The Academy of Notre Dame Tyngsboro’s Board of Directors voted in favor admitting boys to the Upper School for the 2020-2021 School Year. The Corporation Board of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur reviewed this vote and approved this decision. The decision was based on information gathered as part of the school’s current strategic planning process and the opportunity for NDA to be a ‘good neighbor’ to the families at the Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) High School in Methuen, MA which is scheduled to close in June, 2020.
The professionally facilitated strategic plan was developed using research data and input from key stakeholders including current NDA parents, students, alumni, donors, faculty, staff and board members.
“Repeatedly, NDA stakeholders urged us to consider scenarios where 8th grade boys could continue on to the Upper School,” noted Head of School Dr. Vittoria Pacifico. “We have been co-ed from pre-K to grade 8 and then single gender from Grades 9 - 12. More than half of our lower and middle school parents participating in our strategic planning survey considered a co-educational high school option as very important. Other constituent groups were also supportive of NDA welcoming young men at the Upper School.”
For nearly 95 years, the NDA Upper School has educated and empowered young women. More than 60% of the graduates continued on to study a math or science major in college. The school will now enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to preserve the benefits of single gender education with the added value of providing a rich learning experience preparing both genders for just and compassionate leadership.
“With the hiring of a new dynamic leader, Dr. Vittoria Pacifico, the Board felt the time was right to implement this exciting new change to our Upper School,” said NDA Board Chairman Joseph McNamee. “Dr. Pacifico has a proven track record for stewarding Catholic schools through change. Her leadership coupled with the support of the Board, will enable us to fulfill our mission as we grow our school in size and reputation and strive to be the leading Catholic school of choice in our region.”
Board Chair McNamee also thanked the Board of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for supporting the opportunity to welcome boys to the Upper School for the coming school year.