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Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 125 students



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Posted May 21, 2014

As an 8 year veteran parent i have seen, and been through alot in this school. I will say this, with God on our side, a new principal, and Deacon this school is making a comeback. Now that we have survived the failed merger, and said our goodbyes to the negativity, we are ready to make this school a Catholic School of Excellence. The teachers are all great, and the principal listens to all parental concerns, and wishes for their school. With a strong PTO Board, and a huge parent volunteer-base this years Taste Around the World, and Monte Carlo Night was a great success. The Grizzly Games did good for being the first year. These three core fundraisers will be the "Big Three" for 2014-15 School Year. I love this school, the teachers, principal, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 21, 2014

Love this school! Principal is great! Mr mc mains is very involved. Teachers are credentialed and go on retreats to improve teaching techniques. Parent involvement is good-you may not know their name but everyone smiles and days hi. My kids love this school-they can't wait to go to see their friends everyday. My 4th grader just came back from a awesome Sacramento field trip where she panned for gold and went to the Capitol. Private school can be expensive but this school works with everyone. Mr mc mains truly believes that all children should have a catholic education regardless of your income level. School has diversity and is well rounded. They have PE, art, and music!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2013

I am not too sure why this school is promoting something they dont have. Although, this school claims to have offered certain programs they in fact did not. Our children know the truth and I suggest that any family looking for a good education try another school. Every other school offers so much more. The principal is fake and the obligations/ fundraisers are excessive. Ask the former parents of ICA why they are not returning. Poor leadership and so disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 22, 2013

ICA- Immaculate Conception Annunciation This school should CLOSE it's doors. With poor leadership of Principal this school get worse every year. This school does not offer what they say they do. Dishonesty is a tool that ICA uses on a daily basis. ICA is so desperate for higher enrollment. Be smart parents and take time to ask good questions. for example: How many full time teachers have you hireds for next year? How many families have left? ICA can improve by building a good strong faculty & staff that will actually stay and especially by hiring a principal that can fulfill their duties. I liked the way some parents worked together to hold a fundraiser or event that benefitted our children. Beware of ICA Silver-Tongues!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2013

I love ICA School! This school is small in enrollment but mighty in their efforts. The teachers and administration demonstrate Catholic Identity within the school. ICA offers many programs such as Spanish, Meet the Masters, Mathletics, Choir, Sacramental programs, and much more. The new pastor Fr. Matthew Munoz is a gift to this community. I am a proud parent of ICA School and I highly recommend this school to everyone who loves having their children in a faith based and spiritual environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 5, 2012

ICA Catholic School is a very good school for our children. The teachers, principal, priests and the entire staff are very helpful, they are always there to assist and lend a hand. Our three children are very happy. For parents like us, we have peace of mind that they are in good hands. Parents are very dedicated, we never had a problem everytime one of our children need a ride, someone always volunteer to be the driver. It's like a big family, we may never know all their names, but we are familiar with all of them. The school have some problems too, like any other school, but the good thing is everybody is willing to help and to make it work for the better for the sake of our children. This is our 6 years and we intend to continue until they finish. The school has been through a lot, but the past year was so great, thanks to all the hard working teachers, the hands-on priests and principal, who is also the zumba instructor for parents, soon-to-be spanish teacher as part of extra curricular actvities, aside from dancing, music etc. And next school year we will welcome the volunteers from Carmelite sisters to enhance the after school care activities, we cannot ask for more. thanks
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2010

Ic has a very highly qualified and dedicated staff; and a principal who is not only present and accountable, but also one who is an accomplished educator with a doctorate, and a rich background in. Education and life experience such as is generally not found in elementary schools. From a public school teacher and school supporter.

Posted December 3, 2009

I have just read some of these reviews and I am in shock. The teachers and administration have worked tirelessly to bring about much needed change to the Immaculate Conception parish school. When hearing that this is the #8 principal in 14 years it says that change is certainly needed! I am very impressed by the Junior High changes. Parents asked for more academics and it seems that the older students are responding to the challenge. The younger students seem to be on task. There is talk of younger students as being unruly-- makes me wonder what the homelife of those students must be like. Over all there has been improvement. The concern I have is the parent gossip out in the parking lot. A few loud voices have discouraged, insulted and have acted in very unchristian like ways to tear down the efforts of those working to build up IC

Posted September 17, 2009

Great things are happening at Immaculate Conception! This is our second year having our children attend IC. Admittedly, last year had some challenges; but then again, all schools do. Most of last year's challenges have been met head-on and I do see a change for the better! This year, there are two new teachers in junior high school who have extensive high school experience; so they know what our children need to transition to high school. The principal has put together a Volunteer's Association of 25-30 professionals (retired teachers, business leaders, alumni, etc.) that will further enhance the learning of the students. I understand one goal of the administration is to have the Volunteer's Association enhance the extraciricular activities (academic and athletic) at IC. Some teachers are also taking professional enrichment courses, which again, enhances the teaching of the students. As the improvements continue, so will the the appreciation and success!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2009

I have to say I have been VERY disappointed this year (2008/09) in our school.. There is NO organization, NO discipline, No structure.. Kids do whatever they want. It's messy, dirty and disorganized. Not enough parent participation. No extras like language, art, music, computer.. and if they do have any of those extra activities they do them so seldom. I'm sad because I had such high hopes for positive change with the new Principal. I will not be returning and am sad for those few good children who are being overlooked by so many undisciplined children and whose parents have no idea. '0' stars from me.. Sorry
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2008

I have been a part of this school for many years now and I must say it has only improved over the last few years. No school is perfect, but I see much, much more positive than negative. I think as parents, we need to offer praise for the good things at our school and then spread this goodness to others and tell them about our wonderful school. For the things that need improvement, we need to offer suggestions and help implement some of those suggestions instead of just talking about it. This is a community and the success of the school depends on that. We are very blessed to have a wonderful staff and may great families who really care and wish for only the best for our students and the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2008

It s a real shame to see negative comments here. We have had nothing but positive experiences at IC. Our son graduated from IC last year and is now attending an accelerated college-prep high school, with a 3.90GPA. Our daughter is currently at IC, and doing great (reading 3 grades above her grade). The teachers have been unbelievable. It s obvious that they truly care about the education and wellbeing of our children. They do everything possible to ensure that our children are receiving the religious school experience that they deserve. We love the principal, she has been a saint. We absolutely love the family environment that the staff, PTO, and families have created. We had attended another private school, prior to IC, and we never felt the sense of community that we have experienced at IC. Visit Immaculate Conception and meet the staff. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2008

I have to say that this is an outstanding school. The principal and staff have gone above and beyond for our family. The curriculum is very strong & consistent in K-5 and 6-8. Every subject has a program with the individual kits and workbooks! My child also gets computer class, spanish class, art class, library, music, and P.E. once a week! Most importantly the staff and children are so kind and my child feels very safe and loves to come to school. I have never felt this much support and sense of community. We are truly blessed!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2008

I have had two children attend IC school and it was the best place for them to get their Catholic education! The teachers were loving, caring, open to communication and extremely well qualified. My children loved their elementary years at Immaculate Conception and will always have fond memories of their time there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2007

I have 2 children attending this school and they enjoy this wholesome, safe and nurturing environment. The teachers care and go above and beyond; discipline is high and the curriculum is challenging. It's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 8, 2007

This school has low academics and expectations. Communication with staff and teachers is terrible. The teachers are not very helpful either(meetings,help with child,harder work).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 15, 2007

Not good.I have a child going to this school and he is not having a good time.Low expectations and academics.Communication with staff and teachers is terrible.This is a big disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2007

This school was a real disappointment. It took us about a year to figure out that we had made a poor choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2006

I would like to say that I have 2 children here at IC. One just graduated in 2006 and is now in a very high educated private HS. My other child still attends the school, we love it and to others get involved and that will help your children succeed!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2006

I pulled my child out of this school and what a relief it has been. The staff of this school is unorganized and the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. The teachers promise things and never follow thru. Basically I was homeschooling my child since the teacher couldn't seem to motivate my child to learn. Which is odd, since she loves to explore and figure out new things. By mid year, my daughter was no longer herself. She was morose, withdrawn and failing. We've moved her to another school and within 3 months she was surpassing her grade level expectations and once again is my happy, curious child! Run while you still can!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 25%
White 25%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jim McMains
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (626) 358-3933


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What are your chances?

8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$1000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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726 S Shamrock Ave
Monrovia, CA 91016
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Phone: (626) 358-5129


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