Divine Savior Academy will continuously integrate the wisdom of God’s Word with the best pedagogical practices to offer a holistic education that allows its students to grow in mind, body, and soul. DSA’s faculty will continue to grow professionally by means of seminars, workshops, and advanced studies in order to provide the students of our church and community a challenging, developmentally appropriate and balanced curriculum.
The vision of DSA is to continue to provide an excellent academic education in a safe environment that has been shaped by the love of God as shown in his son Jesus Christ. In this manner, DSA will continue to educate the mind and enlighten the heart of its students.
Divine Savior Academy will shape students who are responsible to God, to their families, to the community, and to themselves. Our students will become empowered learners prepared to meet and excel in life when confronted with challenges while remaining true to their Christian faith.
Divine Savior Academy is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a church body which supports the fourth-largest private school system in the nation. The school is also listed as a Gold Seal Quality Care Program by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services. Divine Savior Academy has received accreditation from:
- WHY ACCREDITATION IS IMPORTANT
- We are devoted to a mission. Divine Savior Academy cares enough about what it does to seek national and international validation from six recognized accrediting agencies.
- We keep our promises. Diving Savior Academy promises only what it can deliver.
- We accept objective evaluation. Our school has outside evaluators who have no prior involvement with our school or our sponsoring authorities to provide annual and scheduled evaluations.
- We are recognized. Divine Savior Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and AdvancedEd, the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), the National Council of Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), Accreditation International (AI), and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and is listed on all accreditation registries.
- We are self-evaluating. Our school demonstrates a capacity to control our own quality and a willingness to evaluate and improve our programs.
- We are student-oriented. Divine Savior Academy’s philosophy of education expresses what we do for the whole student.
- We plan for our future. Our school has plans that include continuous strategies for anticipated growth and goals toward even higher levels of quality and school improvement.
- We examine performance. Our school continuously obtains and analyzes objective evidence on student achievement and growth.
- We participate in the responsibilities of the academic profession. Our accredited school participates in the self-renewing activity of evaluation and accreditation.
- OVERVIEW OF THE LUTHERAN FAITH
Even though worldwide the Lutheran Church is the second largest Christian church body (the Roman Catholic is the largest), we recognize that the Lutheran church is not that well known in South Florida. Therefore, we are happy to share this brief overview of the Lutheran faith.
First and foremost, we are a Christian church. Although we are named after Martin Luther (1483-1546), there is really no such thing as “Lutheran” doctrine. Luther’s contribution was not to formulate new teachings or beliefs, but simply to return to the teachings of the early Christian Church as recorded for us in the Bible. We might summarize it this way: “All Lutheran teachings are Christian teachings, and all Christian teachings are Lutheran teachings.”
- SPECIFICALLY, WE BELIEVE
• In the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• That Jesus Christ is true God from all eternity, and also true man since the time he “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.”
• That Jesus, as both true God and true man, lived a sinless life and then died a death he did not deserve (crucifixion) to pay for our sins so that we might be rescued from the eternal punishment of hell and enjoy the perfect happiness of heaven.
• That we receive this forgiveness as a gift of God through faith (trusting in Jesus as our Savior).
• That our love for this gift of forgiveness, won by Jesus, will prompt us to do good works as expressed in the Ten Commandments.
• That the mission of the church is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the entire world.
• That baptism is a sacrament through which the Holy Spirit conveys the gift of faith and forgiveness, even to infants.
• That the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament in which, together with the bread and wine, we receive the true body and the true blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
• That confession, repentance, and good works are the proofs that a person has genuine love and faith for Jesus in his heart.
• That Jesus, by removing our sins, has also removed God’s anger against us.
• That, through Jesus, we can now pray directly to God with our prayers of petition, repentance, and praise. We firmly believe that our heavenly Father hears our prayers and, according to his perfect knowledge, answers them in the time and manner that is best for us.
• That when a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ as his/her Savior, all former sins are not only forgiven, they are forgotten.
- IF YOU COME TO ONE OF OUR WORSHIP SERVICES, YOU WILL SEE US DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS
• We will open our service in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• As a congregation, we will confess our sins to God and hear that our sins have been forgiven in Christ.
• We will read and explain sections from the Bible (the gospel and epistle reading for that Sunday).
• We will confess together our Christian faith according to either the Apostles’ or the Nicene Creed.
• We will apply the truths of God Word to our daily lives through a sermon.
• We will pray together the Lord’s Prayer.
• We will offer our “first fruits” (our offering) to the Lord.
• We will praise the Lord with hymns.
• We will close the service with the blessing.
Finally, the Lutheran church is divided into three main groups or synods. Even though we still have a common name (Lutheran), we no longer have common beliefs. We are a “conservative” Lutheran church in the sense that we still believe that the Bible is the unerring Word of God, that it is the responsibility of the church to teach the Bible, and it is our responsibility to live according to it. Divine Savior Academy belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Our church body has a rich tradition of academic excellence in its Preschool through Grade 12 school system. The WELS has operated elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States, the Caribbean, and elsewhere in the world for over 155 years. In the past half century, the WELS has expanded its school system to include preschools and early childhood centers as well. Currently, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod operates the fourth largest private school system in the United States. This system includes 406 early childhood centers and preschools, 334 elementary schools, and 23 high schools across the nation, enrolling over 41,000 students in its institutions of learning. The Wisconsin Synod has provided excellent instructors to all of these schools by training its own teachers since 1884. It is gratifying to report that, on average, students attending WELS schools annually tend to outperform their peers by a considerable margin on national achievement tests. We humbly thank God for his blessing upon our schools. Divine Savior Academy is proud to continue this rich tradition of academic excellence in the Doral, Florida community.
- Name: Divine Savior Academy
- Grades: Divine Savior Academy is currently enrolling students in grades PreK3-12.
- Campus and Location: Our three building campus is located near the intersection of 58th Street and 102nd Avenue in Doral. Our facilities contain 26 classrooms, 2 computer labs, 2 science labs, a music classroom, an art classroom, a library, a gymnasium and a multi-purpose cafeteria/auditorium. Additionally, we have an outdoor playground and a turf play space.
- Accreditation: Divine Savior Academy is accredited by The Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The National Council for Private School Accrediation (NCPSA), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), and Accreditation International (AI).
- 42 Teachers
- 14 Teaching Assistants and After Care Workers
- 6 Administrators
- 3 Pastors
- 2 Learning Center Teachers
- 2 College Counselors
- 2 Athletic Directors
- 2 ESL Teachers
- Resource Teacher
- School Counselor
- Admissions Director
- Advancement Director
- Communications Director
- Business Manager
- 2 Administrative Assistants
- 2 Security Guards
- Enrollment Statistics
- Early Childhood: 55 students
- Elementary and Middle School (Grades K-8): 433 students
- High School (Grades 9-12): 114 students
- School Colors: Blue and Gold
- Athletic Mascot: Sharks