Portrait of an NDA Graduate at 8th Grade

The seven Hallmarks of a Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) learning community are the heart of what constitute the character and culture here at the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro. Students are taught the mission of the Academy that focuses on educating the whole person for life through a curriculum rooted in spiritual formation and academic excellence. Using our Mission and Hallmarks to guide us, the Academy of Notre Dame has carefully outlined a set of skills and characteristics which every NDA student should possess upon graduation. 

Students who attend the Academy of Notre Dame’s Lower School program through grade 8 are nurtured in a co-educational atmosphere that embraces the following standards or foundational competencies:

  • Students evolve a deep understanding in God and that God is good and an integral part of their faith-filled journey. Students are able to proclaim the beliefs rooted in the Catholic Church and fostered to trust in God's will, his goodness, his love, his mercy, and his justice. 
  • A life of lived faith and strong commitment to mission and ministry is instilled while cultivating a sense of sacrifice and charity.
  • Students develop the power of empathy by recognizing the need to think within the viewpoints of others and become empathetic to the feelings of others. 
  • Students treat others with kindness, compassion, generosity and a forgiving spirit. Students challenge prejudices and discover commonalities. 
  • Students cultivate an atmosphere that appreciates and embraces diversity and recognizing the value of each individual within our diverse society.
  • Students are committed to learning by being self-motivated, focused, inquisitive, attentive, and having a strong ambition to be engaged. 
  • Students are empowered to ask questions and seek extra help when needed for assessments and assignments. 
  • Students are self-disciplined, persistent and determined to set and reach for goals.
  • Students strive to produce high-quality work and are encouraged to possess a strong work ethic when completing assignments. 
  • Students are open to advice, accept constructive criticism and possess excellent study, organizational and time management skills. 
  • Students possess critical thinking skills and have the ability to comprehend, to analyze/synthesize and/or to evaluate information. 
  • Students connect in meaningful ways with what they already know and are committed to communicating and sharing with others collaboratively what they've learned. 
  • Problem solvers are risk takers who possess creativity and imagination in order to make clear and reasoned judgments.
  • Students participate in class discussions and are not only effective in one-on-one or small groups but also in large groups.
  • Students are accountable in word and in deed and have a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment. 
  • Students will have strength of mind and character to act independently and to make decisions. 
  • Being honest and trustworthy is exhibiting wisdom and courage by making the right choice in the face of difficulty and following one's conscience. 
  • Students show integrity by living a life of example and accountability. 
  • Students pursue worthy objectives with perseverance, resiliency and patience while exhibiting fortitude when confronted with challenges.
  • Students are law abiding and involved in service to their school, to their local community, country and to the global world. 
  • Students will use their moral compass and social conscience for the benefit of the environment and protection of the earth. 
  • Students have an understanding that all people have value as human beings and uphold the values justice, equity and equality. 
  • Students believe they have been educated for, and they must act on behalf of justice and peace in the world. 
  • Students are exposed and committed to community building, breaking down barriers, acknowledging diversity, pursuing solidarity, global justice and service to those in need through community service and outreach.