School Profile

MISSION STATEMENT

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Immaculate High School fosters the development of the whole student by nurturing individual moral, intellectual, physical and social growth through an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum that encourages respect, responsibility, reverence, creativity and leadership.

OVERVIEW

Immaculate High School, a Catholic college preparatory school under the Diocese of Bridgeport, provides a challenging academic education in a wholesome and disciplined environment. Because Immaculate High School values character formation, moral development and spiritual direction, religious education is an integral part of the curriculum. Immaculate High School welcomes students from all religious traditions.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY

Immaculate High School enrolls 469 students, 50% male and 50% female. Approximately 29% of our student body resides in Danbury and the remainder in twenty­six surrounding towns in western Fairfield County, Litchfield County, andNew York state. Approximately 31% of the student body is minority. Of the forty­eight members of the professional staff, 90% hold master’s degrees and the remainder hold bachelor’s degrees. Forty­five are lay men and women and two are ordained, one deacon and one priest. Immaculate High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Immaculate High School is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the Connecticut Association of Schools, and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Immaculate High School enjoys strong support from alumni and its parent community. Individual attention to student needs is a priority of the faculty and administration.

CURRICULUM

Immaculate High School’s academic program is exclusively college preparatory. It features 26 honors level courses in English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Fine Arts. Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language/Composition, English Literature/Composition, French Language, Government & Politics, Physics Part 1, Physics Part 2, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art: Drawing and U.S. History.

Minimum Course Requirements

Minimum Course Requirements
Religion 4 Years 4.0
English 4 Years 4.0
Mathematics 4 Years 4.0
Science 3 Years 3.0
Social Studies 3 Years 3.0
Science 3 Years 3.0
World Languages 2 Years 2.0
Fine Arts 1 Years 1.0
Physical Education 2 Years 1.0
Senior Seminar 1 Years 1.0
Community Service (25 hrs/yr) 4 Years 1.0
Elective Credit Career & Technical Eduation 1 Years 1.0
Total Credits for Graduation 25.0

Grading System

Grading System
Letter Grade Grade Points Numerical Equivalent
A+ 4.5 95-100
A 4.0 90-94
B+ 3.5 85-89
B 3.0 80-84
C+ 2.5 75-79
C 2.0 70-74
D 1.0 65-69
F 0.0 Below 65

Honors

Honors
Distinguished Honors 4.3 Minimum with no grade below C
High Honors 3.9 Minimum
Honors 3.5 Minimum

Class Rank

A quality point system is used to determine rank in class. In an honors course, 0.3 is added to the grade point. In an Advanced Placement course, 0.7 is added to the grade point. Starting in the 2009­2010 academic year, Physical Education was included in the calculation of GPA.

Schedule of Courses

Immaculate High School has 40 class periods per week, with 8 periods each day. Students must also complete a 25­hour community service requirement each year.

Academic Facilities

Immaculate High School has converted the traditional library into a 21st Century Learning Commons. This facility provides individual and collaborative space for our students. Static books have been replaced with access to multiple databases and primary source materials

Sports and Extracurricular Activities

Immaculate offers 27 interscholastic athletic programs represented by 46 teams. In addition, many clubs and activities are offered. About three quarters of our students participate in interscholastic athletics. Over 80% of our student athletes are on the Honor Roll.

Release of Disciplinary Records

The policy of Immaculate High School is that disciplinary records are not part of the academic record, so they are not in the our view of what we report. Information concerning student discipline is considered confidential information and is protected by FERPA, the Federal Rights and Privacy Act which is the federal statute providing for the confidentiality of student records. Disciplinary records can only be released with the consent for disclosure from a parent or student who is eighteen years or older.

SAT REASONING TEST SCORES FIVE-YEAR ROLLING AVERAGE

Critical Reading Mathematics Writing
524 533 530


SAT SUBJECT TEST SCORES FIVE-YEAR ROLLING AVERAGE

SAT Subject Tests Mean Scores
Biology – Molecular 662
Literature 608
Math Level 1 658
Math Level 2 676
Physics 630
US History 611

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCHOLAR AWARDS FOR 2016

AP Scholar Award with Distinction

Nine students earned the AP Scholar Award with Distinction (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and score a 3 or higher on five or more of these exams)

AP Scholar Award with Honor

Eight students earned the AP Scholar Award with Honor (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and score a 3 or higher on four or more of these exams)

AP Scholar Awards

Fourteen students earned the AP Scholar Awards (Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams)

School & Curriculum Enhancements

Digital Technology in the Immaculate Classroom

The 2012-2013 school year marked the beginning of our iPad 1:1 initiative. Every student was required to utilize an iPad in the classroom on a daily basis. Many of the students’ textbooks were available electronically as well. After three years, the iPad 1:1 initiative is delivering tremendous results in the teaching and learning environment. 100% of our textbooks are digital. 100% of our faculty are utilizing some type of hybrid/blended learning.

Virtual High School Course Offerings

Immaculate High School is pleased to collaborate with Virtual High School (www.govhs.org), a non-profit organization based in Maynard, Massachusetts that serves as a portal through which 640 high schools in twenty-nine states and thirty-two countries around the world offer online courses as part of a global learning community. By working with VHS, we now have access to an extensive list of accredited courses allowing us to expand our course offerings and offer courses we could not otherwise make available to our students. The coursework is rigorous and is best suited for the self-motivated student who is an organized and independent learner. Students have a VHS period built into their schedule of classes each day. They log on to the VHS home page, pick up their assignments and complete the necessary work. They then log back onto the internet, post their assignments and enter the Discussion Room of the course to discuss their class work with their virtual teacher and fellow students. All work is done on the internet and students develop extensive computer and web skills, as well as other 21st century skills such as online collaboration and communication, assessment of online resources and online team building. Students are expected to complete their work at weekly intervals that require a minimum of six to twelve hours per week. That work can consist of discussions, written assignments, group work and projects, depending on how the individual course is structured. The courses are credited and are indicated on our transcript with the letter “V.” Grades for these courses are part of the permanent transcript and are weighted and calculated into the GPA.

Our International Student Program

Immaculate High School initiated our International Student Program in the 2007-2008 school year with our first student from South Korea. The Program has grown tremendously since that time resulting in 46 students for the 2016-2017 school year. The Program is part of our overall Immaculate Global Strategy. The vision of the strategy is to establish a collaborative, energetic learning environment in which students engage with one another in classrooms locally, nationally and internationally so that their view of the world may expand and they may become successful and responsible participants in the global marketplace and valued members of society who work to better the welfare of all its citizens. The goal of the program is to have up to 10% of the student body as international students. Since the beginning of the program we have had students from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Haiti, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Portugal, South Korea and Spain. These students fully participate in our rigorous academic curriculum and are aided in meeting all of our course requirements and academic expectations with the goal of being prepared to pursue a college education in the US if they so desire. They are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all of our athletic and extracurricular activities in order to develop their own interests and talents and to fully integrate into the school community.

We have no ELL classes or instruction at Immaculate for our international students. Students are accepted into the program based on a level of English proficiency that enables them to go directly into our rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with some minor transitional adjustments during the first semester. These adjustments might include an opportunity to redo an assignment or have a brief extension of time for completion. Students are required to meet all of our course requirements without any modifications in curriculum, expectations or grading which includes taking a Catholic Theology class each year they are at the school. The only exception to that is that their English classes count toward meeting our two-year World Language requirement. For the first time last year, the school developed a transitional English class entitled English Fundamentals and a transitional Theology class entitled Religion Fundamentals. Both of these classes are for first year international students only and are focused on building the necessary foundational skills and knowledge that our key to experiencing success in the American classroom and in our curriculum. The following year the international students can then seamlessly move into the grade appropriate next course in our English and Theology curriculums.

When preparing transcripts for our international students, we utilized grade scales from their previous school in their home country if a grade scale is provided on their transcripts. If not, we utilize grade scales from World Education Services for the translation of grades from other countries into their US equivalent.

College Placement

Historically, 98% - 100% of Immaculate High School graduates continue their education. Students from the past five graduating classes have entered the following colleges and universities:

Attended Colleges

Albertus Magnus College • AMDA ­ The American Musical and Dramatic Academy • American University Arizona State University • Assumption College • Auburn University • Ave Maria University • Barry University • Baylor University • The Behrend College • Bentley University • Binghamton University • Boston College • Boston University • Bowling Green State University • Bryant University • Cabrini College • Carleton College • Carnegie Mellon University • Central Connecticut State University • Clarion University of Pennsylvania• Clarkson University • Clemson University • Coastal Carolina University • Colby College • Colgate University • College of Charleston • College of the Holy Cross • Columbia University • Columbus College of Art and Design • Community College of Rhode Island • Connecticut College • Cornell University • Curry College • Dean College • Delaware Valley University • Denison University • Drexel University • Drew University • Duke University • East Carolina University • Eastern Connecticut State University • Eckerd College • Elmira College • Elms College • Elon University • Emerson College • Endicott College • Fairfield University • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus • Fashion Institute of Technology • Ferris State University • Fisher College • Florida Atlantic University • Florida State University • Fordham University ­ Lincoln Center Campus/Rose Hill Campus • Framingham State University • Franciscan University of Steubenville • Franklin and Marshall College • Franklin Pierce University • Frederick Community College • George Mason University • Georgia Institute of Technology • Guilford College • Hampshire College • High Point University • Hofstra University • Hood College•Indiana University at Bloomington • Iona College • Ithaca College • James Madison University • Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte • Johnson & Wales University, Providence • Johnson State College • Keene State College • King's College • Lasell College • Le Moyne College • Liberty University • Loyola Marymount University • Loyola University Maryland • Manhattan College • Manhattanville College • Marist College • Marquette University • Marymount Manhattan College • Marywood University • Massachusetts Maritime Academy • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences• Mercy College • Mercyhurst University • Merrimack College • Miami University, Oxford • Michigan Technological University • Monroe College • Mount Saint Mary College • Mount St. Mary’s University • Naugatuck Valley Community­ Technical College • New England College • New Mexico Military Institute • New York University • Nichols College • Northeastern University • Norwich University • Pace University, New York City • Pennsylvania State University, University Park • Providence College • Purchase College State University of New York • Purdue University • Quinnipiac University • Radford University • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • Rider University • Roanoke College• Rochester Institute of Technology • Roger Williams University • Sacred Heart University • Saint Anselm College • Saint Joseph's University • Saint Michael's College • Salve Regina University • San Diego State University • Savannah College of Art and Design • Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta • Seton Hall University • Siena College • Skidmore College • Southern Connecticut State University • Springfield College • St. Bonaventure University • St. John's University ­ Queens Campus • St. Lawrence University • State University of New York at Albany • Stetson University • Stevens Institute of Technology • Stonehill College • Stony Brook University • SUNY College at Brockport • SUNY Delhi • SUNY Morrisville State College • SUNY Polytechnic Institute • Susquehanna University • Syracuse University • Temple University • Texas Christian University • The Catholic University of America • The Culinary Institute of America • The University of Alabama • The University of Scranton • The University of Tampa • Tri­County Technical College • Trinity College• Tulane University • Union College • United States Military Academy • University of Bridgepor t • University of California ­ Berkeley • University of Colorado at Boulder • University of Connecticut • University of Connecticut at Avery Point • University of Connecticut at Waterbury • University of Dayton • University of Delaware • University of Hartford • University of Illinois at Urbana ­Champaign • University of Kentucky • University of Mary Washington • University of Maryland, College Park • University of Massachusetts Amherst • University of Massachusetts Boston • University of Miami • University of Nebraska at Lincoln • University of New England • University of New Hampshire• University of New Haven • University of Notre Dame • University of Nottingham • University of Rhode Island • University of Richmond• University of South Carolina • University of South Florida, Tampa • University of Southern California • University of St. Andrew’s • University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas • University of Vermont • University of Virginia • University of Wisconsin, Madison • Vanderbilt University • Villanova University• Virginia Tech • Wagner College • Washington State University • Wentworth Institute of Technology • Wesleyan University • West Virginia University • Western Connecticut State University • Western New England University • Williams College • Wofford College • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

CEEB Code

#070125

Contact

Sara Iadarola
Director of School Counseling
(203) 744-1510 Ext. 104
siadarola@myimmaculatehs.org

Robin Moravsky
Director & Counselor, International Program
(203) 744-1510 Ext. 145
rmoravsky@myimmaculatehs.org

Colleen Brereton
School Counselor
(203)744-1510 Ext.139
cbrereton@myimmaculatehs.org

Elizabeth Krysiak
School Counselor
(203) 744-1510 Ext. 153
ekrysiak@myimmaculatehs.org

Kathleen Maloney
School Counselor
(203)744-1510 Ext.138
kmaloney@myimmaculatehs.org