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Immaculate Heart Academy

Private | 9-12 | 839 students


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Posted February 19, 2014

With two daughters having gone through the college prep process, I can say that IHA is SERIOUSLY lacking in their guidance department. As a previous reviewer pointed out, unless your daughter is an overachiever or athlete, she will fall through the cracks. The college app process isn't easy, but definitely made worse by uncaring staff who belittle or outright ignore needs of some girls. Both daughters were brought to tears by the treatment in guidance. The tuition is the same for everyone, yet clearly AP students & athletes receive preferential treatment. I've seen no effort on the part of the administration to address this issue which is pretty commonly known. It's the elephant in the room, but will probably never be changed. There are a handful of outstanding, caring teachers who do make it worth sending my daughters to school there. The curriculum is above average & the girls are prepared for college. Again, my only wish is that the overall treatment of ALL of the students was fair & more consistent with the teachings in a CATHOLIC school environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2013

Should have seen the writing on the wall when my daughter was a freshman. Plagerism ok for the all-star athletes. What exactly are they teaching? Mean girls, cheaters, Good education, but at what price? VERY competitive, VERY stressful..should have sent my daughter elsewhere. She's an excellent student so she would have been successful anywhere & much happier.
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Posted March 21, 2013

Over all the best money we have ever spent for our daughters. One was accepted to all the colleges she applied to, and is going to a tier one school with a merit award. Our older daughter was just accepted to an Ivy Law school. They are happy, kind, engaging, and well educated young women and we owe it to IHA
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2012

My daughter is a senior and I'm only 50% pleased with their program...Most teachers care about student's academic success but there are a few that don't, are hard core, talk down to students, their goal to be as difficult as possible. IHA doesn't offer edline, your daughter constantly will wonder what her grade is. If your daughter is not an overachiever and athlete, she can get lost in the system, if your daughter struggles with a subject or two they are seen as lazy poor students, which may not be the case. If your daughter contacts teacher for help, usually they are available for review. Guidance - some are a waste/sent out transcripts extremely late. There is a bit of 'mean girl' antics that can go on, but every school has to some extent, I think its worse being in an all girl environment. Always hearing good things about PC, look at the top schools PC kids get into, that says it all, extensive electives,half the cost of IHA/AHA. IHA is not all its cracked up to be, comparison shop, spend the day at all schools..
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Posted September 14, 2011

Top school, who are you kidding. Out of almost 900 students, not one got into Governor's School for the Sciences. Much smaller Holy Angells in Bergen County had one. Really, you people need to raise your expectations.

Posted March 3, 2011

IHA is truly one of the best high schools in New Jersey and maybe even the best in Bergen County. The academics at IHA are fantastic, as well as the sports. I am a recent graduate of IHA and I really feel that I was so well prepared for college compared to other kids in my college classes. The teachers at IHA all genuinely care about their students and want them to succeed. The teachers also really care about their students outside of the classroom. IHA also teaches you how to grow as a woman and how to be a leader.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 26, 2010

Immaculate Heart Academy is a fabulous private all girls school. They empower young women so that they can become strong, successful women. The faculty and staff are extremely helpful and caring. It is a great place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2008

Immaculate Heart Academy is one of the top high schools in NJ, but what's more is the sense of community that students describe. IHA teachers encourage their students to participate in classroom discussions, which promotes the idea that everyone has something to offer. The girls here are enthusiastic about their education and their school environment. Students are regularly admitted to the top colleges in the nation, and often attest that, in comparison to IHA, college-level academics are a breeze. A simple glance at the Info Commons will tell you that IHA's facilities are state-of-the-art. The school was one of the very first to incorporate modern computer technologies into the curriculum, with each student carrying her own IBM Thinkpad to class. IHA's reputation as an athletic powerhouse is rather understated. Join us for one of our annual pep rallies, and you'll learn the definition of true school spirit.
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Posted March 21, 2008

mother went there and so did my sisters and i. I have had two of my daughters go there and now i have a feshman it is a great school and if all young girls could go there the world would be a perfect place because this high school has changed my life and my catholic experience as a woman and a mother. I am very proud to say that i have gone to this fine place of learning. i hope that for many generations to come the woman in my family will keep going to this amazingand spectacular school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 2, 2007

IHA is the best School in Bergen County. The quality of the education is second to none. Here, girls are expected to achieve and take responsibilities for their own actions. The sports teams are the Best in Bergen, if not the entire State. The school will prepare you well for college. Some former students have come back and said that High School was much harder than college, as they were well versed in the rigors of studying hard at IHA.
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Posted December 11, 2006

My daughter is currently a junior at a top tier university. The confidence and study skills she developed at IHA have been invaluable in making her the happy, successful woman she is today. We would highly recommend IHA to any girl who has the desire to work hard and grow up to be her own person. We felt that a few of the teachers were less than stellar, however, the overall teacher quality was very good. Excellent sports and arts programs, albeit extremely competitive.
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Posted February 1, 2006

This is an awesome school to send your daughters! Their academics are very good. They are considered a blue ribbon school. They offer great classes for your electives. And they are considered top of the list in sports. Parents are very involved. There is a student store to buy clothing to support your school and it is the responsibility to take care of the stores.
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Posted June 22, 2005

I am an IHA alumnae and I couldn't be more happy that I spent my high school career there. I currently attend Georgetown University and have IHA to thank. All of the dedicated teachers, principal and staff helped prepare me for life after high school. The teachers are not just there for the job, they're there for the students.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 20, 2005

IHA has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. The school is truly a 'blue ribbon school' they aim for excellence at all levels (academic, the arts and athletics). Your child will be happy here if they set the bar high. Academics are rigorous and standards are much higher than some of the public high schools in Bergen County. The girls graduate from here ready to take on the challenge of college and beyond. Graduates truly are the best of the best. Whenever my daughter is out and in her HS uniform we meet alumni of IHA who still speak so highly of their high school years and many have even told me that they are grateful to their parents for providing the IHA opportunity. It is also wonderful to be in an environment where God is asked to come each day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 26, 2005

I have two daughters presently in the school one a freshman and one a senior. Not a better shcool around you will find! Outstanding faculty always ready to help, outstanding education, wonderful Christian environment. The girls are loved and cared for yet they are required to be responsible for their actions! Community service is required. Guidance department is wonderful! Daughter got into every college she applied to! Excellent preparation for college and the real world! Worth every penny!
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Posted September 13, 2004

My daughter has a passion for musical theatre. At IHA the competition for the yearly musical is so fierce she didn't even make the chorus last year. The shows are incredibly professional but many production roles traditionally done by students (ex orchestra, choreography, asst. director, set design) are done by hired professionals and parents, leaving less roles for the kids to get involved in the show. Many of the students trying out for the plays have been taking dance/voice for years so if your daughter doesn't have that edge, her heart may be broken with rejection as mine was. Nevertheless, the academic requirements are rigorous but she enjoys most of her teachers who are readily available for help. An A=93 or better, B+=88-92. Not very impressed with the Christian spirit. Girls could use a lesson or two in the golden rule.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

my daughter is a freshman at a major university and the study skills, writing skills and self-discipline she learned at IHA have made the transition an easy one. She has high honors and is very active in the college community.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
Black 2% 16%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 22%
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