To help you through the Admissions process, we’ve collected several common questions asked by families applying to Immanuel. And as always, please feel free to contact our Enrollment Manager anytime with additional questions or comments!
Q: Is there an Immanuel Christian High School in the future?
We’re glad you asked! The short answer is ‘Yes!’ After years of prayer and seeking council, conducting extensive research with current parents and with parents in the community our School Board approved steps to move forward with expanding our program to high school. We developed a High School Leadership Team, curriculum is selected and many of the details are completed. We continue to wait on God to reveal His plan for our school. Please keep our School Board and Leadership Team in your prayers as they work through the details and raise funds necessary to launch a high school.
Have thoughts to share or interested in being involved in this process? Contact Laura Tweed, our Advancement Director.
Q: How well prepared are ICS students for high school and beyond?
Our graduates have made successful transitions to a variety of public and private high school programs. Many of those in public high school settings enroll in Honors, AP and International Baccalaureate courses. Our graduates depart our school with critical thinking and writing skills, a strong foundation in math and science, an inquisitive mind to explore the world, hands prepared to serve and a heart inclined towards Christ. We often have graduates selected to attend one of the top public high schools in the nation, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Some graduates have gone on to attend top colleges such as University of Virginia, William and Mary, Stanford, Wheaton, Grove City, and the Service Academies.
Q: What are the professional qualifications and credentials of the faculty?
All of our teachers are credentialed and many of our teachers hold graduate degrees. Moreover, our curriculum is comprised of both the Written Curriculum (textbooks, literature books and supporting materials) and the Living Curriculum (integration of a Biblical worldview into daily lessons). Our teachers are expected to inspire students using both means but the “Living Curriculum” at ICS creates a deeper, more personal impact than the written curriculum. Teachers are not just Christians, but mature, growing, passionate followers of Christ who desire to make a spiritual as well as an academic influence. “Living Curriculum” teachers are people who inspire students to use their knowledge, skills and talents to serve God throughout life.
Q: How does ICS handle the issue of bullying?
Bullying is an international phenomenon and we are not exempt from the results of sinful behavior. However, we believe our emphasis on character development in all grades provides students with the strategies to develop positive interaction with their peers. An emphasis on conflict resolution skills and problem solving is presented through the use of the Junior Peacemaker curriculum published by Peacemaker Ministries. Our purposeful focus on character development builds life skills which equip students to solve problems in their classroom relationships and throughout their future in high school, in college and in life.
Q: Why should I choose Immanuel Christian School?
Just walk through the doors and we think you will sense the warm, loving environment that is Immanuel Christian School. Combine that with challenging academics that prepare young people for life and eternity, plus an array of sports and enrichment activities, and you have a winning combination. We take our mission seriously – to partner with families to inspire students for lives of learning, godliness and service – and we welcome the opportunity to join with you in partnership as we impact the next generation for Christ.
Q: What are Parent Service Hours? Are parents required to serve?
Parent Service Hours allow us to involve parents more consistently in the life of our school and allows every parent to take ownership in the ministry of Immanuel Christian School. When our parents volunteer, they see us in a practical and personal way and stand shoulder to shoulder with other parents in service activities. At the same time, it extends tuition dollars by having volunteers perform some tasks that might otherwise have to be paid for through professional services.
Each family is required to serve 20 hours throughout the school year. Single-parent families fulfill half the number of service-hours. Parents who simply cannot fulfill this obligation are required to pay a fee at the rate of $15 per unserved hour. Parents are given a means to report their service-hours to the school office and notices are sent once each semester. Opportunities to serve are solicited from the administration, faculty and staff as well as the PTF Committee.
Q: I have a 529 Plan. Can I use funds from this plan for tuition at ICS?
The recent tax reform law expanded 529 savings plans so that they now allow tax-favored savings for K–12 tuition expenses. The maximum distribution for K–12 tuition is $10,000 per year per child. Parents can now save for both college expenses and K–12 tuition expenses and the earnings will grow free of federal tax. Current 529 account owners may begin using these funds immediately for K–12 tuition expenses.
Many state 529 plans also provide state tax breaks for contributions to and distributions from 529 accounts. For example, Virginia currently allows Virginia taxpayers who are Virginia529 account owners to deduct their contributions up to $4,000 per account, per year, with unlimited carry forward to future tax years. Accounts may grow tax-deferred and are tax-free of Virginia taxes when distributions are used for Qualified Higher Education Expenses. Virginia has not yet confirmed whether this favorable tax treatment for higher education expenses will be expanded to include K-12 tuition.
Consult your financial advisor to find out if a 529 plan is a good savings option for K–12 tuition in your specific circumstances.
Q: Do you offer financial assistance?
We’re glad you asked this question! We earnestly desire to provide an exceptional, affordable, Christian education. The tuition rates we charge do not cover the full cost of an ICS education. In fact, every student’s tuition is subsidized by fundraising and the generous support of Immanuel Bible Church through the use of facilities and custodial support. Even with the additional support every student receives, some families still need additional financial assistance. Awards are strictly need-based and decisions are made on an individual basis. Applications are made using a confidential, online process and are due April 1. Final decisions are made by our school board and the maximum award granted is 50%.
Q: What are school hours?
|Full Day Kindergarten – 8th Grade||8:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.|
|Morning Option Kindergarten||8:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Before-School Care||7:00 – 8:00 a.m.|
|After-School Care||3:30 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Regular Office Hours||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
|Summer Office Hours||9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday|
Q: What are options for lunch?
Brown bag or lunch box; no beverage provided. Optional daily lunch program available from Smart Lunches and students also have the option to purchase the Wednesday ‘Fun’ Lunches (Papa John’s, Subway, Chick-fil-A or Malek’s pasta) each semester which is served by our Parent- Teacher Fellowship (PTF).