Head of School Welcome
Welcome to Notre Dame Academy! It is my hope that this site will give you an overview of the mission and offerings of Notre Dame Academy and inspire you to join our wonderful, faith-filled community.
As an independent Catholic school sponsored by the Marist Order, I am pleased to present you with our Early Years, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School programs. We are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School teaching the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to our Pre-K3 through 5th grade students, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to our 6th through 10th grade students, and the Diploma Programme (DP) to our 11th and 12th grade students. Our highly-qualified and nurturing faculty and administration deliver an academic curriculum of the highest standards using state-of-the-art technology that prepares students to thrive in an increasingly global society. Notre Dame students also receive an academic program based on best practices that is integrated with the teaching of the Catholic Church.
The rigorous academic program incorporates weekly instruction in Spanish (and/or French in the Upper School), art, music, media center, and science lab. In addition to the demanding academic program, the students receive daily physical fitness. Together as a school community, we worship on Mondays with the celebration of Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Another distinctive offering is our Service Learning Program. Throughout the school year, students partner with 13 non-profit organizations to perform age-appropriate service projects, study specific societal problems related to the service partners’ challenges, and realize their call to be part of the solution.
It is an exciting time for our school community. We received our IB Diploma Programme authorization in May 2017. With the DP authorization, Notre Dame Academy is officially an IB continuum school offering the prestigious IB programme from grades Pre-K through 12. Notre Dame Academy will continue to be rich in the Catholic faith and Marist charisms, and our mission and values will stay integrated into our core offerings. I encourage you and your family to visit our school and experience for yourself the extraordinary learning environment that we offer.
Ms. Debra M. Orr
Head of School