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Catholic Middle School in Towson, MD

Catholic Middle School in Towson, MD

During the middle school years, the habits and skills your child has acquired during previous grades come to fruition. It is during these crucial years the values and habits that form the foundation of your child’s adult character begin to take shape. In the right environment, students forge relationships and lasting bonds that will serve them for a lifetime.  It is at this important stage of their educational and spiritual journey that an ICS education is nothing short of invaluable.

As a Catholic Middle School in Towson, MD, at ICS our faculty & staff nurture and develop the skills needed for high school in an atmosphere that supports, teaches and demands individual responsibility, critical thinking and self-discipline. The combination of a balanced and academically challenging curriculum, taught in a caring Christian environment, helps to prepare students for a demanding college-prep high school program.

The ICS Middle School produces graduates who are thoroughly prepared for the rigors of area private and public high schools. Our typical eighth grader is accepted into multiple high schools, and overwhelmingly accepted to their first-choice school. Many of our students are offered scholarships or accepted into honors programs, but we feel most proud that our students leave ICS as confident learners armed with an array of study skills and background knowledge that can propel them to achieve their maximum potential at the next level of their education. At ICS, we are extremely proud of our high school acceptance record.

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Immaculate Conception School Middle School Curriculum

Logistically, our middle school operates very differently than our elementary school, while providing continuity of curriculum for our advancing elementary students. We operate on a five-letter-day system, with middle school students receiving daily instruction in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Three times within the rotation the students attend religion and Spanish classes and meet once within each cycle with specials area teachers for instruction in music, art, technology and physical education. Our STREAM teaching philosophy is evident throughout – our middle schoolers are accustomed to inquiry and collaboration and direct lecture teaching is the exception, not the rule.

We maintain three homerooms per grade, capped at twenty-two students per homeroom. For math and language arts classes, students are segmented into four or five class sections, so instructional groups become even smaller. Math and language arts classes also meet for extended class periods, offering a thorough immersion in these core subject areas. Advanced classes are offered in both ELA and math.

English & Language Arts

The English/Language Arts curriculum encompasses reading, grammar, oral language, writing, vocabulary, spelling and penmanship. Students access a great variety of texts including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and study multiple novels each school year. Our vocabulary program is based on Greek and Latin roots, and teachers in other content areas strive to reinforce those vocabulary principles within their classes as they arise. A visit to our ELA classrooms would feature seating arrangements that encourage class discussions, peer review, and sharing of ideas. Students can expect daily ELA homework or assigned reading, and proper writing conventions are expected to be utilized by our students in all of their classes.

Science

Our science classes meet in one of two state-of-the-art spacious science labs in which students have access to a great variety of lab equipment and opportunities for detailed study. Our 1:1 device program enables the use of digital microscopes. Our partnership with NorthBay Adventures culminates in the sixth grade with a week-long trip to the NorthBay property where classes are taught by NorthBay educators and a true immersion experience in environmental education is offered to our students. Curriculum in the 6th grade focuses on earth and conservation science, in 7th grade the focus turns to life science with biology and genetics topics, and in 8th grade students will explore concepts in physics and chemistry.

Religion

Religion classes meet three times within each five-day cycle of classes and blend the study of Scripture and theology with faith-sharing and discussion of ethical issues and perspectives. Sixth grade classes focus on the Old Testament, seventh grade classes turn their attention to the person of Jesus Christ and the New TestThough the majority of our students are Catholic, respect for other faith traditions is paramount and sharing of a variety of religious views is always encouraged. This course of study is enhanced with observations of Catholic liturgical seasons and holy days and highlighting of Catholic Social Teaching principles through service initiatives.

Math

Our math program utilizes the Reveal Math curriculum, heavily focused in problem solving, mathematical inquiry and mastery of computation skills. In the sixth grade, there are two math levels, grade-level and advanced. The advanced class uses a seventh grade Reveal Math text. In the seventh grade, we offer three levels of study, grade-level, advanced (using an eighth grade text) and algebra for highly advanced and highly motivated math students. In the eighth grade, we again offer a grade-level course, as well as algebra and geometry.  Our math program is rigorous and highly successful as evidenced by our standardized testing scores which exceed other Archdiocesan schools by a wide margin. We are also proud to boast winning teams and winning individual students at an annual math competition for AoB middle schools.

Social Studies

Social Studies classes focus on world history in the sixth grade, geography, culture and economics, taught from a historical perspective in the seventh grade, and United States History in the eighth grade. Classes meet daily and engage in robust discussions and illustrative activities that bring alive the course content. Reading and writing skills are reinforced throughout our Social Studies program. Seventh and eighth grade students take on an extensive research project in which students choose a historical event, movement, or person through which they would like to explore a given theme. 

Spanish

The goal of the ICS Spanish program is for students to master the full range of an introductory foreign language course over the three years of study in middle school. Students may opt to seek advanced placement in Spanish upon entering high school or may leverage their study of introductory Spanish to provide an advantage when beginning study of a new language at that time. The ICS Spanish program encompasses listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and writing skills. Cultural explorations and presentations are also incorporated during each trimester.

Success in High School and Beyond

Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Awards for the Graduates of 2023

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How We Prepare our Students for Success in High School and Beyond

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Technology in the Classroom

Our middle school includes a 1:1 device program for all students utilizing Chromebook technology. Parents purchase the student device from ICS when their student enters middle school, and the device is maintained and monitored through our IT Department. When devices are issued they are pre-loaded with e-books, instructional software, and security features that are consistent for all students. At the beginning of the school year, students are oriented to the device and to acceptable use policies, and ongoing support is available to parents and students for software issues, security concerns, and even loaner devices when needed.

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Extracurricular Activities

At ICS, we know that the students’ experiences outside of the classroom are also an important part of their education. To that end, we offer a great variety of extracurricular clubs and activities and we encourage students to explore the breadth of options available to them from athletics to performing arts, and from academic clubs to service organizations.

We offer six athletics programs for middle school students: boys and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball, both offered through the ICAA, as well as ICS-sponsored teams for cross country, track and field, golf, and boys and girls lacrosse.  

Student Support Services

Student Support

Several support structures are in place at ICS to enhance the academic, physical and emotional well-being of our students. We offer small group language arts classes in 6th and 7th grade for students who can benefit from a more personalized learning environment. ICS middle school students also have access to a math resource teacher for remediation and support, and an executive function coach available to meet the needs of students who need assistance with organization and study strategies.

“The challenging curriculum pushed my child’s academic boundaries and expanded his knowledge. The combination of advanced academics and the faith-based curriculum, along with involvement in the church, enriched their middle school experience and has prepared him for future success.”

Kimberly Peters

“Beginning with the start of the enrollment process and carrying through to the end of our son’s middle school career, ICS has been a haven for him: full of caring teachers and administrators with plenty of opportunities for him to grow academically and socially. We would highly recommend ICS to any family.”

Larry and Laura Malkus

“We are thrilled with the impact ICS has made on our daughter. This is her 3rd year at the school and she’s thrived both educationally and socially. She’s made so many new friends, joined 3 different sports teams with the school, joined a few clubs & volunteers her time with the school’s charity and community support programs. I’ve even gotten involved as a chaperone on a school camping trip, and as a volunteer parent helper with the ICS basketball team that my daughter plays on. We are clearly seeing the benefit of the amazing Catholic education our daughter is receiving at ICS. Go Eagles!”

Tim and Laura Hodgin

“We have been particularly impressed by the ICS teachers’ investment in students and their academic success. When our student talks about her assignments, we are amazed by the teachers’ clever and innovative ways to teach concepts and information. We also value the teachers’ willingness to sacrifice their free time to assist students with challenging assignments and/or supervise special interest clubs and activities that add value to students’ academic experiences.”

M. Stickel

“I have been impressed by the rigorous academics that have undoubtedly prepared our child for his high school years and beyond. The precedents that faculty set for the students demand responsibility, preparedness, accountability and critical thinking that will be stepping stones for success- not just in academics- but in life.”

Christina Cuomo

“The middle school at Immaculate Conception has challenged our daughter in ways in which we could have never anticipated. Not only has she progressed to advanced courses, but she has found extracurricular activities that have deeply enriched her sense of self. As she continues this path, we are grateful that she has had the opportunity to nurture her whole self; academically, spiritually, and socially; in ways that will continue to serve her, far beyond these halls.”

Kate Moran

“We have loved being a part of the ICS community for 9 years now. Our daughter has thrived in every way possible and has felt nurtured and cared for by these extremely talented teachers. The academics have been tough at times, but I think it’s been beneficial for our daughter to have been placed in this environment. She has learned to dream big, realize that anything is possible and is headed to high school with confidence and grace.”

Suzanne Blair

Ready to Learn More About Our Catholic Middle School in Towson, MD?

Discover the excellence of Immaculate Conception School’s Middle School Program! Take the first step towards your child’s bright future by contacting us today to inquire or schedule a private tour. Explore the benefits of Catholic education, our comprehensive departmentalized curriculum tailored for middle school students, seamless integration of technology, vibrant arts & music programs, thrilling athletic opportunities, and engaging clubs & activities. Join our community in shaping a well-rounded educational journey for your middle schooler at Immaculate Conception School!

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