Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy has provided a Catholic education for its students since its opening in September 1938 as Immaculate Conception School.
We provide a quality education by assisting in instilling attitudes of reverence and respect for self, others and the environment. It further strives to helps students build a Christian value system, which will be evident in their daily lives.
Scholastic achievement at ICCA is illustrated by the rate of high school acceptances by our 8th graders. Generally, more than 90% of our graduates have earned admission to the high school of their choice, with many receiving scholarships or acceptance into honor programs. Among the high schools our students are accepted to are: Archbishop Molloy, St. Francis Prep, Holy Cross, Xavier, The Mary Louis Academy and St. Agnes Academy, as well as specialized high schools such as Townsend Harris, Stuvyesant, Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Tech.
From Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, dedicated professional teachers strive, by daily example and service, to foster a love of learning to motivate each student to reach his/her fullest potential.
The academic curriculum includes the study of Christian doctrine, mathematics, language arts, science, social studies and reading. Specialized instruction is given each week in music, physical education, computer, library science and Spanish. There is departmental instruction in all subjects from grades four through eight. Classroom instruction in grades PK through third is self-contained.
At all levels, reading instruction is designed to meet the special needs of each student. Chapter 1 remedial services are available in Reading and Math for eligible students and ICCA also offers a SETTS program for students in all grades.
The Program for Development of Human Potential (PDHP) and Guidance Counseling are also offered at ICCA.
Our full – day three year old program is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. It provides spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth. The program is comprised of religion, language, social development, play, art, music, motor skill development and math readiness. The teachers work lovingly with the students to provide a feeling of safety for their young students while providing learning that is hands on and fun.
Our full – day four year old program provides a nurturing environment where children discover the many joys of learning. The teachers provide not only an academically rich program with a focus on literacy, but help to make the children’s first experience with school a positive one. Special activities are worked into the program that include field trips, community service projects, physical education, and library time. The teachers explore the unique learning style of each child in order to more effectively guide them through the learning process. The classroom is a truly magical place for these four year olds, where the sound of excitement and laughter is very common. Much growth takes place through this program that is evidenced by the children’s academic, spiritual and social development.
English Language Arts
The English/Language Arts instructional program adheres to the standards of the Common Core Curriculum. Lessons are structured to promote higher order critical thinking skills. Classes are scheduled to allot appropriate time to basic grammar and mechanical skills, spelling and vocabulary, listening, writing and reading, handwriting, and in upper grades, public speaking. All ELA instruction incorporates an interdisciplinary approach that enables students to apply knowledge across all curriculum areas in their reading and writing assignments.
Our reading program in Pre-K to Second Grade is the SuperKids Reading series. SuperKids is a comprehension program that incorporates phonics and writing skills along with SmartBoards applications. The Reading Street series is employed in Grades Three through Five. The program infuses an introduction to a literature based approach in reading instruction. Reading instruction in Grades Six to Eight is literature based with a focus on short stories and novels, including non-fiction that prepare our students for the requirements of the high school English curriculum they will encounter.
The Math Program adheres to the standards of the Common Core Learning Standards and provides the foundation that enables our graduates to perform at the highest levels on High School State Regents and SAT Exams.
The Science Program at ICCA adheres to New York State Common Core Learning Standards that promote the critical thinking skills of our students enabling them to meet the challenging standards that they will encounter in high school. Opportunities to develop students’ STEM abilities are incorporated into weekly lessons. Science experiment materials are available on all grade levels.
All educational programs at ICCA are rooted in the belief that the basis for all learning is both spiritual and intellectual.
Students are active members of our parish faith community, attending weekly First Friday and seasonal Liturgies and prayer services. Students participate in annual devotional activities such as the Rosary Rally, Stations of the Cross, and May Crowning. The Sacramental Program of ICCA is coordinated along with the Immaculate Conception Parish Religious Education. The importance of service to one’s community is fostered through participation that sponsors food, clothing and financial charitable drives throughout the school year.