Published : Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 1:40 PM
Immaculate Heart encourages students to participate in a wide range of co-curricular experiences that are designed to sharpen their skills and to broaden their perspective of the world around them.
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8 throughout the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Over 100 schools participate in the competition every year in March. The Decathlon consists of ten events. Two are team events, which include a logic quiz and a super quiz. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge on varying subject areas. The goals of the Decathlon are to foster academic excellence, encourage collaborative efforts and cooperative learning skills, and further develop logical and higher order thinking.
Chorus meets after school for those who wish to perform at a variety of events on campus. A performance at our annual Christmas concert serves as the focal point of their efforts. Chorus members also perform at all of the Middle School prayer services and liturgies.
CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation – Grades 7 and 8 )
CJSF is an academic honor society for those who have met the required standards of scholarship and citizenship. Members assist the Student Council in coordinating many events on campus including the Halloween Carnival and book drive. They also participate in a lunchtime peer tutoring program.
The Middle School student body adopts primary grade students from a local elementary school and annually hosts a Halloween Carnival, a Christmas Program and an Easter activity for them. Students also participate in projects assisting children from Alexandria House and Covenant House and retirees at Hollywood Royale Gardens. Various food drives and scarf sales are held to benefit these organizations. We also participate in the annual Adopt-a-Family Drive, Operation Gratitude and Project Angel Food.
Since Christian ideals and values are more than intellectual concepts, students are required to become actively involved in volunteer service by contributing a minimum number of hours per grade level. The curriculum provides many service opportunities, such as food drives for the families on Skid Row and at Alexandria House, excursions to a local retirement home, Operation Gratitude and Home Boy Industries, baking and knitting for fundraisers, and knitting bereavement prayer shawls for a local parish and baby Baptismal scarves for Children’s Hospital.
Grade 6 / 12 Hours
Grade 7 / 15 Hours
Grade 8 / 21 Hours
Students expand their classroom learning experience with trips throughout the year to areas of interest. Past field trips have included: the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Huntington Library, the Norton Simon Museum, the Getty Center, the Getty Villa, the Music Center, Our Lady Queen of the Angeles Cathedral, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Olvera Street, the Los Angeles Library, the Gene Autry Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo, A Noise Within Theatre, the Los Angeles Science Center, the Reagan Library, and the Long Beach Floating Marine Lab.
The California Mock Trial Competition is a statewide event designed to give middle school students a working knowledge of our judicial system. The trial is a simulation of a criminal case in which students have the opportunity to portray the principals in the cast of courtroom characters. Students participate as lawyers, witnesses, court clerks and bailiffs in a “real trial” setting. Our student team studies a hypothetical case and conducts legal research under the guidance of volunteer attorneys.
PandaBots Robotics Team
Robotics is integrated into the 6th grade Science curriculum and is available as an afterschool activity as part of the Pandabots Robotics Team. Using critical thinking and engineering skills, students design and program Lego EV3 Mindstorm robots to perform a variety of functions. The Pandabots team competes in the First Lego League as well as the annual REAL Robot Rally held each year on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona.
PwP (Panda With Purpose)
PwP is a volunteer group of students who coordinate many of the outreach programs on our campus. Food drives for the families on Skid Row and at Alexandria House, and visits to a local retirement home providing refreshments, entertainment and companionship for the elderly are just a few of the regular activities of this busy group of girls. Students also utilize their knitting skills, creating scarves and selling them to raise money to support World Vision and the victims of natural disasters. PwP members graciously share their time and talents throughout the year to help the less fortunate.
At the beginning of each school year, the 6th and 7th grades participate in a day-long retreat held off-campus. These retreats focus on friendship and caring for one another as students explore their relationship with God. The 8th grade also begins the year in a similar way but also gathers again at the end of the year to reflect on their time at Immaculate Heart. This year end retreat gives students the opportunity to say good bye and make amends to all of their classmates before they embark on high school.
Students gain leadership and service experience as they coordinate programs, outreach, and other activities for the Middle School. Among these are New Student Orientation, Welcome Day, Family Heritage Day, Spirit Week and talent show, Big & Little Sister activities, and the Halloween Carnival and other holiday activities for the students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School. Members also act as hostesses for more public events such as Back to School Night and the Open House for prospective students.
The Immaculate Heart Middle School Athletic Department believes that participation on an athletic team is a vital part of the education of young woman. Team participation develops leadership skills, personal growth and good sportsmanship. Students exhibit behavior and choices that lead to optimal physical and psychological health and conduct themselves in an ethical and socially responsible manner.
Immaculate Heart Middle School prides itself on a strong, comprehensive and competitive athletic program and is a member of the Delphic League. The program is overseen by the Middle School Athletic Director and individual coaches assist students in the development of their athletic skills. Participation is encouraged at all grade levels.
Fall: cross country, volleyball and swimming
Winter: soccer and basketball
Spring: softball and track & field
The Panda Press & The Heart Beat
Panda Press is a student run newspaper for the Middle School. The paper is published once a month in an electronic format. Student editors supervise a staff of 20 writers and artists. The paper features articles on a variety of important subjects within the Middle School community as well as the surrounding communities. The paper also features a literary and visual art section called The Heart Beat, which showcases student work such as short stories, photos, poetry, and original artwork.
Theater Arts Program
Teaching artists from Minerva Stage join our campus each year to produce two musical theatrical productions. The shows always include original material based on children’s literature and often written by students. Sets, costumes, makeup and choreography are all student powered, resulting in creative events. Theater arts classes are offered after school and require an additional fee.
Traditions & Celebrations
The Immaculate Heart school year is filled with traditional days of celebration. Through these events and activities, students are given the opportunity to create and celebrate together as a community. Many of these activities are unique to Immaculate Heart and are coordinated by the Middle School Student Council. These days include: Welcome Day, Halloween Carnival, Christmas Program, Spirit Week and Talent Show, Family Heritage Day, Spring Fling and Class Day.
The yearbook staff is responsible for creating and producing our school’s annual memory book. The design of the book is student directed and is produced with the guidance of the Middle School art teacher. Students work on Mac computers and learn about photography and layout while they work in both Photoshop and InDesign.
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country. https://www.immaculateheart.org/