WELS – Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod


Frequently Asked Questions

How are school closings communicated?

In case of closing due to bad weather or building issues, the notice of cancellation will be immediately posted on our website (www.divinegrace.net). Announcements will also be made by 6:45 a.m. on local radio and television stations as listed in the school newsletter. Please do not assume that if Lake Orion public elementary schools close we also will be closed. Listen for “Divine Grace School.” If our school is closed, daycare and before and after school childcare also close.

Is bussing available?

Lake Orion residents can ride the public school bus to and from Divine Grace.  Divine Grace coordinates their start and finish times with the bus schedule making it a great option for families. 

Multigrade Classrooms?

Divine Grace Lutheran School in Lake Orion, Michigan, has always had a multigrade organizational structure in the classroom. There has been a lot of research done concerning the academic performance of students in the multigrade classroom as well as emotional and psychological effects. Studies prove the following: 

  • There is no educational difference between a single grade classroom and a multigrade classroom when it comes down to academic achievement.
  • There are some definite positive things associated with multigrade instruction at the elementary level.
What are the Positives for the Child?
Recent studies show that a multigrade classroom develops:
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased pro-social behavior
  • Enriched personal relationships
  • Increased personal responsibility
  • A decline in discipline problems
  • More positive attitudes toward school
  • Better attitudes for underachievers and those from lower socioeconomic status
  • Friendly relationships based on understanding and respect
What are the Positives for the Classroom?
Recent studies show that a multigrade classroom develops:
  • An integrated curriculum
  • Cooperative learning
  • Cross-age tutoring
  • Learning in a more naturalistic setting
  • Exposure to upper grade work
  • Flexible schedules
  • Unique programs developed for students needs and interests
  • Resourceful learners
  • Independent learners
  • A family environment
Why Aren’t All Schools Multigrade?
The question remains, if there are some definite advantages, why don’t more schools offer multigrade education?
  • Are labor intensive
  • Require more planning
  • Require more collaboration
  • Require more professional development
  • Create parental concerns because “no one else does it that way”

Divine Grace Lutheran School has a very dedicated, well-trained staff to meet all of these needs. Divine Grace’s teachers put in over 60 hours per week. This work ethic comes not from a paycheck but from a love for our Lord. Our Lord commands us that in all we do, we do it all to the glory of God.

In addition, our staff is continually growing in their professional development and strives to be the best we can be. Summers are not a time off, but a time to grow in their teaching skills, participate in professional growth, and plan for the next year.