Portrait of Graduate at Graduation


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 Upper School are among a class of all-girls in an environment specially attuned to the way young women learn and that challenges them to live a life dedicated to the values of NDA. Upon graduation students possess the following attributes:

  • Educates and acts on behalf of justice and peace in the world
  • Has a lifelong commitment to service
  • Ability to articulate the Church's social teachings and message of the gospel
  • Has a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church
  • Demonstrates strong academic skills required for higher education
  • Has developed problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and is able to adapt to change
  • Challenges the status quo
  • Persists through difficulties and uses reflective mindset to succeed in future endeavors
  • Self-reflects on how to live a healthy and balanced life
  • Collects, assesses and analyzes relevant information
  • Identifies, defines and solves authentic problems and essential questions
  • Reflects critically on learning experiences, processes and solutions
  • Clearly articulates thoughts and ideas
  • Asks questions and recognizes interconnections
  • Is flexible and has a curious mind set on exploring the world 
  • Uses interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal
  • Utilizes strengths of others and fosters collaborative processes whenever possible
  • Inspires others to reach their very best via example and selflessness
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior in using influence and power
  • Recognizes the importance of the female voice in both local and global communities
  • Fosters respect and open dialogue 
  • Demonstrates civic responsibility
  • Develops and appreciates relationships that respect individual differences among cultures, religions and lifestyles
  • Honors the dignity and sacredness of each person