School Philosophy


At the heart of a Notre Dame education lies the Christian belief that each person is a unique being created in the image of God.

Notre Dame continues the educational tradition of Anne de Xainctonge, whose pedagogical innovations stemmed from her rootedness in Ignatian spirituality. Anne was committed to providing an ambiance for her students and teachers in which their personal relationship with God could deepen and inform every aspect of their lives. She wanted her schools to be places where each individual would be treasured and feel free to grow into her unique personhood.

Notre Dame School recognizes its responsibility to follow in Anne de Xainctonge’s tradition. Her inspiration, that girls should have the same opportunity as boys for a good education, is as compelling in the 21st century as it was 400 years ago. We aim to foster skills of critical thinking so that our graduates may contribute to myriad facets of society. Notre Dame students, many of whom are the first in their families bound for college, are challenged and nurtured through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum offered in a supportive, friendly environment. By using the city as our “campus, ” Notre Dame exposes its students to a wide range of educational experiences.

Mindful of the challenges encountered during adolescence, we are dedicated to supporting and guiding our students in this formative period. A source of inspiration and assistance for our current students are the alumnae. When alumnae and students refer to Notre Dame as their ” second home ” (Chez Nous), they believe they are, indeed, following in Anne de Xainctonge ‘s footsteps. With its diverse student population and bustling urban location, Notre Dame continues to provide the educational opportunities that high school girls need to become contributing members of the global community.