Military Families

IHC Schools support our active duty, National Guard, and DoD civilian families

About 28% of our student body at our Elementary and Junior/Senior High School are children of soldiers or Fort Drum civilians. We work closely with the Fort Drum Education Liaison Council (FDELC) to coordinate the most effective support for our military families. Many of our teachers are members of military families. Our System Administrator is a retired Army lieutenant colonel. IHC also has a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) assigned full-time four days per week.

IHC Schools are an ideal choice for military families. We offer rolling registration through the summer turn-over period, and host an open-house for military families in late-summer as families return from their PCS or post-deployment leave. We can accommodate students who, because of family transitions, cannot be present at the first days of school.

Some reasons your family should consider IHC

  • First, we are different. IHC provides a college-preparatory, Gospel-based education grounded in faith, challenge, opportunity, achievement, personal responsibility, and service. Our students develop spiritually, morally and ethically as well as intellectually. We are proud of who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
  • Second, free transportation from Fort Drum and throughout the local area is provided.
  • Third, we have small schools with a strong sense of community – very similar to the DODEA schools that many military families are accustomed to. We welcome students of all faiths; roughly 20% of our students are non-Catholic. Class sizes are small, with a student to teacher ratio of 16:1 to about 20:1 depending on the grade and class
  • Fourth, our schools offer a safe, secure and disciplined environment based on Christian values and respect.
  • Fifth, we offer a challenging academic program. Our students’ performance rates on New York’s rigorous Regent’s Exams are consistently excellent. Our high school was re-accredited in 2010 by the prestigious Commission on Secondary Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In recent years, our students have attended “Tier 1” universities, including Dartmouth, Cornell, the Service Academies, Notre Dame, Colgate, Syracuse, Rensellear Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, as well as some of the finest regional institutions as well. Nearly 100% of our graduates go on to higher education — a rate unmatched in the North Country.
  • Sixth, we work to ensure that students are aware of the many college scholarship and college aid opportunities available specifically for military students.

Is your child a student-athlete?

  • Preserve 100% choice for you and your student(s) about where they will study and play sports!
  • If your child is a student-athlete, and you are considering IHC as well as public school, it is important to understand the NY Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSAA) rules regarding student transfers.
  • If you enroll in IHC first, and then choose to enroll or transfer your child to a public school, your child will be allowed to continue to play their chosen sport(s) without any waiting period. YOU HAVE CHOICE.
  • If, however, you enroll in a public district first, and then choose to enroll or transfer to IHC, the NYPHSAA will prohibit your child from playing UNTIL THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE.
  • Thus, if IHC is one of several options, enroll in IHC. You can make your final choice once you have “boots on the ground” at Ft. Drum, or after the school year starts, but this ensures you and your student have 100% choice and don’t get “locked in” simply because you were proactive about getting your kids enrolled in school!
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