History

Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School disciples each generation to grow deeply, serve humbly, and go boldly in Christ to advance God's Kingdom.

Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School was founded in 1883 as a branch of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The original name was Columbia (now California) Road Lutheran School. The school immediately became an outreach tool and began to grow.

  • In 1949 the need for a larger school became apparent. In August 1951, the new school was dedicated. Each year our attendance grows, and every three to five years an additional teacher is required to meet the needs of our growing student body.
  • A second building program took place in 1958. Additions included a gym, pastor’s office and enlarged kitchen.
  • A third building program became necessary in 1965. Additions included a new kitchen and school building. Four teachers taught in two-grades-per-room classes school until 1995 when our first and second grades separated due to growing enrollment.
  • The fourth and most recent building program took place in 1997-1998. This expansion included a new wing of classrooms, kitchen, library, and commons area. Currently, children in grades pre-school through 8th grade are educated in single-grade classrooms.

"Four generations of my family have attended SBLS. We continue to pray for and support the school because we want others to share in the blessings we have received. Besides, the next generation is on the way." - Norma Thiele, Church Member & Alumni

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