Immaculate Conception Academy is a Preschool-8th-grade school. Why would you want to have such a wide range of ages all together in the same school? Because it is better for the students. “Research from analyzing 90,000 students in 500 schools over the last ten years has shown K-8 schools are superior! Researchers found that students who remained in a K-8 school had a greater sense of belonging and more self-esteem, participated more in extracurricular activities, demonstrated greater leadership skills, and were less likely to be bullied.” – Diocese of Allentown. By delaying the transition to a separate middle school, students get more time to mature in an elementary school setting. These children have a sense of responsibility to be role models for younger students.
At ICA, we prepare our students for the new responsibilities of Middle School, starting in 4th grade. Our teachers work closely together to ensure that students are held to the same standards and requirements for homework, time management, and note-taking skills. Our students do not experience the jarring transition from elementary school to middle school that can happen when students move to a middle school only building. The students that stay in a K-8th-grade catholic school do not “lose ground in both reading and math compared to their peers,” who attend Middle School.
Character development and responsibility are vital parts of an ICA education. Our students each have a partner from another grade. These partners spend time together at Mass and during class events. The younger students have a role model and friend to help them throughout the school year. The older students have someone to be a role model for a responsibility that they take very seriously.
We believe that allowing children to mature and take on responsibility is the best way to educate our students.
If you would like your child to visit Immaculate Conception Academy for a Student Shadow day, please contact Mrs. Debra Petras at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-404-8645.
All families are welcome at ICA.