As Trinity Lutheran School in Crown Point celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week, students will focus on a mission to Kenya.
Trinity students will communicate through Skype with Lutheran missionaries this week.
Trinity Principal John Schultz said the Kenyan missionary work is a focus for this quarter.
"This will bring the mission field closer to the students," he said.
Schultz said there are many advantages to a Lutheran school education.
"The benefit is that we offer high academics supported by the word of God. Our main focus is the word of God, but we don't take a back seat with academics," Schultz said.
Trinity Lutheran School has operated since 1868. It has 13 full-time teachers and seven teacher aides for a teacher-to-student ratio of 12-to-1. Trinity Lutheran earned a B from the Indiana Department of Education in 2013
Schultz said every teacher has a Smart Board, and the school also has 50 IBM-compatible computers for student and faculty use along with a computer lab.
It serves students from preschool to eighth grade. The school has 248 students, including 63 in preschool. Of the students, 26 are using state vouchers this year.
Valparaiso's Immanuel Lutheran School has 290 students in preschool through eighth grade, Principal Josh Bachman said -- with 86 in preschool. The school initially began in the 1800s and operated for 20 years. It closed and was re-established in 1950. It does not participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship program.
Bachman said there are activities underway this week to celebrate Lutheran Schools Week.
"This gives us a chance to celebrate our Lutheran heritage and help kids recognize the unique community they are being educated in," he said.
There are several Lutheran preschools in Northwest Indiana along with Lutheran schools include Hobart's Trinity Lutheran School and Munster's St. Paul Lutheran School.