About Immanuel Lutheran School

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Philosophy

  • A Christian classical education combined with home education provides a unique approach to teaching and learning that has produced some of the most influential Christian leaders in the history of the church. It is our desire that Immanuel Lutheran School (ILS) train students
    to become mature, wise, and eloquent Christian leaders in our own generation. Our goal is to equip them with the tools to engage the world for the cause of Christ and to articulate the Christian message persuasively, with clarity, conviction, integrity, and humility. We also strive
    to furnish students with an understanding of how to love their neighbor and serve others for the glory of God. ILS believes that the best way to pursue this noble vision is through a Christian and classical education.
  • ILS strives to achieve these goals through a unique model of Christian classical education grounded in home education. Our students receive instruction two days a week from classically trained and accredited teachers at our campus. Parents are responsible for educating their children the other three days at home.

    “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” -- Deuteronomy 6:4-8

  • The classical approach to education was the western world’s accepted method of teaching for nearly 1,500 years. Its emphasis on structure, content, and method is unsurpassed in providing the tools of learning as well as providing for intellectual development, academic achievement, and moral stability.
  • A classical approach emphasizes the goal of giving children the educational tools to both learn and think for themselves. The classical emphasis is grounded on the three-fold approach to the tools of learning called the trivium. The trivium consists of the three foundational academic categories, or phases, that are consistent with the specific stages of development of the child: grammar, dialectic (logic), and rhetoric. The grammar phase (K-5) emphasizes knowledge mastery and memorization. The logic phase (6-8) emphasizes principle comprehension and reasoning. The rhetoric phase (9-12) emphasizes expression and application.In addition to laying out the stages of learning, the trivium also provides a way to break down a subject of study for full comprehension. Every subject has aspects of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in that one must first grasp the facts, then learn the reasons, motivations, and logic around the facts and finally, evaluate and make applications. The trivium, while providing a way to approach each subject is also a set of subjects. Traditionally, the trivium has included
    Latin as part of the grammar phase, logic or the principles of reasoning as part of the logic phase, and rhetoric, the art of speaking/writing clearly and cogently, as part of the rhetoric phase.Classical education in methodology and content equips learners with the tools of learning. The trivium provides the tools. Scripture and classics provide the core content, and Biblical truth is the fixed point of reference.