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.
October 2022
Tim Bouman, Head of School

Greetings from Walther!


We have some exciting news to share: Walther's enrollment is growing! We are pleased to announce that over the past two years, our student enrollment has gone up an amazing 25%. We currently have 289 students at Walther, 239 in the High School and 50 in our Middle School (Grades 6-8). This is the largest student body since 2018, when we had a large number of Luther North seniors join us for their last year of high school. God has richly blessed us with more families looking for the academic excellence and spiritual growth that we offer. If you know of anyone who has high school aged children, please tell them about Walther! We have an Open House on Thursday October 27th at 7:00pm at Walther, which is an excellent opportunity to see our school, meet our teachers, and learn more about what Walther has to offer!

In other news, our recent Homecoming and Alumni Weekend activities were great reminders about how special our Walther family is. Our current students enjoyed a spirited Spirit Week, in which they dressed up in different “2000’s” themed outfits and decorated the hallways with CDs and “Y2K” banners. The week culminated, as always, with Christian Service Day, in which all of our 288 students participated in service activities before crowning our Homecoming King and Queen. In a new twist, we had Friday’s Campfire on the football field…featuring an actual campfire!

The weekend was also an opportunity for our alumni to return to see how Walther is thriving and to experience all that Homecoming weekend had to offer. We are appreciative of everyone who joined us!

May God bless your fall,



Tim Bouman
Head of School/Principal

Sally Ruecking, Director of Advancement

Dear Walther Alumni and Friends,

Walther Christian Academy is a very special place, and our Homecoming weekend was a reminder that so many students, both past and current, are grateful for how Walther has changed their lives.

On Saturday September 24, Walther hosted the Erin Stanley Memorial softball game, and Head of School Tim Bouman and I hosted the annual coffee hour and and alumni chapel where we heard from our current music students led by teachers Samantha Rose, Lori Boyer and Cheldon White. Two of our current star students Nery Espinoza and Kilee Wilkens spoke about their time at Walther and all of the activities available to participate in. And, although Walther did not win the homecoming game against Christ the King, we had our annual alumni march, the band sounded wonderful, our cheerleaders did a fine job, and great food was provided by our Booster Club parents. 

At Walther, we depend on our community, our partners, our donors and our alumni to fill the financial gap that tuition alone doesn’t cover. One of our strong supporters is the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation led by its Executive Director, Janet Klotz. Doris Christopher, our board chair, Tim Bouman and I were honored to represent Walther at a dinner hosted by Concordia University Chicago that celebrated Janet, the recipient of their first ever One Heart Award, for her commitment to Lutheran education. Our buses with the combined signage of Walther and CLEF are just one example of how CLEF supports our school.

Our enrollment is growing, but there is still room for YOUR student. Please check our website for upcoming Open House dates and join us to learn what we are all about!

2 Timothy 4: “Preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season.”

Enjoy fall and the cooler weather, everyone! And enjoy the photos of Homecoming Weekend 2022!



Sally Ruecking
Director of Advancement
Meet: Sue Dees, Marketing and Enrollment Manager at Chicago Lutheran Educational Foundation
Sue Dees is the Admissions & Enrollment Manager at the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation. In her previous role, she served as the Director of Admissions and Educational Operations at St. James Lutheran School.
Sue co-manages all of the marketing and enrollment coordinators for the Lutheran schools that CLEF supports, including Walther.
As a professional with over 18 years of experience in the field of education, Sue is known for driving strategic goals and increasing enrollment. Her counseling background enabled her to forge strong relationships with community members and local businesses. She continues to engage the community while serving on the Board of Directors at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce for the last four years. Sue holds her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Roosevelt University.

Janet Klotz
Receiving her One Heart Award at Concordia University Chicago
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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.