In addition to core subjects such as mathematics, science, and social studies, Immanuel Lutheran School offers instruction in Bible, technology, music, art, physical education, and library courses for all middle school students. Students are also engaged in reading, writing, spelling, and grammar skills on a daily basis.
Immanuel has a multi-grade classroom format. Multi-level classrooms have many benefits both socially and academically. Socially, younger children will look to older students for guidance while the older students organically learn about mentoring, leadership, and collaboration. In addition, students in a multi-grade classroom tend to be less competitive with one another and more cooperative in their learning and behaviors. Academically, this structure allows students to excel while learning at their developmental level.
Using differentiated instruction, teachers design whole and small group activities to address varying student strengths, needs, and interests while meeting state standards of education for each grade level. In our classrooms, the main focus continues to be the learning needs of all students. Our classrooms are grouped as follows: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd & 3rd grade (combined), 4th & 5th grade (combined), and 6th–8th grade (combined).
6th – 8th Grade
• Round-table discussions are part of the ELA curriculum
• Literacy groups read classic novels
• One-to-one Chromebook program
• Geometry available for eighth graders excelling in math
• Hands-on science labs and field trips to area science facilities
• Annual middle school Dinner Theater performance
• Applying faith values to real life discussions and decisions (James 1:22)
Living Out Our Faith
All students participate in weekly chapel and are grouped into mixed-age chapel families. Our middle school students each have a chapel buddy in the preschool and kindergarten classes. They build relationships with one another as the middle schoolers escort their buddy to the weekly chapel service, do projects together, and read together. Offerings are given to a selected monthly chapel project and have included Nation-to-Nation Ministries, Life Choices Pregnancy Center, House of Neighborly Service, ILC Pastor's Pantry, and Samaritan's Purse.
Often our students create and write “Heart Warmer” cards for those serving in the military. They also write cards for congregation members to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, offer encouragement, send get well wishes, or acknowledge special services to our school with a thank you.
At Christmas time, many classes collect gifts for needy, Loveland-area families. Our church and school prepares shoe boxes for children around the world though Operation Christmas Child. We also participate in an all-school Service Learning event at the House of Neighborly Service in December.