Based on NC Standards:
Math: GO MATH
Reading: Words Their Way (kindergarten)
Rooted in Reading (1 st -2 nd ) Novel Reading (3 rd -8 th )
Phonics: Saxon Phonics
Grammar: Shurley Grammar
Science: Fusion Science
Social Studies: Harcourt
Supplemental: Studies Weekly and Scholastic News
We play in a conference with other Christian Schools.
Does this school have a particular educational philosophy or mission?
Mission: To prepare children for today, for tomorrow, forever.
Philosophy: Love God and Love Others
Is the school implementing the Common Core State Standards, and if so, what is the procedure and timeline for teacher training and implementation?
Emmanuel Lutheran School follows state standards for textbook purchasing and as a guide for our curriculum. Teachers are trained as new curriculum is purchased. We review one area of curriculum each year on a 5-year rotation.
What is the average class size?
What is this school’s approach to student discipline and safety and security?
Student safety is a priority at ELS. All doors remain locked at all times. Student discipline is handled on a case by case basis.
How much homework do students have? What is the school’s philosophy/approach to homework?
On average students have between 20 minutes to an hour of homework each night.
How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school?
Technology is an integral part of teaching at ELS. Each child has access to a computer or tablet during the school day. Middle school children bring a device to school each day.
How do the arts fit into the curriculum? Is there a school choir, band or orchestra? A drama program? Art classes?
Emmanuel has a dedicated music and art teacher. All students have music and art class every week. Some of our students will perform musical numbers for special events at school.
What extracurricular opportunities (sports, clubs, community service, competitions) are available for students?
Student Council is available for students in grades 3-8, and our Yearbook Club meets after school. Our school participates, as a whole, to collect needed items for local charities throughout the school year.
How do students get to school? Is free school busing available?
Parents. There is no bus service to ELS.
How does this school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?
ELS works with Asheville City schools to support children who have difficulties.
What strategies are used to teach students who are not fluent in English?
None at this point.
What professional development opportunities do teachers have? In what ways do teachers collaborate?
Each teacher submits a professional development plan to the principal. Teachers are given a ½ day each month to pursue professional development.
Does the school offer Physical Education (PE) classes?
Yes, PE classes are held four times a week for 45 minutes.
What are some of the school’s greatest accomplishments? What are some of the biggest challenges this school faces?
Our greatest accomplishment at ELS is our students! We love seeing how our alumni flourish in the community. Our biggest challenge is financially affording all the wonderful opportunities we want to give our students.
Do classrooms look cheerful? Is student work displayed, and does it seem appropriate for the grade level?
Yes, classrooms are decorated, student work is displayed and celebrated!
Do teachers seem enthusiastic and knowledgeable, asking questions that stimulate students and keep them engaged?
All teachers are state certified and have many years experience in teaching their grade level.
Does the principal seem confident and interested in interacting with students, teachers and parents?
The principal’s first love is the students at ELS. He is active in their lives at ELS. Mr. Edmiston is also our STEAM teacher! He is open to meeting with parents at any time. He has the respect of his staff.
Is there an active Parent Teacher League (PTL)? What other types of parent involvement take place at this school?
ELS has an active PTL. They host many activities during the year. Each classroom has a room parent that helps support PTL.
How well are the facilities maintained? Are bathrooms clean and well supplied, and do the grounds look safe and inviting?
ELS is blessed to have a maintenance operator on staff. He ensures the building is safe and well kept. We have an outside cleaning company that cleans our facility.
What are some highlights of this school’s curriculum in reading, math, science and social studies?
All curriculum is 5 years old or newer. Our math and reading curriculum are top-notch.
What criteria are used to determine student placement in classes?
School records are requested and students must complete a reading and math assessment.
How does this school keep parents informed of school information and activities?
Parents are informed of activities through our FACTS school information system. Parents are also emailed a weekly newsletter. For school closings and/or delays we have an automated calling system to notify parents.
Is quality child care available before and after school?
We open our doors at 7:30 every day. Students are admitted into the classrooms at 7:45 am. Our aftercare program runs from 3:15-5:30 each day. There is an additional charge for aftercare.
How much outdoor time do students get each day?
Middle school students receive 20 minutes of outdoor time. Elementary students receive 40 minutes of outdoor time each day.
How does the school guide and prepare students for major academic decisions that will define their options in high school and beyond?
Students are given the opportunity to visit area high schools during their 7th and 8th grade school year. ELS has partnerships with many area high schools.
Does the school offer tutoring or other support if students need extra help?
Many of our teachers offer tutoring after school. We also have retired teachers who are willing to tutor. We have an Orton Gillingham trained tutor to work with children who have reading disabilities. Tutors are paid by the parent.
Are world language classes (French, Spanish, etc.) offered to students?
Our middle school students pick a foreign language they wish to learn and learn through Duolingo.