Sonshine Preschool

Teaching young minds and preparing young hearts

We exist to reflect the light of Jesus in the community and in cooperation with families, to equip children with the power of God’s Word and academic excellence.


Our Vision

In order to carry out its mission, Sonshine Preschool commits itself to the following vision statements:
  • To assist parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility of bringing up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
  • To help children develop their talents and abilities to use in their life of thankful service to their Lord.
  • To encourage our children and their families to be life-long learners of God’s Word.
  • To reach out into our community with the Gospel message.
  • To provide a safe, nurturing environment with high academic standards where children are encouraged to strive for excellence.
  • To provide quality instructional methods, materials, and a comprehensive curriculum all taught in the light of God’s Word.
  • To work in close cooperation as teachers, principal, parents, pastors, and support staff in realizing this vision.

Our mission

God spoke through Solomon saying, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

Training children in the Word is primarily the duty of parents. To help parents, Emmanuel Lutheran Church has established a Lutheran Elementary School and Preschool. It exists to provide a Christ-centered education.

We use age-appropriate established methods for developing school and spiritual readiness. We understand that each child is uniquely formed by God and our responsibility is to teach and train each child in the way he or she should go. Our teachers take special care to ensure each child’s development through self-guided exploration, hands-on learning and teacher-directed instruction.

Our History

Emmanuel Lutheran School has been serving the Tempe and Phoenix valley for over 40 years. We are a private Christian school, accredited by one of the nation's largest private school bodies (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) which has been educating children for over 150 years. The WELS schools system is among the largest private school systems in the nation. Emmanuel Lutheran School and Sonshine Preschool are part of the ministry and mission and is maintained and supported by Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the WELS. Control and supervision of the school is exercised by the voting membership through its Church Council and the Emmanuel School Board (ESB).