Looking Ahead To Immanuel Christian High School
COMPLETING THE WORK WE’VE BEGUN
Our existing K-8th grade program will expand for high school with the introduction of 9th & 10th grades and a grade will be added each successive year. With the completion of a K-12th grade program our classes will provide students with a diverse college preparatory curriculum coupled with insights that enrich student learning and Christian growth. Furthermore, our students will be spiritually challenged through chapels and Bible curriculum, as well as numerous opportunities to practice their faith through serving others.
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Q: WHY CAN’T WE START THE HIGH SCHOOL IN OUR CURRENT BUILDING?
That’s a great question! While our current building may look like there is plentiful free space it actually is used to capacity every week. There are no additional classroom spaces in the education wing that houses our K-8th grades and all of the classrooms above the bookstore are used for weekday Bible studies, ESOL classes, and meetings for Immanuel Bible Church.
Q: WILL IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL (ICHS) BE ACCREDITED? IF STUDENTS MOVE BEFORE GRADUATION WILL CREDITS TRANSFER TO OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS?
Yes, Immanuel Christian High School will be fully accredited from the start. This means that all course credits will transfer to any public or private high school, college, or university.
Q: HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS CAMPUS SECURITY CONCERNS IN A COMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH OTHER BUSINESSES?
Providing a safe and secure high school campus is non-negotiable just as it is a priority for our K-8th grade program. The space we are negotiating to lease is located on contiguous floors, stacked in three stories, and will provide us the opportunity to effectively seal off our high school space from other businesses occupying the additional commercial space in the building. There are multiple entrances to the building but ICHS will have a separate entrance which will provide exclusive access to our high school. Additionally, new restrooms and stairs will be available only to our students and faculty. Finally, we secured the services of an Alexandria architecture firm who recently designed an award-winning Fairfax County school building. Safety measures required for students to occupy our building will be addressed by the architecture firm.
Q: WILL ICHS BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES?
Yes, in the same manner that our current K-8th grade program is able to support students with learning differences, our high school program will be able to provide academic assistance to students who need additional time or support. Some additional fees may apply depending on the services needed, and additional academic testing during the admission process may be required to determine if our program can provide the help necessary for academic success.
Q: SERVING OTHERS IS A FOUNDATIONAL COMPONENT OF A K-8TH GRADE EDUCATION AT ICS. HOW WILL SERVICE BE INTEGRATED INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM?
Our high school students continue the build upon the habit of service that is integral to our K-8th grade program. Our high school students will be provided ample opportunities to reinforce the habit of service.
Q: WILL GRADUATES OF ICHS BE ABLE TO GAIN ADMISSION TO ELITE UNIVERSITIES?
Absolutely! Of course academic achievement is dependent upon a student’s ability to meet the stringent requirements of elite universities but ICHS will provide highly motivated students with the variety and rigor of an academic program that most selective universities require, coupled with opportunities of international travel, internships, service, leadership, and enrichment opportunities seldom offered at the high school level. We believe our program will appeal to selective colleges and universities who seek to enroll students who will graduate from the diverse, unique program that ICHS will provide.
Additionally, as part of our customized academics, students will have the option to earn either a Standard or Advanced Academic Diploma. Students can choose the Advanced Academic diploma which requires a rigorous series of core courses and foreign language credits as well as fine arts, PE, and electives. The Standard Diploma requires fewer core courses and opens time in the student’s schedule for them to explore other areas of interest through additional electives. And ICHS will be prepared on day one to assist students with their plans for college or career, by hiring an experienced guidance counselor who will help our kids prepare for life after high school.
Q: WHO WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL FOR ICHS?
Rachel Reno, our current Middle School Principal, will expand her responsibilities into the role of the High School Principal. Once it is determined that enrollment numbers require the attention of a full time principal, we will evaluate the needs for the leadership structure and make appropriate hiring decisions.
Q: WILL 8TH GRADE GRADUATES OF ICS BE AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTED INTO ICHS?
The requirements of our K-8th grade program will prepare students for the academic challenge, and provide the solid spiritual foundation necessary for success in our high school program. Therefore all ICS 8th graders will automatically be enrolled in 9th grade during re-enrollment in March.
Q: HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THE NEED FOR A STRONG FINE ARTS PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES ART, MUSIC AND THEATER?
Our desire is to prepare global leaders who are knowledgeable of fine arts both nationally and internationally. The Fine Arts module will help students learn about, create, and enjoy the excellence of the masters in each of the six fine arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, and dance. Our facility will include a dedicated space for fine arts and the academic schedule will provide students with focused time to enrich and develop a love for the arts.
Q: HOW DO YOU PLAN TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR ATHLETICS AND PE?
We know that athletics are important in the culture of a high school and are committed to providing a competitive athletic program that will provide competition and opportunities for social interaction. We are reviewing the requirements to join the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association and have talked to an athletic director who is part of the Delaney conference for private schools. In the beginning years the athletics program will focus on individual sports such as golf, tennis and cross country. As our student body grows we will add team sports like basketball, soccer and volleyball. Now you may be wondering…where will we activities take place? That’s a great question! While we will continue to have access to the athletic field and gym at ICS we have begun looking at other possibilities. One such possibility is the St. James. The St. James will be opening this fall and is only a 2-minute drive from our proposed campus. This is a world class 450,000 sq. ft. indoor athletic center that will provide opportunities for football, basketball, two ice rinks, an Olympic size swimming pool, tennis, rock climbing, gymnastics, squash courts, indoor batting cages and more. We are in negotiations to see how we can partner with the St. James for space to help our students develop and lead an active lifestyle. We firmly believe athletics are a vital part of a high school education and we look forward to developing a top-notch athletic program for Immanuel Christian High School students.
Q: WILL CREDITS EARNED THROUGH DUAL ENROLLMENT TRANSFER TO ANY UNIVERSITY? DO YOU ANTICIPATE ANY PARTNERSHIPS WITH UNIVERSITIES OR COLLEGES?
The short answer is, “Yes!” In order to receive credit for AP courses at ICHS students must request that the College Board send the official AP score report to the college of their choice, either at the time of testing or afterward through a score report request. ICHS will also partner with select colleges so that students in the upper grades can enroll in college level courses and receive credit on their high school transcript and at the same time receive credits that will transfer to the college of their choice. Dual Enrollment has the advantage of not having the year-end test that is required for AP courses. Our faculty will work with Dual Enrollment students to assist them with assignments, deadlines, and proctoring exams.
Q: WHAT LED TO THE DECISION TO LEASE VS. BUILD YOUR OWN BUILDING OR RENOVATE AN EXISTING BUILDING? WHAT IS THE LONG TERM PLAN?
The last year and a half has been focused on the development of a comprehensive academic program for ICHS. Based on this expansive and transformational vision we believe that our program will require a world-class facility. After an extensive search for available land on which we could build a new building (there is no sufficiently sized acreage available within a reasonable distance for our currently served family population) and with knowledgeable input from facility experts, we came to the conclusion that God was leading us in the direction of a lease-to-own option in a commercial building. This option will provide us the space and location needed to continue to serve our current student body while ultimately providing us, once the building is purchased, with income from other business leases to cover facility costs associated with owning and operating as a landlord. We believe this is a wise and prudent use of the monies we expect to raise through a capital campaign.
Q: WILL ICHS ENROLL STUDENTS FROM ABROAD?
Because of the lucrative benefits many high schools market their programs and recruit heavily to international students. Our mission, to partner with families to inspire students for purposeful lives of learning, godliness, and service, begins with the premise of a partnership between school and home. This key component is largely absent if an international student would be accepted into our program and therefore we will focus our efforts in supporting the traditional high school student. This does not mean that we will never host an international student but that will be the exception rather than the norm at Immanuel Christian High School.
Q: WILL ICHS HOST A PROM? WILL STUDENTS WEAR UNIFORMS? WILL STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO PURCHASE LUNCH?
We know that high school students value time to socialize and high school is the perfect time to develop appropriate interaction between students. It is our desire to provide traditional (prom, athletic events, field trips, etc.) and non-traditional (international travel, internships, etc.) opportunities for students to engage outside of the classroom.
We are evaluating options that will allow us to provide a variety of possibilities for lunch. These alternatives include the extension of lunch options available in our K-8th grade program as well as the desire to provide microwaves for student use during lunch.
Our high school will continue the tradition of students wearing uniforms. This is one substantive area where we invite students to help give input as we finalize uniform concepts. Uniforms help to reduce the traditional issues of modesty and brand awareness associated with non-uniform clothing and it is an opportunity for ICHS students to distinguish themselves among their peers.
These previous questions are excellent questions and illustrate the variety of questions parents and students will have about the future Immanuel Christian High School. Some of these questions will be answered more thoroughly in the weeks and months to come as prospective students have the opportunity to engage in ongoing conversation with our leadership because we want our program, whenever possible and appropriate, to reflect the input of our students. This is a groundbreaking opportunity for students to participate and give opinions in their future high school as we bring to life a vision God placed on our hearts.