Our daughter is in 8th grade, her 3rd year here. It is a warm, challenging, amazing place. It is not perfect, my guess no place is. We will certainly be attending the high school. For those parents who would like to pay for their childrens grades, please feel free to put your money (and attitudes) somewhere else. For those parents who want to raise strong, well educated women who will work to develop these qualities, this is the place for your girls!
This is our second year at IH, so we have seen the changes this year since the new middle school principal took over. She is AMAZING, and has made such positive changes almost across the board. Academics are solid and balanced, the student body is diverse and truly kind overall, and the administration is surprisingly progressive and inclusive. Our only disappointment is the religion program. It needs a complete overhaul, as it seems entrenched in the most literal reading of scripture, devoid of true theology or spiritual exploration.
Great environment for girls to blossom into empowered, confident, women ready to take charge of their future! The girls are kind, and all of them genuinely want to be there. I myself experienced a lot of bullying at other schools and there was NOTHING like that at Immaculate Heart. The only downside to IHHS is the college counseling. If you are willing to do everything on your own you will be fine, but otherwise you should hire a separate college counselors.
I attended this school and loved so much about it. The students, the faculty, the milieu, the diversity, and the view are all top notch. It's a great school with an amazing history and a real interest in the empowerment and education of women in a way that is modern and effective. I loved this experience and credit it with giving me a very strong sense of self-worth and a lifelong commitment to my fellow human. Strong standards and an enriching experience.
My daughter spent 7 years here and was accepted to her dream university--one of the most competitive ones in the country--this spring. The road wasn't always smooth, but IH gave her the tools she needs to be successful in the world. Made doubly notable by the fact, that in the bubble of LA private schools, IH provides an experience that's a bit more grounded in reality than some of its peers. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I imagine the very negative reviews below came from the sort of highly self-entitled parents and students who inhabit that bubble. I encourage them to head off into the sunset and shell out a LOT more ducats for their education, leaving IH to produce smart "women of heart" from the lovely students who actually appreciate the place.
After two years of Middle School at Immaculate Heart, I cannot say that I would ever go back. Not only do they sell themselves as a much, much better version of what they are, they also make promises that they can't keep. They say they make confidant, strong young women, but they make the opposite. I did not even consider the High School, even as a completely different school, simply because I did not want to be in the environment any longer. There is a large amount of girls who are not returning to IH in the fall, as they share the same feelings. If your daughter is a rule follower, who has no creativity or sense of confidence, with a 4.0 gpa, this is the school for her, as they pressure the students to be perfect, and follow every rule. Including that you must wear socks that cover your ankles. And you may not wear bandanas because they support gangs(which the principal told to a black and latina girl who were wearing WHITE bandanas). Not to mention that they offer no support for the growing mind of a young girl. There is a counselor, but there is no actual support and even acknowledgment that girls at this age go through rough times, and may not be able to maintain a 4.0.
I was terribly disappointed in the administrative staff at this school. The lack of support surprised me, as the school had a good reputation, and hopes were escalated by this. The students do not at all receive a "Christ centered education", its merely a business; driving revenue from whatever and whomever is able to pay. No ethics. We will probably not remain here due to this, despite my daughter' blossoming friendships. Very disappointing!
The middle school principal is a money grubber. The meanest, most unprofessional administrator anywhere! The classes are stuffed with at least 25 students in each, and the overall attitude is most unpleasant. Stay far, far, away!
After first semester at college, my daughter and her friends (American U, Berkeley, Bowdoin, Columbia, Loyola Marymount, Occidental, U of Pennsylvania, U of Minnesota, UCLA, Vassar, Wesleyan, Whitman) are doing well academically, personally, and socially, able to adjust and thrive because of IMAC/IHHS education.