About Our School

Immaculate Heart of Mary welcomes you and invites you to learn more about our school and program!


Immaculate Heart of Mary School provides an exceptional academic experience grounded in making God known, loved and served.

Achieving IHM’s Mission:

At Immaculate Heart of Mary School we “R” respectful, responsible and reverent, grounded in a Christ-centered Catholic community that is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and dedicated to providing a safe environment that fosters students’ emotional and spiritual well-being..

IHM’s Strategic Plan:

Immaculate Heart of Mary’s five-year Strategic Plan sets forth the goals and objectives identified for IHM School, as well as a framework for achievement or advancement of each goal.  To view the Strategic Plan, please click HERE.


Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM) was founded in 1948 by an inspired and motivated group of parishioners, led by Father Edwin Sahm, who gathered resources to build a parish school for neighborhood Catholic families. Today, the IHM student body represents several surrounding neighborhoods. IHM is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, and dedicated to providing the best possible education for our students through the development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills essential for life-long learning. As a community grounded in Catholic faith, IHM strives to inspire in its students a global sense of understanding and compassion for others and the courage to act on their beliefs.

Commitment to Diversity

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

IHM welcomes students of all faiths, nationalities and races and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color or national and ethnic origin in educational, athletic or other school-administered programs. We pride ourselves on fostering a Christ-centered, family atmosphere, teaching our students to be good stewards of the Catholic faith. We are welcoming of others from all walks of life, race and color.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Immaculate Heart of Mary School, what we offer and who we are. For more than 70 years, we have been dedicated to providing academic excellence rooted in faith and we look forward to welcoming families throughout the city of Indianapolis for decades to come.

Meet our Administration

Pastor Fr. Pat Beidelman

Fr. Pat became the new pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in the summer of 2023.  Prior to joining the IHM family, Fr. Pat served in a variety of assignments in the Archdiocese.  In addition to serving in several parishes, he also led one of the departments at the Catholic Center, the Secretariat for Worship and Evangelization.

Fr. Pat believes “our young people are not the future of the Church but rather are the Church now and inviting them to share their gifts and to connect their faith to every aspect of their lives are the foundation of our life in Christ in this community.”


Principal Mr. Chris Kolakovich

Immaculate Heart of Mary is blessed to welcome Mr. Chris Kolakovich as our principal for the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Kolakovich has been a Catholic school educator for 23 years with experience teaching 2nd grade, 6th grade, and Technology. For 12 of his 23 years as an educator, he served as a Catholic school principal, most recently at Our Lady of Lourdes School in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Mr. Kolakovich studied Elementary Education at Purdue University and also earned licensure in Kindergarten and Computer Education.  He earned his Master’s degree in School Administration from Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana. 

When asked about his first year serving at IHM, Mr. Kolakovich shared:

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to be the principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary School.  This is an outstanding community with a strong tradition of excellence in faith and academics.  I look forward to working with the students, staff, parents, and parishioners of this community to help our school continue to grow and thrive.”

We hope to see you soon! Go Warriors!