Immanuel Lutheran Church & School School Visitor Information

Immanuel Lutheran School

Immanuel prepares children to both compete and build community. We are fully accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation as well as the National Federation of Non-Public Schools. A sizable percentage of the past valedictorians at Washington High School have been graduates of our school. We welcome you to visit our school and talk with Nick or the teachers about enrolling your child in our preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten or any of the eight grades.

Mr. Nick Hopfensperger serves as principal at Immanuel Lutheran School. He helps teachers and parents prepare their children academically, socially, and spiritually for living out their faith in their family and in the secular world.

Our current school families can access FastDirect, the secure school administration software, by clicking on the link above. FastDirect is an online program that allows the school office to track tuition payments, student grades, daily attendance, and lunch count. It also provides a simplified way for ILS families to track their child’s lunch accounts, view tuition payments that are due, and visit the sports calendar.

Lower Grade Musical - April 11th


Save the date for the Lower Grade musical – an evening of music and entertainment!  On Friday, April 11th, students in 1st through 4th grade will showcase their talents in the production of “Rescue in the Night”.  This performance follows the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den and the great courage that he showed while in the face of persecution . . . and while in the Lion's Den!  Children will be singing several songs, including "What Will Become of Daniel?", "Step into our Den!" and "The One True King".  We hope to see school families, congregation members, and friends from the community at this free production, beginning at 7:00 pm in the school gymnasium!  As always, the spring musicals at ILS have been well attended - arrive early for the best seats!


Accreditation Success!

Early this week, a visiting team of six individuals were at ILS to review the school as part of our Accreditation process.  The visiting team was very thorough in reviewing our Self-Study report and made additional recommendations for our School Improvement Plan. Below are some of the areas of strength as well as areas of growth that were noted by the Visiting Team after their review of ILS:

Strengths: The loving, accepting school climate; the strength of the relationship between the church and the school; the attractive, clean, and educationally appropriate school facility; the unity expressed and observed among faculty and staff; the dedication of the faculty to the writing of a religion curriculum guide
Recommendations: Develop a written evangelism plan for our school; seek out new technology for teachers and students to use and seamlessly integrate this technology into the classroom; revise the Language Arts curriculum to provide continuity throughout all grades that addresses reading, writing, grammar, and spelling components; investigate the possibility of increasing time of math instruction in the upper grades
We are very proud of receiving full accreditation status once again at ILS!  God has truly blessed us and continues to guide us into the future! 

Children's Education Initiative

The Children’s Education Initiative is seeking to place an amendment on the November ballot that would allow people to receive a Missouri state tax credit for donations made to nonprofit corporations that provide funds to improve programs in public school districts, provide scholarships for students to attend parochial K-12 schools, or support special education services for children.

Our first task is to gain sufficient signatures to place the amendment on the ballot for voters to decide. More information about the amendment are available at or  We will also be holding a brief informational meeting on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm, immediately following the evening Lenten service. This will allow us to answer any questions that you might have. 
This is a great way to provide tax credits to individuals and companies while enhancing the K-12 education of children in Missouri. Our Lutheran schools would use the foundation monies to provide financial assistance to families, thereby making our Lutheran schools accessible for more children.  If you are a registered voter, please stop by the school office to sign the petition.

Accreditation Team Visit

On March 24th and 25th, a visiting team of six individuals will be at ILS to review our school and find out more about the educational programs and ministry at ILS. Serving on this team are a retired Lutheran School principal, two current Lutheran School teachers, a retired public school teacher, and the Director of Educational Resources for the Lutheran Elementary School Association.  They will be meeting with teachers, the Board of Education, and other individuals who helped prepare the Self-Study report, internal review, and drafting of the School Improvement Plan.  Once complete with their visit, they will share their findings, both strengths and areas for improvement, with the staff and faculty in a exit report.  Pray for them as they help our school take the next steps into the future!