La Lumiere School

La Porte, Indiana, USA view map
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic

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La Lumiere School shapes the complete student in character, scholarship, and faith. One hour from Chicago, our curriculum, small classes, and dedicated faculty provide an academic environment with emphasis on the individual learner.  
The core of our mission is to nurture and develop the whole individual in an academically challenging environment. This foundation provides La Lumiere graduates with a distinct advantage over most of their peers: they are trained to think critically, articulate clearly, and take action confidently -- with a solid awareness of morals and values. Our rigorous education, personal relationships, and focus on values create a rich learning environment for students. They are known by faculty, staff and other students from all grades. This familiarity enables our students to make lasting connections, engage in academics, participate socially, and define their path. Weekly activities, compulsory after school activities, a distinctive theatre program, and a competitive science team provide opportunities for students to explore their interests outside the classroom. A diverse campus population completes the La Lumiere experience.

6801 North Wilhelm Road, La Porte, Indiana, USA 46350

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Director of Admission: Charlie Mugford
Admissions Phone:219-326-7450Fax:219-325-3185
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1963
  • Campus Size: 144 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NCA-CASI, ISACS
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     22 67 89
Boys     52 66 118
Total     74 133 207

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $35,050
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $11,100
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 28.00%
  • Average Awarded: $0

Summary: La Lumiere's core curriculum provides a traditional foundation in mathematics, the social and physical sciences, theology, morals, foreign language, and English literature and composition. The program places special emphasis on critical thinking and the mastery of oral and written communications. Arts, computer science, and a range of other courses and required summer reading programs round out the well-balanced La Lumiere education. For the strongest academic students, we offer Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, modern languages, English and History.

Department Director: Kevin Kunst

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 27

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 52.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 6

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Ethics
  • Religious Studies
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Choral Music
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Drama
  • Journalism
  • Painting
  • Portfolio
  • Printmaking
  • Studio Art
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • English Literature
  • French Language
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • US History

Summary: On our 144-acre campus, students can take advantage of athletic facilities, open fields, or computer lab. At the Sullivan Student Activity Center, students can relax, play games, or get a snack from the school store.

Department Director: Patrick Kennedy

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 5

Average Students Per Dorm: 16

No. of Girls Dorms: 2

No. of Boys Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Science Bowl
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • SADD
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • American Sign Language, Academic Decathlon

Summary: The principles of character, scholarship and faith are the threads woven through the La Lumiere experience, whether in the classroom, on the playing field, or in the community. We expect a lot from our students. Students' days and weeks are filled with school activities, helping them to structure their time, and make the most of their high-school experience. In addition to academics, athletics, activities and community service each play an important role in a students' day-to-day experience at La Lumiere.

Arts Department Director: Rebecca Hunt

Athletics Department Director: Kevin Kunst

  • Art Club
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • Pep Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Science Olympiad, Academic Decathalon
Recreational Sports
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Education
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: La Lumiere's commitment to preparing students for college has resulted in a 100% college placement record. The College Counseling office educates La Lumiere students in the process of decision-making with the goal of helping students find colleges where they will be challenged, where they will be happy, and where they will succeed. We attempt to do this with as little stress and pressure on students as possible

Department Director: Dr. Pete Campbell

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Purdue University 12 graduates
University of Notre Dame 2 graduates
Valparaiso University 8 graduates
DePaul University 9 graduates
Michigan State University 7 graduates
Stanford University 1 graduates
Regis University 4 graduates
University of Michigan 2 graduates
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2 graduates
Indiana University at Bloomington 6 graduates
University of Wisconsin, Madsion 4 graduates
Loyola University Chicago 3 graduates
Butler University 2 graduates
Knox College 2 graduates
Manchester College 2 graduates
Ball State University 3 graduates
Arizona State University 3 graduates
Creighton University 2 graduates
Middlebury College 1 graduates
Northwestern University 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

John Roberts, Jr. (Class of 1973) Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Jim Gaffigan (Class of 1984) Comedian

Paris Barclay (Class of 1974) Emmy Award Winning Producer and Director

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: La Lumiere School offers various academic programs each summer. Students do not need to attend La Lumiere School to participate in many of the programs. Please contact us for a more comprehensive list of summer offerings.

Department Director: Will Lingle

Root Camp

A math skill-builder course for students new to La Lumiere. Taught by Ms. Kasey Ryan, La Lumiere’s Math Department Chairperson.

Registration Deadline: N/A
Tuition: $125
Financial Aid Available:  
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Writing Camp

A writing skill-builder course for students new to La Lumiere. The course is taught by Mr. Matthew Buchanan, a member of La Lumiere’s English Department.

Registration Deadline: N/A
Tuition: $125
Financial Aid Available:  
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SAT Boot Camp

Raise your SAT scores in a short period of time. Not for the faint of heart, this intensive SAT BOOT CAMP provides students with test-taking skills and strategies to help raise scores for college admittance. Students receive full-length SAT tests from the College Board, itemized analysis identifyi

Registration Deadline: N/A
Tuition: $325
Financial Aid Available:  
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