Immaculate High School Appoints New Principal

DANBURY- Immaculate High School is pleased to announce that Bishop Frank Caggiano has appointed Wendy Neil of Redding as Principal. Ms. Neil has served as Interim Principal since July 2019 and before that, she was a teacher and program leader at Immaculate High School.

Neil began teaching AP US Government, International Relations and Social Studies at Immaculate in 2013. She also continues to lead the school’s Model UN and Mock Trial teams, is the IHS Social Studies Department Chair, is a member of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Innovative Teacher Committee, and has served as a lead member on an Immaculate High School self-observation committee that helped Immaculate receive New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation in 2019.  A talented and committed educator and administrator, Mrs. Neil is dedicated to providing students an excellent Catholic faith-based and college preparatory educational experience.

“I am very honored to be named Immaculate High School’s Principal; I am happy to serve our school and faith, and I look forward to continuing to work with Immaculate’s excellent faculty and staff, wonderful parents and especially our amazing students,” said Ms. Neil. “Immaculate High School is a unique place that emphasizes faith-based values and compassion as well as a modern college-preparatory education, and I am excited to be part of the team that nurtures our students and prepares them for the future,” she added. 

Mrs. Neil began her teaching career in 1994 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in History, Magna Cum Laude, from Springfield College. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She brings a perspective as a parent, teacher and administrator to Immaculate High School — Ms. Neil is the parent of two alumni, J. Bailey Bellone ‘17 and Colby Bellone ‘19, and current sophomores Allie Bellone and Chloe Bellone. 

“As a well-respected visionary leader, Ms. Neil has established networks of collaboration that support our school’s compelling mission, academic excellence and operational vitality. Her effective school leadership and commitment to our students, teachers and parents is immeasurable. The school community is very blessed to have Ms. Neil serve as our new school Principal,” said Mary R. Maloney, President of Immaculate High School. 

Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top ten of all Catholic high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest-ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100% of the Class of 2019 were accepted to choice colleges and universities and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million. 

In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York.