Mission & Benefits
Embracing our Catholic identity and the example of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, IC Catholic Prep challenges and inspires young men and women to think independently, act selflessly, and lead confidently so that they will succeed in college, thrive in life, and make the world a better place.
Break the Mold.
While many students seek the anonymity of a bigger high school, as still others simply follow their grade school friends to one high school or another, IC Catholic Prep is methodically developing a different kind of student – these are the industry-building entrepreneurs of the future, the imagination-bending artists, the let’s-get-going leaders, the I-will-make-a-difference citizens – and we welcome them and nurture them and empower their independent thinking at ICCP not because they fit some mold, but rather because they are the ones who seek to break it.
Experience How High School Should Be.
Imagine a high school full of smart, talented, open-minded and open-hearted young people where a student knows almost every other student’s painted and raucously screaming face in the stands during a football game; where teachers jokingly shout hello to a student from the opposite end of a crowded hallway; where class discussions are candid and challenging and students speak their minds and ask the really big questions; where students tutor classmates during lunch and students refer to their school as “we” and “us” and “our” without even realizing they are doing it – this is how high school should be, and this is how high school is at IC Catholic Prep.
Reach Your Potential.
IC Catholic Prep faculty, many of whom are born teachers, personally invest themselves in the success of their individual students, working closely with them before, during and even after school hours to ensure each young man or woman receives the one-on-one attention, subject matter expertise, and continual encouragement they often need and very much deserve in order to reach their God-given potential, and then some.
We gently nudge students to take classes or join extracurriculars that lay just beyond their comfort zone – maybe he is an athlete who wants to act in a play but is afraid he’ll be ridiculed; or maybe she is a second-generation Italian who wants to know what her Naples-born grandparents really talk about at Thanksgiving but doesn’t speak the language; or maybe he is an average-to-good student who has a true gift for writing, wants to apply for AP English, but wonders if he can cut it – we nudge them because we believe that when a student takes a chance and surprises themselves, even if they make mistakes, that’s when the real learning begins at IC Catholic Prep.
Succeed at More Than Just College.
Even as we provide our students with the academic fundamentals to absolutely thrive in the college of their choice – with many IC Catholic Prep grads receiving thousands of dollars in financial scholarships as they do, no less – we are also equipping them with the character to make the right decision even when no one’s looking, the selflessness to stop for a moment and help someone who may suddenly find themselves helpless, and the courage to challenge the norm, to stand-up to the herd mentality, and to maybe – just maybe – move the world in a slightly better direction because they did.
Our students matter more to us than just their collective ACT scores or the number of Ivy League schools accepting them – in fact, pull a boy or girl from our hallways and we will know their individual strengths, their personal challenges, their secret aspirations, their hidden fears, their BFF’s, whether or not they take a train to school each morning or whether someone drops them off, and so on – we know these things not because we need to or because the State dictates we do, but rather because we love our students, every single one of them, for the young person they are today and for the Mother/Father/Friend/ Neighbor/Leader/Disciple they will surely become tomorrow.