Do you like to make things happen? Are you the kind of leader that stands up in front, or one who motivates others from the sidelines? Whatever your leadership style, the Academy offers you countless opportunities to take charge and make a difference. You’ll be amazed at how teachers stick to the sidelines, while young women like you take the lead. The Academy has been empowering student leaders for over 150 years.
The Sisters of Notre Dame place high priority in developing leadership skills among young women. Each year a select group of students participates in the Women’s Conference in Boston, and three in-house leadership training sessions take place annually. The Faculty Leadership Council helps mentor young leaders by delegating responsibilities, showing how to lead meetings, supporting inclusivity by listening to and empowering others, and learning how to collaborate and solicit widespread involvement.
Student Council: Each class elects five representatives to serve on student council, with a senior serving as Student Council president. This organization wields important influence at the school. Administrators approach the Student Council for input on important decisions about rules and dress code changes, while students throughout the school bring issues to the Student Council to address. In addition to tackling school-wide policy, the Student Council may show up in homeroom with a packet of candy to relieve exam stress, or a Christmas gift for faculty. They sponsor a school store and snack bar, with Tuesday Dunkin Donuts treats.
National Honor Society: Junior and senior students, who meet grade point and character standards, are considered for this prestigious service organization. They conduct personal service projects, while leading the Academy in blanket, food, toy, and blood drives, along with other events. NHS also students provide free tutoring after school each day.
Class Leaders: Each class elects class officers to help organize field trips, fun activities, as well as community service opportunities. Seniors welcome new students with goody bags, while the sophomore class has organized a fashion show for mission funds. The freshmen class chooses committee leaders, and spends a year learning more about leadership at the Academy before running for Sophomore Class officers. Class bonding is a high priority at the Academy, and fun is highly valued.
1804 Society: The 1804 Society is a mission and leadership student organization that derives its name from the year that Sr. Julie Billiart founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN). The organization is modeled on a similar one at Emmanuel College, but the Academy is the first SND school to implement it at the high school level. The society is based on six values: Community, Education, Goodness, Leadership, Service, and Tradition and carries out the SND mission through developing a deeper understanding of the SNDs, the school’s history and NDA’s Catholic identity within and outside the school. Members do this by acting as ambassadors at annual traditions, celebrations, open house and shadow day events, and any occasion in which NDA requires special representation.
Leadership opportunities also exist in various student clubs.