Durham School Receives National Education Award

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

DURHAM, N.C. — A skilled staff and excellent student performance levels have earned Immaculata Catholic School recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. On Sept. 7, the school received the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes the highest performing schools in America.

Immaculata is one of only 269 schools in the United States — and the only Catholic school in North Carolina — to win the award this year. Previous recipients include last year’s winner, The Franciscan School in Raleigh, N.C., and St. Camillus School in Silver Spring, Md., which won in 1996.

“This award affirms what we already knew: we have highly qualified teachers who teach every day using differentiation, project-based learning, integrated technology, and cutting edge curriculum,” said Dana Corcoran, principal and director of Immaculata Catholic School and Early Childhood Center, in an article published by the Diocese of Raleigh.

Bishop Michael Burbidge congratulated the students and staff, including Daniel McLellan, OFM, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish. “Receiving this recognition is a great honor for Immaculata Catholic School and the entire Diocese of Raleigh.”

Immaculata has approximately 400 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. Established in 1909, the school offers rigorous academic training while also providing a value-centered, holistic atmosphere, according to its website.

“Immaculata is not just an education site, it is a home for students, made comfortable by the surroundings of our faith, reliable friends and understanding adults,” Corcoran said.

The U.S. Education Department will honor the recipients at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 12 to 13 in Washington, D.C.

 Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.