Immanuel Lutheran School has been a part of Alexandria’s heritage for many years. Originally established in downtown Alexandria on Cameron and Alfred Streets in 1870, Immanuel thrived for forty years before closing shortly before World War I. As WWII was ending, Immanuel Lutheran Church moved to its current location on Russell Road. The school reopened in 1945, and has flourished there since.

Immanuel Lutheran School Today

Now after more than 70 years of consecutive operation, Immanuel continues to offer a Christian and classical education in Northern Virginia, with a liberal arts curriculum for Junior Kindergarten (pre-kindergarten) through 8th grade. Our students enjoy a rich academic environment that includes high academic expectations, small class sizes, Shurley grammar, Saxon mathematics, classical literature, Latin (beginning in 3rd grade), science, weekly chapel services, Christian character formation, world history, Logic, music, art and much more.

What is a Classical Education?

Wisdom, eloquence and virtue – these are the aims of a classical education. The patriarchs of western civilization understood that education was more than the acquisition of basic skills and mere competency. The purpose of education was to transform, to elevate, and to refine the mind and the soul. This was the standard, not the exception. At the center of classical education is an emphasis on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. Because these universal values serve as the building blocks of classical learning, the classical arts are timeless and proven, and have been known to produce many eloquent confessors and wise leaders. Our communities today are in dire need of just these sorts of men and women. In an endless pursuit of the latest educational dogma, many schools no longer have the capacity to judge what is Good, True and Beautiful, much less teach it. In forsaking the soul for the mind, they have forgotten how to educate both. Classical Education is a holistic approach to education, and a return to excellence in teaching, curriculum and expectations.

Academic Achievement

Our goal is to help each individual student achieve his or her highest potential. This includes a rigorous curriculum that encourages mastery of material and inspires a love of learning. Immanuel’s students are given NWEA Measurements of Academic Progress assessments. The majority of our students’ standardized test scores were above grade level in all areas – math, reading and language arts.

Reasonable Tuition Rates

Immanuel offers an exceptional education at rates considerably lower than many other private schools in the area. Discounts are applied for annual tuition payment in full at the onset of the school year. Monthly payment plans and tuition assistance are also available.

Extended Care Program

Immanuel offers both before school and after school extended care options for busy parents. Our Extended Care professionals are carefully screened and selected and often have teaching degrees. They engage our children in constructive educational activities, direct outdoor sports and free play, assist with homework and ensure that the extended day experience is fun and educational!

Immanuel’s commitment to Christ, to great education grounded in faith and science, and your ability to do these things with both firmness and love is something truly extraordinary. Our children not only learn from the positive examples of the adult leaders at the school, but also come home and discuss the great character of the children around them even sharing specific examples of their peers’ modeling strong character.

Often when a school does one thing so well, there is a trade-off on another. But not with Immanuel. It is not just faith and theology that is being modeled so well; you all have also created a truly phenomenal academic environment for your children where they are being challenged and are flourishing.
— ILS Parent