QUESTION: Does my child have to be Lutheran to attend First Immanuel?
ANSWER: No! We gladly welcome students of all faiths, and those with no religious affiliations. In fact, 45% of our students are non-members. All students are expected to participate in the full range of course work and activities, including instruction in the Christian faith.
QUESTION: What are the grade levels and ages served at First Immanuel?
ANSWER: We have Christian education available for children age two through age five in our early childhood program. We offer full- and half-day Kindergarten and a have full elementary and middle school program for grades 1 to 8. We typically have two classrooms at each grade level.
QUESTION: How do FILS graduates perform in high school?
ANSWER: FILS graduates perform very well in high school. For the past three years an average of 66% of our graduates were on the honor roll in their first semester of their respective high schools. Additionally, in 2012 nine of our graduates were inducted into the National Honor Society as juniors at Living Word Lutheran High School. Our graduates truly excel!
QUESTION: What standardized test do FILS students take ?
ANSWER: FILS students in 3rd - 8th grade take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized test for reading and math both in Fall and Spring. MAP results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school. This type of score increases the value of the test as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for each child's learning.
QUESTION: Why a Christian school education?
ANSWER: Good question … each family needs to determine what they value. At First Immanuel, we value a Christian education that provides high-quality academics and Christian character-building. While our students generally score substantially above average on national achievement tests, we can also provide some things not available in public education. We pray together. We have chapel services. We have faculty and staff members that are committed to Christ and who work together in harmony and with a common purpose. We strive to prepare children for a life of service to God and to their fellow man … not just to live for self. Most of all, on a daily basis, we strive to teach each child that he or she is known and loved by God, that he or she is precious to Him, and that in Jesus Christ that child has a Savior who has forgiven all sins and provides eternal life.
QUESTION: Are the teachers at FILS high-quality and licensed?
ANSWER: First Immanuel has made a commitment to recruiting the highest quality teachers to minister to our students. Of course this means well-educated, state-licensed teachers. But more importantly, it means teachers committed to Christian education, dedicated to serving children and families, and actively living their Christian faith. The FILS staff is fully committed to providing the best learning environment possible for all children, through high classroom expectations and a nurturing attitude. FILS teachers are committed to excellence and strive to meet each child where they are at on their educational journey.
QUESTION: Do you have an up-to-date technology program?
ANSWER: First Immanuel has the most cutting edge technology program in the region. All children in grades 1-3 have individual access to an iPad, all children in grades 4-5 have a Chrome Book and all students in grades 6-8 get a laptop which they keep after their graduation. Every K-8 classroom at First Immanuel is equipped with a Smart Board, which allows teachers to teach more interactively and dynamically. We have a technology instructor, and all teachers are formally trained to use all available software and technology.
QUESTION: Do you offer foreign language classes?
ANSWER: First Immanuel offers foreign language through the Middlebury Interactive Languages online programming. Language instruction is offered to students in grades 3-8 and includes Spanish, French, Chinese or German. Middlebury Interactive offers an expansive, immersive world language curriculum that fits the way students learn today, with games and activities that foster collaboration between students and teachers. This approach instills students with the skills and confidence to quickly gain proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. All courses are aligned with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. For more information about our foreign language program, click here.
QUESTION: Do you provide other curricula such as music, art and physical education?
ANSWER: We have both music and art classes at least 2 days a week for all students. In middle school that includes music and art appreciation. We have optional in-school individual and group instrumental band instruction weekly for grades 5-8, as well as a handbell choir and middle school Jubilate Choir. We also have a robust physical education program, with classes at least 2 days a week for all students.
QUESTION: Do you offer interscholastic sports?
ANSWE We believe that sports are an avenue for teaching important Christian life lessons about effort, responsibility, teamwork and honor. For girls and boys in grades 3 and 4, we offer an introductory interscholastic basketball program. Starting in grade 4 girls and boys can be part of our cross county teams. For girls in grades 5 through 8 we offer soccer, volleyball, basketball, poms and track. For boys in grades 5 through 8 we offer soccer, basketball and track. In the spring we offer co-ed softball and tennis for our middle school students as well as volleyball for boys in grades 7 and 8. Our teams are inclusive, yet they are also competitive in local, state and national tournaments. For additional information click here.
QUESTION: Do you offer other extracurricular activities?
ANSWER: We have many activities outside of class, including Student Council, MathCounts, Lego League, the Wildcat Music Ensemble, school band, Chapel Bells handbell choir, King's Players who play recorders, and Piecemakers quilting club.
QUESTION: How does the middle school experience differ from that of the elementary school?
ANSWER: The FIL middle school, which includes grades 6-8, has its own wing of the campus. The middle school is fully departmentalized, with licensed teachers teaching in their licensed area of expertise. Students are assigned lockers and change classrooms for each period. The students begin and end their day in homeroom. All middle schoolers may take home their laptops, and own them after 3 years, upon graduation.
QUESTION: When does the school day start and end?
ANSWER: For students in full-day kindergarten and grades 1-8, classes start at 7:35 am and end at 2:35 pm. For half-day kindergarten, classes end at 11:00 am. Our early childhood program's half-day class runs from 8:00-11:00 am and the school day class runs from 7:30 - 2:30 pm. Busing is available for K-8 students that live within the boundaries of the Cedarburg School District.
QUESTION: For working families, do you provide before & after school care?
ANSWER: We have a fully staffed Before & After School care program for families that need care provided before and/or after school. Care is also available in the summer and on non-school days, excluding major holidays. For additional details please contact the program administrator Lisa Manor. In addition, we offer B.A.S.H. (before and after study hall), for middle school aged children who need to stay at school before or after a sports practice or until a parent can pick them up.
QUESTION: Is there financial aid available?
ANSWER: Yes! The FILS Studentship Award is our need-based student grant program. The FILS Studentship Award is graciously funded by First Immanuel’s Guardian Angel program. Families are encouraged to apply for the FILS Studentship Award as part of the enrollment & re-enrollment process. The goal of First Immanuel’s Guardian Angel program is for every child to choose to attend FILS regardless of their financial situation. Eligibility for grant funds is determined by a FACTS, our financial aid processing and tuition management agency; applications are confidential and reviewed with greatest confidence. To learn more about the FILS Studentship Award, contact the admission office at 262/377-6610 or to send an email click here. To apply for the FILS Studentship Award click here.
Additionally, we are both a Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and Wisconsin Parental Choice Program school. For additional details on these programs click here.
QUESTION: When does registration for the next school year start?
ANSWER: New student applications for the 2016-17 school year are ongoing. New student applications for the 2017-18 school year will be accepted beginning on January 16, 2017. To register online, click here.