IHC Unveils Big Changes In The Classroom

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At Immaculate Heart Primary School in Watertown, students in kindergarten and the first grade will tackle an Early Start Spanish Program, which the school says is the first of its kind.

"I just think it's going to be fun. What better time to learn a foreign language than when you are five, six, seven years old. So I think this is a great opportunity for Immaculate Heart," said elementary school Principal Gary West.

It's just one of many new initiatives coming to the Catholic school this fall.

At the high school, they're starting an advanced program called STEM - for the math and sciences.

The school is even getting SMART Boards.

The school says in the next year or two, every classroom in the elementary school will have one.

It's all part of a five-year plan, which the school announced on Monday.

The goal is to enhance the students' education and boost enrollment, which the private school says could be a big challenge for them in a time of financial uncertainty.

"That's important. A healthy enrollment means healthy programs. And that's what we're really wanting to ensure so that the school, just like it's been around for a long time in the past, is going to continue to be around for a long time in the future," said IHC Executive Administrator Chris Hornbarger.

The plan has been in the works for almost two years.

More than 100 parents and staff helped develop it.

They hope it'll be enough to sustain the future of Watertown's only Catholic school.

Friday, August 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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