Purpose & History


Dubuque Lutheran School was founded in 2002 as a joint ministry of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, congregations of  The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Section 1.1 of the Bylaws of the Dubuque Lutheran School Association, Inc. states the objective of the association as such:

The objectives of the Dubuque Lutheran School Association, Inc., shall be operating as an ongoing spiritual and educational ministry of Our Redeemer and St. Paul Lutheran churches; and to establish, operate, administrate, conduct, control, promote and serve as the day to day management and maintenance of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod educational institution of religious instruction, and for such and further lawful purposes.

Living and learning in the atmosphere of Christ’s love is the goal of the Dubuque Lutheran School.  Each day our Savior’s love is taught through Bible lessons, songs, and academic subjects.  Regardless of the source or expectation, the curriculum of Dubuque Lutheran School is Christ-centered and the teachings of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are followed.

St. Paul Lutheran school existed in Dubuque from 1878 through the 1940’s.  It closed due to the depression and the start of WWII. Then in 2000, parents wanted to explore the feasibility of having another Lutheran School again.  It’s purpose was to provide a Lutheran Christian education in the Dubuque area.  Older congregation members had attended the first Lutheran school, St. Paul Lutheran School in Dubuque.  They encouraged starting another school.

A Brief History

From November 2000 to June 2001, a study to test the feasibility and readiness of starting a Lutheran school in Dubuque was conducted.  Some older members had gone to school at St. Paul Lutheran School as children and so there was interest not only from families with children, but also from older members that wanted to again have a Lutheran school presence in Dubuque.  Based on the positive results of the study, the establishment of a school was approved by St. Paul and Our Redeemer Voter’s meetings in May 2002.

Dubuque Lutheran School (DLS) began in the 2003–2004 school year with a combined Kindergarten and Grade 1 with one teacher, Mrs. Barbara Schubert.  Grades 2 and 3 were added in the 2004–2005 school year, with a second teacher.  Grade 4 was added in 2005–2006 and Grade 5 in the 2006–2007 school year. In 2005, DLS was accredited by the State of Iowa for Kindergarten through 4th grade.  That accreditation was extended to grade 5 in 2006.  In 2013, a homeschool academy was added as another educational option and a way to mission to home school families.  Homeschool Academy is a part-time option for homeschool students to have some group interaction especially in more group-based subjects like music and physical education.  Currently, there are three full time and two part time faculty teaching students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Future objectives include increased enrollment and expansion to middle and high school.  The school’s ongoing goal is to have the highest quality K-5 grade school that provides a standard of excellence that is unmatched by other academic institutions.