An all-female, college preparatory high school in the Archdiocese of Newark, Immaculate Heart Academy (IHA) focuses on the complete education of young women by cultivating traditional Christian values while upholding exceptional academic standards.

IHA develops every aspect of the individual by educating the mind, nurturing the spirit and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Students develop a level of independence and accountability that becomes a tremendous advantage in their college years.

“The positive and demanding single-sex environment instills a sense of confidence in our students, and cultivates the notion that they can achieve their goals and focus on developing their unique gifts,” says Kerry Carroll, principal of IHA.

IHA launched its inaugural Scholae@theheart Program in the 2022-23 academic year to provide increased opportunities for specialization and recognition in areas that capitalize on students’ strengths and interests. The school recognizes student achievements through ten national honor societies and offers more than 50 clubs and activities and 16 athletic programs.

Students regularly put their faith into action by serving their community and ministering to those in need through an array of service opportunities. “Service at IHA isn’t just something that’s required; it’s a central part of who we are,” she says.

The sense of community within the building is unmatched, and lasts long after students graduate. “By setting their hearts on IHA, our students say to the world that they’re ready to become compassionate and empowered young women in control of their own futures,” Carroll says. “The sisterhood cultivated at IHA is enduring, and the bonds formed here last a lifetime.”

500 Van Emburgh Ave., Washington Twp.