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Entrance Exams

October 31, 2016
By Chris Wondoloski

DLS uses the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ISEE is a three-hour test. Students may test at a number of sites, in the Dallas area, including DLS.

DLS will administer the ISEE on Saturday, February 4, 2016, Saturday, February 11, 2016, and Saturday, February 25, 2016. 

Febuary 11th and 25th are open test days, meaning any student in Dallas may test at our site whether they are applying to DLS or not.

Saturday, February 4 will be a DLS only test time; this means if you test on February 4th, DLS must be one of the schools to which you are sending your test results.  If you would like to test on February 4th, please call the admissions office for an invitation code.

Limited test times will be available after February. Fees vary according to advance registration.

Registration and payment for the ISEE test must be completed in advance. For information regarding testing locations and fees, or to register your child for the ISEE test, visit


October 31, 2016
By Kathy Koeneman

Our first community service day for this school year, Beyond My Front Door (BMFD) will be Wed, Nov 9th.  On this day we will empty our campus and go out into our community to serve at 18 different locations.  We will be serving at food banks, daycares, elementary schools, nursing homes, Cox cemetery (special project), Briarwood Retreat Center, Texas Trees Foundation (Richland College) and building three wheelchair ramps with Dallas Ramps. Besides our faculty and staff, we have 19 other drivers (parents, grandparent, pastor, youth director, and a board member) who volunteered to help with transportation and supervision.  Mrs. Koeneman will be sending details later this week regarding where students / drivers are assigned and “special notes” pertaining to certain groups. 
The day will begin at 8:45 am with students meeting in the big gym (Brunworth).  They need to wear a DLS t-shirt, jeans (no yoga pants) or appropriate length shorts (unless specified otherwise in “special notes”), and close toe shoes.  They also need to bring a sack lunch including a drink.  They will be returning to DLS in time for our 2:30 pm closing chapel and after chapel students will be dismissed.
Please contact Kathy Koeneman ( with any questions.

Dallas Lutheran School's Jim Rader retires

May 27, 2016
By Adam Hengeveld
Jim Rader

Dallas Lutheran School recognizes James (Jim) Rader as he retires after 11 years of service to the school community.

Rader served as the director of development for the Lutheran Secondary Association of Dallas, Inc., which began as an association of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations, and operates as Dallas Lutheran School. During his tenure he also has overseen the facilities, the business operations and managed the student financial aid process.

Mr. Rader began at the school during a time of transition, the headmaster had moved on and it would be nearly two years before the new Executive Director would begin. The principals for the high school and middle school took on many additional responsibilities in the interim, but Rader’s previous success in the corporate sector enabled him to ably keep the financials in order.

David Bangert, the current Executive Director, said, “Jim came to DLS at a time when his business acumen and leadership was sorely needed.  Jim fused his strong Christian faith with his real world experience to help put DLS on solid financial ground.”

Much of Rader’s career was spent at the Burdines Corporation, and after proving his exemplary work ethic early, he was appointed as a vice president. Jim then served most of his career as the president and chief operations officer of Lone Star Consolidated Foods, owned by Burdines and an Oak Cliff staple famous for their donuts, baby cakes and hushpuppies. His leadership was highlighted by numerous advancements in efficiency and product development.

Rader later served Burdines by leading project developments in the Florida Keys and in Ruidoso, New Mexico before retiring in 2005.

After his first retirement he knew he would keep busy, but fulltime employment may not have been anticipated. A friend and an earlier headmaster at the school, Gerald Brunworth, contacted Rader and encouraged him to join the staff as development director. His first challenge would be to complete a capital campaign that allowed for a large multipurpose facility, now called Klekamp Hall, to be added to the physical plant.

Rader also established the DLS annual fund drive in 2007, which continues to raise funds each year to supplement the school’s operational budget.

In 2015, the school awarded Jim and Sue Rader the Pro Deo et Schola Award, which is Latin for “For God and School” and recognizes those who have exemplified the Christian life at the school and at church.

Of Jim’s retirement, Bangert said, “Jim and his wife Sue, are two of the most generous people I have ever met. I am certain his faith and generosity will be on display no matter where God leads him!”



Dallas Lutheran School was established in 1974 and serves students in seventh through twelfth grades by providing a quality Christ-centered education in an academic, spiritual and social environment which prepares each student for a productive Christian life. Contact the school at 214.349.8912, or at for additional information.


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