christian school in asheville nc

History  Emmanuel Lutheran School (ELS) began in 1958 as a private Christian school in Asheville, NC, serving students from infants through 8th grade.  It is operated as a non-profit, church-sponsored education ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran Church,which is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  

Emmanuel Lutheran School does what other schools of high quality do. Students are learning concepts, gaining understanding and developing life skills. They are involved in a variety of learning activities taught by qualified teachers.

A Christian School in Asheville, NC

What then, makes us different, uniquely different?  Emmanuel Lutheran School is a Christian School! As a Christian School in Asheville, NC, our primary purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Helping children and adults to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, their personal Savior. We provide a nurturing atmosphere where children can hear God's Word daily and learn how much He cares for them. ELS is a place where Christian teachers can help children practice Christian living and strengthen Christian values. ELS is a place of caring that goes beyond the classroom and beyond school hours.

Emmanuel Lutheran School is a place of positive intangibles where; 
Children learn right from wrong, and practice courtesy and concern for others.

  • Children are taught without question that each person has high worth and is a unique creation of God, possessing special talents and abilities, set on this earth for a special purpose.
  • Each individual is important.
  • Emmanuel Lutheran School is also a place where mistakes are made by both adults and children, where conflicts arise, and where behavior, at times, may not always be God-pleasing. Yet, because of that, it is a place of forgiveness, of saying, "I'm sorry," of learning from mistakes, of working together to overcome problems, of helping one another. That is who we are... and we are privileged to join with parents in this educational partnership. For more information, please email us at or contact the school office at (828) 281-8182.

Statement of Purpose  Emmanuel Lutheran School exists to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish this in an educational setting, Emmanuel provides a Christ-centered rigorous education for al children, churched and un-churched, without distinction to socio-economic status, race, national or ethnic origin or religious creed. We believe that Emmanuel Lutheran School equips our children to succeed in their academic pursuits, and to become productive members of church and society.

Our Mission Statement  Emmanuel Lutheran School provides an academically challenging, Christ-centered education in a caring enviroment. Our mission is to prepare children For Today, For Tomorrow, Forever. 


National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA)


Faculty  Emmanuel's faculty is both experienced and dedicated. Each K-8 teacher has a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree. Teachers have a professional plan to focus on individual skill development as well as a personal dedication to continually strengthen the school's overall academic program.

Student Body  A majority of the ELS student body resides in Buncombe County. ELS parents are those in search of a highly academic and Christ-centered school for their children. One-third of ELS students are members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church; the remaining two-thirds are members of other area churches or are looking for a church home.

School Colors & Mascot

Purple & white; Ram

Class Size Capacity

K-8th grade: 10-20 students per class 

Notice of Non Discriminatory Policy  Emmanuel Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or make available to students at the school. ELS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

School Office  Our main school office hours are 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.