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Immaculata High School

Private | 9-12 | 769 students

 

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Posted April 30, 2014

For a private Catholic school, Immaculata isn't the place it has the potential to be. A ton of focus is put on band and on sports, meanwhile there is a lot to be improved within the school itself. Course options are rather limited, and the academics don't really stand out compared to public schools in the area. Another thing worth mentioning is the lack of school spirit. No one really seems happy to be attending here. There is a good sense of community, though. The volunteer opportunities offered through Campus Ministry are an easy way to serve others and they can be very rewarding experiences. Overall, if you're looking for a school with a great band program, athletics department, or sense of Christian community, this school may be for you. If not... the money could probably be better spent elsewhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2013

IHS is a well rounded school that offers a good breadth of academic, extra curricular , athletic and service programs. The music program is exceptional; the marching band won first place in the state and national competitions in 2012. The teachers and student body are very loyal to the school so there is a sense of community and alumni are great supporters. The school is 50 years old and multiple generations within families send their kids here, which is a testament to the overall satisfaction with their experience. It has a good balance of small and large school attributes. Some old fashioned values which is nice to see. All faiths seem to be respected but obviously the Catholic emphasis is central. The campus is small but they use facilities nearby that you would not know about by just looking at the website. Overall a positive experience so far. Parent involvement is high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

Great School!!! Check out all that they offer. They have a new administration. It's really award-winning. Make up your own mind


Posted April 7, 2012

The school really puts more interest in athletics than anything else. Football is basically the staff's only concern during the summer/fall months. Academics are definitely not up-to-par. Many teachers have a monotonous tone when they speak and many students are just not interested. Basically, everyone is on his or her cell phone texting in every single class. No one is really interested in what the teachers have to say, because they are so boring! I would say that some teachers are very kind and helpful but otherwise, no. The religion aspect is okay if you're a catholic. I am not catholic so it was very difficult to take part in many of the religious activities IHS has. If you have a child and want them to have a good education, don't send them to IHS. Academics are just not good!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2010

Based on my last 4 years, this school is definitely taking a turn for the worst. The students and administration have no respect for each other so they constantly condemn the student body. The school has even made me lose my faith. They try to put the kids in a bubble and control them (especially with powerschool). Right now this school is going downhill and the administration can't do anything about it because they are either afraid to hurt someone's feelings or they won't accept the fact they can't do their job. One time they even emailed the parents telling them to tell us to behave. If the administration cant do its job, the rest of the school will fall apart, and it is.
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Posted June 8, 2010

PROS: -Great Catholic education -Family-oriented spirit -Honors curriculum is challenging -Entrance exam is required -Math curriculum is ideal for college preparation CONS: -Lack of guidance in college decision -Limited after-school activities, besides recreational sports -Limited elective courses


Posted May 29, 2010

After having two of my three kids attend Immaculata, I finally decided that my youngest daughter would not suffer the ineptitude of Immaculata in providing a well rounded education. She is enrolled at the public HS in Flemington and as I see it right now is getting a far superior education and overall learning experience than what Immaculata provides. Immaculata cares only about appearance and sports....my son attended Immaculata only because of the sports. He has lost out tremendously from an educational perspective do to poor teaching, lack of teacher interest and little to no support from administration in guiding my son thru the educational process. Unless all you are interested in is religion, PLEASE do not send your child to Immaculata.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2010

As an alum, i strongly believe IHS has its priorities out of order. Appearance is far more important to the administration - especially with football. Academics are sorely left out! Many teachers are lackluster and fail to really educate - even ap classes. As a member of the national honor society, my peers and I noticed how many underclassmen we tutored due to the poor teaching. There are definitely a few gems within the staff, but many will be retire soon. IHS has many great activities ranging from sports to music, so no one is ever left out. But, there is also a sense of hierarchy and politics, regardless of the activity. Yet, the faith-based education is nice, as well as the campus ministry. IHS has potential to be great, but in recent years, has led astray from that. Overall, I do value what i have learned and the friends i've gained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

Immaculata High School is a wonderful school to attend. I am so shocked because they are really welcoming and are determined to make the freshman feel comfortable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2008

I sent my children to IHS because of the faith based education, the acedemic were/are not my concern. You get what you put into it but faith and love of God leads to love of self and knowing why you were created. It has not been financially easy to pay the tuition but we have found the monies every year. Thank you to the sisters and to the facualty. You know the tree by the fruits, your fruits are abundant. God Bless Catholic Education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

I believe my daughter is receiving an adequate education at IHS, however, I would not rate is as exceptional. If she weren't afraid to attend a public school, I would likely remove her from IHS and enroll her in the local public school where, I believe, she would receive a broader education. In my opinion, there is a tremendous focus on sports programs and the marching band -- much more so than on academic programs.
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Posted September 9, 2003

As a former student of IHS, I would have to comment that the 'blue ribbon' status of the school is overstated. When compared to my peers freshman year at Lafayette College, my education was lacking considering that I took mostly Honors and AP courses at IHS. I now have graduated college but when looking back to the highschool years, my parents could have chosen a school that would have better prepared me, academically and socially, for college. Please be prepared to deal with the bureaucracy at IHS.


Posted September 9, 2003

Simply extraordinary. The best organized, finest school we have ever dealt with. Each student is encouraged to do their best - at whatever level they can achieve - and graduate as well educated, well rounded young adults.
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Posted August 27, 2003

Historic Bound Brook High School has been great at ever changing residents. The new students are welcomed by the students already enrolled. The varity of students prepares students for life in the outside world. I wish more schools had a welcoming attitude. The teachers who year after year give 200% of themselves. I am very happy my child can experience a well rounded education. This school is a gem as is Bound Brook and South bound Brook. Both are rich in history with an eye on our future. I say thank you God for our small towns with heart and spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Great sense of community among students; vast majority of students appear clean-cut, responsible, and happy; excellent sports programs; morals and ethics are stressed every day and it shows! As with all Catholic schools, teachers are underpaid, so a very few are just not good teachers - but, most are not there for the money (obviously); they are there because they want to be, and that shows, too. The kids may complain about the strict rules, but when it comes right down to it, they are loyal to their school and support it in words and actions.
—Submitted by a parent


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White 82% 51%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
Black 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Somerville, NJ 08876
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