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Trinity Lutheran Church of Hawthorne

Our School
Kindergarten - Eighth Grade

4783 W. 130th Street
Hawthorne, CA  90250-5196
(310) 675-3379

School Principal: 
Kathleen Rutt

Trinity Lutheran Church has operated its school for fifty years because we believe that excellence in education can best be provided in the context of a day-by-day relationship with God. 

We believe that knowledge of our world is important, but that it is the knowledge of the love of God through Jesus Christ that makes our lives worthwhile. 

We are dedicated to providing a thorough training in all the basic subjects.  We are also concerned that emphasis be placed on teaching children to do what is right and to deal with others in loving concern. 

Trinity Lutheran School's curriculum meets the requirements of a general elementary/junior high education.  Graduates of Trinity average two years above national norms on SAT tests and are accepted into fine non-public as well as public high schools.  Our teachers are state credentialed. 

Trinity admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin.  It does not discriminate on the basis or race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial policies, athletic and other school administered programs.

Administration/School Library/Classrooms

  • Full academic courses 
  • Daily religious instruction 
  • Weekly Chapel 
  • Computers in all grades 
  • Developmental Kindergarten 
  • Departmentalized Junior High 
  • Before and After School Program 
  • Physical Education 
  • Hot Lunch Program

  • Environmental education experience 

  • - Grade 6 - Astrocamp 
    - Grade 7 - Catalina Island Marine Institute 
    - Grade 8 - Historic East Coast trip 
  • Field trips at all grade levels 
  • Athletic teams 
  • Computer Club 
  • Self Defense Class 
  • Yearbook Club 
  • Parent Teacher Organization 
  • Summer Day Camp

  • Carpeted classrooms 
  • Large library 
  • Computer Lab 
  • Computers in classrooms 
  • Two Play Equipment areas 
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts 
  • Grassy play area 
  • Separate preschool 
  • Church and hall meeting areas


Trinity Lutheran School offers extended day care from 6:30 a.m. until school begins in the morning, and again from the time school is out until 6:00 p.m.  Extended care is also available on specified school holidays and during the summer months. 


6:30 - 7:47 a.m.  Before school care 
7:45  Playground opens 
8:15  Grades 3-8 begin class 
8:30  Grades K-2 begin class 
3:00  School dismisses 
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  After school care 


To be enrolled in kindergarten, pupils must have reached the age of 5 years on or before December 2.  The same requirement is made at age six for first grade.  Birth certificates are required. 

Kindergarten entrance requirements are preschool recommendation and/or Gessell Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.  New students entering first grade will take a school readiness assessment.  New students in grades 2-8 take a standardized entrance test.  Trinity bases final acceptance on previous school records, entrance test results and school recommendations. 


Church related private schools do not receive state or federal financial support as public schools do.  Tuition and fees paid by parents cover the cost of educating a student as Trinity Lutheran School.  Since the school is a mission arm of the congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church provides the buildings and grounds. 


A yearly enrollment fee is required of each student.  A testing fee for incoming students is due at the time of application. 

Tuition is payable in ten monthly payments.  The first installment is due August 1, and the last payment is due May 1.  Tuition and Before and After School Program fees cover only the 180 days of the school year.  Vacation days during the school year have a special day rate for those needing child care. 


Enrollment forms and general information are available at the school office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

A completed application accompanied by the fee for developmental assessment and testing must be returned to the school office.  An appointment will be made for testing.  Parents will be notified by mail of acceptance or non-acceptance of their child/children.  Upon notification of acceptance, the enrollment fee is due.  Payment of the enrollment fee secures a place in a classroom in the fall.  All enrollments are for one school year only.  They must be renewed each school year. 


Trinity Lutheran School is a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Religion is an integral part of the curriculum, and Lutheran beliefs and doctrines are emphasized.  All students are expected to participate in the religious classes that are offered.  Trinity accepts students of all religious backgrounds. 


Trinity Lutheran Preschool offers full and part-time programs in a Christian setting.  A staff of dedicated, state-qualified teachers provides a helpful, happy, healthy, creative and Christian environment for children between the ages of 2 years and 5 years old.  Preschool hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Hot lunch and two snacks are provided daily. 

Preschool office: (310) 675-9595 

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