"My wife [Dr. Martha Ann Keels of Duke Street Pediatric Dentistry] and I love seeing patients who go to Immaculata. They provide us with a wonderful moment in a busy day because of their general positive approach to school and health. The students are invariably well-mannered and fun to be with--a wonderful compliment to them, their parents, and the school."
— Dr. Dennis Clements, Duke Children's Primary Care
A rigorous curriculum with individualized attention
Immaculata Catholic School has a child-centered focus to help each student succeed. Our teachers are trained and strongly encouraged to differentiate instruction to each student’s ability, learning style, and interests. All students, regardless of ability level, receive the same excellent education developed by the Diocese of Raleigh which fosters the whole child in mind, body, and spirit. Enrichment opportunities are available to students through the Advanced and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program. As well, extensive resources for students who need additional support are provided as part of the curriculum.
Immaculata enjoys the richness of a diverse group of learners. We are dedicated to providing resources because we believe every child can and deserves to succeed. We review and consider Individual Education Plans (IEP) during the application process. Immaculata is also equipped to facilitate testing and initiation of an IEP for current students. We provide supplemental resources and replacement curricula as needed. Additionally, we maintain community partnerships and leverage our proximity to highly-regarded universities to provide tutoring and occupational, speech, and physical therapy.
The Learning Center
At Immaculata's Learning Center, eligible students can obtain individual or small group assistance in academic subject areas, organizational skills, and more. The Learning Center is open to students during and after school, and is facilitated by full- and part-time specialized resource instructors, Duke University Academic Resource Center (ARC) tutors, and Read Across America volunteers.
Technology is integrated into the classroom curriculum and is the primary communication tool between school and home. Throughout campus, modern devices such as interactive whiteboards, iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Surface tablets, are used with applications that are directly related to what students are learning in the classroom. Professional development is provided for faculty and staff regularly, and parents have opportunities to attend technology workshops throughout the school year.
STEM Education: Service to the world
Under the Franciscan mission of Care of Creation, our STEM program integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to develop creative problem-solvers who value and bring value to our world. Cross-curriculum design challenges and project-based learning enhance subject comprehension as well as an understanding and appreciation of the process of innovation over results. We value “failure” for providing data as well as opportunities for critical thinking, improvement, and self-growth.
LabLearner is a research-based, comprehensive, hands-on science education system, developed by both lifelong scientists and educators. The program illuminates and clarifies science in a way that is easily understood and retained by combining scientific evidence with classroom trends. LabLearner aims to promote interaction and experimentation in a laboratory setting in order to encourage diverse learning and thinking strategies, thus fostering a community atmosphere of learning. At the recommendation of the Next Generation Science Standards, the program features a spiraling curriculum that revolves around core concepts that build upon each other year after year rather than thinking in isolated subject areas like Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics.
Immaculata students have a variety of opportunities to participate in the arts. We have an award-winning band, produce an annual student musical, and participate in local and regional visual art shows. Students attend music and art classes weekly, while also incorporating their artistic talents in our weekly Mass, Friday Morning Prayer, and cultural celebrations through musical performance, banner creation, acting, and dancing.
Students begin learning basic skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, weaving, and sculpture in Pre-K. As students progress through the art program, they study more advanced skills in these media. Middle school students have the opportunity to sign up for a visual arts elective.
Music & Performing Arts
Music classes cover basic elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, texture, and dynamics, with exposure to a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Students participate in many movement activities, part singing with rounds and partner songs, and playing percussion and Orff instruments (Middle School students are also given instruction in guitar, piano, and hand bells). Basic music notation is introduced through these activities and students have several opportunities to perform through the Advent Program, Art Show, Way of the Cross, and the Spring Musical.
Faith & Service
All faiths are welcome at Immaculata. While we uphold Catholic traditions and teachings, approximately 30% of our students are non-Catholic and no one is made to feel uncomfortable for having another view or belief. We follow the Immaculata Way of Life as our guiding principle: Respect God, self and others; Be a person of integrity; Live a life of service; Produce quality work.
For more detail on how religion is integrated into our daily lives at Immaculata, please visit our Spiritual Life page.
IMMACULATA CATHOLIC SCHOOL | 721 BURCH AVENUE, DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA 27701 | 919-682-5847