Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School Starts 2021-22 Academic Year With Record 2,000 Students – Focuses on Students’ Mental Health and Wellbeing

Classes will be back in session and faculty and staff will be focused on ensuring student mental health and learning.

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Faith Lutheran, Nevada’s largest private school and the largest Lutheran school in the United States, in 2020-21 introduced a three-tiered emotional health plan that includes staff training, mental-health surveys, suicide screening, needs assessment and on-and off-campus counseling.

For the past four years Faith Lutheran Director of Mental Performance Mark Cheney has taught the CRUSADER (Confident, Resilient, Unselfish, Strong, Adaptable, Disciplined, Enthusiastic, Relentless) mindset to athletes. With the onset of the pandemic, Faith began expanding that offering to the rest of the student body.

“Be on the lookout for further growth with the CRUSADER program this year,” said Cheney.

“The counseling team at Faith Lutheran has always done an extraordinary job in providing quality help to students in need of mental health support,” said Faith Lutheran CEO Dr. Steve Buuck.  “The pandemic has been mentally and emotionally difficult on all of us, so we are ramping up our efforts to serve even more students and their families through the CRUSADER Mindset program.”

As further mental health care innovations, Faith Lutheran over the summer held Coffee with the Counselor sessions, which will continue after classes start. The school will continue to run suicide screening, partner with local therapists in its referral network and bring Esther the Comfort Dog to contribute calming presence.

To prepare future student generations to succeed, Faith Lutheran began construction on a $1.1 million classroom for its Flight Academy program and the $3.4 million Peccole Shuirman Tennis Complex.

The tennis complex, off the parking lot to the new Crusader Business Center, will cover 3.48 acres and more than double the four courts from the Darling Tennis Center that the school’s teams used for the past nine years. Four courts in the new complex will be lit. Construction started in December.

Meanwhile, construction on the aviation classroom started in March and is set to finish Dec. 15 with occupancy in January 2022. The new classroom will feature eight Redbird TD2 flight simulators with three viewing screens. The table-mounted simulators, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, place the yoke, switches, gauges and visuals in the correct and most realistic position for the pilot. The Redbird TD2 represents a generic single-engine piston aircraft. Users can choose to fly with or without retractable landing gear, constant-speed propeller or high-performance engines.

About Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School

Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School is Nevada’s largest private school and the largest Lutheran school in the United States, serving more than 2,000 students.

The school, on a 50-acre state-of-the-art campus near Downtown Summerlin, offers advanced middle school and high school college preparatory curriculum and extensive athletic, fine arts, and after school activities in a distinctively Christian environment.

Faith Lutheran’s unique high school academies program includes STEM, Justice & Advocacy, Business & Entrepreneurship, Film & Broadcast, Hospitality & Tourism, Aviation Academy, Christ Academy and the Conservatory of Fine Arts. The school is dedicated to its mission statement of Everyone Prepared! Everyone Saved! and is fueled by its core values of Family, Academics, Innovation, Truth and High Achievement.

Faith Lutheran is accredited by AdvancED and the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation. Learn more at

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