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IC Catholic Prep

Private | 9-12 | 320 students

IC Catholic Prep - The School for Independent Thinkers
 
 

 
 

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Posted May 13, 2014

If you want your teenage son or daughter to be educated well with an amazing background in morals, this is the school for you. IC Catholic Prep does indeed go in hand with what the say about educating the whole mind, body, and spirit. The students that go to this school flourish into these well rounded and respectable group of adults. They are well prepared for the real world and the real world will appreciate the type of people these students become. They offer fine courses with a 17:1 student to teacher ratio in a majority of the classes. This allows for a more hand on learning experience, which growing teenagers and students need in order to learn and absorb the material better. I, as a current researcher in education, have found that schools with a smaller class sizes are more likely to have students that will be successful in school. The spirit and body are educated in the school as well because the teachers always enforce catholic teachings and morals at this school. The students here know what it is to be humble, and live out the teachings of Jesus. The line of students graduating from IC are a legacy. IC may be small, but the love from the community makes IC so big.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

ICCP was a great choice for me, and now as a senior about to graduate this Saturday, I thank God everyday that I was given the opportunity to attend this school. While I attend my university in the fall, I know that I will have a solid background in all core subjects as well as in my faith. I'm ready to take this next big journey in my life, but I'm not ready to bid goodbye to the school that I've grown to love and treasure for the past 4 years. GO KNIGHTS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2013

I am a junior at ICCP and this school is one of the best things that have happened to me. The academics are CHALLENGING and the teachers are the most helpful. I honestly don't know why people are even bothering to bash this school out because of that. If IC didn't teach you anything, then why is it even a high school? Since freshman year the academics were hard and they challenged me to see my full potential. Bullying indeed exists in our common world today, but it is different for everyone. Everywhere someone is being bullied so I don't know why that is an issue when coming here. Everyone has been welcoming and genuine to me. It just all depends on you as a person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2013

The negativity in the previous reviews are absolutely shocking. If they really knew ICHS, they wouldn't have said that. IC provides more than 3 AP classes. Their honors classes are rigorous and the education is phenomenal. Even the regular classes are challenging. I understand the fact that everyone has their own take on their child's experience at the school, but I insist that this school has given me the best education possible in the Chicago land area. It is just as wonderful as other prestigious catholic schools.


Posted September 21, 2013

As a college student, I honestly don't regret attending IC. I live in the city of Chicago, and while there are amazing magnet schools there and prestigious private schools, I felt IC was the choice for me. Everyone was always welcoming, and I just felt at home when I shadowed. I knew if I went to a bigger school, it would limit my opportunity to join sports and clubs in one season. At other schools, the clubs and sports are held at the same time. Here at IC, you have a majority of the club meetings on different days throughout the week before school even starts. Because of this, you will be able to join as many clubs without missing any sports or other clubs. When the class sizes are small, you are able to focus more and gain a better knowledge of what is going on in the lesson. If you are ever confused about that subject or a certain assignment, the teachers will be able to help you before and after school! That's what I think is so great about it! The academics are just fantastic with regular, honors, and AP. I was an honors student throughout and boy can I tell you that it helped me in college. I am now a a junior and I am blessed to have attended Immaculate Conception. KNIGHTS!


Posted September 21, 2013

I actually transfered to ICHS as a senior back in the early 2000s. Due to the fact that my local area public high school was not helpful in the college application process, I had to transfer. However, my expectations about this school were beyond just that. Although my classmates that year known each other for years, I felt the love and I have made so many strong friendships that year. The students and staff were welcoming and I just loved that. IC had many programs to help us prepare for college. When you have second thoughts about your children attending IC, think past that and know that this is a marvelous school where your kids will be prepared for college and the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

IC Catholic Prep provides exceptional opportunities to their students both in and outside of the classroom. I have one child who graduated from IC and one currently enrolled. My college aged student has excelled at one of the top public universities in the icountry, including being on their Dean's List. She had many leadership opportunties at IC that helped her stand out from the competition on college applications. My other child, currently at IC, loves it. The school raised millions of dollars which is being used for technology, science, and a new athletic complex. We reside in York High School school district, and while YORK is a fabulous school, we have never for one moment regretted the investment in IC Catholic Prep for our children. Check it out! There are a few open houses in the Fall to look at the school and meet the staff. sta
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

IC was the first choice for my child when he was about to enter high school. The neighborhood I am residing in does not have high schools that have high enough standards and a rigorous education as IC. Many of my coworkers had their children graduate from this school and become very successful people. The staff is excellent and they care very much about the students. They instruct as well as the top ten high schools in America. I would recommend this school very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

My son enrolled at ICHS beginning with his sophomore year due to his original school closing. The ICHS community couldn't have been more welcoming. He graduated last spring and now has another close group of new friends who are great kids. The pastor, principal, faculty, coaches and students create a caring, challenging and morally upright environment. What struck me most was the amount of parent involvement. Don't know if I had more fun in the past 3 years or if my son did. This is what a Catholic college-prep high school should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

As both a minority and someone who lives out of town, i thought my son would feel out of place at IC. I was very glad to see that was not the case in the slightest. My son was accepted, as were we, and we have not felt any doubt about the decision we made. The parents, faculty, coaches and students have such a great open relationship that i would recommend this school to anyone i know. My sons carries a 3.9 GPA and scored a high ACT score that he has been accepted to all the colleges he applied for. My son has meet a very good group of friends that will carry their friendship past high school and into their future years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

ICHS, (ICCP), is a fantastic school that challenges young people to grow academically, socially, athletically and spiritually. I have 2 children who graduated from IC with a firm foundation in all the above areas. The teachers, staff, administration and coaches truly care about their students. I have found over the last 30 years that many of those parents and students who view IC negatively are also those who never got involved in this caring community. While no school is for everybody, I encourage all students and parents to consider this school. And if you choose, IC, don't just sit back........get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

Go Knights! Fantastic school with a dedicated and caring staff. Many opportunties for leadership with involved students. We love the atmosphere of the Catholic school. Very involved parents, friendly atmosphere, and a wonderful school. Congratulations on 75 years of Excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

I have two children who have attended ICHS and have had a stellar educational experience (one currently enrolled and one who has graduated and is currently excelling at a top-rated University. ICHS has an excellent teaching staff, a full honors program, and AP's in all the CORE subjects. In addition, the school has a program with Elmhurst College allowing students to take ACTUAL college courses for no additional tuition. That's better than an AP program. See what IC is about today versus taking an opinion from someone who indicates her son had a bad experience, several years ago (seems to me a long time to keep basing a school???). Keep in mind the school is celebrating 75 years of academic success, so they must be doing something right! The enrollment is around 350 and the neighborhood is beautiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2012

My child attended this school several years ago. It was the biggest mistake we made during his high school years. Luckily, we were able to enter him in the public school before it was too late He was not academically challenged at IC. He was an honor student, yet they were not able to offer enough honors classes or advanced placement classes to enable hin to get into a good university if he had stayed at IC. The student body and faculty only know students by their names, because there are only about 200 students in the whole school. I realy felt like the teachers did care about students. In our economic times, do not waste your money on this school. Public schools offer more advanced curriculums, challenging extracurricular activities, competitive sports programs, and teachers with years of experience and knowledge. Pease do not limit your child to this school. At least be an educated consumer and consider all of your options. It is in your child's best interest to research the educational opportunities that are available in your area, and this school is not worth your time or money. Thank you for allowing me to review this school as a concerned parent in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

I would not recommend this school. They do not prepare students for college, even though they claim that this is a college prep school. They only offer 3 AP classes, and their honor classes are not challenging. The environment is very exclusive, and the faculty and student body are not accepting of all students. This is very unfortunate, because diversity is very important in our culture. I highly recommend the public schools in the area as they offer challenging academic curriculums, AP classes (which you can use for college credit if you have a successful score), excellent sport programs, and wonderful music and arts classes. You will be an achiever and very successful, but please do not consider paying your hard earned dollars to a school that just doesn't care about all of its students. It is the money that they adore! Thank you for allowing me to post my recommendation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

ICHS has prepared my daughter extremely well for college & beyond. She was able to take several AP classes, all honors classes and will be graduating with a GPA well over 4.0. She was accepted to some of the finest universities in the country (Michigan, Illinois, Boston College and Notre Dame), even invited to attend the honors programs at 3 of them. During her 4 years at IC she has been a 3 sport athlete, involved in several clubs (math team, business club, Christian service leader), been on student council, been in the plays, taught RE...etc She was truly educated SPIRIT, MIND & BODY. She became a leader but more importantly she became a fantastic person. I truly believe that ICHS was a big part of that. The staff there knows their students well and cares about their successes/failures. They don't want anyone falling through the cracks. They will reach out to students and ask them to be part of something (clubs, student council, liturgies, etc) Thank you IC for all the OPPORTUNITIES you afforded her. Eternally grateful for the experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

As a recent graduate of ICHS, I couldn't be more proud coming from such a tight-knit and caring community. So many opportunities are offered at IC that made me feel welcome and not one bit overwhelmed. I was able to play on 3 varsity sports teams, reaching the State super-sectionals in 2 of them. I also got to participate in a handful of clubs and gain the leadership I needed to be admitted to one of the top business schools in the nation. The enrollment really shouldn't deter anyone from sending their child to IC. We are growing every year, which just means more opportunities will be available for the diverse students we bring in. As for the bullying, I never personally experienced or witnessed any serious behavior. This is something IC goes out of their way to avoid, as do most high schools in the area. As seen on the news, it's a sad reality in most communities, not just at IC. I LOVED my high school experience, from everything I learned in the classroom to the lifelong friends I made. Once a knight, always a knight! :)


Posted January 12, 2012

When choosing a high school for our child, one criteria was certain - we were going to choose the environment that best suited our needs. We were looking for a strong, faith based education that offered the highest level of academics as well as opportunities for our child to get involved in leadership activities, athletics and community service. After researching and observing all the area schools, ICHS stood out not only for their quality but for their caring and connected staff and community of families. Now that we have experienced the school for a couple of years - I can tell you that they have lived up to every one of our high expectations. A straight A student throughout middle school/grade school, our child is challenged academically through a complete offering of Honors and AP courses with a faculty that is there to help every step of the way. The Principal is a solid, caring leader who is moving the school forward in a positive direction. As the school grows, they don't lose touch with the individual student which is what we love. If you are looking for a high school where you feel like family and will prepare your child for college and beyond - this is the place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

ICHS has been instrumental in preparing my children for college and beyond. As a parent who, as of May 2012, will have had 5 graduates of ICHS, I am very happy with the education, leadership and service opportunities, and extra curricular experiences my children have enjoyed while in attendance. There is commitment from administration and faculty alike to challenge and push the students to reach their full potential. The small school environment means every student is known by name and it creates an environment where everyone is encouraged to become active and to participate ; from clubs and student government to athletics and music, my kids have taken on roles beyond their comfort zone and learned how to become independent, resourceful and responsible adults - not to mention dedicated students and successful college graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

This is not a school that will prepare your student for college. My daughter attended IC for two years in which she was given only one social studies class and one science class in these two years. Instead of the "mandatory" study hall, students should be able to choose from a real class that will prepare them for college; after all it is College Prep. She transferred after her second year to a public school. We were told by the principal that we were stupid and would regret this. My daughter had great grades, however IC offered barely any extracurricular activities that colleges look for. Thank God we transferred her out. Because of her GPA or 4.56 from her public school, she was able to get a full ride scholarship to Elmhurst College. No thanks to IC. Also, I am aware that there is severe bullying at IC so if I was a parent I wouldn't send any of my children to IC. Coming from a parent who knows, IC is awful and can ruin a child's future.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 51%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Black 6% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Elmhurst College Senior Option
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
School Leader's name
  • Pamela M. Levar
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Elmhurst College Senior Option Program
  • Honors track
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
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Elmhurst College Senior Option
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bass Fishing
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Dance, Bass Fishing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Campus Ministry
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Film Club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Poetry Club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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Financial aid offered
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217 Cottage Hill Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126
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Phone: (630) 530-3460

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