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112 Ware Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

(410) 427-4801
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May 08, 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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a parent
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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 line....do 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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
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.

- submitted by a teacher
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
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
June 08, 2012
This school is amazing!!! i love it the teachers are absoulutly amazing and so are the students!!

- submitted by a community member
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 challenging...in 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.

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2012
My experience at ICS was not the best. More often than not I had at least one or two teachers that made my life miserable. I came out of ICS completely unprepared, and I had a lot of catching up to do. The administration does not listen to you. The workload is easy, and not at all challenging. The only subject that I feel I was prepared for was Spanish. I was in the accelerated Spanish program when I was in 8th grade, and I was able to jump right into Spanish II Honors. As far as their religion program goes, you are only taught about prayer and how to write prayers. We never delved into the history of the Church, and whenever someone would bring it up we were told that Church history is not appropriate to speak about in a classroom. I was completely unprepared for high school religion. I felt, as far as the reading aspect goes, that I was prepared for English, but, as far as writing, it took me many tries in high school to come out with a good enough research analysis because I had simply never written one before. Overall: Not a fantastic curriculum, not challenging, okay teachers, not a great administration.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2012
We are new to the school this year. We are impressed by the education, Christ centered atmosphere, and the caring teachers that have helped with transition issues.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
I am a former student and I am now a freshman in high school. Going to high school made me realize how much I did not like ICS. My eighth grade year was miserable, and I am sad to say that it was only because of one teacher. She was terrible, and she hated me for no reason. She was a new teacher in 2010-2011, and everyone loved her...except the students. I tried to tell people about her and nobody listened to me. I ended up with a B+ in that class, but I deserved an A. Just shows how much the admins listen to you there.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2011
I have 2 children at ICS and my experience at ICS has been wonderful! My children are in a safe and nurturing environment that excels in academics. What more can you ask for?I love that the facility has its own, cafeteria AND auditorium. The teachers and administration are always available when you need them. I looked an MANY other schools when researching where to send my children. No one even came close. I have never regretted my decision.

- submitted by a teacher
November 21, 2011
We have been involved with ICS for six years and have two children who are happy and can't wait to go to school each day. We have seen things happen and changes made over these years, and only for the better. My children are receiving a wonderful education and are well prepared by the wonderful and very qualified teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
This school is the best thing that has happened for my two boys. They have high academic standards for each grade and instill Catholic values each week at mass and in religion classes. My sons started at ICS in preschool and were reading in kindergarten. Academic standards are high. Parents are very involved in making the school the best there is for their children. The environment is nurturing yet at the same time competitive. I know my son will be accepted to any school he applies to for high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
I am very pleased with Immaculate Conception School. My two children attended there and received wonderful scholarships to excellent high schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
I am a recent grad of Immaculate Conception. I am now a freshman in high school, and I feel that I was well prepared in some areas, such as math and literature. However, I feel that faculty changes during my 8th grade year made the school worse. I'm not saying I didn't like ICS. But I didn't love it. Thank you to my teachers (unnamed) that actually made a difference in my education.

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2011
My children attend ICS (elementary and middle school) and we are very pleased. The school has structure, behavior expectations and standards. We felt 100% sure of our decision to move them there from a neighboring private school several years ago and we have never looked back! Thank you ICS!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
I have to disagree. There are several major issues with the school: their goal is to form your child into what they want or think is appropriate, which is many times very far from what the child needs. There is pretty much a lack of individual approach, instead everything has to be certain way (very rigid) and if someone is out of usual (very narrow margin) either good or bad way then is usually out of the loop. In other words, if your child is gifted or has an issue, the school is not able either to promote or help the child at all. Moreover, from social perspective the school does have an elitist attitude (I really don't understand why?) and would perfectly fit 'The Real Housewives of Baltimore County' family picture. Sorry to say this, but I did find several teachers rather incompetent and hypocritical. I wouldn't recommend parents to put their children there, as it prepares them to live within Towson community, but nothing beyond that.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
My wife and I have three children at Immaculate, all began in the excellent pre-school program. This is our 7th year at the school and we could not be happier with the academic progress of our children and with the excellent character and faith formation the school has provided. The school has worked hard to ensure our children have the tools they need to compete with their counterparts in the public and private schools and that their individual needs are met. The environment is safe, nurturing and everyone--from the administrators and teacher, parish priests and the other parents in the school contributes to the strong feeling of community.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
Wonderful caring environment. Strong academics. Great choice for students! Very impressive changes especially in last few years.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2011
Immaculate Conception is an outstanding school. The academic program is challenging including Algebra II, honors Spanish, and honors language arts program in the middle school. Computer, gym, art, music, library all start in kindergarten. Test scores increased dramatically this year thanks to increased focused on math. Strong Catholic community that attends Mass once a week.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2010
Two middle school teachers getting caught having s+^ in the copy room, is NOT quality teachers. The mothers are a bunch of gossips and this is reflected in the childcare's elitist attitude. Spare your children and send them to public school or home school them.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2010
We have three childern that attend ICS. Our 4th will be there in the fall. It is a wondrful school academically and spirtually. As an educator myself, I know that the teachers are of the highest quality, hard working, and compassionate. Any problems that occur are addressed quickly. I would recommend the school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
I am an ICS graduate and current parent. I am very pleased with our school. I am very happy with the education my children are receiving. The faculty fosters learning and overall kindness. My children are thriving both in and outside the classroom. Thanks ICS!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
Ongoing problem with bullying exists in the school. Administration does not take parent concerns seriously. Problem has grown increasingly worse. Academics are good but child safety is not given same importance.!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
We have a 2nd grader at ICS; we are very happy because the curriculum is very strong, kids work hard in class and I see the results in my daughter progress. Parent involvement is very high. Facilities and campus are not the best, but from our point of view we prefer a strong academic program than a nicer cafeteria.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
The faculty and staff are so caring, supportive and willing to listen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
I too took my child out of ICS last year, very concerned with the way it was being run. Far too much teacher turn over and drama. This has not always been the case, I had two other chilldren that went there, as many catholic school, it has gone way down in the past couple years! Most other privates (and public) in the area have more servies, more resources and better programs, do your research!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
I am very disappointed with the academics at ICS. The school is run by the parents who are wealthy Towson-types who know little of education. Admin is weak and does not support a strong academic program. Kids do well if they have educated parents. Towson folks would do better sending kids to the local schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
To clarify.... Parent of previous post was not referring to 5 or 6 years ago - it was a recent review of the school to let other parents be aware of why we made the switch from ICS to another private school with our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
Enrollment has dropped significantly over the past years I sent my child there and feel that it is an unsatisfactory school - we have now moved onto another private school and wished we had made the switch earlier from Immaculate.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2008
The only social interaction this school offers is cliques. No daily school spirit is allowed, only when it is dictated by the administration. There spirits are squelched! Enrollment has dropped significantly over the past years, At least 10 teachers leave each year or before the end of the school year. S was NOT rated the best in the archdiocese, It was rated Baltimore's Best Schools the 1980's, They have a discusting rodent problem. Gorified babysitting!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2008
We love Immaculate Conception School and its administration. I have two children at ICS and one who just graduated and I graduated from ICS myself. My children are receiving an excellent education in a caring environment, where they are treated with respect and taught to treat others the same way. Just walking in the building, you feel the sense of community. I would recommend ICS to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
I have been a parent of ICS for 14 years and have never been happier with the school. Although my older son experienced issues with bullying in the middle school (which unfortunately is a problem in most middle schools nationwide), the administration and middle school teachers have gone over and above my expections to address these issues. I currently have a child in the middle school who not only is excelling academically but socially as well. I have and will continue to recommend ICS to other parents who are interested in providing a structured and academically challenging education for their children with the benefit of providing strong christian values.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
Immaculate Conception is one of the best Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The acting principal has done a wonderful job in raising expectations for students as well as faculty. I had 2 sons who went through the school and would highly recommend it for preparation for any high school in the area.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2008
ICS is a loving and nurturing school that provides all of the essentials for a child to receive an outstanding education. The teachers are wonderful and delight in seeing the children learning and growing. I can't think of a finer place to have children enrolled from pre-K thru 8th grade.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2008
I have two sons in 1st Grade and pre-K and have been quite pleased with their progress. My 1st-grader is challenged and has excelled academically, physically, socially and especially morally. ICS has a well-structured environment that promotes discipline and intellectual growth. The campus infrastructure is modest and has room for improvement but this school reminds us that it is not the building that matters but the quality of what goes on in the building. My wife and I are both educated at the graduate level and feel confident that this school will help us bring our two sons through their own paces too as we attend to their own quality education.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
Mostly good kids, but discipline is non-existant. It seems like the problem is school wide, and teachers don't have the tools they need to discipline students.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2006
The teachers teach us a great cirreculeam,that does prepare us for high school.But there isn't alot of disipline.It is a fun place to be where you can feel welcome and like you are at home.But there are some problems.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2005
School is in kind of a down slide right now! Lower enrollment has made for some programs to be dropped! Teacher are nice and do a good job! Leadership at the school and the leadership from the church not working together very well! Not good about letting the parents know whats going on! I would give the school an over all grade of a c+

- submitted by a parent
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Immaculate Conception School
112 Ware Avenue, Towson, MD  21204
(410) 427-4801
Last modified Immaculate Conception School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Immaculate Conception School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top