Bethesda Lutheran’s K-3 Primary School is participating in the South Dakota Partners in Education Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 school year!

What does this mean for you?

Bethesda offers some full and partial scholarships through the Church, but in addition families who qualify can apply online for tuition assistance through South Dakota Partners in Education! Review the eligibility guidelines carefully before submitting your application.

Once you have reviewed the eligibility guidelines, it’s time to apply!

  • Click on “Family Log In” at the very top of the page.
  • Choose “Financial Aid Assessment.” You will need to create a login.

Tuition and Fees Structure

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $75.00.

Tuition Fees are as follows:  (To be paid before or by the 1st of the month)  August and May are half months covered by one $310 fee. If tuition is not paid in a timely manner a payment schedule will be made so that tuition costs are met.  If there is no payment after two months, and an extension has not been granted, Bethesda Lutheran School reserves the right to terminate admittance to the school. A 2 % discount will be given if the tuition is paid in full at the beginning of the school year.  
Monthly tuition fee (beginning in September 2018) of $310 for non-member students in grades K-3;  members (refer to policy below) have a monthly tuition fee of $150 for grades K-3,  The tuition fees that are charged each month do not cover the expenses of a child’s education at Bethesda Lutheran School. For this reason, it is expected that parents contribute their time and talents to the school in addition to their money.

BLS is committed to the idea that no child will be denied simply on the basis of financial need. Families who indicate financial need will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the end goal being to provide every option available to allow the enrollment of the child. Parents and guardians requiring financial assistance should contact the Administrative Assistant.
(Partial scholarships may be awarded to children in the Day School)


Because students who are children of Bethesda Lutheran Church members attend Bethesda Lutheran School at a reduced tuition rate, it has become important to define the term “members.” A “member” with regard to reduced-tuition status for a child attending Bethesda Lutheran School shall be:

At least one blood relative who meets the requirements set forth in the Articles of Incorporation for a communicant member.

At least one guardian who meets the requirements set forth in the Articles of Incorporation for a communicant member providing:

1) The guardian is the primary care giver for the child.

2) The child resides with the guardian.


Members waiting to transfer from other LCMS congregations will be considered communicant members of Bethesda if they held communicant status at their previous LCMS congregation and have requested that Pastor write for a change of membership to Bethesda Lutheran Church.

People who have expressed a desire to become members of Bethesda and have begun attending Pastor’s adult instruction class will be considered communicant members providing:

1) They miss no more that three classes during instruction.

2) They become communicant members after completing the class.