"I transferred to Immaculata in 3rd grade. I was nervous to start at a new school, but as soon as my siblings and I walked through the front doors we were immediately greeted with welcoming arms and smiling faces. Over twenty years later, I walked through the front doors again and experienced the same warm welcome I did as a student. Immaculata is truly a special place, filled with kind and loving people who are willing to go out of their way to make your needs a priority. Some of my fondest memories with friends, teachers and coaches are from my time spent at Immaculata. I am so thankful for all that ICS has done for me, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to finally give back to a school that has given me so much."
— Veronica Lloyd, Immaculata Teacher and Alum
Throughout each grade, technology, art, music, Spanish, physical education, and religion are integrated into the curriculum to cultivate well-rounded students. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the standard course of study for the state of North Carolina and the Diocese of Raleigh. We emphasize the experience of learning while developing content knowledge, and believe in providing our students a safe and nurturing environment to try new things and grow to their fullest potential.
Early Childhood Center
The Pre-Kindergarten program is child-centered with experienced teachers and assistants who respond to each child’s individual abilities, learning style, and interests. Children grow developmentally as their strengths and needs are met through active participation in hands-on activities.
Children as young as three-and-a-half years old are accepted into the Pre-K program, but they may be required to repeat Pre-K so that they are fully prepared to begin Kindergarten.
Learning in Kindergarten through Grade 2 is interactive and hands-on in order to build fundamental skills in fun and engaging ways. Class sizes are small, with teaching assistants and resource teachers to provide individual attention and differentiated instruction. The focus is on assuring that each child grows in faith and knowledge, feels confident, contributes to the community, and has a strong academic foundation in reading, writing, and math.
When students move up to Grades 3 through 5, the curriculum builds on the foundation established in the Primary division. They start "reading to learn" rather than "learning to read" and work on building vocabulary and research skills. Field trips, hands-on activities, and projects provide students opportunities to see and feel what they have learned. They transition to more independent work and personal responsibility. Students continue to build confidence as they are given opportunities to lead Mass and Friday Morning Prayer. Extra-curricular offerings expand to help this age group try new things.
In Middle school, students expand the knowledge and skills learned in earlier grades and begin to concentrate on research skills and critical thinking. Hands-on learning becomes cross-curricular as our dedicated team of Middle School teachers work closely together to develop projects in STEM. Students start to immerse themselves in topics of ethics and stewardship, use personal tablets for school work, and enroll in three electives per week for exposure to a variety of disciplines. They take on a leadership role within the school and community by engaging in service projects, participating in our buddy system, representing Immaculata in athletics, and demonstrating overall increased responsibility.
Qualifying Middle School students may begin to use the Learning Center as a resource in order to have the best opportunity to reach maximum academic potential. As well, academically-gifted Middle School students may be selected for the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).
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