Welcome Letter from Mrs. Lah

May the Lord's name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun.  All nations will be blessed through Him, and they will call Him blessed.  Psalm 72:17

Dear Prospective Crean Lutheran Student,

First of all, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you and your family, from the entire Crean Lutheran community, for taking the time to explore the unique brand of education we are excited to offer.

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Mrs. Sherrie Lah, and I am Crean Lutheran High School’s Director of International Admissions.  I feel very blessed and honored to be serving in this capacity, as well as a counselor at CLHS. I believe that God has been preparing and training me for many years through my service in the Language Minority Programs in the Irvine Unified School District.

With my experience working with a very broad range of students, parents and colleagues, I hope to serve the crucial needs for intercultural education in an ever-more diverse community. International students, with their varied backgrounds and viewpoints, enrich the student body of CLHS, and help our collective community develop a wider global perspective and prepare them to become leaders in an increasingly multicultural world.

I am a graduate of Ewha Woman’s University where I received my B.A. in English Literature. I received my M.S. at Pepperdine University and my PPS credential at National University.

I am also blessed with a wonderful husband, Jehy, and two amazing children. My daughter, Sahngmie, received her B.A. at Harvard University and M.A. at Columbia University, she and her husband recently welcomed my Grandson, Aspen, into the world. My son, Jung, received his B.A. and M.A. at Stanford University. Both Sahngmie and Jung are working in the field of education. Jehy and I are faithful servants of the Lord at Bethel Korean Church in Irvine, California.

CLHS’ International Admissions Department’s overall goal is to provide support, encouragement, and guidance to all of our international students so they have an optimal learning experience, achieve their lofty goals, and enrich the overall CLHS community.  Thus, CLHS welcomes international students from all around the world who are seeking F-1 Visas for a full, 9th through 12th grade academic experience, as well as J-1 Visas for a one-year study abroad experience. 

At this point, Crean Lutheran High School currently integrates 140 international students from 16 different countries into the Saints student community. We currently have students from Korea, China, Japan, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Peru, to name a few.  Our international population is 20% of the Saints family. We desire to grow our international department at that percentage as CLHS continues to develop to our maximum target of 1200 total students.  

Crean Lutheran High School places a high value on preparing students in and for a real world environment which is reflective of our rich and wonderful multi-cultural world all under our Lord's grace and mercy. CLHS’ faculty and staff are encouraging to the international students, helping to equip them to strive for their very best. 

International students at CLHS are well-rounded in their education. They are mainstreamed into regular college preparatory courses. They can also choose from a wide range of opportunities of curricular and extra-curricular activities such as: athletics, drama, choir, orchestra, fine arts, AP courses (Advanced Placement), honors courses, and even UC and Cal State approved college-level courses taught on CLHS’ campus by nearby college professors.  Getting involved, both academically and socially, is highly encouraged! 

Finally, CLHS’ International Department provides a robust array of services, helping to ensure that every single international student achieves success academically, socially, spiritually, thereby realizing the plan that God has set before them.  The program offers individualized counseling, including college and career planning, guiding motivated students to top colleges and universities.  The International Department also works closely with teachers and parents/guardians to monitor student’s academic progress. 

Click here to see what colleges past Saints have been accepted.

It is my hope that together, we can realize the goal set out in Mark 16:15, where it is written, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Cordially in Christ,
Mrs. Sherrie Lah
Director of the International Department

Please direct all inquiries regarding our International Department to int@clshs.org