Immanuel Lutheran School

Training the next generation of classical thinkers.  Immanuel Lutheran School is a classical Christian academy serving students and families from throughout the Northern Virginia and DC metro area for over 70 years at our campus on Russell Road in Alexandria.
Our students enjoy a rich academic environment that includes high academic expectations, small class sizes, Shurley grammar, Saxon mathematics, classical literature, Latin, science, weekly chapel services, Christian character formation, world and American history, music, art and much more.

School News

  • ILS brings spring traditions to students - 06/11/2020 - Each spring, Immanuel Lutheran School Upper School students eagerly count down the days to one of their favorite annual traditions: Science Camp and Adventure Camp. During the first week in ...moreMay, 5th and 6th grade students typically travel to Pennsylvania for 3 days at Science Camp, while 7th and 8th graders head towards the Virginia mountains for 3 days of Adventure Camp. hide
  • Immanuel Lutheran School Eighth Graders Present "A Christmas Carol" - 01/16/2020 - In December, ILS 8th grade students took to the stage to bring to life "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens for an audience of parents and younger students. Written, directed, ...moreand performed by the class, the dramatic tale was a delightful final project for the 8th grade students as they finished reading the classic Christmas tale. hide
  • ILS Veterans Day and Day of Service - 12/12/2019 - Immanuel Lutheran School hosted its annual Veterans Day and Day of Service on Monday, November 11th. During the morning, more than 20 Veterans and active duty service members joined students ...morein their classes to discuss their service to our nation. hide
  • Immanuel Lutheran School Welcomes Virginia Opera Company - 11/14/2019 - On World Opera Day (Friday, October 25), Immanuel Lutheran School hosted the Virginia Opera Company to perform for students Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears, a "Goldie Locks" ...moreadaptation by John Davies, who also wrote the text, with music by Mozart and Offenbach. hide
  • 'Thankful Thursdays' at Immanuel Lutheran - 01/10/2019 - Each week, Immanuel Lutheran School youngest scholars and their teachers share "Thankful Thursdays" as a chance to give thanks and reflect on the many things for which they are grateful. ...moreMrs. Laurie Honig, Immanuel's Jr. Kindergarten teacher, encourages each student to contribute something to the class collection for the day. hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
Other religious school association(s)
Other special emphasis association(s)
National Lutheran Schools Accreditation
Religious AffiliationLutheran Church Missouri Synod
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1870

Student Body

Total Students205 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Immanuel Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform information available upon request)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 24 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,469
Tuition NotesDiscounts for: Military, Multi-student, Church membership Jr.Kindergarten program tuition ($6,641)
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorWhitney Work


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, SoccerBasketballSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Coding, Drawing Club, Guitar Lessons, House System, Latin Club, Math Club, MathCounts Team, Patrols, Robotics, Student Ambassador Program, tutoring

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, handbells, Musical Theater, Piano Lessons, Talent Show, Violin Lessons, Voice Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
physical education

School Notes

  • A classical school has many distinctives that set it apart from the average classroom experience. There is emphasis on the liberal arts, the development of language and the knowledge of culture. By engaging students in a "conversation" with the past, classical education familiarizes them with the developments and culture of Western Civilization. Through this process, students become well-versed in the great works of literature, music, and art as well as in science and math.
  • Most of the material used at Immanuel is advanced by at least one grade level. Our accelerated curriculum not only gives students a jump start on developing crucial cognitive and analytical skills, but also challenges them to expect more of themselves in school, as well as in life. Formal studies in Latin begin in the 3rd grade, and by the 7th grade, our students are using the same curriculum used to teach college Latin. 
  • Our curriculum also strives to nurture the body and soul. All classes are taught through the lens of the Biblical Worldview. The memorization and recitation of Bible verses, the Lord`s Prayer, hymns, the Apostles` Creed, and sections of Luther`s Small Catechism are all part of the daily classroom regimen. The Physical Education program stresses the wellness of the body to support an active mind.
  • At Immanuel, we believe there should be cohesion and correlation between the material taught from grade to grade. Our curriculum is designed to build upon the material taught in the years before. This way, the student is building upon their understanding of the subject matter, rather than storing loads of unconnected facts. From neatness in penmanship to courtesy in the classroom, we hold our students to the highest standards in all areas, and place great emphasis on Christian character formation, as well as the importance of being good citizens.
  • Lower School students at ILS happily absorb, memorize, recite, and write the basic facts and rules on which the rest of their student vocations build. In the Grammar stage, our classrooms are abuzz with the recitation of scripture and catechism, studious chanting of Math and Grammar rules, and expressive reading of great Literature.
  • In addition to academics, the students practice the School Standards of Truth, Love, Honor, Faithfulness and Excellence from the foundation of each, enabling them to see and do the most basic tasks of academia and virtue. From Jr. Kindergarten on up, ILS Lower School students learn and discuss how they are each simul iustus et Peccator, sinner and Saint, inherently flawed but forgiven and loved by God. They are also taught from their first year how they have a responsibility to serve God and love others.
  • Lower School classrooms are filled with joyful chants and songs, bright with the work and wonder of our students. We rejoice in the curiosity of our students` minds and the love they express to their families, their teachers, and one another. Join us for a story or a Grammar Jingle to see what a day in the life of the Lower School includes.
  • Our philosophy embraces a truly classical liberal arts approach, full of reading, writing, and discussion. Our students study the Socratic model of learning as they prepare for and enter the dialectic stage of their development. This trains our students in speaking, thinking, and writing so that they can become expressive, clear, and organized.
  • By studying subjects increasingly unique to modern students-such as Latin, logic, and the scope of world history-Upper School students at ILS are taught to look beyond themselves, their own times, and their own culture. Yet knowledge of facts is not enough. A fully formed person will have wisdom and charity in addition to knowledge. Our school seeks to support parents in guiding the student on this path to virtue.
  • Most importantly, the Word of God is a constant presence in our school; as a regular and daily feature of the life of the school, prayer, worship, and the proclamation of the Gospel will frame classroom instruction and discussion. Our prayer is that each and every one of our students lives out their various vocations, with love and service to their neighbor, in response to the love and mercy God shows each of us.
  • Our days are busy and full of learning, whether that is intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social, or physical. You are invited to come visit with us! Observe classes, talk to our students, and ask questions of our teachers.

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