Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic School was opened in 1927 by the Ursuline Sisters. It was located at Cathedral Street and Singerly Avenue in Elkton, Maryland until 1956.
The Ursuline Sisters ministered in the school from 1927 through 1930. The Glen Riddle Franciscans followed the Ursuline Sisters in 1930 and presently continue to provide a quality, value-based Catholic education for the children of Immaculate Conception/St. Jude parish.
Many changes occurred between the founding year and the present. Due to increased enrollment, the old four-classroom structure became inadequate to properly house the children. Therefore, on September 10, 1956, the doors of the newly constructed twelveroom school, located on Bow Street, were opened. At this time Kindergarten was added and grades 1 through 6 were single classes while grades 7 and 8 remained a combined class. In September of 1957, all grades were single with two of each at the primary level.
During the 60’s Immaculate Conception School reached its peak, ministering to 554 children. It was necessary to have two classes for each grade level. The increased enrollment caused a problem as we began to outgrow the facility. As a result, it became a priority to provide Catholic education first to parishioners. At this time, and through the 80’s, we experienced increases and decreases in enrollment for a variety of reasons. Two major factors impacting enrollment changes were busing and rising tuition costs.
Immaculate Conception School was fully accredited on October 14, 1988 by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools. The school continually monitors strengths and weaknesses to prepare for reaccreditation every ten years. Reaccredidation was obtained in 1998 and again in 2008. Curriculum areas are updated every five years. The Home School Association was revitalized in September 1991. A networked computer lab was opened in September 1992. We look forward to the challenge of continued growth in our faith, basic curriculum and technological skills into the next millennium.