about Lutheran Special School & Education Services


What is your experience?
• For over 60 years Lutheran Special School & Education Services (LSSES) has been providing quality, Christ-centered individualized instuction to students with unique learning challenges.

Whom do you serve?
• We serve students who struggle with unique learning challenges and/or emotional difficulties. Our elementary self-contained classrooms serve children from 2nd to 8th grade; resource rooms are available for 1st to 8th grade students based on openings through our partner schools; teacher consultants serve 3-year-olds through high school students in various Lutheran schools. In fall of 2018 we implemented a high school program in partnership with Martin Luther High School, currently serving 9th and 10th graders.

What type of learning difficulties do you work with?
• We work with students who have been identified with certain learning difficulties including LD (Learning Disability), ED (Emotional Disturbance), CD (Cognitive Disabled), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and mild autism spectrum disorders. We also work with slow learners and students with social and mild behavioral problems.

Do you serve physically handicapped students?
• We have served children with some physical handicaps. We assess students on an individual basis. Please contact our office for more information.

What programs and/or services does LSSES offer?
• LSSES has four elementary self-contained classrooms located in Hales Corners; a Resource Room partnership at Mount Calvary in Milwaukee; a high school program; Teacher Consultant services upon request (for testing, observation, assessment, etc) at 40+ area Lutheran elementary schools; art therapy and counseling services; and various other teacher and parent resources.

Does my family have to belong to a Lutheran Church in order for my child to attend LSSES?
• No. While our curriculum is based upon the Christian values and doctrine inherent to the Lutheran faith, as we are a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, we welcome students of all faiths and religious backgrounds.

How do you get your students?
• Our students come to us through referrals or recommendations from teachers from both private and public schools. Teacher Consultants in the area help assess students as requested and make referrals. Parents also contact us directly with concerns and questions about their child.

How much does your program cost?
• For those students who live in the city of Milwaukee and meet the financial requirements may apply for School Choice to attend Lutheran Special School. We are also part of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) and the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP). For more information on School Choice, as well as a private pay option, contact us at 414-461-8500 or email

Do you offer any before or after school programs?
• We do not offer any before or after school programs at this time, but as space and resources become available, we will consider these programs.

Do you offer busing or van transportation?
• For our self-contained classrooms in Hales Corners, we offer a unique bussing system for our city of Milwaukee students, from Milwaukee Lutheran High School to the Hales Corners facility daily.

Do you offer free or reduced price hot lunches?
• Free and reduced hot lunch (and breakfast) is currently offered at our Hales Corners site.

What is your program of instruction?
LSSES is a Christ-centered school teaching a Christian world-view from a Lutheran perspective.
Interwoven into the subjects taught are the Biblical principals that are the foundation for what we believe and who we are as Christians.
The program of instruction at LSSES is based on the WI state standards for Math, English, Science, and Social Studies at each specific grade level, but will be modified and adapted based on the individual educational needs of the students enrolled.
Instruction used will be a multi-sensory approach, integrating visual arts, kinesthetic arts, and music/theater arts as well as an experiential focus.
In grades 9-12 there will be a virtual school component with students spending part of the day being instructed online with teacher assistance and part of the day out in the community participating in experiential and school-to-work activities.