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La Lumiere School

La Lumiere School is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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La Lumiere School is a premier college preparatory boarding and day school located on a spectacular 190-acre campus in La Porte, Indiana. We are 25 miles west of South Bend, Indiana, seven miles from New Buffalo, Michigan, and about an hour southeast of Chicago.

Academic excellence characterizes our entire curriculum and helps prepare students to attend some of the best colleges in the country including Stanford University, Northwestern University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, Middlebury College, Georgetown University, Cornell University, Colgate University, University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago.

La Lumiere School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA). Additional information about La Lumiere School can be found at

Mission Statement

La Lumiere seeks to become the premier small day and boarding school in the Midwest. As a lay Catholic coeducational boarding and day school, we offer a rigorous college preparatory education grounded in character, scholarship, and faith. For more than 50 years, the La Lumiere family has come to protect and defend the distinctive elements that have made La Lumiere a transforming experience for so many loyal alumni.

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Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT



Academic Calendar: Semester

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • French

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 230
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 54
10 58
11 61
12 57

La Lumiere School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing La Lumiere School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1
Average Class Size 11
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 42%
Interim Head of School Charles F. Clark


Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of La Lumiere School include:

  • Jennifer (Shreve) Balawender '00 - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Family Medicine
  • Heather (Bankowski) Anaya '95 - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Maternal/Fetal Medicine
  • Jen Cullerton Johnson '90 - Writer, Educator, and Urban Environmentalist
  • Victor Smith '86 - Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana
  • Jim Gaffigan '84 - Stand-up Comedian, Actor, and Author
  • Connie (Devers) Falcone '83 - VP of Development of Chicago Cubs Charities
  • Tom Rosshirt '77 - Writer and Editor Special Assistant to the President and Foreign Policy Speechwriter in the Clinton White House
  • Paris Barclay '74 - Emmy Award Winning Television Producer
  • John G. Roberts Jr. '73 - 17th and Current Chief Justice of the United States
  • James P. Flannery '68 - Presiding Judge, Law Division Circuit Court of Cook County

Associations & Memberships

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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