WLA Philosophy of Education

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10) We believe that a truly complete education is founded on the Word of God and is subject to the truths expressed in it. Through it, the Holy Spirit will work spiritual growth and understanding in each student, including the ability to discern among the philosophies of the world in the light of the Scripture. It is these Scriptures that are “able to make us wise for salvation.” (2 Timothy 3:15)

At Winnebago Lutheran Academy our educational goal is to develop students who advocate for their own learning and develop a life-long love of learning. We believe that our roles as instructors are to help our teens recognize and develop individual unique gifts while providing a safe environment in which to practice their skills and take risks in their learning. In keeping with 21st-century learning theory, our students must have the opportunity to engage in critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration, all while exercising their Christian character. Our classrooms will include a common demonstration of highly engaged, hands-on learning and cooperative projects with fellow students, and where possible, will allow their curiosity to drive their learning.

For the full Statement of Educational Philosophy of WLA, please follow this link.


Founded in 1925, Winnebago Lutheran Academy is fully accredited through the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA) recognized nationally through the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). WLA also maintains a state of Wisconsin accreditation through the Wisconsin Religious and Independent School Accreditation (WRISA). All of these organizations are non-profit, non-governmental organizations that accredit early childhood, primary, and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally. This process includes a comprehensive review of school operations to ensure that improvements are constantly being made so that a student’s experience at the Academy will be high quality.

Curriculum & Courses at WLA

  • WLA Course Catalog: For a comprehensive listing of all courses at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, please click here to view or download the most recent WLA Course Catalog. The purpose of this course catalog is to provide parents and students with information regarding high school course offerings, graduation requirements, and postsecondary guidelines, as well as to assist students in planning the most appropriate program for their educational, college, and career path.
  • Advanced Placement & Dual Credits: Advanced Placement Courses offered include AP English Literature & Composition and AP Chemistry; both are taught on campus. AP Environmental Science, AP US History, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, are taught in partnership with the online program Amazing Grace Virtual Academy (AGVA). In addition, there are multiple courses offered as dual credit through Bethany Lutheran College.
  • Youth Apprenticeship: In connection with the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce, high school juniors and seniors are offered the opportunity to participate in the Youth Apprenticeship program. This program allows upperclassmen to prepare for a career while still in high school. It is offered as a one or two year program and combines academic education, occupational instruction and work-based learning. This program helps students develop skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow and helps businesses develop, attract and retain a highly skilled workforce.

Graduation Requirements: To graduate from WLA a student must earn a minimum of 24.5 academic credits in grades 9-12. Of those, the following are required:

Religion > Students must take 4 credits English > Students must pass 4 credits Mathematics > Students must pass 3 credits Science > Students must pass 3 credits
Social Studies > Students must pass 3 credits Physical Education/Health > Students must pass 2 credits Fine Arts > Students must pass 1 credit Computer Skills > Students must pass 0.5 credit

Students must also pass 5 credits of electives courses in addition to the above required courses. Students must take 4 credits of religion but pass 3 credits to graduate.

Technical/Trade School, Military, Workforce, College and University Acceptances

Advanced College of Cosmetology, Waupun WI
Assumption University, Bangkok Thailand
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA
Butler University, Indianapolis IN
Carroll University, Waukesha WI
Carthage College, Kenosha WI
C.D. Smith
Clarke University, Dubuque IA
Coastal Carolina University, Conway SC
Concordia University, Mequon WI
Drake University, Des Moines IA
Edgewood College, Madison WI
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton WI
Globe University
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ
Iowa State University, Ames IA
IUPUI, Indianapolis IN
J.F. Ahern
Kansas State University, Manhattan KS
Kollmann Electric LLC
Lakeland College, Plymouth WI
Luther College, Decorah IA
Madison Area Technical College, Madison WI
Marian University, Fond du Lac WI
Marquette University, Milwaukee WI
Martin Luther College, New Ulm MN
Mercury Marine
Michels Corporation
Michigan State, Lansing MI
Michigan Tech, Houghton MI
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee WI
Minnesota State University, Mankato MN
Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac WI
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL
Ohio Northern University, Ada OH
Penn State University, State College PA
Ripon College, Ripon WI
St. Norbert College, De Pere WI
St. Thomas University, St. Paul MN
Summit Automotive
Toledo University, Toledo OH
Truman State University, Kirksville MO
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, MN
University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Marine Corp.
University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
Universal Technical Institute, Lisle IL
United States National Guard
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg PA
University Teesside, Czech Republic
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin – Stout
University of Wisconsin – Washington County
Viterbo University, La Crosse WI
Washburn University, Topeka KS
Waukesha Area Technical College, Waukesha WI
William Jessup University, Rocklin CA
Winona State University, Winona MN
Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee WI

Come Visit Our Campus!

The first thing to do to find your belonging at Winnebago Lutheran Academy is to visit our campus. On your visit you will meet our admissions team, tour our classrooms and campus, learn about the mission and ministry of WLA, and have an opportunity to ask all your questions.