Exceptional Education, Formed in Faith

Fast Facts


Arrival for students begins at 8 am; the school day begins at 8:20 am. Dismissal is at 3 pm.

Location & Facilities

Carroll Lutheran School  (CLS) is situated on 17 acres on Old Taneytown Road, just off Route 140 in Westminster, Maryland. The school sits on part of a former farm, a quiet location with pastoral views and easy access to major thoroughfares.

Our facilities include a main school building with classrooms for Grades K-8, library, conference and resource rooms, staff offices, cafeteria/multi-purpose room, and large gymnasium equipped with PE apparatus and regulation basketball hoops. Our playground area includes teatherball, climbing equipment and swings, and picnic area, as well as soccer fields and a volleyball area. Our recently dedicated Outdoor Classroom shelter overlooks a wetlands study area and naturalized space for outdoor explorations and future outdoor projects. Our computer lab was implemented in 2010 and features 20 student laptops plus a teacher laptop, projector and charging cart. Our technology curriculum is implemented for all grade levels by a computer literacy instructor and is supplemented in the classrooms by individual teachers with stand-alone systems.

Accreditation & Memberships

Carroll Lutheran School holds a certificate of approval from the Maryland State Board of Education. In addition, our before and after school care staff, is in full compliance with and is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Education Office of Child Care. To view our compliance letter, please click here.

Student Body

The student body includes students in Grades K-8. In its present facility, CLS has capacity for 180 students. 21% Lutheran, 61% other Christian (which includes Baptist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and non-denominational), 18% not affiliated with any particular church. Students at CLS come from Westminster, Taneytown, Finksburg, Manchester, Hampstead, Hanover PA, Littlestown, PA, Upperco, MD, Union Bridge, Hampstead.

Class Size

Classes are limited in size to maximize instruction. The current recommended capacity for each classroom is 20.  In addition, multiage groupings may be implemented to support the instructional program.  Due to limited space, a waiting list may be established if needed.

Leadership & Governance

CLS is guided by a 12-member Board of Trustees, members of which come from throughout the central Maryland community. The school is generously supported by Lutheran churches and community throughout the area and through grants by organizations like Thrivent Financial.

School principal Mandy Gilbart is responsible for the overall daily administration of school activities. Mandy works closely with a full-time staff of teachers and support staff. Each teacher meets or exceeds the guidelines for Maryland State nonpublic schools, with many holding extended degrees or pursuing further professional development. A part-time staff of teachers and parent volunteers provide additional educational experiences in Music, Band, Art, Media and Physical Education.

Academic Program

Carroll Lutheran School offers a well-rounded curriculum based on curricular standards recognized by content experts and the Maryland State Department of Education.  In addition, the Carroll County Public School System provides resources to guide and inform the CLS instructional program.  Our academic program creates an environment where children are enriched by faith-based values that help them build character and develop as strong learners and citizens  The program includes faith studies/Bible, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health education, general and instrumental music, art, physical education, computer literacy and media services. A top priority is recognizing and respecting learning differences among students to optimize learning.  Reports of student progress are based on a child’s mastery of skills at each level.  Service learning opportunities and other community outreach projects provide opportunities for students to apply their learning in real-world settings.  The total development of the child depends upon the ability to learn to their full potential with interest, comprehension, and enjoyment.  To attain these goals, there is a multi-level range of curriculum.

Special Programs

Weekly specials that are a part of our curriculum include Art, General and Instrumental Music,  Health Education, Physical Education, Computer Literacy, and Media Services. Chapel takes place on-site weekly, with visiting pastors. Service learning opportunities are incorporated at both the school and classroom levels to reinforce the importance of service to others.

Hot Lunch Program:

CLS offers the option of buying lunch in from local restaurants 3 days a week, as well as milk each day. Lunches are pre-ordered every quarter; 2017- 2018 participating restaurants include Chick-Fil-A, Applebee’s and Classico.  Ice cream is sold every Wednesday and Thursday .


Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees each January. Despite the economic downturn, CLS has kept tuition increases to a minimum, making it affordable, especially in comparison with other area private schools. Financial Aid is available; approximately one-fifth of our families take advantage of aid packages. See our tuition page for details.