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A Community Built on Tradition and Excellence

The parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Gabriel the Archangel (formerly St. John's and St. Joseph's, Hopkins) have sponsored and supported a Catholic school program of academic excellence and spiritual formation in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), MN for over 50 years

St. John the Evangelist parish has proudly offered Catholic education to this community since 1951. In 1972, St. John's began a relationship with St. Joseph's parish to jointly offer Catholic education which became John Ireland School.

In 1952, four Sisters from the Order of Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary also created a school - Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHMCS). For a period of time, IHMCS consolidated to also become part of John Ireland School. 

In 2013 these two legendary schools once again reunited to form a new regional Catholic school — Notre Dame Academy. Together we build on our shared heritage of excellence and will accommodate the growing demand for Catholic Education in our community for generations to come.

The benefits of a regional Catholic school are many: 

  • Provides a strong, viable Catholic school accessible to the entire region
  • Increases funding to provide 21st century facilities for 21st century learning
  • Stabilizes enrollment that allows for healthy class sizes 
  • Increases elective class options
  • Allows for stronger and more varied extracurricular activities
  • Blends the best of the two legacies and cultures

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First and second grade, 1952-53 school year

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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