How long has the school been in operation?
Immanuel Lutheran School has been providing caring, challenging, Christian education for Danbury-area residents since 1881. We were the first parochial school to be established in Danbury, and we're very proud of our long and distinguished history in the city.
How is the school accredited?
Immanuel Lutheran School is fully accredited by the State of Connecticut. We are also accredited by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (www.lcms.org), making us part of the largest Protestant school system in the country, with more than 20,000 students and 500 schools nationwide.
Do I have to be Lutheran for my children to attend Immanuel Lutheran School?
No. As a mission of Immanuel Lutheran Church, we welcome students of all denominations. The school population currently consists of approximately one-third Lutheran church members. Two-thirds of the students belong to other denominations or are not affiliated with any church.
How often is Religion taught at the school?
Religion is an integral part of our school day, and is the first subject taught daily. On Wednesday mornings, students in grades kindergarten through eight attend chapel service in the church. The pastor is available to help member and non-member students and families.
What kind of academic programs do you offer?
Immanuel Lutheran School offers a very strong academic curriculum. Our half-day & full day Pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten are academically based. Curricula summaries for all grades are listed in the K-8 and Pre-kindergarten sections of this Web site. The reading program is accelerated in all grades, and the mathematics program offers pre-Algebra and Algebra I in the middle school. We also offer Spanish in all grades, starting in the four-year-old preschool program.
What enrichment activities are available?
Additional special opportunities for students include morning and after-school extended care, art education, computer classes with IBM multimedia computers in the computer lab, instrumental band lessons, music education, a yearly education fair, Junior Girl Scout Troop 523, physical and health education, and numerous after school clubs. Middle school class trips are made each year, and our PTL organization sponsors various school social events and assemblies.
Are services available for special needs?
Minimal services are provided. Generally, speech, counseling and resource services are available on a limited basis for all students. A school nurse is available for two days each week.
Do students take the Connecticut Mastery Tests?
Students take the IOWA Tests of Basic Skills, a nationally recognized standardized test, annually. Test results are on the average well above grade level.
Which high schools and colleges have Immanuel graduates attended?
Graduates of Immanuel have been accepted by various public and private high schools, including Canterbury, Choate, Immaculate, Taft and Wooster, and have often received awards and scholarships. Immanuel alumni attend many fine universities and colleges, including Ivy League schools.
How much homework is given?
Homework is an integral part of our program. Kindergarten through eighth grade students have homework, and it is most often graded. On the average, students will have 15 minutes of homework per night, per grade. By fourth grade, the average student should have one hour of homework each night; by eighth grade, he or she should have two hours per night.
Is transportation provided to the school?
Transportation is provided for students in kindergarten through eighth grade by the Danbury Public Schools. Our students travel on school buses with students from the parochial schools. We also have students from Newtown, Bethel, Brookfield and other area towns; some parents of non-Danbury students have formed car pools.
Is tuition assistance available?
There are limited tuition assistance funds available, which are awarded based on economic need. Tuition credit is also available to parents who recommend new students to the school. Immanuel Lutheran Church owns and operates the school and greatly subsidizes the operating budget.
When can I visit the school?
We welcome prospective students and their parents to visit or call us any time. Many Open Houses are also conducted throughout the year. For more information, please contact the school office at (203) 748-7823.