Message from the Principal

180502_0346Greetings from Notre Dame School of Manhattan!

I know you will find the Notre Dame website an excellent source for information about our school—whether you are most interested in learning about the admissions process, the academic program, student life, faculty backgrounds, or our alumnae connections, it’s all here.  By perusing this site, you’ll come to know all about life Chez Nous.  My hope is to add to this rich content with news of some of ND’s latest initiatives.

At our student orientations each year, we announce a theme for the current school year that students and faculty will explore fully and focus on during the days, weeks, and months ahead.  The theme for the 2018-2019 academic school year is Leadership.  Through this lens, we plan to encourage the young women of Notre Dame to take the lead with confidence, responsibility, insight, and compassion.  Today it is especially important for young women to step up, to make their voices heard, to support one another, and to work toward greater empathy, civility, and equality in our world.

Fostering student leadership is also an overarching goal of Notre Dame’s Strategic Vision – Lighting the Way – which was articulated in 2016 and is centered on four vital pillars:

  1. A review of curricular priorities and academic progress, with a special focus on math and science courses, as we seek to boost already strong student performance and offer increasingly personalized instruction.
  2. Continued instructional innovation with the help of technology and an exploration of the merging of art, design, and technology as a learning focus.
  3. A renewed commitment to Ignatian Spirituality and the legacy of our founder, Anne de Xainctonge, with an emphasis on spiritual retreats, not only for our students, but also for our faculty and alumnae.
  4. Preservation and protection of the school’s signature student diversity and a determination to increase faculty diversity in order to provide both “windows and mirrors” for our students.

Notre Dame’s faculty and board have dedicated themselves to this strategic plan and have made real progress in every category.

Notre Dame has always viewed nurturing the next generation of woman leaders as central to our mission.  As you click through our website, you will see much evidence of this commitment.  Now more than ever, we look to the young women of Notre Dame as hope for the future.  Look out, world, here they come!

Signature - Jackie Brilliant [Blue Ink]

Jackie Brilliant
Principal