What ages does the Early Childhood Center Serve?

The Early Childhood Center is open to children who are 3 years of age up through preschool.  We also operate a before and after care program for our dayschool students.

What are the ISJ Early Childhood Center Hours?

The ISJ Early Childhood Center is open Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Children do not need to be fully potty trained to attend the ISJ Early Childhood Center, however we ask that children be in the process as this training stems from the home.  Our caring and qualified staff will work with parents and children in a positive manner to achieve the goal of potty training success prior to your child moving on to our preschool program.

What about lunch and snacks for my child while in school?

The center provides a nutritional snack and drink for all children in the program. We serve a variety of raw fruits and vegetables, pretzels, crackers, cheeses and yogurt with 100% fruit juice, milk or water to drink.

Currently our program is unable to provide a hot lunch program. All early childhood students must bring a lunch from home. We request that meals are proportioned for your child and include healthy options. Milk is provided for all students enrolled in our center.


Can I drop off my child at any time or on any day to the Early Childhood Center?

We are unable to function as a drop in center at this time.  Our Early Childhood Center operates with a daily schedule that directly applies to your child's enrolled days and times.  Your child's place is being reserved and staffed accordingly.

Is it possible to use both the Early Childhood Center and the Preschool?

Yes.  Many of our families use both programs.  You must be enrolled in both programs as we are currently unable to operate as a drop in center.

If my child is sent home with an illness, when may they return?

Children must be free from a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.  Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea must have subsided for 24 hours.  Your child should be feeling well and have returned to normal behavior. 

If my child is sick will I still be charged?

  Refunds or credits will not be given when your child is absent due to illness. 

May I add a day to my child's schedule?

You may speak to the Early Childhood Director to make any changes to your schedule.  Any changes will be subject to availability and at the discretion of the Early Childhood Director.


What hours and sessions does the ISJ Preschool Program serve?

Our Preschool Program serves children ages 3 to age 5.  We offer full or part time options.  Full time hours are from 8:10a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and part time hours are from 8:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   For families needing care beyond these hours we offer a Before and After Care program.   Please call us at 363-0505 to learn more about our specific programs.

Can Preschool students use the Early Childhood Center?

Yes.  Your child may be enrolled in both our Preschool Program and our Early Childhood Center. 


Are uniforms required?

Yes, at ISJ we do require uniforms. Click here for a specific list of accepted clothing.

Do you have days when students may dress casually?

Yes, casual clothing is allowed on the last Friday of every month. 2nd Fridays are designated "Casual for a Cause" where students may dress casually if they donate to a cause. Additionally, students can wear casual on their birthday. (Summer birthdays may choose which school day to dress casually.)

What is the average class size?

Average class size at Immanuel-St. James is currently 15-16 students per classroom.

Is there bussing?

Yes. If you are a Grand Rapids resident and meet the criteria for distance, bus transportation is provided. 

Is there care available in the hours before and after school?

Yes. Before care is available beginning at 7 a.m. until the start of the school day. Aftercare is available from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. Please contact the school office for cost.

Is hot lunch provided?

No. Hot lunch is not available at this time. Pizza lunch is offered on Mondays for a small fee. Otherwise, students are asked to bring lunch from home.


Do you offer tuition payment plans?

We offer a number of flexible payment plans.  We offer a 3% discount for payment in full by July 20.  Please contact the school office to arrange a payment plan to fit your needs. 

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial Aid applications are available in the school office.

Are there additional fees in excess of tuition?

There is a $10 insurance fee.

Are members of Immanuel and St. James congregations eligible to receive a tuition discount?

Yes, tuition discounts are available to members of Immanuel and St. James Lutheran Churches.  Members may submit a tuition discount request application to their church who will then contact the school upon approval.


Do you have to be Lutheran to attend Immanuel-St. James?

No, you do not have to be Lutheran to attend ISJ. 

What do we believe?

Our school is supported by both Immanuel and St. James Lutheran Churches.  We are part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  We operate under the guidance of the Holy Scriptures and the doctrinal confessions of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  


Our religion curriculum is at the center of all we do.  Each teacher will integrate our faith into all subject areas.  We use the Concordia Publishing House Voyages series for our religion classes. 


Our 7th and 8th grade students study Old and New Testament history and also Christian doctrine which is taught by the pastors of both churches.


Both Immanuel and St. James Lutheran Churches offer instructional classes for those wishing to join one of the congregations.  We encourage our school families to visit both churches. 


Weekly Chapel Services are a part of our ISJ education.  Chapel services are led by the pastors of Immanuel and St. James Lutheran Churches.  Our teachers also serve as chapel leaders.  Occassionally we will have a guest speaker.  Our students participate in the chapel services in both leadership and support roles.  Each quarter we choose a different organization to benefit from our chapel offerings.  Parents are welcome to join us for our chapel service.


Are parents required to volunteer at school?

Yes, parents of students in Kindergarten -8th Grade are required to commit to 30 service hours over the course of the year.  We have many opportunities for parents to help out at school both in the classroom and at home.   Preschool parents will also have opportunities to help with activites in their child's classroom. 

Do you have a Parent-Teacher League?

We are blessed at ISJ to have a very active PTL.  Parents are encouraged to join the PTL It is a great way to meet other ISJ families and also to learn about the many ways to get involved at your child's school.  PTL hosts our annual Oktoberfest, helps with box top and soup label collection programs, and financially supports ISJ in areas that may fall outside our operating budget. 

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