Frequently Asked Questions
For Elementary Admissions
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How much homework is given each night?
Homework for 1st graders averages approximately 30 minutes and gradually increases to about an hour in 6th grade. Homework amounts increase during test and project times.
How are the students disciplined?
Students are encouraged by their teachers to maintain a proper classroom behavior. When necessary, time out is the most common method of discipline.

Is there a deadline for submitting my admissions forms?
Applications and forms are accepted year-round based upon availability. Each form must be accompanied with a deposit of $100 towards the appropriate Comprehensive Fee. The remaining balance will be required when your child receives notification of acceptance.

Where do most of your students go after 6th grade?
They transition very well into other private schools as well as public, but most choose our sister school, Dallas Lutheran School, which serves 7th – 12th grade.

What is the curriculum used in these grades?
  • Religion: "One in Christ", published by Concordia Publishing House is used in PK-gr. 6.
  • Math: "Saxon Math" is used in K-6. Math is taught at the same hour in all classes to allow for adjustment in teaching/learning levels as needed.
  • English: The "Shurley" English program is used in grades 1-6, which emphasizes grammar, parts of speech, and writing. Jingles help students remember definitions.
  • Phonics: "Saxon" Phonics is used in K through 2nd grade.
  • Science: "Science: A Closer Look", published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill is used in grades K-6. Units cover life, earth, and physical sciences in all levels. Explore and Quick Lab activities make all lessons hands on for all students.
  • Reading: "Scott Foresman Reading" is used in grades 1-4 along with a large variety of trade books in every classroom. Trade books and anthologies of classic literature are used in grades 5 and 6.
  • Social Studies: "Adventures in Time and Place" series is used in 3rd through 6th, with "My World" and "People Together" for 1st and 2nd respectively. In addition, classrooms have special events that correspond to their particular grade level studies. For instance, the 6th grade class trip to Austin to study Texas government, 2nd graders traditional president's presentations, and 3rd grade Medieval Times trip and unit all support their learning.
For Preschool Admissions
The PK kids have fun. It seems like everything is a game.
Do I need to furnish a snack for my child?
Yes, all students bring a nutritious morning snack to school. Kids' Klub snacks are provided for those staying after school.

Are diapers or pull-ups allowed in preschool?
Only for children enrolled in PK2. All three-year-olds must be completely potty trained before the beginning of the school year. The 3K and 4K preschool rooms are not licensed for diaper changing and teachers are not permitted to change diapers.

Will my preschool child have a rest time?
Yes. Licensing requires rest time for preschool children in PK2, PK3 and PK 4 who attend the extended day after 11:30 a.m.

You child is given constant stimulation and instruction. They love to dance and move.
Will my preschool child have any interaction with the elementary students at ORLS?
Yes. Each preschool class is paired with an elementary grade as a "buddy" class. The "buddies" do special projects with the preschoolers, sit with them in chapel, and assist them in other all-school functions.

How are the students disciplined?
Children are encouraged by their teachers to maintain proper classroom behavior. Positive reinforcement of good behavior is used most often, and when necessary, a time out is used.

Is there a deadline for submitting my admissions forms?
Applications and forms are accepted year-round based upon availability. Forms must be accompanied with a deposit of $100 towards the Comprehensive Fee. The remaining amount will be required when your child receives notification of acceptance.