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We thank you for your interest in choosing Immanuel for you child’s education. We understand that you have many questions. To begin getting you the answers that you need, we have gathered some of the most commonly-asked ones here. Beneath the FAQ, please note the small form which you can use to send us your specific questions or just send us a message. We promise a quick, confidential response.
Why should I choose Immanuel for my child’s education, when public schools are free?
Immanuel not only has outstanding academics and athletics programs, but we are also able to encourage the hearts of the children along with their minds. We recognize how critical it is to instill strong Christian values from a young age to build character, a strong work ethic, integrity, and caring hearts that will benefit them their entire lives. Immanuel is equipping children with the tools they need not only to be productive members of society, but to also fully utilize the talents and gifts God has given them.
Studies show that young children have very malleable minds. If we can teach them strong Christian values at an early age, they will be more likely to have greater success in school, a greater involvement in church later in life, and a decreased rate of civil offenses. Immanuel has daily religion classes to help grow children closer to Jesus and learn more about Him. Weekly Chapel is a time where students actively lead and participate in worship and also have an opportunity to support missions and ministries around the world. Students are continuously challenged to serve by sending packages, gifts, offerings and prayers to people and soldiers in need. Children also serve by doing servant activities throughout the year at all grade levels.
Immanuel is a close knit Christian community where staff and parents help and support each other. Immanuel fosters a strong family atmosphere through involvement in parent Bible studies, volunteerism, and participation in a variety of school events and activities.
The staff of Immanuel values a healthy life style through an aggressive wellness policy. Immanuel has a full size gym that offers daily physical education classes to all students in grades 1-8 and full day kindergarten. The curriculum promotes health and wellness for life.
Immanuel is blessed by having its teachers meet daily to pray and study the word together every morning before school begins. Teachers at Immanuel are excited to share their faith and their love for the Lord. What a wonderful blessing to have a teacher who is committed to Christ teach and lead a child to grow strong spiritually, academically, socially, and physically, as well as in service and citizenship.
Do you have childcare before and after school?
Children are supervised as early as 7:00 a.m. in the lobby until classrooms are opened at 7:25 a.m. After school care is available until 6:00 p.m. There is a special activity each day and a time for children to work on their homework. Snack time, free play, and games (either in the gym or outside) are also part of the program.
Does Immanuel follow state standards?
All curricula follow state standards, integrated with the Christian component. Immanuel is a recognized nonpublic school as determined by the Illinois State Board of Education. Immanuel is accredited by National Lutheran Schools Accreditation—a ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We received the Blue Ribbon Presidential Award two times.
Do you have to be Lutheran to attend?
No. 65% of parents are not Lutheran and come from a variety of Christian churches, while some have no church home.
What after school activities are available for the students?
After school activities include Spanish, Young Rembrandts (children’s drawing program), National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, American Heritage Girls, Handbells, Band, Chapel Band, Recorders/Music Fun, Math and Chess Club, Strategic Games, and Foreign Language Class.
Do you have bus service?
Bus service is provided free to any student living within District 15.
Do you have a hot lunch program?
Nutritious lunches are prepared on-site and are not catered. Children can elect on a daily basis to have a hot lunch. It is available to all full-day students (including preschool). A la carte items are also available on select days.
How does Immanuel assist children with special needs?
We have a certified resource teacher on staff. We also are able to access District 15 professionals to assist children with special needs and testing. Technology is used to enhance instruction to meet children’s needs at their instructional level.
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