The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956

Notre Dame Welcomes Laura M. Hotchkiss Ph.D, New Head of School

Notre Dame Welcomes Laura M. Hotchkiss Ph.D, New Head of School

Dr. Laura M. Hotchkiss began her tenure as the Academy of Notre Dame’s fifth Head of School on July 1, 2021. A distinguished, experienced independent school leader and educator, Dr. Hotchkiss has spent the last 25 plus years at The Marlborough School in Los Angeles, California, most recently as the school’s Associate Head of Academics. In this role, she helped to guide Marlborough through strategic and academic planning, leadership transition, fundraising and operations.


Dr. Hotchkiss earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has led and participated on a number of school committees, such as Academic Council, Educational Council, Equity and Inclusion, Emergency Preparedness, Educational Technology, AP Program Review, Wellness, and STEM. With proven expertise in the education of young women, Dr. Hotchkiss is passionate about working with girls, faculty, and parents to provide a caring school climate, address school-life balance, and develop academic and co-curricular programs.


Dr. Hotchkiss also serves on the Boards of the National Coalition of Girls’ School and One Schoolhouse, sharing her experience and expertise to further the mission of these organizations. As a girls’ school graduate, she is committed to positively impacting the lives of young women.


“During my visits to campus, I witnessed firsthand the students' deep commitment to their classmates and to the world around them,” shared Dr. Hotchkiss. “I listened to administrators, faculty, and staff share their enthusiasm for guiding students in their academic pursuits, as well as in their development as leaders, campus ministers, and global citizens. The Academy alumnae, who spoke about their deep love for the school and their lifelong friends, reminded me of my own girls' school experience. Parents shared messages about community events that celebrate students through the arts, in athletic contests, and at school traditions.


“Throughout my visit, I was provided a lens into a school where laughter and compassion abound, where diversity is celebrated, and where academic, spiritual, and personal growth are nurtured. These are characteristics of an excellent school and a vibrant community. Saint Julie's philosophy remains even more relevant in today's world—focusing on the unique potential of each student, teaching them ‘what they need to know for life.’


“I am grateful to the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Board of Trustees, Dr. Dwyer, and all the past leaders for their service and strategic vision for Notre Dame. I look forward to this opportunity to serve and learn alongside each of you.”