A History of Our Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran School

Our Shepherd Lutheran School opened with three association churches--St.Paul, Painesville; St.John, Geneva; and Zion, Painesville in 1980. Faith, Mentor became an association member in October,1980. Additional affiliate congregations were added in later years: Holy Cross, Madison and Good Shepherd, Mentor in 1986; Grace, Thompson in 1992 and Immanuel, Fairport Harbor in 1994.

When the school opened in 1980 it was housed at St. Paul, Painesville in two rooms. In the fall of 1983 the school moved to Zion Lutheran, Painesville. Two additions to the Zion facility, one in 1987 and the second in 1988-89, unified the campus. A new playground was dedicated in 1992. Another addition was completed in 1997 which included a Science lab, a Computer lab, a Library, and a beautiful new Kindergarten room with self-contained restrooms, sinks and water fountains. In 2000 the office area was remodeled and now houses the principal's offiice, secretary's office, a staff workroom, clinic, conference room, and storage closets.

O.S.L.S. received its state charter in 1982 and has maintained National Lutheran School Accreditation since 1989.

Truly God has blessed this special ministry!