What our Students & Parents Say
There's no better recommendation for the Academy than those that come directly from a student or a parent. Here is a sampling of what current students and parents have written:
I came to NDA in sixth grade because I wanted to have the experience of a larger school that had amazing academics. I also had a friend who was a student here already, and she loved it. I was blown away by the kind and welcoming treatment I received from the teachers and students. I did not feel like a "new kid" whatsoever; I felt like I belonged. I have definitely flourished at the Academy as I learned how to step up my work effort to get exceptional grades. I would recommend NDA to any student, as they will be respected and cared for throughout their school experience.
Margaret Barker, 2019 8th Grade Graduate
Starting NDA nine years ago, I had not thought that this would become a second home to me. The small school environment where everyone knows each other has fostered a feeling of belongingness. Being a part of NDA has given me a variety of opportunities in academics and extracurricular activities making a great foundation for high school. Beyond Math, Science, History etc. I have learned values to become a better person and give back to the community. I am glad that I got the opportunity of being part of the NDA family. It plays a big part of who I am.
Aditya Prasad, 2019 8th Grade Graduate
I like NDA because of the small class size and the personal attention I receive from my teachers. I have been at NDA since 5th grade and have made many great friendships with students, faculty & coaches.
Mya Shanahan, 2019 8th Grade Graduate
NDA is a school where girls take center stage and I know that is where we belong. Simply put, NDA teaches girls that there lies tremendous potential and power in being a girl. By subtracting boys, an all-girls’ education adds opportunities. At NDA, a girl occupies every role: every part in the play and every position on every team.
Ailis Peterson, Class of 2019
Looking back after almost four years at the Academy, I realize that choosing NDA was one of the best decisions I have made in my life – and I’m really not exaggerating. Through this school, I have had the opportunity to really grow as a person and as a student. To begin with, academically the school is amazing. Everyone is given an equal opportunity to thrive and shine in the classroom. Participation is encouraged, teachers understand that everyone has their own learning style, and everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand if you find yourself struggling. Outside the classroom, NDA is still awesome. The sense of community here at the Academy is unlike anything I’ve ever heard of or experienced at another school. Your classmates become your sisters, teachers become your mentors, and the school community really becomes your family. Over the past four years, I have seen this family in action – laughing and dancing at Fall Ball and Prom, praying in times of gratitude and hardship, and comforting each other in times of disappointment and loss. When I look back at my four years here at the Academy, I am happy. Not only am I prepared for college, but I am also prepared for life. I have found a support system, future bridesmaids and godmothers to children, lifelong friends, mentors, and a community I know I can turn to for the rest of my life. I am excited that you have a chance to share this same experience. Congratulations. I hope you decide to join our Academy family.
Gabby Llanos, Class of 2017
NDA is an great choice for high school. There are so many amazing things that make it the great school it is! The teachers are fabulous and are always willing to work with you to help you succeed. Our teachers also make classes fun! At the beginning of the year I was not a big fan of Spanish, but my teacher, Señora Collins, is so good that it has become one of my favorite classes! There are also so many clubs and committees you can get involved with here at NDA from Freshman Social Committee, which plans social events and activities for the freshman, to the Dance Club and newspaper! Last, but not least, the friends and memories you will make here are unforgettable. Your entire class will become one huge family of friends almost immediately. As a student at NDA, everyone from administration, faculty, and students are here to help bring out the best in you! The Academy truly is an amazing place for young women to achieve great things, and I hope to see you in the fall!
Danielle Wuerdeman, Class of 2020
I am so grateful that I decided to attend NDA because I feel prepared and ready for the future, I made friends I will always have, and I shared memorable moments that I will never forget. There’s room here for all interests, whether it be sports, the arts, the sciences, community service, and more. I hope that you consider NDA, as I know you will have just as positive an experience as I did.
Amaya Murguia, Class of 2017