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Immaculate Conception School

Private | PK-8 | 548 students


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Posted May 8, 2014

We had two children attend ICS, and for the most part they received a good education. They are doing extremely well in their high school career, but this is in no small part to the fact that they were smart, self-starters to begin with. Unfortunately, we must agree with reviewers that refer to cliques, and not just student cliques parental cliques are equally apparent here, and if you are not in , well then, you are not in ! We hate ourselves for saying this, but, we also must agree that attention is usually afforded to wealthier families. As parents we have endeavored to now send our children to a high school with a different value system private, catholic, but one that values all children! We went to great lengths to avoid schools towards which we were pretty certain ICS students would likely attend (and judging by reviews, it would seem that the problem followed the students). We were absolutely intrigued by the number of 5 star reviews that quite suddenly appeared on the ICS Great School review page, though, when we see that most (if not all) of them were submitted on or around the same date, we can only conclude that these great reviews are nothing less than contrived.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2014

My daughter has been in Immaculate Conception since Kindergarten. I have been nothing but impressed with the school curriculum, spirit, parents and faculty. My daughter will be finishing up next year to reach the 9 year club and is proud of attaining that level with Immaculate. I have also been involved with committees, sports and other extra events. I have and will continue to cherish those memories knowing my daughter got a great spiritual and academic education.
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Posted March 26, 2014

All 5 of my children have attended Immaculate Conception school. My youngest are in the 4th grade there and I can't say enought about the school. It is a warm welcoming environment that values kindness to others as well as instilling good morals and values in the students. The academics are rigorous and the teachers are more than happy to offer extra help when needed. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement in the school. There are many after school activities offered including band, clubs, sports activities such as cross country and track and field as well as performing arts such as the spring musical as well as other theater programs. It has been and continues to be a wonderful academic and enriching environment for my children. The value of the education at Immaculate Conception when when comparing academics and atmosphere to other schools in the area make it an easy choice. It is very much worth your consideration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2014

Our kids have attended Immaculate Conception School starting in the 3 year old preschool program. They are currently in the 4th and 7th grade. My husband and I have never second guessed our decision to choose ICS. The administration, teachers, priests, etc are all so wonderful and really relate so well to the kids. The education they are getting is second to none. Our 7th grader is going to be so well prepared for high school. Our 4th grader is going to be well prepared for the middle school. The teachers not just teach, but they teach in a way that the kids really understand the subject matter. Every child is treated as a unique individual. Best decision we ever made!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2014

My children have been at Immaculate Conception School since Kindergarten. My daughter is now is 6th grade, and my son is in 4th. I absolutely LOVE the school, the teachers, and all of the staff who work so hard to make it such a wonderfully nurturing environment. My children are challenged academically, learn in a positive environment, and the values my husband and I teach at home are reinforced at the school. It is truly a faith-filled school where children are held responsible and accountable for their words and actions. The teachers, principal, assistant principal and staff are very approachable and receptive to parental concerns. I highly recommend Immaculate Conception School. It has truly been the right fit for my family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2014

Our children have attended ICS since Kindergarten, and are currently in middle school there now. ICS provides a nurturing environment for our children as well as an excellent education. They have been in accelerated classes through out, and are currently in high school level algebra. At times people may think that the homework is too rigorous, but our children have managed their time with ease. It is excellent preparation for high school.
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Posted March 25, 2014

ICS is an amazing school! Over the past 6 years my children have received a exception educations in a Catholic environment. The principal and teachers make every effort to provide nurturing experiences for my children. And, I am continually amazed at the level of instruction that my children receive at such a reasonable price when compared to private schools in the area. We have been at the school for six years now, and we have developed many warm relationships with other families. I feel blessed to be a part of this community!
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Posted March 25, 2014

AWESOME! My children all attend ICS and love it. The students, teachers, faculty, the principal are all amazing. We have been at ICS since our 6th grader was in the Preschool. We have loved every year since. It's our 2nd family. The school has been good to us. I would highly recommend ICS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2014

As a public school teacher for many years, I've seen a wide variety of school buildings, teachers, and administrators. I've also see a wide variety of parent populations. I take great efforts to send my children to Immaculate Conception. We drive a good distance to get to school. Why? It is worth it. Compared to all the schools I've seen through my experiences as a teacher-consultant, Immaculate Conception is one of the cleanest, most welcoming schools and holds students to the highest standards, which shows. The parent support is unequaled, as is the responsiveness of the administration. My children are several years apart, so I've been a parent at the school so far for 15 years. I've seen the changes others have mentioned in their reviews. People always resist change, but overall, the changes in the school have been positive. One of the best things about being part of a school with an open-minded administration is that changes ARE possible; if a parent or student has a good idea, and presents it to the administration, it has a good shot at becoming reality. My oldest child is currently in college, and I can tell you that ICS gave her a solid educational and moral foundation.
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Posted March 25, 2014

5 stars is no easy accomplishment, but Immaculate Conception School deserves every single one. My children have attended ICS since pre-school and are very happy to be right where they are now. We even gave our oldest the option to leave after 5th grade but there was no interest, and no need. The curriculum is right on par with some of the other schools that are charging at least double the price. Looking for value? There it is. Same text books, same curriculum. While not every school is perfect, ICS strives to get close. Mistakes are made, sure. But show me the school that doesn't. Some of the negative reviews on this page are disturbing in their anonymity and certainly the product of immature children playing around on the internet. Shame on you for not taking advantage of what ICS was trying to teach you. Bottom you want a place that puts Christ and your child first? Where your child is safe and allowed to learn at his or her own speed? A place where teachers care about the children in their classrooms and strive to help them succeed and carry fine Catholic values with them long after they leave? Then look no further than ICS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2014

I highly recommend ICS for anyone who wants a quality, Christ-centered environment at a great value. I have children in second and fourth grades. From the moment I stepped foot in the door on my tour of ICS as a perspective parent to my experience today, I have been so pleased with the warmth, talent, and dedication of the teachers at ICS. I send my children off to school every day with smiles on their faces, eager to see what the new day will bring. Each year the facility and curriculum is enhanced. My children also enjoy the extra-curricular activities offered such as sports, Drama Club, Science Club, and Books and Bagels just to name a few. In addition to the fine faculty and staff, my children and I have developed great friendships with the other families at school who support each other through happy days and difficult times such as ilnesses. There is always someone willing to pitch in and help to make school events a success. The school is led by a wonderful administration and supportive pastor. I highly recommend Immaculate Conception School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2014

I have 2 children at ICS (3rd and 5th). They have been attending since preschool. When we were looking for a school, we visited many others but could not find a place that emphasized academics and christian values in such a nurturing way. Both children love going to school, they are learning about the world and about God and made to appreciate the value of every person. Bullying is not tolerated, parents are very involved, and the teachers really go the extra mile to help their students. We love it here! Thank you ICS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 21, 2013

I had 2 children that attended ICS for a span of 14 years and I witnessed many changes over that time and they were not positive. The administration was unresponsive to parents concerns(unless you had MONEY). There was a high teacher turnover in recent years and I am sorry I did not pull my 2nd child out of the school before she began Middle School. It was a horrible experience for her. BRING BACK MRS. COTIE!! She was a wonderful principal and ran a top notch school. I don't think I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2013

Do Not Get sucked in by the hype of the school, especially the STEM aspect. there is little actual tech education that occures, despite what they say. The facility is old and smells. My children report bugs in the cafeteria and bathrooms. The principal and teachers are intrusive and overly dramatic, almost to the point of harrassment. There is a big issue of honesty amont the principal and some of the middle school math and language arts teachers. The volume of homework is terrible. It will ruin the quality of your family life, while they take time out of the school day for assemblies for fundraising. They can not get sport or other after school programs off the ground because of homework and the penalties they impose if the child does not keep up. Does not support children being children or foster well-rounded children and balence in a person's life. The students look sad and exhausted all the time.
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Posted July 25, 2013

My daughter went to ICS for pre school 3's and 4's. I could not have been more thrilled with our experience there. If I was able to afford it I would have considered keeping her there even though we are zoned to the highly ranked Towson schools. Ms. Laurie was her teacher and could not have given my daughter a more nurturing and loving environment (the class aids were wonderful as well). I was floored by the curriculum and academics. My daughter now goes to a rigorous magnet school and was. Actually over prepared! I also have a son with a speech disorder and wanted him to go to preschool here as well but wasn't sure they could accommodate him. Ms. Laurie happily had me bring him in for a full class session to observe him and said she thinks he will do well there. I have such peace of mind sending him there! My last child will be attending the preschool one day too! I wouldn't send them anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2012

ICS is a caring community, which is dedicated to providing academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical growth for each student. The school has a highly dedicated faculty and a strong academic program, which is enhanced by the spiritual aspect of the school. The support from the administration, teachers, parents, and greater community help the students to reach their potential. Expectations for students at ICS are high. Students are expected to work hard as individuals and in group situations, and, in addition, the students are expected to live their faith daily by being Christian role models and by not only doing their best but by helping others to do their best as well. I am proud to be a member of the ICS community.
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Posted July 26, 2012

It is a great school, with very dedicate and well prepared teachers, challenging academic programs, great environment, and strong principal leadership.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted July 16, 2012

My son was very successful at ICS and I would recommend the school without hesitation. The staff and administration was excellent. They upheld high academic and disciplinary standards and my son was always challenged and encouraged to do very high quality work. They emphasize core Catholic values that are so important for young students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 8, 2012

This school is amazing!!! i love it the teachers are absoulutly amazing and so are the students!!

Posted March 22, 2012

ICS is one of the most stuck-up, snobbish, and cliquey schools that I know of. I was miserable because I never felt like I fit in. There is a defined line between the "untouchables," the "nerds," the "populars," and the "royalty." (I picked these names myself based on the experience and treatment). All the teachers there are known to pick favorites, and unfortunately, they are usually picked based on family wealth/connections, not intelligence or behavior. The rich kids would get everything, and the mediocre kids weren't payed attention to. There are serious flaws in teacher/principal leadership, too. My teachers seemed to have no control of the class, and the school couldn't keep a teacher for more than 2 or 3 years. The academic departments are lacking. I took Pre-Algebra for two years before FINALLY stepping up to Algebra. They say "they let students have laptops?" Wrong. Smartboards? Never used. The academics are far from fact, the only thing I miss about it is how EASY everything was. You could just float through your day, dawdling around, not paying attention, and STILL do well. Overall, its not a great school, poor academic quality, horrible social ranks.

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Black 2% 35%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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