Immanuel Christian School’s 50th Anniversary
Immanuel Christian School (ICS) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month. ICS serves students from the El Paso and surrounding communities, ages 2 years through 12th grade. In 1969, the members of Immanuel Baptist Church authorized the institution of a kindergarten, and in 1972, the ministry was expanded to include a daycare. In 1980, the church added a day school program, and classes were added up to eighth grade during the next few years. In 1998, the church began adding high school and the first class of graduates was 2002.
The initial purpose of the school was to offer academic excellence and provide evangelistic and spiritual growth opportunities. The initial purpose has not changed although the wording has. The mission of ICS today is, “We provide students with a rigorous academic foundation anchored on the truth of God’s Word so that they will impact the world with a positive Christian worldview.” The vision of ICS today is, “To raise a generation of students who stand for what is right, strive for excellence in all they do, and serve their community with the compassion of Christ.”
ICS offers opportunities for students to participate in academics, athletics, arts, leadership and service. Immanuel Christian School is fully accredited by the Association of Christina Schools International and all of our teachers are certified with at least a bachelor’s degree. Approximately 40% of teachers have master’s degrees. At the high school level, ICS offers CP, honors, dual credit and AP classes. Our juniors and seniors can earn up to 24 hours of dual credit at the college level. The SAT score for the Class of 2018 was 1072, which was significantly higher than the State of Texas.
ICS uses a variety of teaching and learning strategies, all meant to engage the learner. Our students do well on college readiness assessments and are well prepared for college. 100% of our students are accepted to and attend a variety of four-year colleges and universities, locally, in the State of Texas, and outside Texas. The Class of 2018, which had 29 graduates, was offered more than $1.3 million in scholarships.
21st century learning is emphasized across all grade levels with the use of technology, collaboration, communication, hands-on learning and problem solving. We use Chromebooks, with Chromebook carts to supplement what is going on in the classroom, beginning in Pre-K through 8th grade. Last year, ICS implemented Cisco Networking Academy for our high school students. Cisco is the recognized leader for networking services across the world. Beginning in 8th grade, students take a fundamental networking skills class. Beginning in high school, they can work toward their Cisco Certified Network Administrator certification. For the 2019-2020 school year, our high school students will have a 1:1 program with Chromebooks.
As a Christian school, ICS emphasizes the study of Scripture through daily Bible class and weekly chapels. Our goal is to equip students with a biblical worldview preparing them to understand what they believe and why they believe it from a biblical perspective.
Athletic opportunities include volleyball, basketball, track and cross country for grades six and above. ICS also offers tennis for students in grades seven and above, and football and golf for high school students. Our athletic teams are competitive but there are also opportunities for students to develop their skills in sports. In addition to competitive opportunities and developing our student’s skills, the athletic program focuses on building character.
Our secondary students also participate in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities through trips each spring. Our 7th grade goes to Austin and San Antonio for history, service opportunities and a day at Six Flags. Our 8th grade travels to Washington, D.C. to see firsthand the history and government of our nation, and also have opportunities to serve the community there. Last year, the high school students went to New York City to visit historical sites as well as serve the community there. Next year, the high school students will travel to Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Co-curricular activities include music, art, drama, worship band, photography and yearbook. Leadership opportunities abound with our SERVE program where secondary students can choose to serve in one of four areas using their gifts and talents. In addition, service opportunities are provided across all grade levels and various organizations with the goal of building students with a servant’s heart.
Immanuel Christian School is proud to have served the El Paso and surrounding communities for 50 years. Learn more by going to our website, www.immanuelwarriors.org, calling the school at (915) 778-6160, or visiting the school at 1201 Hawkins Blvd., El Paso, Texas 79925.