Welcome to Immaculate Conception School!
Immaculate Conception School (ICS) has served the Belmont community of Dayton, OH for over 70 years, educating the children of World War II through the Boomer years of the 50′s and 60′s, during the dramatic growth of the suburbs in the 80′s and 90′s and becoming the outstanding example of Catholic educational service to a diverse population.
Today, ICS proudly counts students from Africa and Central and South America along with students whose parents are from Asia in our annual enrollment. These students joined an already diverse community which solidly represents the city of Dayton in both ethnicity and economic backgrounds as well as faith experiences.
For the next several years, as part of the Ohio Catholic Schools Association Accreditation plan, created by ICS teachers, the whole school will be learning about our diversity and about each other. Each year, the staff will study one of the cultures of the children we serve through professional development programs and, in turn, use our new knowledge to provide experiences in that culture to our classes. Our emphasis will change annually beginning with the Latino culture, then African, African American and then Asian focusing on the way each celebrates the Catholic faith.
Integral to the educational environment has been the adoption of the Workshop Way® a system of human growth for education. The components of Workshop Way® are founded on a philosophy that encourages each student to grow into full humanness in his or her own time. While academic achievement isn’t the goal of the program, human growth is, early data show dramatic improvements in student learning.
The school has always enjoyed a solid partnership with the parish, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, through the financial and spiritual support provided by the pastors and parishioners. In turn, the students have demonstrated their appreciation through many service activities including becoming a consistent resource as Altar Servers, often serving for funeral masses during the school day.
Enjoying the support and guidance of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ICS has excelled at delivering instruction on the curriculum provided by the Archdiocese. In addition, the school takes advantage of every opportunity provided by the School’s Office for professional development for the staff and teachers. Additionally, the school has successful partnerships with the University of Dayton, other Catholic schools and parishes, businesses and community resources such as Miami Valley Child Development Center which has four Head Start classrooms in the building.
One of the most significant partnerships is with the Urban Child Development Resource Center, housed at University of Dayton. The UCDRC provides the school community, students, staff, parents and guardians with the services of a licensed clinical counselor and a family advocate. The counselor works within the classrooms, in small groups and with individual students to create an emotionally healthy school environment where children feel safe to learn. The family advocate helps many families who find themselves in a difficult situation, usually financial, unravel the maze of resources to meet their family’s needs.
Immaculate Conception School has never been satisfied to rest on its many successes but continues to look for ways to meet present challenges and plan for future needs. Grounded in a solid history, working with and for today’s young people, ICS is touching the future.