A Top Private Upper School Program in Northern Virginia

Since 1976, Immanuel Christian School partners with Christian families to inspire students for purposeful lives of learning, godliness and service. Located on a 14-acre campus with 375 students, Immanuel Christian School is expanding as more families enroll in one of the top private Christian schools in Northern Virginia! With a comprehensive curriculum taught by experienced and godly faculty, students are immersed in STEM focused instruction framed in a Biblical worldview, taught critical thinking and writing skills, and are given opportunities to serve in the community.  From kindergarten to 8th grade, it is easy to see why Immanuel Christian School is the best choice for your family.

Upper School Program

Upper School is a critical time for students as they grow academically, socially and spiritually. Immanuel Christian School is dedicated to supporting and encouraging students every step of the way as they progress through middle school. Teachers in 5th to 8th grades prepare students for life beyond Immanuel Christian School with challenging academics and a curriculum designed to foster collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Curricular, extracurricular and community service activities provide every student with opportunities for personal, social, academic, and spiritual growth. Students are offered activities which include athletics, clubs, and service opportunities.

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Interested in learning more about Immanuel Christian School and our Upper School program? The admissions staff would be happy to speak with you to answer your questions! Contact the office at (703) 941-1220. Please share your contact information and a packet will be sent to you! Interested in applying? Click here!

 

Fifth Grade: Inspiring Independence

Students in fifth grade are on the launch pad of their upper school experience.  Development of a strong work ethic, organizational skills, critical thinking, collaborative proficiency, and the growth of consideration and empathy are essential benchmarks for this age group.  Students are seeking more privacy and independence, but they still need their parents and teachers to be involved and to set boundaries and define expectations. Our teachers are uniquely qualified to encourage and assist their students through these important challenges.  Curricular, extra-curricular and school-wide activities are all specifically designed to help our young people move toward personal, social, academic, and spiritual maturity.

  • Class Activities
    • Greek Myth Puppet Play
    • Egyptian Artifact Museum
    • Julius Caesar Play
  • Field Trips
    • Theatreworks USA
    • Shakespeare workshop
    • National Art Gallery
    • National History Museum
  • Reading List
    • The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
    • The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
    • The Runaway by Patricia St. John
    • The Iiad excerpts and assorted Greek myths
    • The Pushcart Wars by Jean Merrill
    • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • Bible memory verses

Sixth Grade: Embracing Transition

Students in sixth grade continue to develop their independence and it is a time filled with great changes as they enter adolescence.  Students will be using more sophisticated thinking skills, interpreting and synthesizing the information they are learning. Social dynamics begin to play a more significant role as students learn how to balance their social, emotional and intellectual demands. Our teachers are uniquely qualified to encourage and assist their students through these important challenges.  Curricular, extra-curricular and school-wide activities are all specifically designed to help our young people move toward personal, social, academic, and spiritual maturity.

  • Special Activities
    • Medieval Banquet
    • Star Party
    • Renaissance Fair
    • Science Fair
  • Field Trips
    • Camp Highroad
    • Theatreworks USA
  • Reading List
    • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’brien.
    • The Captive by Joyce Hansen
    • The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
    • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
    • The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alden
  • Bible memory verses

Seventh Grade: Cultivating Confidence

Seventh grade is a critical year for students as they seek to define themselves socially and evaluate themselves academically.  As early adolescents, seventh graders begin to make their faith their own, and discover their individual strengths and preferences.   In seeking to “find themselves” they are intrinsically in search of truth, a pursuit that is directly in line with the core values of Immanuel – to equip young people to influence our society with knowledge of the truth that is both purposeful and practical.  As they are supplied with the intellectual and spiritual tools to assist them in the development of a distinctly Christian worldview, seventh graders are able to apply themselves to their studies, relationships and accomplishments with confidence and a sense of purpose for their lives.

  • Special Activities
    • Tavern Day Luncheon
  • Field Trips
    • Jamestown and Williamsburg
    • Gettysburg Battlefield or Manassas Battlefield
    • Potomac River Boat Trip
    • Amusement Park
  • Reading List
    • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
    • Give Me Liberty by Laura Elliot
    • Short story selections
    • Poetry selections
  • Bible memory verses 

Eighth Grade: Learning for Life

The eighth grade teaching faculty cherishes the privilege of preparing their students for life beyond the walls of Immanuel Christian School.  Knowing that their faith and intellectual life will be tested in high school and college, we endeavor to make our school’s mission a reality for our eighth graders… to inspire them for purposeful lives of learning, service, and godliness.   Real world scenarios in classroom discussions and activities, opportunities in every content area for creative collaborations, and integration of biblical concepts and values light the way to a bright future for our graduates.

  • Special Activities
    • Western Day
    • Graduation Dessert, An Evening to Remember
  • Field Trips
    • Newseum
    • Wilderness Retreat
    • Shakespeare Library
    • Holocaust Museum
    • Monuments of Washington D.C.
    • Amusement Park
  • Reading List
    • Chronicles of Mansoul by Ethel Barrett
    • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • Short Story selections
    • Poetry selections
  • Bible memory verses

Seventh and eighth grade students participate in electives classes each semester. These classes, taught by upper school faculty and content-area specialists, provide students with the opportunity to explore fine arts and enrichment classes not included in the regular curriculum. In the past, class offerings have included Sculpture, Introduction to Photography, Beginning Drama, Book Discussion Group, Political Science, Introduction to Foreign Languages, and Current Events. Participation in Electives prepares students for choosing high school electives and exposes them to content and experiences that complement their regular classes.