I think it's amazing this parent had such a wonderful tour and learned more about the school then I ever knew. As a parent in the school for many years I have no idea what STEM is and have never heard those words from any teacher or the administration.I agree that the teachers are engaged with the children but seem to teach only Common Core. None Common Core books are outdated and do not have current information.The support staff is not as nurturing with students and afterschool is understaffed. How could you have learned so much about the Art and Music program in 30 minutes walking around the building. The art teacher does do amazing work with students which is posted in the lobby. What music program did you observe? The school does a spring show and Christmas show where parents have to pay $5 and wait on line and hope for a seat. There is no other Music events that happen. No other type of shows that other schools seem to do. The PTA are the only reason the students have any non academic events in school which are well put together. So I am thinking this parent visited a different school then my child has been attending for years.
We are a family who is new to this part of the City. Our children have been enrolled in both public and private schools, but we do want them to have a long term experience of a Catholic school. In a recent visit, we found the school to be exactly what we hoped to find as parents largely unfamiliar with the Lower East Side. The principal and staff were extremely welcoming. The tour of the school showed us that Immaculate Conception is at the cutting edge of the STEM initiatives, and the music and art programs seem to be quite lively. Thank goodness that this school has not thrown out an arts curriculum to accommodate Common Core during every hour of the day! Students were courteous and friendly, and teachers were thoroughly engaged with their classes, eliciting many interesting responses to many different situations in all subject areas. Perfect examples of Common Core Standards in action! We are pleased to have enrolled our children for September and look forward to becoming a part of this academic and faith community.
We recently enrolled our daughter at this school for kindergarten and could not be happier. The principal is wonderful and the front office staff could not be more friendly or helpful. Our daughter is developing beautifully and we cannot wait until our son is old enough to enroll. So happy to be a part of the community of ICS!
I have just enrolled my daughter in the school and while her teacher is very nice and informative , the front end office is not. To say the principal is welcoming and friendly would be a huge overstatement . The principal was very cold towards the students and does not seem to enjoy working with children. Not sure if I will keep my child enrolled. I want an environment where I feel like everyone is there for the same reason and that reason is our children achieving academic success. Major downfall of this school is the principal and front office.
Being a former parent of a graduate from Immaculate Conception, the school prepared our child for High School. She started from Pre-K and worked all the way to graduation in 8th grade. The teachers, teacher's aids, and all the support staff are warm and welcoming. They have the best interest of the students in mind. I constantly send any families looking for a great school to check out ICS. You won't be disappointed!
As an alumni of ICS, I have to say, it's a great school. That being said, you really have to take an open house to see if it's best for your child. The elementary school is fantastic, yet the middle school lacks. Mr. Stark is the best teacher for the middle school; he knows his stuff and I can honestly say his tips for high school has helped me so much. The others are great, but the administration lets ANYONE in these days. I mean the kids who have bad attitudes, etc. They really need to fix that, because ICS has gained a bad rep for this. Honestly, I think ICS is a school with great potential, but hey, the parish is FANTASTIC!
My child is attending Immaculate Conception School. He loves the school and teachers!- They are caring and warm. As a parent, I know what he is learning not like some other schools he attended. The kids are nice. The teachers take their time to explain to the students the material. This is important .. As for the lunches , all of the schools within NYC have the same lunches. The lunches are part of the board of ed. The principal is nice and approachable.
The education at ics is very good and it is a very challenging school , but if you are a basketball star or enjoy extracurricular activities this isn't the right place for u. recess is terrible , lunch is terrible , specials are terrible (except for gym)very nice teachers though
I must say, we picked this school because it is Catholic, and it is close to our house. Our daughter goes to K there, and she tells me the teacher's assistant, the lady that is old and has blonde hair, yells at them all day long, and is always upset. The had head lice three times this year, and parents were never notified. This school fails to take their responsibility toward childhood seriously. She often complains that the teachers don't let them play, and when they are allowed to play, they can't pick which toys to play with, the teacher picks the toys and brings them to each table. How good can a school who does that for five year olds be? My daughter knows her abc's, I picked this school so she could play, and be in a healthy and safe environment while she learns to socialize through play, but she hardly ever gets to do that.
We are very proud and honored to be a part of Immaculate Conception School since 2009. Mrs. Barry is a warm and caring principal who has instilled a great curriculum at ICS. It is a true pleasure talking with Mrs. Barry; she has brought excellence to this school and knows each and every child at ICS. Every teacher is teaching the children to the highest of their abilities and brings out the greatest in each child. They really care about your child s well-being and education. Also Josephine has such a warm and wonderful presence with a positive outlook and goes above and beyond for all. We are grateful for our son's education at ICS. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL to Immaculate Conception School.