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Q. What will happen during the 2012-13 school year?
A. This year is a bridging year in which the IHM and St. John’s communities can celebrate who we are and deepen our resolve to establish a strong Catholic school for the future. This year is not a closure, but rather a re-imaging of Catholic education for the region.

Q. How much will tuition be and when will it be set?
A. Catholic Finance Corp. has worked with the regional school’s Board of Directors to determine tuition costs. Tuition is in-line with previous years and competitive with other Catholic schools in the area. See additional information here.

Q. Have decisions been made concerning school uniforms?
A. The Advancement Committee is currently considering options, colors and designs for the new school’s uniforms. The Advancement Committee made a uniform recommendation to the Advisory Council in January, 2013.

Q. How will the curriculum for the regional school be created?
A. The current teachers at IHM and St. John’s, with help from the Archdiocese, will work to create the new school’s curriculum. Both schools will have the opportunity to bring their best practices to the new curriculum.

Q. How specifically will you address STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)?
A. The response is twofold – first formally and second, informally. Formally, we will map the science, technology and math curriculums using existing curriculums from both schools. Engineering, by nature, is a process employing these three areas; once the subjects are aligned relative to scope and sequence we will identify project-type learning experiences enabling students to be exposed to, and begin to understand the nature of engineering. Informally, we will pursue enrichment opportunities both during and after school in support of our commitment to STEM learning.

Q. Will there be extra-curricular activites?
A. 
Yes. The Co-Curricular Committee  worked to ensure that the new school provides enriching extracurricular opportunities for all students. The activities will provide opportunities for every student to enhance their school experience in the areas of faith, academics, fine arts, and athletics.

In addition, the Climate for Learning Committee was dedicated to building a Catholic school community that honors the traditions of the sponsoring parishes. To this end, the committee recently released a survey to all families of both parishes requesting input on the traditions and school activities that are important and worth preserving.

Q. Is there any consideration to after school study groups?
A. 
Absolutely!  If there is a need or desire and we can secure proper supervision/guidance, we will entertain a wide range of opportunities for students.

Q. How will you determine the number of classes per grade?
A. 
In the event enrollment in a specific grade level exceeds the established guidelines we would consider adding a second section. This would be dependent on a number of variables such as time of the school year, learner composition of the class, and a threshold of potential incoming students. If we had, for example, only two additional students at the beginning of the school to a current class of 20 students (total of 22), we probably would not split and, depending on the learner composition of the class consider the need for an educational assistant.

We are committed to maintaining an optimal learning environment so when logical, we will establish a second section of a grade. Definitive policy guidelines will be provided regarding class size and when we split and/or add an educational assistant. 

Regarding when to allocate an educational assistant, we will use the following criteria; class size, the grade level, learner diversity – what are the scope of the needs, particularly with regards to reading and writing levels/literacy; and, to a lesser extent overall enrollment.

Q. Please provide specifics how you will address the needs of students with special needs:
A. 
Establishing a “Child Study Team" (CST) composed of the principal, classroom teacher, specialist teacher and, as needed, any other learning professional will provide the support for students with special needs. Parents will play a significant role as well, periodically joining the CST.

  • Both formal and informal assessment data will be generated to inform our work.
  • An ongoing diagnostic/prescriptive process designed to ensure the child’s needs are effectively being met will serve as the core of the work of this group who will meet monthly. 
  • The classroom teacher’s role is critical in that s/he must serve as the student’s advocate to ensure the student’s needs are being met; whether that means direct instruction, differentiation, parent communication, or otherwise.
  • If the child has an IEP or 504 plan, we will work with the public school liaison to insure the plan is being fully honored and IS effective.

Additional support as available, such as volunteer cohorts who are interested in tutoring or being trained in certain aspects of reading/writing literacy, will be recruited.

Q. Will there be before and after school care?
A. 
Yes. The Before & After School Care Committee has been formed to create an extended day program that will meet child care needs for before and after school hours. More information will be provided as this committee completes its analysis and presents its recommendations. Click here for the most updated information.

Q. What provisions have been made for transportation?
A. Our transportation program is designed to provide the very best transportation service we can offer our families. 

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Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

School hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
School Mass: Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m.

Principal: Mrs. Ginger Vance

Phone (952) 358-3500
Fax: (952) 935-2031
Email: office@nda-mn.org