"Immaculata has a wonderfully diverse background that includes many cultures. I personally come from an African American, Caucasian, Jewish, and Christian background. Immaculata has helped me express these backgrounds every day by teaching me, through different celebrations, that all cultures deserve to be recognized and celebrated."
— Rachel Broun, alumni
A Community of Faith
As the parish school of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, we incorporate our Faith into our daily teachings. Everyone engages in daily prayer in their individual classrooms and actively participates in weekly school Masses and Friday Morning Prayer assemblies. Students in PreK-Grade 4 participate weekly in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Scripture-based Montessori approach to religious education. Students in Grades 5-8 attend a traditional religion class focused on Scripture, Church history, and current social issues. There are also several religious observations throughout the year, in which students perform skits to depict the lives of Saints, re-enact the Nativity and “Way of the Cross,” participate in May Crowning, go to Reconciliation, and more.
Part of our Immaculata Way of Life is to “Live a Life of Service” as it connects school activities and curriculum to Catholic Social Teachings. Each year, our entire school makes lunches and hygiene kits for Urban Ministries of Durham on Giving Tuesday, holds a food drive during Catholic Schools Week, raises money for ProPapa Missions America and the Diocese of Raleigh African American Ministry & Evangelization Network (AAMEN), and collects thousands of books for impoverished schools in North Carolina. Individual classes and school groups also serve our community by visiting the elderly, making meals at the Ronald McDonald House, reading to animals at the Durham APS, writing letters to seminarians and the military, beautifying our campus, and so much more.
We do all this so that students can learn in a safe and welcoming environment that fosters growth in both mind and spirit, developing respect, service-minded values, and self discipline to become productive citizens and confident leaders.