional, academic setting allows students to grow not only in knowledge but also in wisdom.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (Proverbs 1:5)

At A Glance



Kindergarten – 8th grade


495 – 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118


Jennifer Lee


160 students

Average class size: 

17 students

Class size maximum: 

22 students

School Hours: 


Kindergarten .       8:20 AM to 2:55 PM

1st to 5th Grade .  8:20 AM to 3:00 PM

6th to 8th Grade    8:20 AM to 3:15 PM

Morning Care:   7:00 to 8:30 am
Afternoon Care: 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Affiliation: Christian (The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod [LCMS])

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
National Lutheran Schools Association (NLSA)

Live.  Lead.  Love.  Learn.

School Mascot: 

Zion Lion

Zion Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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  • What is the history of Zion Lutheran School?
    Established in 1947 by Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School is a small Christian private school in the heart of San Francisco's Richmond District. We provide a Christ-centered, academically rigorous education for children from kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Is Zion Lutheran School accredited?
    Zion is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Lutheran Schools Association (NLSA).
  • How large are classes?
    At Zion we limit class size to 22 students to ensure that all students can receive both individual attention while enjoying the breadth and depth of a diverse community. Our average class size ranges from 15 to 20 students with one class per grade level.
  • Is financial assistance offered?
    Yes, financial assistance is available for those who qualify on a needs basis and begins at the kindergarten level. Zion works with the BASIC fund, and FACTS to determine aid. Please see Mary Lum for additional information.
  • What about Zion Lutheran School's high school placement?
    Zion provides a solid, specific, shared core curriculum in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge. Zion graduates attend high schools all over the Bay Area, including the most competitive private and public schools, such as Lick-Wilmerding, St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart, Lowell, SF University, Nueva and more. Zion Lutheran School actively supports students in the high school application process.
  • What does Zion's uniform consist of?
    Dennis Uniform Company is the provider for our Blackwatch Plaid uniforms, navy blue pants/shorts, green and white polo shirts, and green sweaters. Hooded and crew neck sweatshirts are available through Dennis as well; children are able to wear their Zion sweatshirts during school. Zion offers a used-uniform program to offset some of the costs.
  • How do I apply?
    School Tour: We recommend that you begin with a school tour. During the tour, you will learn about Zion's academic curriculum, school environment, facilities, and the application process. Schedule a school tour today! Kindergarten through 8th grade: To apply to Zion you will need to submit: a Zion application; $75 nonrefundable application fee; copy of your child's birth certificate; and a school recommendation release form. A Preschool Recommendation Form for Kindergarten applicants will also be submitted. Additionally, all applicants will complete an in-person academic assessment appropriate for their incoming grade level. 1st through 8th grade: In addition to the application material above, report cards, achievement test scores, and a one-day visit ("Shadow Day") by the student are required. A completed teacher recommendation form from the current school is required for those students transferring to 1st - 8th grades at Zion.
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