Immaculate Heart Academy

500 Van Emburgh Ave., Township of Washington, NJ, 07676



  • Religious
  • Secondary
  • Single Sex GIRLS
  • Summer

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Immaculate Heart was founded in 1960 as the first regional girls’ high school in the Archdiocese of Newark. The school’s 750 girls have access to 17 AP courses, 50-plus clubs and ample opportunities to serve their communities.

“Once a young woman becomes a student at IHA, she joins a sisterhood, one that remains many years after graduation,” says Tara Hopfenspirger, the school’s director of communications. “The loving, inclusive culture at our school is so very unique and can be felt as soon as you step on campus.”

The challenging college prep curriculum at IHA is a big draw. “Between our skilled and thoughtful teachers, our cutting edge course offerings, the single-sex environment, our STEM@theheart program, and our state-of-the-art technology and campus upgrades, we assist our students in remaining driven, focused, and empowered,” says Hopfenspirger.

During coronavirus, teachers and students jumped right into virtual learning with a mixture of live online classes and assignments that had to be completed by certain deadlines.

“We were blessed to have already had the necessary technology, an adaptable faculty and staff, a willing student body, the actual hardware (every student has a laptop), and patient and understanding parents and families,” says Hopfenspirger.

IHA truly educates the whole student. College counselors assist students at every grade level and help students navigate the college admissions process.

A major part of IHA is its Catholic Christian identity and teaching young women about the importance of serving others. “Immaculate Heart Academy students consistently blow us away by their dedication to and love of service.”

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