New Walther Middle School to Launch in the Fall | Walther Christian Hires New Head of School

Wayne Wenzel

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Walther Christian Academy, 900 Chicago Ave. in Melrose Park, recently announced that it has hired a new head of school to replace Jim Craven, who retired last June. Since then, the school had employed an interim.

Wayne Wenzel Jr. was hired after a nation-wide searching and interviewing process, school officials stated in an April 20 release. Wenzel, who has served in various capacities Luther North College Prep, will start at Walther on July 1.

According to Luther North’s website, “Wenzel graduated from Luther High School North in 1997. He received his B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University, majoring in History and Secondary Education. He received his M.A. from Concordia University River Forest in educational leadership.”

Wenzel started teaching at Luther High School North in 2002 before becoming social studies department chair in 2004. In 2008, he was dean of students and in 2012, he was assistant principal. In 2013, he was promoted to principal. He has been the school’s varsity baseball coach since 2005.

Recently, Luther North announced that it would suspend its academic operations in June.

“Throughout these difficult times and challenging times, the Luther North family has been appreciative and supportive of Mr. Wenzel’s leadership and actions,” the Walther statement reads.

“The Walther community is excited to have the leadership, integrity and enthusiasm of Wayne Wenzel as Walther Christian Academy positions itself for continued academic excellence.”

New Walther Middle School to launch this fall

In August, Walther Middle School will make its official debut. The school will serve students in 6th through 8th grades. The school will replace Walther’s K-8 school, which had been located inside of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 Lake St.

The middle school will be located within Walther Christian Academy. The St. Paul Lutheran congregation will decide how they’ll utilize the empty space, which Walther had been leasing, said school officials.

“The middle school will offer small class sizes, 1 to 1 Chromebooks, access to high school resources, differentiated learning, high school credit courses and a wide range of electives and athletic offerings,” according to a statement Walther released.

Students who graduate from the middle school will receive a scholarship advantage when enrolling at the high school, the statement reads. The school is looking to enroll between 40 and 60 students, officials said, adding that enrollment is still open.

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