At First Immanuel, we challenge students academically in a setting that nurtures the gifts each child possesses. Our focus is on 21st Century skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving. Our differentiated learning approaches facilitate successful learning for all students. Remedial and advanced curriculum planning are made available to keep the desire to learn alive for all students. A fully staffed Learning Resource Center is available for students who need extra assistance or who wish to be more challenged through independent study.
Technology is incorporated into all facets of our students’ learning. Every child in grades 1-3 has an iPad assigned to them, and every child in grades 4-8 has a laptop. We also have iPads to be checked out for classroom use in grades 4-8. All of our K-8 classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards and Apple computers, to allow more interactive learning opportunities. Students in grades K-5 have formal computer training in our state-of-the-art computer lab. First Immanuel is truly at the forefront of educational technology.
Reading and writing are emphasized at all grade levels. First Immanuel uses the “Good Habits, Great Readers” language arts curriculum to individualize reading instruction, and students learn how to spell and read using a unique combination of phonics and whole-language development. The best practice “Six Traits of Writing” program has been integrated into all subjects requiring written work. In Middle School, all students participate in a weekly "Wildcat Writer Workshop," and Writing Coach, which provides students with "real life" applied writing opportunities.
Beginning in 6th grade, students have an opportunity to test into advanced math classes. Older students may test into high-school level Algebra and Geometry.
Our science curriculum is very hands on, allowing our students to discover all the wonders of God’s creation. Our middle school science classes are held in a state-of-the art science lab, where experiments can be safely run. Our curriculum focuses on earth science, life science and physics, and problem solving through the scientific method. We have a science fair that is held every 3 years.
In foreign language we offer Spanish instruction to students in grades 4-8. 7th and 8th grade students receive instruction from a Spanish teacher. The Spanish curriculum taught over the 7th and 8th grade years combined is the equivalent of a high school Spanish 1 course. A final exam administered at the end of the 8th grade year to measure readiness for Spanish II in high school. Instruction in grades 4-6 utilizes Duolingo, an online program that provides fun, game-like lessons to keep students motivated and excited about learning a new language.