Diversity at St. Paul – A Quality Christian Education for All

By Principal David Spiehler, St. Paul Lutheran School

Not a Lutheran?  Don’t have an official church home?  Never considered a Christian education for your child?  St. Paul may still be right for your family.  

It’s not uncommon for non-denominational families – or families from different Christian faiths – to send their children to a Lutheran school.  

In addition to the high academic standards and nurturing environment, there are many other advantages to a Lutheran education: 

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Safe and loving learning environment
  • Qualified, professional, credentialed Christian teachers
  • A focus on the whole child: academically, socially, physically, emotionally, creatively and spiritually  

All in all, it’s no surprise that Lutheran schools constitute the second largest parochial education system in the United States, encompassing 1,150 early childhood centers and preschools, 793 elementary schools and 86 high schools across the country.  This represents many thousands of students from different backgrounds and upbringings – all benefiting from a rigorous, Christ-centered education.  


At St. Paul in Hilton, our school’s reputation attracts a diversity of families from eight school districts across Northwestern Monroe County.  Since we provide busing within a 15-mile radius of the school, we have become a small reflection of greater Rochester. Our student body comprises a mix of Christian faith traditions, and represents many, diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  We’re proud of our diverse population, which has a positive impact on the learning environment at our school.  

Everyone can come here and be themselves, knowing they’ll be supported.  Our vision is to sustain an inclusive environment where everyone is valued, so the students of St. Paul will benefit from different perspectives and outlooks.  They can take classes they wouldn’t normally take. They have the opportunity to find out what they’re passionate about quicker.  

Kids here are prepared for life no matter where their paths may take them.  Schools like ours lay the foundation for wherever students go from here: to public school, private school or college.  

Since 1956, St. Paul has taught generations of children who have flourished in a positive academic environment, while always keeping Christ at the center of students’ lives.  


Because we’ve seen decades of amazing student outcomes, we strongly believe all children are entitled to the benefits of an affordable, quality Christian education.  So, no matter where in Rochester you’re from, no matter what church your family attends – we encourage you to come visit St. Paul Lutheran School and see for yourself.  We might have more in common than you think.  

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