We’re Learning and Growing in Christ
At Immanuel Lutheran School, we love kids. Their brightness and exuberance brings joy to those called to teach God’s Word. We strive to teach children according to our mission, “Immanuel Lutheran School exists to make disciples for Jesus Christ and to enable academic achievement, according to God-given abilities, by providing a Christ-centered atmosphere, led by witnessing, committed instructors, staff members and parents.” We have proudly been serving children and families with excellence in education since 1863.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Our Levels of Care
We have three programs that provide loving, faith-filled guidance, each based on age: Infant and Toddler, Preschool/Pre-kindergarten, and Elementary (K-8). Immanuel Lutheran uses the “One in Christ” Concordia curriculum and children attend weekly chapel.
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Infant + Toddler Program
The infant and toddler program provides care for children as young as 6 weeks to age 2. Our focus for the youngest children is for them to learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Our program runs yearlong on both a full time and part time basis. We use the Brightwheel app, which allows parents to sign children in and out, as well as receive messages from teachers, photos from our day, schedules, and billing information.
Other helpful information:
- Drop off is any time after 6:30am and pickup is before 6pm.
- Children do not need to be toilet trained in this program.
- Our staff-to-child ratio is 1:4 for infants and 1 year old toddlers, and 1:8 for 2 year olds.
- All staff are CPR certified with all appropriate background checks.
- We offer open enrollment, but our programs fill quickly and we may have a waiting list.
To inquire about availability and/or tuition information, email our director, Jillian Van Leer.
Meet Our Lead Infant + Toddler Teachers
Ms. Leah has more than 17 years of experience working with children in child care and early childhood settings. She and her husband have three children and are raising their family in Washington.
“I am so excited to be a part of this program at Immanuel and I look forward to getting to know the families and children in my care.”
Toddler 1 Lead
Ms. Christine is passionate about helping develop some of our youngest disciples in Christ. It’s her mission to help our active little ones find adventure as they learn about the world and their place in it.
“Teaching children about Christ’s love brings joy to my heart and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Immanuel Lutheran family.”
Toddler 1 Lead
Ms. Jennie loves teaching toddlers in a fun, faith-filled environment. She strives to ensure toddlers at Immanuel learn through discovery and exploring the world around them.
“My favorite part about teaching toddlers is their inquisitive nature. They’re learning to play and playing to learn, and I love watching them grow and develop through that process.”
Toddler 2 Lead
Ms. Dani has an extensive background in caring for and teaching children in preschool. She believes that the foundation of a child’s entire education is formed in preschool, and she’s passionate about making their early childhood experiences exciting, memorable and rewarding.
“My goal is for each child to have a loving and fun introduction to learning that carries on with them not just during their time at Immanuel, but throughout their lives as well.”
Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Programs
Children who are 3 years old by August 1 can enroll in our Preschool program, and children who are 4 years old by August 1 will be enrolled in our Pre-Kindergarten program. We believe children learn best through play, so a typical day for preschoolers offers lots of play time, with structured activities planned around a monthly theme. Children learn Bible stories, sing, pray, participate in arts and crafts, science and discovery activities, math lessons, work on motor skills and much more. Children also are taught emotional and school readiness skills.
Extended care is available on school days and is charged per day the child attends. The program begins at 11am and runs as late as 6pm. Children who stay for Extended Care can either bring their lunch from home, or purchase a hot lunch in our cafeteria.
Immanuel Lutheran has a full time, accredited Kindergarten through 8th grade program. We teach students skills necessary to thrive in school and beyond, along with provide a strong academic foundation in all core subjects. Our teaching staff is dedicated to the ministry of Immanuel Lutheran, and their caring guidance is evident to parents, students and families.
Students are academically prepared for high school, respectful, confident in their faith and excited about their education. After their time at Immanuel Lutheran, children typically attend either Washington High School, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, or another area public high school depending on their place of residence.
We know that every child is different, and that learning abilities and development isn’t one size fits all. That’s why we have a Resource Consultant and Resource Assistant who work with teachers to provide resources to those who need them. Additionally, academically-advanced children can attend the Challenge Program through a collaboration with the School District of Washington.
Immanuel Lutheran students also have the opportunity to interact with Sheba the Comfort Dog through our comfort dog ministry. Sheba is a purebred, AKC-registered Golden Retriever who visits our school frequently. Sheba greets students at the beginning of their school day, attends activities and special events, calms anxious students and has brought comfort to children who experience loss. She also loves getting read to, and students love to have a furry listener as they gain confidence in their reading skills. Sheba has been with Immanuel Lutheran Church & School since 2016.
- Students enjoy single-graded classrooms.
- The average class size is 18.
- Staff is certified and trained in working with children of all learning styles and differentiating their teaching based on learning needs.
- The school has National Lutheran School Accreditation and Missouri Non-Public School Accreditation.
Athletics & Extracurriculars
At Immanuel Lutheran, we believe athletics and extracurricular activities give students an opportunity to develop strength both in their body and in their character.
Our sports program teaches students to be “humble in victory, gracious in defeat.” We offer a number of sports, including cross country, volleyball, basketball, dance and cheerleading.
Students also can participate in clubs, musical productions, Student Council and other leagues and groups that will excite their love of leading and learning, and that offer fellowship with their classmates.
What We Teach
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
We believe that God our Creator is at the helm of everything we do, so His gospel message is at the core of everything we teach. We are intentional about the curriculum offered at Immanuel Lutheran School, and have meticulously hand-selected each program based on our goal of creating well-rounded students both academically and spiritually.
Tuition, Fees, Financial Aid, Extended Care, & Forms
Budgeting for a Christian school education is no small feat. We’ve gathered important information and forms to help guide you through the process. While you’ll find enrollment forms and frequently asked questions, you won’t find tuition rates. That’s because we like to talk to each family about their individual situation and help guide them one-on-one. Whether it’s filling out forms, meeting the principal, taking a tour, or applying for financial aid, we’re here every step of the way.
Parent Portal / Fast Direct
FastDirect is the school information system Immanuel Lutheran uses to keep parents up to date on important topics. In FastDirect, parents can email teachers, pay balances, view lunch menus and more.