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Old 12-26-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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I live in Bridgewater, NJ and am considering sending my son to Catholic elementary school in either Somerville (Immaculate Conception) or Raritan (St. Ann's). Can anyone give me the pros and cons of each? What is the tuition? Thanks so much.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:27 PM
 
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St Ann's is around $4000 a year. Not sure what Immaculate Conception is but someone mentioned that another local Catholic elementary school is around $7000 a year so I assumed it was IC but I don't know for sure. We've been very happy with St Ann's. They've done a lot of work remodeling the school so I am happy with the facilities. I'm also very happy with the teachers and the quality of education my child has been receiving. St Ann's has 1 class per grade with about 20 students. I believe IC is closer to 60 per grade with 2 classes each? I have heard good things about IC though so I'd certainly suggest attending an open house at each one. I know St Ann's is coming up in January. Here is St Ann's website: St. Ann School , Raritan, NJ (http://www.stannparish.com/school/index.php - broken link) The pastor of the church mentioned that many of Immaculata's valedictorians are St Ann's graduates. I recently ran into a nun who teaches biology at Immaculata (at Starbucks in the BW Commons of all places!) and she comfirmed (without my actually asking) that St Ann's students are well prepared for high school and stand out. Feel free to DM me if you have any specific questions.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Default ICS - Somerville

Sorry for the late response on this - just seeing the message now.

I can tell you that the tuition at ICS is NOT $7,000; perhaps that person was talking about IHS.

At any rate, my kids go to ICS and I am very pleased with the education they are receiving. Enrollment has gone down some, but there are still two classes for each grade with about 25 students in each class.

You can learn more about the school by visiting the web site: Home. Open House is Sunday, January 25 from 11:30AM - 1:00PM and Tuesday, January 27 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM.

ICS will provide solid preparation for high school. You may be interested in knowing that for the last three graduating classes at Immaculata, the valedictorian came from ICS. ICS also was the grammaer school from which the IHS salutatorian came from in 2 of the last 4 years.

As the previus poster said, the best way to make your decision is to visit both schools and see for yourself.

Good luck!
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