Immaculate Conception Apostolic School
|Immaculate Conception Apostolic School|
|109 Dane Road
Center Harbor, New Hampshire, (Belknap County), 03226
|Type||Private boarding school and high school seminary|
|Motto||Adveniat Regnum Tuum|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Rector||Fr. David Steffy|
|Average class size||5-10|
|Color(s)||Cardinal and White|
Established in 1982, Immaculate Conception Apostolic School (ICAS) is a private Roman Catholic boarding school and high school seminary for boys in grades seven through twelve. It is located within the Diocese of Manchester and sponsored by the Legionaries of Christ, a religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church. The school stands overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in the central New Hampshire town of Center Harbor. It serves approximately 80-100 students.
The school was formerly a minor seminary and novitiate of the Missionaries of La Salette. The property was purchased by the Legionaries of Christ, and since 1982 the school has expanded and continued in its purpose to provide a healthy environment for teenage boys. While some students continue on to a seminary after graduation, many pursue college or university degrees. Students come from throughout the United States and from several countries around the world including Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, South Korea, and South Africa.
The academic program follows a classical liberal arts model with particular attention to classical (Latin and Greek) and modern foreign languages, British and American literature, mathematics and the natural sciences, history, theology, cultural studies, and the fine arts (vocal music, theater arts/communication, and mass media and video production). The Latin and Greek courses, in particular, encourage all students to be able to read Virgil's Aeneid in the original Latin and be able to translate the Gospel of John from the original Greek by senior year. The mathematics program begins with pre-algebra and extends to Trigonometry and Calculus with emphasis in theory rather than application. Students are required to take Spanish as a modern foreign language. Each student is also required to participate in the school’s band and choir program. Students must also participate in service to the community in order to graduate.
Religious services such as the Holy Mass, Rosary, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are provided regularly for the students. A part of the school's purpose is to help each teenager discern his vocation; students are introduced to Catholic spirituality which takes different elements from various spiritual authors.
Athletic activities are numerous and include basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball. Outdoor and recreational activities are also provided such as hiking expeditions in the White Mountains and seasonal opportunities for swimming, boating, skiing, and sledding.
- Official school website
- Catholic Diocese of Manchester
- Missionaries of La Salette in Center Harbor
- Pictures of the Missionaries of La Salette Novitiate in Center Harbor
- Legionaries of Christ: boarding schools
- "For Young Men Who Want To Be Priests". Legionaries of Christ. Retrieved 27 September 2012.