The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for girls and 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

Student Support & Well-Being Services

Notre Dame’s Student Support and Well-Being Team believes that mental well-being is the foundation for all areas of wellness. We commit to fostering the development of one’s mental wellness through providing holistic, high-quality, and equitable services while normalizing access to care and reducing the stigma of asking for help. 

Through ND Cares, Notre Dame’s Student Support and Well-Being Team recognizes and values that we are in partnership with other educators, parents, and community resources, which facilitate a support system to ensure our students’ success.  

Middle School

Middle School is an essential time for the development of studentship skills and personal development. In order to provide the highest quality of care, Notre Dame has a dedicated Middle School Counselor that supports students during these three years - grades 6, 7, and 8. The Middle School Counselor builds relationships through one-on-one sessions, counseling seminar class, and group interventions.

Upper School

We believe that relationship building is the foundation for high-quality counseling services. As students enter 9th grade, they are paired with a counselor that will support them during their four years of Upper School at Notre Dame. Our counselors build relationships through one-on-one sessions, counseling seminar class, and group interventions. Our Upper School has partnered with The JED Foundation to evaluate our programing to ensure we are continuing to offer an equitable, impactful program for all students.

Learning Support Services

All students with learning differences that are admitted to the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur have met the same rigorous standards that all Notre Dame students have met. Learning Support is provided to students with documented learning disabilities as defined by the ADA and IDEA. Documentation must be provided by one of the following professionals to qualify for accommodations: school psychologist, private psychologist, psychiatrist.  Learning support services are outlined for individuals according to their needs and are formalized in Educational Learning Plans (ELPs) in order to inform teachers and school staff.  

For more information regarding this process, please contact Mrs. Amy Wroblewski, Learning Support Specialist.

Advisory Program

Faculty Mentors Individualize Learning Experiences
In addition to the individualized services offered by Notre Dame’s Counseling and College Counseling departments, the Academy has implemented an Advisory Program to add a new level of personalized support for students.
This program helps build relationships by connecting incoming middle schoolers and freshmen with faculty mentors. Students get to know their mentor, get to know other students in a small-group settings and, in the process, learn more about themselves.

At Notre Dame, the advisor offers academic guidance to the students in his or her group and supports their social and emotional development through team-building activities, Socratic seminars, and social activities.

Notre Dame Launches ND CARES: Student Well-Being Initiative

In spring 2022, Notre Dame launched a comprehensive, school-wide initiative focused on the well-being, social-emotional growth, and mental health of every student. Through partnerships with The Jed Foundation and The Social Institute, Notre Dame is providing girls with the skills and resources to be well and to recognize when their classmates and friends show signs of stress, anxiety, and more. Read more in this Philadelphia Inquirer piece.

Support Services Staff

Mrs. Amanda O'Toole Perry
Upper School Counselor
(610) 687-0650 ext. 185