Lower School Admissions Information
Early Years (Pre-K - K2)
Our Early Years Program offers you and your child several options, depending on your child’s age and readiness, with each step providing your child with a natural transition to the next stage. All programs are offered full-day, five days a week, with a three-day option for three-year-olds.
Pre-K serves children who are 2 years, 9 months old by September 1 of the academic year, who are in the final stages of elimination (potty) training and are ready to learn and play in a socially-supportive and academically stimulating environment. Parents have the option of either a three-day week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) or a five-day program (Monday through Friday).
K1 serves students ages 3 years, 9 months by September 1 of the academic year. It also serves four-year-olds and five-year-olds who miss the age cut-off, or who may need a little more developmental time to be ready for the K2 program (below).
K2 applicants must be 5-years-old by September 30 of the academic year, unless currently enrolled in our K1 program. All students must demonstrate the social and developmental readiness for this academically-rigorous program.
Students develop creative and critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques, and concept development through cooperative learning experiences. The basic curriculum includes: religion, mathematics, reading & language arts, science, and social studies.
Grade 3 students are also exposed to French and Spanish, with an exploratory program that focuses on listening and speaking skills.
Grade 4 students continue with all the basic curriculum subjects, but in more depth. The Academy’s REACH Program allows qualified students to matriculate one grade level higher in mathematics and language arts. Science classes explore simple machines, water cycles, organ systems, earth science, and more through the STEM Program. World language study -- in Spanish and French – enables students to explore speaking, writing dialogues, performing skits, and singing Spanish or French songs at the annual Christmas Concert.
The Academy also places high value on art, music and technology education. Students have special classes in these subjects once a week, but they also integrate these skills into their mainstream classrooms. In addition to using a fully-equipped computer lab, students use interactive Star Boards in most classrooms.
Learn more about the academic program for Grades 1-4, the REACH Program for accelerated learners in math and reading, the World Language Program, and the Academy's inquiry-based STEM Program for interdisciplinary, hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Science, math and technology form a high priority within the Lower School, but most especiall in grades 5-8. Students solidify their basic knowledge of math operations and expand their problem-solving abilities through pre-Algebra and Algebra studies, with early geometry and advanced measurement competency. Those students who qualify for the REACH Program have the opportunity to graduate at an elevated grade level in math (or English). Science education is unit-study centered, with hands-on opportunities to ensure students understand the scientific method and build foundational knowledge in both Life and Earth Sciences.
The Academy's inquiry-based STEM Program provides interdisciplinary study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Annual Science Fair Projects enable students to develop in-depth studies; many Academy students have earned recognition in Science Fair competitions. The math and science curriculum integrates technology education, with a computer lab and Star Board interactive technology available in many classrooms.
Humanities studies focus on Theology, Social Studies, Language Arts, World Languages, as well as Art and Music classes. Theological studies explore Bible literacy and Catholic principals, while emphasizing moral character and social responsibility, both within the Academy community and in the broader world. Social studies focus on the Ancient World and US Government, which ensures students understand the elements of western civilization grounded in the American polity. In Language Arts, students gain skills in approaching a wide range of literary genres, while mastering increasingly complex writing challenges. Accelerated readers and writers benefit from the REACH Program. World Language study provides includes French and Spanish, while art and music are emphasized both through specialized classes and in many of the humanities classrooms. Learn more about Grade 5-8 Academics and Student Life.
Come visit the Academy, by attending an Open House opportunity in the fall or early winter. Follow-up with a personal tour and/or a Shadow Day visit, where you can observe directly in the classroom, get your questions answered, and give us a chance to meet your child. If you are looking to transfer mid-year, contact our Admissions office directly. We welcome your application throughout the year.
After you and your child have visited and met with our Admissions Director, download the application materials and mail the following to the address below:
- A completed application with a $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted prior to the application deadline. Applications received by the deadline date will be given first review. Those received after the deadline will be wait-listed for fall admissions, while mid-year applications will be handled on a rolling basis.
- An official transcript of the child’s record of report cards, subject/course descriptions, marks, credits earned and standardized test scores if they attended schools prior to the Academy.
- A copy of the child’s birth certificate.
- A copy of the child’s Baptismal record (if applicable).
All application materials and fees should be mailed to:
Academy of Notre Dame
180 Middlesex Road
Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Please contact the Admissions Office at 978.649.7611, Ext 327, or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
All applicants will be informed of the results of the admission process by mail.
Thank you for sharing your son or daughter with the Academy. Be assured that we look to the promise in each child, and we are eager to consider having your son or daughter join our community.