Immaculate Conception Students Return Home to Newly Renovated School

August 11, 2004

After a year attending classes on Trinity College’s campus, 160 Immaculate Conception students will return home this fall to a completely renovated 140-year-old building adjacent to the Washington Convention Center. The first day of school for the PreKindergarten-Grade 6 students in their “new” school will be:

Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Arrival: 8:00 a.m. (School decorated with blue and white balloons)
711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC

Immaculate Conception School was closed during the more than $4 million, year-long renovation. Improvements to the historic building were donated and include central air conditioning and heating; four new classrooms created out of reconfigured space; new bathrooms; a remodeled auditorium; elevator; new ceiling, lighting, painting and carpeting; and a new library and computer lab. Clark Construction was the contractor for and a major contributor to the project.

“This is just so exciting. Immaculate Conception has been part of the neighborhood for over 140 years. It’s a wonderful school, but the building needed so much work. Thanks to very generous donors, including Clark Construction, our students now will have state-of-the-art facilities right in the center city,” said Mary Anne Stanton, executive director of the Archdiocese’s Center City Consortium, which includes 13 Catholic schools in the District of Columbia.

“We’re also very grateful to Trinity College for hosting our kids for a year. Not many six year olds get to attend college!” she continued.

Immaculate Conception, which offered Pre-K to Grade 5 last year, is expanding this fall to include Grade 6 and eventually will expand to Grade 8. Seventy-seven percent of the school’s students are not Catholic.

The school is one of 110 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington and one of 13 schools in the Archdiocese’s Center City Consortium. Working in partnership with the business community, the Consortium brings new resources, services, tuition aid and capital improvements to Catholic schools in financially challenged neighborhoods of our nation’s capital. At least 50 percent of Consortium families are at or below poverty level and 70 percent are single-parent households.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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