Introduction to Immanuel Lutheran School

Immanuel is conveniently located near I-90 in Belvidere. We offer a strong academic program with high expectations for an affordable price. Immanuel’s students leave our program and are well prepared for high school. Achievement Test Scores rank Immanuel in the top tier of all area schools. Last Year’s 8th grade class scored 88% above national average in science and 93% above national average in math.

Immanuel’s tuition rate is one of the area’s lowest. Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church receive a discounted tuition rate. Church membership is open to the community.

In addition to the classroom teaching faculty, Immanuel has a Resource Teacher on staff to assist in meeting the needs of all learners. Faculty members are committed to student success and offer study and review sessions after school.

Clearly Immanuel offers one of the area’s best bargains with a combination of strong academics and reasonable tuition.

Immanuel Lutheran School

General Information

  • Year Established: 1953
  • Enrollment: 255
  • Class Size Limits
    • PreK 3 - 15:1 with a teacher aide
    • PreK 4 - 18:1 with a teacher aide
    • Kindergarten - 25:1 with a teacher aide
    • Grades 1-2 - 24:1
    • Grades 3-8 - 26:1
  • Dress Code: Immanuel students in K-8 wear uniforms.
  • School Mascot: Knights
  • Education/Experience Level of Teachers
    • 53% of Immanuel’s teachers have Masters Degrees
    • Average of 21 years of teaching experience
  • Church affiliation: Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
  • Athletic Conference: Rock Valley Lutheran Athletic Conference

Tuition Rates

We have different levels of tuition. Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church receive a discounted tuition rate. Church offerings support the school ministry, as well as other ministries of the church. Tuition and registration details.

Scholarships/Tuition Assistance

  • Immanuel offers tuition assistance. Parents complete an application and it is processed by TADS (Tuition Aid and Data Services).
  • Invest in Kids Act: If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch (according to federal guidelines), you could qualify for 50, 75 or 100% of necessary tuition and fees. Learn more
  • Immanuel’s Scrip Program allows families to earn credits toward tuition by purchasing gift cards through the school.

Classroom/School Features

Classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards, Wireless Internet Access, ILS has a 25 Chrome Book Computer Lab, Kuno tablets for every student in grades 1-5, 45 Chrome books on a cart for middle school use, a science lab, two gymnasiums-one of which is a high school size gymnasium, playground, soccer field, outdoor basketball court, music/choir/band room, motor lab activities for PreK-K students, Immanuel Lutheran church and school are located on twenty acres of land with 1 acre of native Illinois prairie.

Unique Class Field Trips

  • 3rd Grade Overnight in Hannibal, Missouri
  • 5th Grade to the Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock
  • 7th Grade Charter Bus Trip to Springfield, Illinois
  • 8th Grade One-Week Trip to YMCA Camp Lakewood in Potosi, Missouri – Team Building

Student Programs

  • Athletics
    • Girls’ Volleyball – two teams 5/6 and 7/8
    • Co-Ed Soccer – two teams 3-5 and 5-8
    • Basketball – four teams – Girls 5/6, Girls 7/8, Boys 5/6, Boys 7/8
    • Cheerleading – Grades 5-8
    • Track – Boys and Girls Grades 5-8
  • Extended Care: 6:30-7:40 AM and 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (M-F).
  • Meals on Wheels Delivery
  • Prayer Warriors
  • Guitar Club
  • Prairie Club
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Young Rembrandts
  • Math Clubs
  • Tutoring
  • Lutheran Schools’ Week Celebrations
  • Daddy Daughter Dance
  • Literacy Festival – Marc Brown (author of the Arthur books presented at ILS in March 2016)
  • Celebrity Reading Day
  • Family Reading Night
  • Little Lambs Story Time
  • Musicals
  • Cornell Lab- FeederWatch (Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance).
  • Immanuel has its own weather station.

What distinguishes Immanuel Lutheran School from other private schools in the area?

Immanuel offers a Christ centered academically strong education with affordable tuition rates and exceptional results.

Teachers provide opportunities for students to be of service to others in the Belvidere community and beyond throughout the school year. Students have prepared programs for area Health Care Centers, collected school supplies for students in Liberia, collected and delivered food to local food pantries, made and served meals at Carpenter’s Place in Rockford, collected Christmas gifts for the Rockford Rescue Mission, helped with fall clean-up at Walcamp in Kingston, assembled Care Packages for cancer patients, etc.

Immanuel’s Big Friend/little friend program pairs older students with younger students for monthly activities, service projects, and/or reading together. Big Friend/little friend activities provide an opportunity for students to care for each other, teach responsibility, connect students at different age levels, form lasting relationships, etc. These activities contribute to the family atmosphere at Immanuel that is recognized by many as one of Immanuel’s strengths.

Immanuel’s Perceptual Motor Lab Activities for PreK-K Participation in and sequential perceptual motor activities enables our students to attain higher levels of body control and encourage higher levels of effort in all areas of the school curriculum. Through the Motor Lab activities we have developed a program that consists of weekly lessons involving bilateral, unilateral, and cross lateral stations. Meeting a child’s gross motor needs improves his or her academic readiness and overall behavior. A perceptual motor laboratory offers students the opportunity to strengthen their skills for school success. Our goal, as educators, is to promote learning through appropriate movement activity.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School have two Comfort Dogs, Kye and Bekah, “on staff”. Our Comfort Dogs bring comfort to members, students and staff at Immanuel and to the community. They greet the students on school days, make hospital visits, nursing home visits, and are available in disaster response situations.

Immanuel students support the education of students in Belize and Liberia through their chapel offerings. Immanuel students were able to Skype with our mission partners in Belize and through the gift of technology personally meet and greet the students in the school in Seine Bight, Belize.

Immanuel’s Native Prairie is a field trip without a permission slip, as it is right out our back door. Teachers use the prairie for math, science, art, and writing. Students also collect seeds from our prairie plants to share with other organizations starting or maintaining native prairie areas.

Philosophy of Immanuel Lutheran School

It is the will of our Lord Jesus Christ that His Church be about the business of making disciples (Matt.28:19). This is done by preaching the Gospel to all people (Mark 16:16), baptizing them in the name of the Triune God and teaching them to obey all that our Lord has commanded us (Matt.28:19-20).

Since our desire is to make disciples, as an extension of Immanuel Lutheran Church, we are organized as a Christian school to aid and encourage one another in carrying out this mission.

Therefore, we are both privileged and obligated to:

  • worship to “hear the message through the Word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17)
  • study God’s “commandments and reflect on His ways.” (Psalm 119:5)
  • witness even “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
  • grow in fellowship, “encouraging one another” and “spurring one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Heb. 10:24-25)
  • serve the needs of others “so that the body of Christ may be built up, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-16)

Immanuel Lutheran School strives to provide a Christ-centered environment where students can reach their spiritual, physical, social, mental, academic, and emotional potential.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, and “in sincere love,” (2 Cor. 6:6) Immanuel strives to grow:

  • Bold Christian Witnesses
  • Academically Successful Students
  • Socially Responsible Citizens

Immanuel Lutheran Church is committed to providing a Christ centered education for children ages 3-14 and has taken on the task of supporting its school. Both church and school work together to help parents bring up the next generation. That generation will be prepared for tomorrow and eternity.

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Immanuel Lutheran School is a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
The Policy Manual of the School Committee, the Parent/Student Handbook, and the Employee Handbook are available upon request in the school office.
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