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Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph School combines traditional curriculum with innovative instruction to provide all students an exceptional and challenging learning environment.  While all grade levels focus on teaching strong traditional literacy and numeracy skills, creativity and personal inquiry is fostered and celebrated in each classroom.  Teachers use research-based curriculum, instructional best practices, thoughtful technology integration, and a caring and nurturing environment to promote individual academic strengths and encourage students to take academic risks.   


The ICSJ curriculum is developed around six essential strategies.   


Catholic Values
ICSJ is a Parish School committed to teaching the tenets of the Catholic Faith and educating a new generation to be morally ethical, stewards of the Earth, empathic and accepting of personal differences, and peaceful citizens of the world.  
 
Co-Teaching
ICSJ utilizes a unique co-teaching model, employing two full-time certified teachers in every classroom from prekindergarten through Grade 5. The individual needs of every student are easily met in this system as curriculum is differentiated and instruction is personalized to the various academic and social-emotional needs of each child.   

Standards Based Grading
ICSJ has utilized a standards based grading model since 2011.  This system of instruction, assessment grading, and academic reporting is based on the demonstration of proficiency or mastery of specific concepts and skills. Students receive clear and actionable feedback, and assessment results enable teachers to determine each student’s stage in the learning process and individualize future learning.

Social-Emotional Instruction
ICSJ supports research that proves the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. Utilizing the Responsive Classroom Social-Emotional program across all grade levels, ICSJ faculty create a safe and joyful learning community, resulting in a high-quality education for our students.

Data-Driven Instruction Decisions
ICSJ School uses the 8 steps of the Data Wise School Improvement Process, developed by researchers and practitioners from Harvard University’s School of Education and the Boston Public School District, to examine student work and standardized data to collaboratively address student achievement and make instructional and curriculum based decisions.  

Pursuit of Excellence
As a proven factor in a child’s academic, social-emotional, or athletic success, ICSJ employs a growth mindset beginning at the administrative level and funneling down to the student level. ICSJ administration and faculty regularly collaborate in professional learning communities to prepare lessons, examine student work, and reflect upon teaching practices.  Our motto is “Good is not good enough” - we consistently strive for better results.            

ICSJ uses the 21st Century learning framework to foster student outcomes that exceed the basic competency.  Themes of 21st Century learning, literacy, and life skills are woven into the mastery of fundamental subjects like language, reading, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics.  


Students have the opportunity to learn and hone these skills through project-based learning, flexible and ability grouping, inquiry-based learning, and blended learning. Programs including the Rush NeuroBehavioral Executive Function Program, the Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum, a 1:1 iPad Program, and effective middle school advisories support the development of these crucial life skills.