Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem
About Dar al-Kalima
The Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School aims to create an educated generation which is capable of undertaking responsibilities, adapting to the surrounding environment, and dealing with current problems and issues. Dar al-Kalima uses a holistic approach, which addresses the mental, physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of the student through both academic and extra-curricular activities and programs.
Dar al-Kalima Lutheran School adopts a modern non-traditional approach to learning and education. We do not believe in the “talk and chalk“ approach, or the conventional system of grading, which does not provide a true and effective evaluation of the child. Instead Dar al-Kalima School works diligently to provide the child with an opportunity to grasp and digest the material and apply the knowledge gained to real life situations. Our goal is to build a comprehensive and modern Palestinian society, based on solid education fortified by critical and creative thinking.
The school believes in peaceful co-existence among all people, including harmony and tolerance among Palestinians, both Christians and Muslims. Dar al-Kalima provides top-quality education to all students, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay tuition fees.
The school aspires to reinforce in the students a number of core values: peace, faith, love, constructive dialogue, teamwork, and belonging. It also encourages the students to be self-motivated, creative, innovative, and critical in their problem-solving.
Central to the Dar al-Kalima experience is the unique Complimentary Program that helps achieve the ELCJHL Schools’ holistic educational approach. During the last hour of the school day, a wide variety of courses and clubs are provided to students, based on their personal interests and talents.
This school year’s offerings include table tennis, modern and folkloric dance, swimming, mosaic, choir, band, and an English-language club that teaches through interactive games. These activities provide opportunities for exercise and personal growth that the students might not otherwise find access to in their neighborhoods. It is Dar al-Kalima’s hope that these opportunities will spark a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem is the newest of the ELCJHL Schools, founded in the year 2000. Dar al-Kalima is co-educational from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Gender: 54% boys, 46% girls
Religion: 21% Christian, 79% Muslim
Teachers and Staff: 30.5
Meet Our Principal
Mr. Anton Nassar, principal of Dar al-Kalima Lutheran School, holds an MA in Leadership and Ministry and brings his passion for education and faith into all that he does at the school. He hopes to form a new generation of creative educators and leaders in Palestine who believe in God and respect all people. These diverse young people are sent into the world to create hope for the future, open-mindedly facing new challenges. The students carry the values of faith, love, justice, peace, belongingness, teamwork and constructive dialogue into the world as they serve their communities.