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Immaculate Conception

1431 North North Park
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 944-0304


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"During the early childhood years, children are learning to trust others outside their families. They gain independence and self-control, take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. Children make sense of the world around them through active involvement with their environment, observing what happens when they interact with materials and other people. For these reasons, at Immaculate Conception School we use a center-directed approach to learning. Each classroom has centers that include: Language Arts Center, Art Center, Math Center, Dramatic Play Center, Science Center, Construction Center, Religion Center, Sensory Center and Book Center. All activities are appropriate for the age and developmental level of the class, and teachers work with each child to ensure that his or her individual educational and developmental needs are being met, with particular focus on the following objectives: Physical Development, Visual Perception, Fine Motor Skills, Auditory Perception, Gross Motor Skills, Personal Development and Social Development (Self Esteem and Self-Help Skills)." -taken from website

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Our curriculum offers Spanish language education starting at 3 years of age, a weekly music program, a physical education program focused on physical development and "wellness" education, and a fine arts program that includes drama, visual arts, and multicultural performance. We also have computers in every classroom, a library program, and an indoor and outdoor playground area.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

"Immaculate Conception does not offer a special education program. Students are, however, referred by teachers to their local public school districts for educational and/or psychological testing, speech therapy, and LD classes or to address specific learning disabilities. Referral is made after meeting with parents to discuss a child's academic and/or behavioral performance. Staffings with the public school district personnel includes parents/guardians, teachers, and principal."

-taken from website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Immaculate Conception School will provide each student with a superior education - one that develops their individual, spiritual, intellectual, physical and cultural potential to the full extent.

Rooted in Catholic traditions, Immaculate Conception will provide a diverse and inclusive environment and an exemplary academic curriculum, thus enabling the student to become an educated and vital member of the Christian and secular community. We will be a constant reminder to our neighboring communities that Catholic education instills in the student values and ideals essential for Christian living in a contemporary society.

We, the faculty and administration, will provide state-of-the-art facilities and a contemporary, challenging academic curriculum. Most of all, we commit ourselves to fostering the unique talents and potential of each child.

We will employ only talented, committed, professional faculty to achieve our educational goals, integrate Catholic teachings into the curriculum and involve parents as vital participants in their child's education.

We support an ongoing curriculum that is designed to enhance individual development while fostering participation in the faith community through prayer, worship and action.

Our aim: To be the school of choice for every Catholic grade school parent in our area."

-taken from website

A Typical Day

"The daily activities of your child will include a balance of quiet and active play; large group activities, small group activities, and opportunities to play alone or with others; as well as time for self-selected activities and teacher-directed activities. Full day students will have a chance to sleep or rest during the day. Children will also engage in self-help skills such as toileting, dressing and washing hands, as well as tasks in the classroom such as table setting and cleaning up."

-taken from website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Formal parents/teachers conferences are scheduled for every child twice a year. This is an opportunity to meet and share information about your child's progress and development. As partners in education, parent participation is extremely important. Discussion will focus on student accomplishments and future student needs."

-taken from website

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school