Our Mission Statement:
Walther Christian Academy is a culturally diverse and inclusive Christian middle and high school, rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Walther nurtures and prepares learners to fulfill their unique
God-given potential through academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service,
leadership and enrichment opportunities.
From the desk of our Advancement Director.
November 2022
Tim Bouman, Head of School

Greetings from Walther!

We are in the middle of a busy fall season with lots going on. It is wonderful to see so many of our students taking advantage of all Walther has to offer. Our Fall Play, “The Day the Internet Died” premiers this coming weekend, so a good portion of our students are busy with tech week. Our Lady Broncos volleyball team just won the Regional Championship, and are headed to Sectionals. Congratulations to them!

One recent highlight was our Reformation Day chapel service at St. Paul Melrose Park. St. Paul graciously allowed us to use their magnificent sanctuary for a beautiful service featuring our choirs, wind ensemble and organ while Pastor Duffy preached on the importance of the Reformation. Many of our students wore red, making it even more festive.

Finally, we hosted 80 prospective students and their families at our recent Open House, which is an exciting number, and significantly higher than our first Open House last year. It was wonderful to meet so many families interested in what Walther has to offer.

Yours in Christ,

Tim Bouman
Head of School
Sally Ruecking, Director of Advancement

Dear Walther Alumni and Friends,

It’s almost Thanksgiving and there is so much to be thankful for at Walther. Our enrollment is higher this year and our students are in school and in much better spirits than during the pandemic. Our sports and clubs are in full force, our fall play is in rehearsals, and our teachers are hard at work teaching and mentoring and doing what they do best.

Currently the advancement department is hard at work updating our alumni records. Keeping in touch with our graduates is an important part of our work. Since tuition alone doesn’t support all of the needs of our school, our alumni are asked throughout the year to prayerfully consider donating to Walther Christian Academy so that we can continue with our incredible mission.  If you know of classmates that have moved, changed their email address or their phone numbers, please email me with their contact information. Communicating with alumni is also a way to let our alumni know about reunions, homecoming activities and events that Walther hosts throughout the year. We encourage alumni to come back to visit, tour the school or attend concerts, plays or athletic games. Once a Bronco, always a Bronco!

In a few weeks you will be receiving our traditional year-end appeal. Please choose Walther to give to this year. You can return your gift in the envelope provided, or you can choose to donate on our website. No gift is too small to make a difference in a students life.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and may you all have much to be thankful for this season! 


Sally Ruecking
Director of Advancement
Meet: Aea Betinis, Walther Student
Walther's teachers are more than willing to help me with any academic problems that I might have. Some classroom activities let students go about the room and solve problems, instead of sitting at the desk the whole day. There is a large variety of afterschool activities. The teachers at Walther are very warm and friendly. Walther is a small private school that focuses on education and college preparation. 
I am interested in psychology and anatomy. Studying how the body functions is fascinating to me. I am also very intrigued by how the mind works in psychology. I am in three after school activities: Art Club, Aura Club and Service Club.
I come from a family of teachers, and we are of Greek and Latin descent. My grandmother was a Spanish teacher and my grandfather was a physics teacher. My dad was an art teacher and my mom was a bilingual teacher. My eldest sister is a student at Dominican University, majoring in biology and English. My eldest brother is a student at Western Illinois University, and is a biology major. My brother and I are sophomores at Walther.
SCENES OF STUDENT LIFE:
Meet: Lynn Korff; Walther Computer and Statistics Teacher
Lynn Korff was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Messiah Lutheran School for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Upon graduation she became a Wildcat at Luther High School North. While at Luther North Miss Korff found success on the tennis court, basketball court, and softball field. She graduated with 10 varsity letters: 3 for tennis, 3 for basketball, and 4 for softball. During her senior year she received the top senior award in softball, the Senior Inspiration Award, as well as the Senior Sportsmanship Award for her athletic excellence and leadership.In 2006 she was inducted into Luther North’s Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduating from Luther North Miss Korff moved on to Concordia University in River Forest and received her bachelor’s degree with a major in physical education and a minor in mathematics. She also continued her athletic career in tennis, basketball, and softball. While at Concordia Miss Korff was named to the Concordia Invitational Tournament All-Conference basketball team and was selected to the All-Conference basketball team in 1983-84. As a senior she was voted Women’s Christian Athlete of the Year by her peers.
Lynn graduated from Concordia in 1985 and then taught 5th and 6th grade at Immanuel Lutheran School in Hillside from 1985-1986. Miss Korff became a Walther Bronco in the fall of 1986 and has been at Walther ever since. In 1991 Miss Korff received her masters degree in Mathematics/ Computer Science in Education from Concordia University and in 2007 she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Concordia. While at Walther Miss Korff has taught religion, physical education, and math, and her extra-curricular activities have included class sponsor, NHS sponsor, and athletic director. Her coaching duties have included volleyball, basketball, and softball. In 2010 Miss Korff received the Good News Awards for Teaching Excellence from CLEF (Chicagoland Lutheran Education Foundation). Currently Miss Korff is teaching all the computer courses and Statistics as well as coaching the JV girls’ basketball team.
Lynn believes that education is like a tripod: teacher, student, and parents/guardians. All three have to band together so that the student can succeed. But being a Lutheran educator helps to transform that tripod into a table by bring Christ in. Miss Korff hopes that by sharing her love for God through her teaching, coaching, and general interaction with the students it helps them have a closer relationship with God.
Meet: Dave Grim, Walther Science Teacher and Athletic Director
I have been teaching at Lutheran High Schools for over 40 years and I have seen first hand how so many students have been impacted positively through their experiences.

These last couple of years have been very difficult for many high schoolers, which makes what we do at Walther just that much more important and critical for the kids we have here. You can see that they enjoy coming to school knowing that they have a safe and caring environment led by faculty that truly want nothing but the best for them.

Walther is a place where these students can grow educationally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Walther is the last Lutheran high school in the Chicago area and is serving a critical need for this community and the students in it. Help us keep Walther strong and moving towards being able to help current and future students have the type of educational experience they so desperately need.


Walther Memorial Corner:

Pastor James Zimmerman, who recently retired form Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul in Addison, IL passed away October 8, 2022.

Please email any death notices to:
sally_ruecking@waltheracademy.org


Do you want to support Walther and leave your mark? Or, purchase a lasting gift for someone you love? (Christmas, anyone?)

The time is NOW to become a permanent part of Walther by purchasing an engraved paver. You can purchase one on our website by choosing the paver purchase option to honor your time here at Walther, thank a parent for sending you here, thank a teacher, honor a memory, or give recognition to your business!

Pavers are $200 each.

WALTHER'S FALL PLAY presented by our theatre department! This weekend only! Please support our amazing students by attending in person or on-line.

On a sunny day in the town of Bloomington, a devastating occurrence happens. No, it’s not famine, or floods, or loss of your basic rights. The internet has gone down! And it will continue to be down! For a week! A whole week! Pandemonium! In a world that is so dependent on the internet for shopping, mailing, and posting pictures of cute babies, how will society function? 
Find out as Walther’s Drama Department presents "The Day the Internet Died" NOVEMBER 4-6. Tickets are available at the door. Contact Catie Urban at Catie_Urban@waltheracademy.org for online streaming and live-stream access. 
Please click on the link below to review our latest Annual Report from 2020-2021. And enjoy our clean, professional new website! Our next Annual Report for FY 2021-2022 will be mailed to all donors early 2023.
To Our Donors...
Walther would not exist without you!

To all ALUMNI: We are asking every one of you regardless of where you are in life, to consider including Walther Christian Academy in your will.
Leaving a legacy at Walther means that more students will experience the joy of attending a school that truly cares about them and that your legacy will be helping students tomorrow.

Please contact Sally_Ruecking@WaltherAcadamy.org to discuss your wishes.