A Top Private Lower School Program in Northern Virginia

Since its founding in 1976, Immanuel Christian School continues to combine academic excellence with a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.  Immanuel Christian School challenges and equips students to succeed by offering a stimulating curriculum, extracurricular activities and competitive athletic programs that prepares students for the challenges beyond ICS.

Lower School Program

The Lower School years represent an explosion in cognitive growth, increased social awareness and empathy. Immanuel Christian School teachers design creative lessons to encourage students to develop reading and writing fluency and critical thinking skills while promoting greater independence in accomplishing academic tasks.

Creativity, self-expression and camaraderie are all supported through the hands-on curriculum extensions that enhance classroom instruction and meet the needs of diverse learning styles.  A biblical worldview is integrated throughout the curriculum and students participate in ongoing class service projects.

Second grade students learn about the life-cycle of butterflies as part of their second grade science unit. Each student raises a butterfly from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis and finally, a butterfly.  They celebrate their release at the annual event that parents and students look forward to each year at the butterfly release party.

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Interested in learning more about Immanuel Christian School and our Lower School program? Please give the Admissions Office a call at (703) 941-1220 or contact ICS through email for more information! If you are interested in applying today, click here!


As a private school in Fairfax County, we emphasize experiential and developmental learning. First graders explore the world around them daily, developing knowledge in core subject areas through tasks that grow in complexity throughout the year. This is a time when students are seeking answers, and the first grade curriculum helps provide insights. First graders learn to apply previous knowledge, observations and critical thinking skills to solve new problems. Additionally, they have numerous opportunities to develop their creative gifts and talents.

Social skills are developed in first grade with exciting activities. Through the following initiatives, students learn the values of exploration, cooperation, sharing and patience.

First grade teachers take every opportunity to celebrate occasions that teach students about history. A few of our class activities:

  • Readers’ Theater
  • Winter Writing Project
  • 100th Day Celebration
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Pumpkin Week Festivities
  • Christmas Project

Our first graders look forward to field trips that bring their lessons to life. Annual trips include:

  • Theatreworks USA
  • National Building Museum
  • Pumpkin Patch

First grade students read numerous age-appropriate books throughout the year. They also have memory verses each week. Here is a preview of our reading list:

  • A Bargain for Francis by Tanya Hoban
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Loebel
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelunch Minarik
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Lighthouse Children by Syd Hoff

View our first grade Bible memory verses.

If you are looking for an excellent private primary school in Fairfax County, we invite you to schedule a tour at ICS. Give us a call at (703) 941-1220 today.


In second grade, students develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. They acquire extended skills and apply concepts from first grade in a meaningful way. Through exploring systems of change, patterns and the contributions made by others, they are inspired to learn and grow. Instilling an early love for learning is a top priority at our private school in Fairfax County, Va.

This is a year when significant advances are made in reading fluency and proficiency. Through reading groups tailored to meet each student’s individual learning profile, they develop skills in a supportive environment. Development in math is also strongly emphasized in second grade. Algebraic concepts are introduced in the curriculum and the practice of basic math operations builds mastery in anticipation of third grade.

Numerous class activities allow second graders to explore important lessons in science, history, social studies and age-appropriate literature.

  • Meet the Author Day
  • Heritage Day Festival
  • Dinosaur Museum
  • Butterfly Release Party

In second grade, students enjoy a few of our most exciting field trips.

  • Theaterworks USA
  • Fossil Field Trip to Maryland
  • Washington D.C. tour

The second grade reading list is both challenging and engaging for our students.

  • Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  • A Gift for Mama by Esther Hautzig
  • Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
  • Josephina’s Story Quilt by Eleanor Cooer
  • Nate the Great and the Missing Key by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Lily and Miss Liberty by Carla Stevens

View our second grade Bible memory verses.

We would love to welcome your family for a campus tour of our private primary school in Fairfax County, Va. Give us a call at (703) 941-1220 today. We look forward to hearing from you.


In third grade, students transition from the primary grades into elementary grades. Reading passages get more challenging and students still meet in small groups based on reading levels. Sentences are longer and vocabulary words are more complex. Critical thinking and writing skills are expanded as students develop effective tools for communication.  Math concepts—such as those ubiquitous multiplication tables—require memorization as well as complex thought.

Our teachers encourage third grade students to increase their responsibility for learning new concepts and are constantly devising new classroom strategies that engage all types of learners. Students in third grade are gaining confidence and learning how to be a positive influence in our school community.

Class activities are designed to enhance the curriculum.

  • Native American Festival
  • Moving West Play

Field trips reenforce the learning that takes place in the classroom.

  • Native American Museum in Washington, D.C.
  •  National Colonial Farm
  • Green Meadows Native American Trip
  • Theatreworks USA

Literature selections are made with the goal of adding enrichment and interest to our curriculum.

  • Next Spring an Oriole by Gloria Whelan
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Squanto, Friend to the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Eagle Feather by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

View our third grade Bible memory verses.

We would love to welcome your family for a campus tour of our private primary school in Fairfax County, Va. Give us a call at (703) 941-1220 today. We look forward to hearing from you.


In fourth grade, our teachers build upon the foundational skills and encourage students to apply what they are learning. The fourth grade allows for a more expanded curriculum because because teachers are able to spend less time emphasizing basic skills. It’s also a year that our teachers integrate subjects more seamlessly.

Students will read more challenging books and be expected to identify key elements of plot, setting, and character development. The school year ends with students performing an annual favorite, The Missing Parts of Speech play. Students will be expected to do more independent reading and research and to be able to answer more challenging comprehension questions that require inference and critical thinking.

Class activities support and enrich the curriculum.

  • Colonial Luncheon
  • Missing Parts of Speech Play
  • Relief map of Virginia

Field Trips help to bring the curriculum to life.

  • Theatreworks USA
  • Mount Vernon
  • Gadsby’s Tavern

The fourth grade reading list contains classics that are sure to become favorites.

  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Virginia Bound by Amy Butler
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patrician MacLachlan
  • Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Trouble River by Betsy Byars
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

View our fourth grade Bible memory verses.

We would love to welcome your family for a campus tour of our private primary school in Fairfax County, Va. Give us a call at (703) 941-1220 today. We look forward to hearing from you.