“Teach them what they need to know for life” is a founding principle for the Academy, one first pronounced by St. Julie Billiart. Your teachers at the Academy are committed to helping you learn what you “need to know for life.” The entire Academy community takes your intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical and moral well-being seriously.
Our goal is to nurture you as a unique individual. We seek to know you and the gifts you bring to our community while helping you achieve your goals within a caring, kind community. You are uniquely created, and the Academy honors you as a unique individual, supports you as a vital member our community, supports spiritual exploration and strong character formation, and promotes women’s leadership and service to those in need. The Academy of Notre Dame, while welcoming a diverse community, is a Catholic school, committed to the principles of Catholic moral teachings and social justice, while providing a faithful environment where prayer and liturgical celebrations bind the community.
You will receive a top-quality education that balances classical and innovative approaches, and includes a full range of academic classes, art and music, physical fitness and health, with opportunities to access specialized electives through our Virtual High School (VHS). Upper level Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered throughout the mathematics, science, history, world language and English curriculums. Our strong technology curriculum supported by electronic tablets (iPads, Nooks, Kindles) and laptops demonstrate the Academy’s high commitment to technological innovation.
Academic tracking - with ongoing opportunities to move between AP, honors and college placement (CP) levels – ensures you will be challenged appropriately and supported academically. Our hands-on approach to lab science study makes learning fun, innovative and relevant. You don’t just learn about subjects at the Academy: You take part actively in the learning process -- through discussion-oriented and hands-on courses.
The small-school environment, with an overall high teacher to student ratio (1:7), ensures that you get the support you need for personal success. Our unique Directed Learning Time (DLT), in the last period of the day, gives you in-school time to work on homework and get extra help from teachers. Teachers will also help you before school, after school, during lunch, and sometime through email . The National Honor Society (NHS) also offers free tutoring after school each day. At the Academy, you will get all the support you need to achieve your personal best.
Athletics & Extracurriculars
You can tap into the Academy’s strong and accessible athletic program, one in which a large percentage of Academy students participate. Varsity athletes perform strongly in their league, with many teams competing in playoff and state-level competitions. The school is also small enough so that you can try a sport for the first time. Learn more about Academy Athletics and Sports Highlights.
The Academy offers a wide-range of extra-curricular opportunities. You can participate in our large Glee Club, perform through the Drama Guild, and dance on the Dance Team and/or in Liturgical Dance. You can write for the newspaper (Damies’ Digest), and help with the yearbook and art/literary magazine (The Muse). Clubs are abundant and open at the Academy, with opportunities for you to lead and create a new club. Learn more about clubs and Student Life at the Academy.
The Academy nurtures student leaders at every turn – whether you want to lead in front or from the sidelines. Girls take charge at the Academy, with teachers supporting from the sidelines. You will be encouraged and supported to add your talents and leave your unique mark on the Academy! Learn more about Leadership Opportunities at the Academy.
What about Boys?
Each autumn the entire school attends the Fall Ball, bringing dates if they want. Other formals include the Sophomore Semi and the annual Junior-Senior Prom. Opportunities to socialize with boys at school-sponsored events and outside of school are extensive.
When considering the boy factor, also consider what Academy students love about going to school without boys. They love the no-stress daily fashion issue. With a uniform to rely on and no boys to impress, girls can choose whether to wear make-up or not, how much to accessorize, or just throw on their crumpled skirt, grab a polo and go. There are also plenty of dress-down days where you can show off your unique fashion style. Girls at the Academy also report that school is a “no drama” experience, when competition for attention from boys is removed from the learning scene. Friendships form easily, and the girls bond and support each other in a caring community.
Check out the studies that show how girls who graduate from all girls’ high schools benefit academically and socially. Also, ask our students for yourself: Come visit at an Open House opportunity, schedule a Shadow Day, and talk with students.
See for yourself what girls love about the Academy, and get all your questions answered. Contact our Admissions Office to get all the scoop!