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

Global Classroom

For the past two years, students in our Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship courses have collaborated with students at St. Nicholas Girls' School on solving problems that affect people in both countries, but perhaps in different ways. They engage in the five-step design thinking process to discover the similarities and differences in the problems they hope to address together.

These projects last 3-4 weeks and culminate in live, virtual presentations. Topics range from academic stress to the UN's sustainable development goals to COVID-19 problems.

Solutions with Singapore

For the past two years students in our Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship courses have collaborated with students at St. Nicholas Girls' School on solving problems that affect people in both countries, but perhaps in different ways. They engage in the five-step design thinking process to discover the similarities and differences in the problems they hope to address together. This year, they solved problems caused by COVID-19 like food deprivation and loneliness in older generations. 

Sketchbook Exchange 

Kate Rupertus, Kara Luzi & Julie McNulty collaborated with the art teacher at our sister school in Montréal, The Study, on a sketchbook exchange between our two schools and across various grade levels. This involved having many students consider the question "What matters to you most?" and answer it through artistic expression in a sketchbook which was sent back and forth between the schools every three weeks by, yes, snail mail! 

TEDx Countdown on Climate

Our 11th grade religion classes collaborated with our Canadian sister school, The Study on a TEDx Countdown Watch Party, which aims to address the climate crisis by inspiring people around the world to take ACTION. We curated a video of talks by influential people including Al Gore, Pope Francis, Christiana Figueres, Amanda Gorman, Prince William, and more! Plus, our students weighed in on the importance of these issues in the video. After the watch party, our students will be working on their own Environmental Action Plans, some alongside students from The Study.