We are a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women, grades 6-12. Since our founding in 1906 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we have been located in the hills of the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.
Immaculate Heart defines its mission as two-fold. First, to share in the teaching ministry of the Catholic Church by creating a learning environment where students can, with Mary as their model, mature in their faith as they reflect on their special roles as members of the Christian community. Basic to this faith is the belief that God is the source of all life. The dignity of each person comes from being created in God's image, redeemed by Jesus, and by receiving His promise of resurrection. The Gospel calls all people to truth, justice, honesty, service and compassion.
Second, to develop a significant foundation for the ongoing acquisition of skills, knowledge and values which will enable students to function not only as intelligent, informed and contributing members of society, but also as young women whose self-esteem, spirituality and life of faith motivate them to realize their own unique potential. This makes it possible for young women to discern carefully and to choose wisely those values which contribute to their own and others' authentic well-being and happiness.
Immaculate Heart strives to fulfill its mission by its commitment to a Christian philosophy, its stated goals, its program of instruction carefully designed to meet the increasing needs of women in the contemporary world, its liturgies and days of recollection, its activities, and its policies and programs, which foster the spiritual, intellectual, social, and aesthetic development of the student. In addition, Immaculate Heart's mission is facilitated by a competent, caring, and supportive administration, faculty and staff who have utmost respect for the uniqueness of the individual and the religious and ethnic diversity of their students.
While Immaculate Heart recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children, the school assists parents by helping their daughters to develop in such a way that they will become women of great heart and of right conscience; knowledgeable and concerned about the earth and the global community in which they live; creative as problem-solvers; capable of building on their appreciation of and acquired skills in the humanities and sciences; aware that learning is a lifetime endeavor; and convinced that, ultimately, all must develop within themselves a capacity for integrity, wisdom, humor, joy, peace and love, so as to "make gentle the life of this world."