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About us

Immanuel Lutheran School was founded in 1980.  The congregation, feeling a need for a Lutheran School in the area, established ILS as an intergral ministry of the Church.  The school opened its doors for the first time in September 1980 with 72 students.  Since that time we have been blessed with classroom expansions and the addition of a preschool program in 2008.  Today we bring over 40 years of success, providing a quality Christian education for students from preschool to 8th grade.

Highlights include:

  • Dual accreditation by the Flordia Department of Education and by the National Lutheran School Accreditation.
  • Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds (VPK accepted).
  • An outstanding program for Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Full curriculum including computer instruction, P.E., Spanish, music, band and other middle school electives.
  • Extended care program offering both morning and afternoon care.
  • On- site hot lunch program offering a balanced meal.
  • Athletics program featuring multiple sports during the school year.  Our teams compete against other schools in the Tampa Bay Christian Athletic League (TBCAL).

Our Philosophy

As a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church, we strive for academic excellence through a strong partnership among home, school and church.  The Christian education weshare embraces all aspects of a child's development from preschool through eighth grade.

Our Mission:  Sharing the Love, Joy and Peace of Jesus Christ with students and their families while building Christian leaders through Biblical instruction and pursuit of academic excellence.

The theme for 2023 National Lutheran School's week is "Making Disciples for Life," based on the following verse 

And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”

We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus' amazing love with children and their families. National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve.


Immanuel Lutheran School is accredited by the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and is also accredited by the National Lutheran School Association (NLSA), an accreditation recognized by the Florida Department of Education.  Every five years ILS conducts a thorough self-study based on accreditation standards.  This extensive self-study, completed by teachers,  Board members and parents covers all areas of our program from campus safety to fulfillment of curriculum goals.  Following the thorough self-study, goals, objectives, and strategies are developed with a timeline for completion of each strategy.  Annual progress is reported each year to the Florida-Georgia District of the LCMS accreditation committee which reports to the national accrediting agency.

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Sycamore Education: Communication between School and Home

Immanuel Lutheran staff strives to have open communication with families.  Sycamore Education is an on-line school management and student information system used by Immanuel Lutheran School. Once students are enrolled families will receive a log in to access the system. Sycamore enables students and parents to seamlessly receive information from teachers as well as contact them and view upcoming events, news, assignments, grades and more.

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