The adopted curriculum at Emmanuel Lutheran School is based on Core Knowledge. Core Knowledge is a guide that outlines specific sequential content that introduces the child, grade by grade, to the accumulated knowledge that has formed our culture. This curriculum is a sequential study of content that each student should learn at each grade level before advancing into the next grade level.
Religious Instruction – Students at Emmanuel have the special opportunity to study God’s Word on a daily basis in the classroom. Students participate in daily devotions and use instructional materials prepared for us in Lutheran Schools by our church denomination. Special emphasis is given to applying God’s Word to our everyday life. Students have the opportunity to worship together with our preschool in a weekly chapel service.
Language Arts – A great amount of time in elementary school is spent in the area of language arts. This includes listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. From reading their first book to the study of literature, and from writing their first sentences to composing a formal composition, the students are learning effective communication skills necessary in our complex world. We include a strong basic phonics program in the early grades.
Mathematics – Students at Emmanuel learn not only basic math facts, calculation, computation, geometry, and pre-algebra, but also how to problem-solve and apply the logic of math to math-related problems they are likely to encounter. Some students qualify to take algebra in 8th grade. Entrance into this course is based on the student’s SAT scores, grade, and teacher recommendation. The learning environment is often one in which the teacher facilitates the discovery process, providing the props, tools, or materials learners can use on their own to instigate and stimulate learning.
History/Geography – We are concerned with people and their relationships to God, each other, and the world in which they live. From home and community to our state, country, and world, students study the history and culture of people. Students at Emmanuel stay abreast with current events and geography to better understand the world in which they live.
Science – Our teachers direct students to the evidence of God’s love, wisdom, and power. Through the study of the universe and the biological and physical sciences, students have the opportunity to experience God’s creation. Our curriculum offers many opportunities for hands-on experiences.
Health and Physical Education – In our study of health we encourage development of positive life skills. The focus in our P.E. program is on fostering personal life-long fitness activities, encouraging children’s sense of self-confidence in order to achieve them.
Music – We offer music/choir classes for grades Kindergarten through six. The 7th & 8th grades will have choir during the 2nd & 4th quarters of school. Students in grades K-8 are expected to participate in two special School Sunday Worship Services each year and in our annual Christmas and Spring musicals. These programs provide opportunities for developing performance skills and for praising God through music and drama.
Band – Advanced Band is offered to all 6th-8th grade students who have prior band experience or permission from the instructor. All fifth grade students are required to take an introduction to musical instruments course.
Art – Emmanuel offers an arts program in each grade to foster creativity and cultivate appreciation. We believe that each child is endowed by God with creative talent, and though this talent may vary, it is our goal to nurture it and encourage its growth.
Computer Education – Emmanuel Lutheran has a centrally located, networked computer lab equipped with MAC Mini’s and HD monitors. Students will be introduced to computer skills at age appropriate levels through our curriculum.