By Libby Hopkins

Immanuel Lutheran School was founded in 1980 as a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brandon. It strives for academic excellence through a strong partnership of home, school and church.

Betsy Proeschel, an admissions counselor at the school, believes the reason the students excel is because of the involvement of the families.

“What sets our school apart is our small family environment with all the offerings of a large school,” Proeschel said.

She also feels that technology and digital literacy are the keys to success and the curriculum at the school is preparing students for a brighter future.

“We instruct with the aid of an online technology curriculum,” Proeschel said. “Classrooms are equipped with an overhead projection system that allows teachers to project content from their IPad or laptop.

“This is part of our push to ensure that our students are technologically-savvy,” Proeschel said.

Immanuel Lutheran also focuses on extracurricular activities with art and dance clubs and a science club.

Sixth graders have the chance to take an outdoor education trip which is a week of fun and fellowship amidst the woods at Luther Springs Camp in North Central Florida.

“Students learn how to identify tracks of a bobcat, how to bake a cake in the woods and how to flip a canoe,” Proeschel said. All of these outdoor activities are combined with devotions and quiet time in nature which allows students  to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation.

For more information, visit The school is located at 2913 S. John Moore Rd. in Brandon.


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Libby is a writer for The Osprey Observer/The Christian Voice. She started as an intern in 2009 and upon finishing her internship, she was asked to stay on as a permanent writer for both papers. Libby lives in Brandon with her two rescue dogs, Olive and Bogey.