Notre Dame Academy knows that no two students learn the same way. As a school, we are committed to meeting each child where they are academically while working with them to reach their full potential. Notre Dame Academy's Academic Support Team allows the school to provide personalized instruction to all students whether through learning support, gifted enrichment, or support through our counseling programs.

Gifted Enrichment

Notre Dame Academy offers Gifted Enrichment to eligible students in first through fifth grades in reading and math. After fifth grade, all students participate in our Middle Years Programme. This participation allows for students who have been identified as gifted and talented to excel in their particular area. of strength while challenging them in all other areas.

At Notre Dame Academy, we adhere to the Georgia Department of Education Gifted Education Referral and Eligibility. A gifted learner will have aptitude test scores in one of four areas that are at or above the 96th percentile and achievement scores that are at or above the 90th percentile. The curriculum for the Gifted Enrichment student is designed to enrich, extend, and accelerate in the student’s area of strength. The Gifted Enrichment instructor incorporates differentiation of product, process, and content which includes critical and creative thinking, problem-solving activities, and participation in academic contests. The Gifted Enrichment instructor communicates regularly with parents and teachers about curriculum and student progress in the gifted classroom.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Program is one of the many ways Notre Dame works to ensure we are effectively and consistently supporting students in grades Kindergarten-12th. We are supporting a "Point of Need" for Kindergarten-2nd and more intensive intervention for 3rd-5th. The program goal is to assist students with learning and attention differences in becoming independent learners while they successfully meet the demands of Notre Dame Academy's academic standard of excellence. These bright, well-rounded students have met the intellectual and academic criteria to be admitted to Notre Dame Academy, yet may have particular challenges that may impact the way they learn. Students are guided through instruction in skills that build on their self-awareness, self-advocacy, and study strategies. The umbrella goal is to help them understand how they learn such that they can develop their God-given strengths and thrive at Notre Dame Academy.

In the Lower School, programming through the Learning Support Program includes reading remediation and academic support. In Middle School and Upper School, learning support implements models for study skills that teach self-awareness, self-advocacy, and study strategies.

As part of the application process, should a student be seeking support through the Learning Support Program, a current educational evaluation (< 3 years) must be submitted for review for students in sixth grade and above. Learning Support Plans are then developed based on the recommendations and areas of need identified in the evaluation.

Learning Support Plans may be Indirect, accommodations only, or Direct, accommodations and service/support from our learning specialists. Please visit our Tuition Schedule for Direct Learning support fees.

Our Staff:
    • Learning Specialist support at all grade levels
    • Reading specialists in the Lower School trained in Lindamood Bell ™ method, Orton Gillingham, and LETRS

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Julia Derucki

    Julia Derucki 

    Lower School & Middle School Principal
  • Photo of Dr. Chris Smart

    Dr. Chris Smart 

    Upper School Principal
  • Photo of Marisol Lopez

    Marisol Lopez 

    Upper School Spanish Teacher & IB Coordinator
  • Photo of Patricia Miletello

    Patricia Miletello 

    Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator & Gifted Enrichment Teacher
  • Photo of Catherine Rossi

    Catherine Rossi 

    MYP Science Teacher & MYP Coordinator
  • Photo of Kathleen Woods

    Kathleen Woods 

    College Counseling Director
  • Photo of Theresa Payne

    Theresa Payne 

    Learning Support Teacher & Extracurriculars Coordinator