Immaculate Heart Central Schools

1 Sterling Place
Watertown, NY 13601-0136
     Tel: (315)221-3785
Grades: PK - 12 | 661 students
IHC is a Pre-K to 12 Catholic school system serving the Greater Watertown and Fort Drum, NY area.
 IHC is welcome to students of all faiths and backgrounds.
IHC is known for exceptional academic, community service, extracurricular, and athletic programs.
 At IHC, we nurture your student’s spirit, mind, and body.
Since 1881, we have been providing students not just with an education, but "A Foundation for Life."

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1881

Student Body

Total Students 661 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 10%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade Immaculate Heart Central Schools Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 54 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 55%
Average Class Size 19 students
Number of AP Courses 4 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Calculus, English – Literature and Language, European History, US History, 
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(School Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition cost is on our website
% on Financial Aid 43%
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,850
Admissions Director Chris Hornbarger
Admissions Associate Judy Norris


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
GolfIce Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art and Photography Club, Band, Chess Club, Chorus, Faith Community Service, Foreign Language Club, Mystery Players, New York Mathematics League, Performing Arts Club, Senior Slide Show Committee, Servants Hearts Club, The Ambassador's Club, Whiz Quiz Team, Yearbook Club Band, Chess Club, Chorus, Whiz Quiz Team, Yearbook Club, Art and Photography Club,
Faith Community Service,
Foreign Language Club,
Mystery Players,
New York Mathematics League,
Performing Arts Club,
Senior Slide Show Committee,
Servants Hearts Club,
The Ambassador's Club,

School Notes:

Immaculate Heart Central (IHC) is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade Catholic school system and a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, who founded the school in 1881.  IHC is the largest and most prominent non-public educational alternative in the Greater Watertown, NY area, educating over 650 students in grades Pre-K to 12.  IHC Junior/Senior High School is fully accredited by the prestigious Commission on Secondary Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.  The High School enrolls over thirty international exchange students from eight to ten countries per year, bringing cultural diversity and universality that is an essential part of Catholicism.   IHC Elementary School is thriving, nine years after a necessary consolidation of Watertown’s four traditional parish elementary schools.   IHC’s highly respected St. John Bosco Pre-School program, celebrating its thirtieth year, educates three and four-year old students in a variety of two, three, and five-day per week programs.   IHC’s student body is predominately from the Watertown Central School District, but includes students from about fourteen local school districts, depending on the year.  Nearly thirty percent of IHC’s students are from families of active-duty soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Drum.  IHC has a reputation for exceptional academics, with the highest average New York State standardized test scores among all districts in the local area (these tests include annual Math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 to 8, and the New York State Regents Exams for grades 9 to 12).  IHC Junior/Senior High School has a nearly 100% graduation and college matriculation rate.  The Junior/Senior High School teaches a college-preparatory curriculum combined with the daily study and practice of the Catholic faith.  The curriculum includes a number of Honors, Advanced Placement, and college EDGE courses in all core areas, a variety of electives, and musical, visual, and performing arts programs.IHC’s students are extremely active in community service projects throughout the local area.  The Junior/Senior High School also has a highly respected athletic program which, despite the school’s relatively small size, has garnered numerous Section, League, and State Championship titles over the years.  IHC is truly a tight-knit “faith community” of students, parents, grandparents, teachers, thousands of alumni, local parishioners and other community members committed to quality Catholic education.  The spirit of community, and the “small school feel,” is one of the school system’s great strengths.  IHC has a committed and quality faculty of 54 teachers in Kindergarten through 12th grade, which enables the school to maintain class sizes of approximately 19:1.  High quality faculty combined with small class sizes promotes individual attention, participation, and the opportunity for group work.

Profile last updated: 10/18/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Faith Fellowship Christian School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Immaculate Heart Elementary School (0 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Immaculate Heart Elementary School (0 miles away)
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  • WatertownImmaculate Heart Elementary School
      (Roman Catholic)
    122 Winthrop St
    WatertownNY 13601
      (Roman Catholic)
    0 mi | 244 students | Gr. PK-3                      
  • WatertownFaith Fellowship Christian School
    131 Moore Avenue
    WatertownNY 13601
    0.9 mi | 151 students | Gr. PK-12                      
  • WatertownImmaculate Heart Central Jr/sr High School
      (Roman Catholic)
    1316 Ives St
    WatertownNY 13601
      (Roman Catholic)
    1.8 mi | 319 students | Gr. 7-12                      
  • ChaumontGenesis Elementary School
    12749 State Hwy 12e
    ChaumontNY 13622
    12.1 mi | 27 students | Gr. PK-7                      
  • CarthageAugustinian Academy
      (Roman Catholic)
    317 West St
    CarthageNY 13619
      (Roman Catholic)
    14.7 mi | 178 students | Gr. PK-8                      

School Reviews

7 months ago
I attended one of the local catholic schools (St. Anthony''s) until their merger into IHC Primary/Intermediate Schools. I began 4th grade at IHC Intermediate and graduated from IHC High school in 2013. I cannot even begin to express the sense of family, community, and love that I felt while attending. After growing up with my graduating class and spending so much time together through soccer, musicals, and the mystery players group I feel so truly blessed to have been a part of this school. I hope that once I achieve my degree in early childhood education that I can come back and give young students the same experience that I had.
- Posted by Student/Alumni
1 year ago
We have children at Primary and Intermediate. We all love IHC! This is a school where the teachers and administration are caring, patient and go over and above the norm to accommodate the children''s learning needs. Many Teachers offer tutoring after school for any child interested. The academics at IHC are outstanding. Parents are welcomed and are very involved school activities. My son loves playing lacrosse and basketball for his school. My daughter enjoys learning her Catholic faith and practices it daily. She loves partaking in the beautiful Christmas concerts every year. The children enjoy the class outings and special in school and after school activities provided to them by the school''s Home and School Assoc in conjunction with parent volunteers. Most importantly, our children are learning in a faith based, respectful and nurturing atmosphere.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
My husband returned to college to pursue a Physician Assistant degree and he credits the great study habits that I.H.C. instilled in him with his success in the program.We knew that there was no other choice for our children but I.H.C. for the best education. Now our grandchildren attend the school and they are happy and thriving.We believe in I.H.C.. We see the sucess it produces and we love being part of the I.H.C. family.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
Best school in the area! We put two kids in IHC while they were still in elementary school - one has graduated and is doing great in college, and the other is thriving. We love the values, sense of community, caring teachers. The academics are excellent. For such a small school, the athletic programs are superb. Our daughter loves the art program.
- Posted by Parent

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