Faith & Service

Modeling Christian Values

Faith & Service

Modeling Christian Values

Religion – The Education of the Whole Child

There are many alternatives to Catholic schools, but there are no substitutes. Faith is the reason we join each other in this unique community and it is an integral part of our school life. Each day we begin and end with prayer, and students and faculty pray before and after every lunch.  As a regional school, Sacrament preparation happens at your home parish, keeping you in touch with your Sunday traditions and services. Students attend weekly Mass and participate as readers, choir members, and servers. With the modeling of Christian values and our morals as a guide, we have few behavioral issues.

Our students are happy and balanced as they are able to celebrate many special holidays including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and May Crowning. We have a pet blessing on St. Francis’s Feast Day, and children receive candy in their shoes as we celebrate St. Nicholas. We enjoy Halloween, Christmas and St. Valentine’s Day classroom parties. Our Christmas concert and Nativity Pageant are highlights of the Advent season. During Lent, the Living Stations of the Cross are performed by our 8th graders.

Our sponsoring priests come and speak to classes, participate in activities and help our students understand how to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ to their lives. With approximately 85% of our families being Catholic, we are very welcoming to other Christian faiths in our private school. Our 8th graders participate in a Pilgrimage each spring and the middle school students participate in a NET Ministries retreat each fall.

Modeling the Beatitudes and Works of Mercy is important to us and therefore service is part of our school environment. Our families support a yearly food drive for the local ICA food shelf. During Advent and Lent, we have made sandwiches for the homeless, packed food for Feed my Starving Children, donated to animal shelters, and brought items in for Mary’s Place and a home for abused women and youth.

Through Faith

We Serve

“There is a spirit in this school of dedication. Dedication by all to make certain each student discovers and develops their God given talents and abilities. As a member of IHM parish I am proud that our church and diocese are dedicated to fostering the mission of Catholic education for our youth.”
– Parishioner

Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone: 952-358-3500
Fax: 952-935-2031

Lion's Lair Direct Line: 952-388-6777

Doors open at 8:40 a.m.

School Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Preschool Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

School Mass:
Wednesdays and Holy Days at 9:15 a.m. Livestreamed via IHM.

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