My son is in kindergarten at Immaculate Conception (14th St @ 1st Ave) and we LOVE this school! So many schools talk about individual attention and tailored learning, but Immaculate really puts this into practice. Within one week of entering the class, the teacher had already assessed my son’s abilities and adjusted accordingly to engage and challenge him. The principal is experienced, thoughtful, and fully engaged in the daily life of students and families. The staff is caring, organized, and very professional; we transferred mid-year without a single hitch. The school community is diverse, welcoming, and positive. The afterschool program is incredibly affordable, fun, and enriching. Finally, we have truly found a school we can envision nurturing our son for years to come!
The teachers at Immaculate are very effective. My son gets a great balance of discipline / structure & social interaction. He seems much more focused and ready to learn at Immaculate. Teachers have a good understanding of how to set expectations for academic performance and behavior as well.
I have enrolled two children at this school for over 4 years. Their academic standards are very high and my children do very well on the NY State tests. Much higher than the NY state averages, which show that this school must be doing something right. There is a strong community feeling and all the children are known by the staff. There are a variety of after-school activities along with homework help and many activities are included in the small fee. My children are well rounded and overall this is a good school.
It is 86 degrees but feels like 93 outside and my son was dismissed from school sweating like he had done a workout. It said the classroom was extremely hot and they were not allowed to have class in the auditorium nor the parish hall were there is currently air condition. I was trying to figure out why children were subjected to these conditions? The office were the secretary and Principal remain all day long had there air condition on. How is acceptable especially when some children had medical conditions as my son who has asthma. The office should be ashamed of themselves. All the Principal mentions is how much space is available and it isn't being used. Shame on you Ms. Barry and Ms. Bua for having the children and teachers in these conditions. New parents need to reconsider all the non sense that is told to them at an open house!!
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!