ICS at a Glance


•K-8th grade school founded in 1976, a ministry of Immanuel Bible Church, located inside the Beltway

•Enrollment for 2016-17: 380 students

•Our faculty:  Spiritually mature, 39% with advanced degrees, 72% with over five years experience

•$160,000 awarded annually for need-based financial assistance

•A diverse student body:

  • African-American:  13%
  • African: 3%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Hispanic:  6%
  • Anglo: 39%
  • Bi-racial: 10%
  • Other: 20%

•Excellent student-teacher ratios:

  • Kindergarten      8:1
  • 1st-5th Grades   10:1
  • 6th-8th Grades 22:1

•Students place in top 20% of national standardized achievement tests

•High schools our graduates attend:
Ad Fontes Academy Holton Arms
Bishop Ireton Madeira School
Bishop O’Connell Oakcrest School
Dominion School Paul XI Catholic High School
Episcopal High School The Heights
Fairfax County Public High Schools Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology
Flint Hill School Trinity Christian High School
Fork Union Military Academy Trinity at Meadowview High School


•Colleges our graduates attend:
Armed Forces Service Academies Longwood University
Biola University Messiah College
Christopher Newport University MIT
Cedarville University Liberty University
Columbia University Radford University
Covenant College Stanford University
East Carolina University University of South Carolina
Georgia Institute of Technology University of Virginia
George Mason University Virginia Tech
Grove City College Wheaton College
James Madison University  William and Mary

•School uniforms available for purchase from
Lands’ End (ID #900143637)

•Hot lunch available daily: Wednesday ‘fun’ lunches and daily healthy meals

•Daily Bible instruction and weekly chapel programs

•School hours:

Extended Care available; 7-8 a.m. and 3:20-6 p.m.

Highly involved parents; parent service required.


Immanuel Christian School will admit students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of admissions policies, educational programs, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs.


Immanuel Christian School is governed by a self-perpetuating School Board and is blessed to be a ministry of Immanuel Bible Church (IBC). Because of the close relationship, the ICS school board acts as a council of the IBC Elder Board. Aside from normal management responsibilities, the school board is also charged with the spiritual oversight of ICS. All are members of IBC and currently have or previously had children attend ICS and we are blessed to have members who are well qualified both professionally and spiritually to provide leadership for ICS. Every member of the board considers their work an important ministry.

ICS Board 2017






School Board Members:
Chris Gleason, Chairman
Dave Drum, Vice Chairman
Bill Sprance, Secretary
Brad Beall, Treasurer
Scott Thompson, Member-at-Large
JD Taliaferro, Member-at-Large
Chris Bender, Member-at-Large
Huber Parsons, Member-at-Large
John Rutherford, Member-at-Large
Executive Team members who advise the School Board:
Steve Danish, Head of School
Dale Pinkley, Asst. Head of School
Mandy Croushore, Finance Director
Laura Tweed, Advancement Director
Eleane McCoy, Lower School Principal
Rachel Reno, Upper School Principal


We partner with families to inspire students for purposeful lives of learning, godliness and service.


“Exploring the Truth with our Head, Heart and Hands”
Jesus said, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37

Believing the truth by hearing and doing what is true

SPIRITUAL GOALS – The Belief Stage
Emphasis on Spiritual Formation & Christian Character Training

Scripture reading, prayer, and daily devotional instruction
Bible instruction & chapel themes on practical Christian living
Scripture memorization, biblical theology and apologetics
Active program of community service, missions, and outreach
Integration of biblical truth with the objectives of each subject area
Permeation of biblical worldview across the curriculum

Knowing the truth and how it can be verified

CONTENT GOALS – The Grammar Stage
Acquisition of Core Knowledge & Mastery of Basic Skills 

•Mathematical understanding and computational skill
•Language Arts, Phonics, Reading, Spelling and Grammar
•Social Studies integrated with writing, and historical literature
•Science knowledge, experimentation, and hands-on discovery
•Fine Arts, Practical Arts, Physical Education and athletic skill

Using the truth carefully and strategically

Training in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Strategies

•Literature-based core subject integration
•Science Fair projects, oral defense and presentation
•Book seminar discussion, shared inquiry, debate, and interactive learning
•Integrated and strategic application of problem-solving technology
•Cooperative and small group learning activities
•Outdoor education, ropes courses, and wilderness venture challenge

Sharing the truth effectively and creatively

EXPRESSIVE GOALS – The Rhetoric Stage
Development of Communication Skills — Written, Verbal and Visual

•Research writing, library and media resource training
•Writing conferencing, editing & rewriting, and response journaling
oung Authors Conference and student book publishing
•Word-processing and distance communication technology
•Skillful use of presentation media, PowerPoint, integrated graphics

We Believe

We are, first of all, a Christian school and as such establish the biblical basis from which we will teach a Christian world and life view. While we recognize that not all parents will agree with every item in this statement, it is necessary that the parents agree to support the premise that their child will be taught from the perspective provided in our statement of belief.

Our faculty is sensitive to areas of difference among Christians who love the Lord and seek to obey the dictates of Holy Scripture. We focus on the areas of agreement, not on issues which divide. It would be unacceptable for students or parents to seek to propagate doctrines that divide or are not in agreement with our statement of belief.

Please review the Immanuel Christian School Essentials of the Faith, Admissions Policy and Parent Agreement which appear on the Online Application. As part of the application process you will be asked to support these principles in the education of your child, understanding that we will base our program on the implementation of these standards.


(based on the Statement of Faith, established by the Elder Board of Immanuel Bible Church)

These are essentials of the faith, which are described more fully in the full Statement of Faith of Immanuel Bible Church. As such we believe:

  • the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and is the infallible rule for Christian faith, doctrine, and practice.
  • there is one true and living God, and that He has revealed Himself to men in three personal distinctions of deity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • there exists a real personality who is the author of sin and god of this age, called Satan.
  • God created the heavens and earth and all life by direct act, and not by undirected evolutionary process.
  • each person is born with a fallen nature and as a result becomes a willful sinner.
  • the only salvation from sin is through redemption by personal faith in Jesus Christ.
  • salvation is by grace alone, and not by works, and that the saved are eternally secure in Christ.
  • the Church is a New Testament institution and is Christ’s “Body” for service in this world and His Bride in eternity.
  • the two ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s supper.
  • there is an essential and everlasting difference between people who are saved and those who are lost.
  • Christ will, prior to the tribulation, catch away His church and return to rule during the millennium.
  • all persons will be resurrected to eternal reward or eternal punishment.
  • the Holy Spirit indwells the believer at the moment of salvation, baptizing the new believer into the Body of Christ and that baptism in the Holy Spirit occurs at that time.

Immanuel Bible Church has a rich heritage of ministry to families, adults and our community. Programs such as AWANA for children, our Adult Bible Fellowships meeting throughout the church on Sunday mornings or the many Bible studies and small groups meeting on campus and in the community, Immanuel provides a place to get connected with others and grow in your faith.

Immanuel Christian School began when the leadership of  Immanuel Bible Church opened the school in the fall of 1976. As one of the largest ministries of Immanuel Bible Church, we are the beneficiaries of exceptional facilities, the underwriting of utilities and the provision of custodial support.

Click to read the Immanuel Bible Church Statement of Faith.