About Us

Mission

Rooted in our Marist, Catholic tradition, Notre Dame Academy is a kindergarten through twelfth grade International Baccalaureate community that fosters individual academic growth, moral responsibility, and global mindedness.

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Inspired to know and love each child, Notre Dame Academy combines knowledge and faith to form wisdom and life vision.

Statement of Purpose

Founded under the guiding principles of the Marist community, the goal of Notre Dame Academy is to integrate the teachings of the Gospel within the context of academic content. Students with faith have a desire to critically examine the world around them and not accept statements as truths. Knowledge of the Gospel gives power to the learner to remain objective and independent when faced with the attitudes and habits of society.

The purpose of the school is to:

  • To create an environment that provides our students with role models who are witnesses to the teachings of Christ.
  • To provide our students with teachers who are qualified in their area of expertise, who are skilled practitioners, and who view their responsibilities as a work of love.
  • To acknowledge that parents are the primary educators of their children and that the goal of the school is to include the parents in the operation of the school.
  • To expand the teaching of school subjects to include not only information but also values.
  • To teach civic values of freedom, justice, nobility of work, and the need to pursue social progress.
  • To teach global awareness reinforcing the need for peace, justice, and freedom in today's world.
  • To prepare our students to discover the harmony between faith and science so in the future they can give back to society.
  • To provide our students with access to modern and technologically up-to-date equipment within a learning environment of simplicity and evangelical poverty.

The Five Pillars

List of 5 items.

  • Faith

    We seek to form knowledgeable, well-rounded students who are strong and confident in their faith. Daily prayer and weekly Mass are available to all students and families, along with religious retreats in the higher grade levels.
  • Knowledge

    Notre Dame Academy’s full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) accreditation from Kindergarten through 12th grade provides a unique global learning environment with differentiated instruction to meet the academic needs of all learners.
  • Service

    Grade-level Service Learning Programs allow students to give back to those in need throughout our Duluth and greater Atlanta community.
  • Fitness

    A rapidly growing Athletic Department, daily Physical Education class, and outdoor recess (through 5th grade) are an integral part of our Fitness For Life program.
  • Technology

    Notre Dame Academy’s school-wide Apple® Initiative gives every student the opportunity to learn and engage with iPads and MacBooks as part of our learning curriculum, as well as use of 3D printers in our MakerSpace. All Middle School students receive a school issued iPad, and all Upper School students receive a school issued MacBook.