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We hear about it, we see it, and we experience it as we work to raise the next generation. The “it” in our lives is the rising stress level. This growing phenomenon should be the focus of the team of administrators, teachers and parents working to prepare our children for a new and challenging world. As we grow concerned about the future, it is important to look to the old adage from an unidentified woman, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

What feelings does the phrase “Annual Fund” elicit when you see or hear it? It seems most people would say it evokes negative feelings because of the expectation of having to dish out more of their hard earned cash. Advancement professionals, on the other hand, would likely respond that, in fact, the phrase should create feelings of hope and gratitude.

David Vitter wrote: Catholic schools prepare every student to meet the challenges of their future by developing their mind, yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit.  Vitter’s statement gets to the very core of the value of Catholic education and why so many parents choose a Catholic school for their children. There are 10 characteristics that are traditionally woven into the educational philosophy of a Catholic School environment:

It is no secret that students who participate in athletics spend a great deal of time on and off the field/court preparing for competition.  Time that many assert could be better spent doing homework, studying, or preparing for the next big test.

The ABCs of the SAT and ACT

October 31, 2016

As students begin the college search process, the question of which standardized test they should take comes to light.  Should a student take the SAT or the ACT?

Whether operating in a parochial or secular setting, private school leadership has one goal: to provide better student outcomes than which can be achieved in public school settings.

A Summer of Transitions

August 22, 2016

While summertime is usually viewed as a time for rest and relaxation, the past few months at the Academy have been energetic and busy to say the least.

A Year End Reflection

June 22, 2016

As we come to the close of another academic year and I prepare for my departure from the Academy, I find myself reflecting on the all that we have accomplished and all that we were challenged by since September.

To clear up your misconceptions. By Guest Blogger Lindsay Saracco, Alumna from Class of 2014 To this day, I remember the reactions I got the first time I told people I was...

By Guest Blogger, Jillian Boudreau, Lower School Guidance Counselor According to a recent U.S. News article, funds have been cut in more than 80 percent of U.S. school distri...

By Guest Blogger Pam Bernazani, Upper School Dean of Students and College Counselor According to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors, a g...

By Guest Blogger, Elizabeth O'Connell, Lower School Assistant Principal The existence of "true north" on the traditional compass provides critical information a...

by Maureen Appel There’s no shortage of educational choices for girls these days. When it comes to deciding whether a co-educational or all-girls school is best for you...

By Guest Blogger, Dr. Robert Murphy, Lower School Principal In the last several weeks, several parents have asked me about the concept of situated cognition and situated lear...

Guest Blogger: Mrs. Helen Kay, Academy of Notre Dame Upper School Principal Far too often students find themselves on the brink of high school without the tools they need to ...

By Maureen Appel It’s not just the start of a new school year here at the Academy, it’s the culmination of ten new efforts that pave the way for the coming year&h...