At ESM, our enrollment process is simple and direct.

Get to know us.

The enrollment process starts with a visit. Each February, ESM hosts Preschool Information and Enrollment Sessions in which you can learn how ESM might serve you in choosing the best educational options for your family.  Follow the link to learn more and register for this event.  You are welcome to call anytime and schedule a personal tour, arrange a classroom visit, or just sit down to discuss any questions you may have about ESM. You can do this by calling the school office at (260) 422-6712 or by completing the Request Information – Schedule a Visit form. You will be connected with Erin Clark, Director of Admissions, to help guide you through the process.

Learn more about the variety of Preschool progam options at ESM on our Tuition & Fees page. 

Here's what you need to do to ensure a place for your child at Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School:

Steps to Enroll a Preschool Student At ESM

  1. Complete and submit the application for admission.


  1. Return payment and required documents.
  • Copy of state issued birth certificate as evidence of age.
  • $100 family application fee.
  1. Schedule an interview appointment with an administrator.
  2. Receive official verification of acceptance.

Dates and details.

Preschool priority enrollment runs from January 9, 2024 - February 22, 2024.  Priority enrollment is available for current ESM families and families that are members of Emmanuel and St. Michael congregations. 

New families that have had their campus visit, will be welcome to complete the application steps prior to March 1st, but applications for new students will be considered starting on March 1st. Preference in enrollment will be given in the order specified in the ESM Enrollment Policy, regardless of date submitted prior to March 1st. Don’t delay in coming to visit and begin the application process; some classrooms do reach capacity! 

Applied. Accepted. Now What?

Apply for scholarships and financial assistance. Once you have submitted your student scholarship application and all required documents, you will be contacted by our finance manager with your scholarship award information. Scholarship awards are determined in May and then on an ongoing basis up until school begins in August.

Complete your required Health and Physical Forms prior to the start of school.

You will receive a packet that is to be completed and returned on registration days. Registration is hosted over two consecutive days in August, prior to the start of school. At this time, you'll be asked to make arrangements for tuition payments.
We welcome students on the first day of school and welcome parents to Back to School night to learn more about their child’s classroom environment. Check back as those dates are scheduled!
Welcome to the Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School Family!

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Mrs. Jennifer Ackmann

Assistant Principal - Preschool

Assistant Principal and Preschool Director, Jennifer Ackmann, is a product of Emmanuel-...