Our Curriculum And Program Offerings
Our Curriculum And Program Offerings
Notre Dame Academy has created a Christ-centered community with high educational standards taught by well-trained and dedicated teachers. We embrace forward thinking and offer an education that empowers your child to reach their highest potential. The learning opportunities help to enrich the learning experience, from accelerated classes to the arts.
How do we know we provide an exceptional education? As our students graduate from 8th grade, 92% of our graduates enter one honors course in high school, and 88% register in multiple honors classes in the local Catholic and public high schools.
Every child that attends Notre Dame Academy has multiple opportunities to participate in a plethora of educational activities that will enrich their learning experience, from accelerated classes to the arts and sports. At NDA students will have the advantage of a great foundation for learning, and, will often feel that the school is like home away from home.
Our preschool – 2nd grade visit our Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training room every day. Our teachers are trained in both Orton Gillingham and SMART. This combination has significantly dropped the number of students who need referrals for special education or response to intervention services. We also see success in closing the achievement gap.
STEM and Technology
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and a 1:1 computer program are essential for creating students who are prepared for high school and beyond. Our lower grades work on STEM in their regular science classes, but our middle school students have STEM and science as two separate classes. This creates a climate of learning where there is a discernable difference from other school programs. Technology is integrated into the classroom and students are familiar with a wide array of devices. Google classroom is used in addition to Seesaw and other programs that enhance the integration experience.
Our students participate in Spanish beginning in preschool. As they graduate from Notre Dame Academy, our level of instruction has given students an edge as many often test into Spanish Two or honors Spanish in high school.
Notre Dame Academy has team spirit and participates in a local sports league for Christian schools. Sports offerings vary for grades 4 – 8 and typically include soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball. Younger students have had the opportunity to take golf and tennis lessons. We are open to other sports, if we have interest from our students.
Our sports program is under the direction of the school Athletic Director and coached by parent volunteers providing another way for students and their families to build school spirit. Please contact our Athletic Director with questions about sports.
Notre Dame Academy is well known for its music and band departments. The concerts and spring musical are well attended and many of our alumni return to watch the programs. We also have an art program offering a variety of media for students throughout their PK – 8 experiences. See an amazing transformation of our school gym to a professional theatre in this time lapse video.
Reaching All Learners
Notre Dame Academy provides advanced level classes for students who need to be challenged further through flexible learning opportunities, differentiation and individualization of some instructional areas.
Additional support is available for students through our Response to Intervention program and special education services. Notre Dame Academy does its best to meet the needs of students on 504 and IEP plans. We have a variety of needs in our building, including ADHD and autism. To see if your special needs child would benefit from our environment, please contact the Principal.
Academic Enrichment Programs
In addition to the quality instructional programming during the regular school day, students have the opportunity to participate in additional academic teams and fun learning events.
Here are a few of our academic
activities and teams:
- Math League
- History Day
- Science Fair
- Lego Robotics
- Spelling Bee
- Quiz Bowl
Here are a few of the additional programs where students may participate:
- Jazz Band
- Mass Servers
- Mass Cantors
- Student Council
Our Buddy Program is a highlight for our oldest and youngest students. Kinderstart pairs up with 7th grade, while our Kindergartners are buddies with our 8th grade students. The pairs participate in science experiments, reading activities and help them with shopping at the Christmas boutique each year. The bond the students build throughout the year is incredible! The Kindergarteners attend Mass with the 8th graders.
Classes take field trips to activities and events that enhance our curriculum. A few recent examples include plays, museums, concerts, Festival of Nations, Global Market, and the State Capital.
Presentations & Speakers
We also provide exceptional in-school presentations with actors and theatre companies. Students enjoy visits ranging from sports stars, the Earth Dome, animal presentations, and cultural events.
“Our son looked forward to so many aspects of the preschool program: The SMART room, music classes, art classes, gym classes, Spanish classes, his friends, recess, snack, stories, songs, art projects, and classroom parties. It was hard to believe how much was integrated into the fabric of his three three-hour sessions a week. We will always be grateful for the wonderful year our little man experienced as his introduction to formal schooling.”
– Preschool Parents June 2017
Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m.
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