Preparing Students for the Future
Using the Cisco Networking Academy model, we provide a comprehensive course to teach the technology skills that are in high demand in businesses today. Students are engaged in networking theory, practical experience, soft-skills development, and career exploration. The IT Essentials curriculum supports a broad range of national education goals that train students to be eligible to take the COMPTIA and A+ exams.
Students have the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the arts through design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator may enroll in our Quinnipiac AP Graphic Design III program. In addition to obtaining college AP credit through Quinnipiac University, students may enroll in a Graphics IV independent study course and obtain the skills necessary to become an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA).
Career Internship Program
The purpose of the Student Career Internship Program is to allow our students to explore an area of career interest outside the constructs of their formal educational program. By fostering independence and decision-making skills, the program provides an opportunity to make a smoother transition from high school to college, the workplace, or military service. The program is designed to allow students to fulfill the academic requirements and participate in athletics or other extra-curricular programs while they experience a career opportunity.
Academic competitions facilitate a learning environment that promotes academic challenges and experiences that mine commitment, enthusiasm and motivation. Student personal goals and value systems as well an understanding of specific skills necessary to work well with one another contribute to meaningful opportunities. Students develop skills on how to manage subjectivity and the complexities of working with different personalities. Competitive engagements maximizes student interests, develops risk-taking skills and best practices that facilitate personal development.
Immaculate High School has been an active participant in state competitions sponsored by CivicsFirst over the last seven years, advancing to the “Elite Eight” round in the 2019-2020 season. Mock Trial is a program that allows students to develop their language, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Through simulation members strive for and demonstrate and mastery in a real-life trial setting. Each year a new case guides their preparation from the perspective of attorneys, witnesses and court officers.
Model UN is an extra-curricular activity where students roleplay as delegates to the United Nations and simulate conversations to address real-life global challenges. Immaculate High School has sent a delegation to the EagleMUNC conference in Boston, Massachusetts hosted by Boston College for the last six years.
Real World Design – Engineering Competition
The Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition with the goal of setting a solid foundation for the future STEM workforce. It gives students the chance to work on real-world engineering challenges using professional resources in a virtual environment, while allowing them to apply classroom lessons to real-life challenges found in the working world. The Immaculate team has been recognized as one of the top three teams nationally.
The CyberPatriots participate in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, an national Air Force Association program which puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and must find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses-paid trips to Maryland for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. The Immaculate teams have won several state and regional awards as well as participated at the national level.