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Immanuel Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 75 students

Quality Christian Education

 
 

Living in Hillside

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $80,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.

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Posted August 6, 2013

We had researched many schools in the area and chose pre-k at Immanuel Lutheran because of the full day it offers. We were extremely satisfied with the education that was provided. The pre-k teacher goes above and beyond to reach every child and help to build a love for learning. My child had a difficult time transitioning to being away from home, but the teacher helped both my son and myself work through the tough times through constant communication and fun activites for my son. My son went into the school year with minimal skills and left knowing his letters, numbers, basic math, basic reading and his phonics. I am extremely impressed. I also really liked the afternoon teacher as my son really enjoyed her and she found fun activities to keep them busy. I found that all of the teachers were very friendly, and that it was a nice community setting with nice activities throughout the year for families to attend. I would definately recommend this school, especially the pre-k program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2012

If you do not want your child to be indoctrinated in Lutheranism, do not enroll your child into Immanuel. School administrators guaranteed my family that their curriculum was flexible enough to insure that the denominational articles of faith our child embraced would not be trampled on. Yet, our child became very confused by the pressures from the teacher to embrace Lutheran practices. Also, as my wife and I made visits to this school to check on our child's safety (we had taken our child out of a school where bulllying by some teachers and students was becoming a norm) we agreed that we were being treated by some administrators and teachers as if we were intruders. This bad sign convinced us to remove our child from Immanuel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

We researched and visited many schools in Westchester, Hillside, Melrose Park and Oak Park and selected Immanuel Lutheran. We are impressed by many things, but one important aspect of Immanuel that I did not see at other schools was the ability to partner with the teacher and develop an individual plan for my child. The teachers are not only highly educated, but take the time to learn the strengths and weaknesses in each child and due to the small class sizes, they are able to work with each child and develop specific plans for them. My son excelled in math and reading, so he is able to go to the next grade for math and reading. Most schools, due to large class sizes, are not able to accommodate children in this way. Although our family are not members of a Lutheran church, the spiritual guidance and influence my son receives does not differ from our Christian teachings. My son also enjoys playing soccer and being a part of the boys scouts (which are both offered through the school). We are very involved parents and understand the value of good education. I couldn't imagine sending my son to any other school than Immanuel Lutheran.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

We sent our son to Immanuel for kindergarten during which time he excelled. For first grade we thought we would save our money by sending him to our local public school. That school was highly rated so it sounded good. What a mistake that was. He not only regressed academically, but learned wonderful things; such as profane language ( yes, in first grade.) Now he's back at Immanuel and has been for the last two years. He's back on his academic track, in third grade reading and doing math at a fourth grade level. Plus he's getting a solid moral and practical background. The sports programs are great. Couldn't be happier worth every penny. One of the lowest tuition's around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

As a Lutheran School, their mission is to give children a Christian education. However, the highly qualified staff and small class sizes ensures that each child receives the core curriculum, necessary enrichment and individual attention he or she deserves in addition to a spiritual foundation that can be built upon at home. The church supports the school with direct donations, tuition assistance, volunteering for PTL fundraisers and by splitting their own fundraising dollars. This helps keep the tuition low in comparison with other local private schools. The school goes on many field trips, offers before and after school care, piano, cooking club, math club, tutoring, martial arts, sports, monthly PTL events and more. The teachers are disciplined and united, yet caring, concerned and open-mined. They support each other and work together with parents to provide academic and spiritual growth. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

If your child is not Lutheran, then don't send them here. They say they won't try and indoctrinate your child but they do. The teacher brow beat my child and made him feel like an outcast because we are not Lutheran and do not believe their teachings. The library has books on how to be a witch and wizard (casting spells, etc.). When the principal was told about it, they down played it and kept the books. We took our child out! English class was good, but math was very poor. It's more like a cult, than a school. They have limited funds and even though you pay tuition, they're always looking for money. Also, part of the fundraisers goes to the church, which we do not support. They also force your children to sing in the church choir, even if they are not members, unless they sing at their own church. Very small school and it looks old, dusty with a gym floor in need of a cleaning and buffing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

I have been an Immanuel parent for 3 years now & I am very pleased. My child is thriving academically, socially & spiritually. The teachers communicate well with the parents and on the few occasions where I had concerns it was easy to sit down and discuss the issue & come to a solution. The staff will truly care for your child just like family and the girls volleyball & basketball teams are AMAZING! I also enjoy the way all gatherings open & close with prayer. The one improvement I would suggest is consistency with the written policies vs. the carrying out of those policies. All in all Immanuel is a wonderful place to call home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

My son is new at the school and so far so good. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly including most of the parents that I have met thus far. The only thing that I can see becoming an issue is the lack of extra help as far as an after school homework club, math club etc... Up until this point my son has attended all public schools and the major difference that I see is that there is little to no extra help offered for the struggling student. I was drawn to the school because of the small class size and Christian education and beliefs but I also was under the impression that because of that more 1 on 1 time witht the teachers would be offered. All and all we have had a good experience so far just wish more 1 on 1 help was available
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 70% 18%
White 23% 51%
Hispanic 5% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Spanish exposure

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ted Vratny
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
Associations
  • National Lutheran Schools Assoc.
Fax number
  • (708) 562-6085

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Differentiated
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Spanish exposure
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Cooking club
  • Math club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • The mission of Immanuel Christian Academy is to prepare and equip children spiritually, academically, emotionally, and physically for spirit-filled Christian outreach to the community and the world.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Walther High School
St. Joe's
Proviso Math & Science Academy
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2329 S Wolf Rd
Hillside, IL 60162
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Phone: (708) 562-5580

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