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


Inspiring Critical Thinking

The course offerings of the English program enable students to reflect upon the language they use in their daily lives and to develop the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills essential for effective communication.

Students read and analyze a diverse array of literary works, write in a variety of styles, and participate in discussions and presentations. They conduct research at every level of study and develop an ability to locate and evaluate appropriate sources. Students are challenged to write from their hearts and minds in a way that will influence their writing for a lifetime.

Notre Dame’s Writing Center, a resource for reinforcing a variety of writing skills, is open and available every period of the day and is staffed by upper-level Writing Fellows and members of the English Department.

Middle school and upper school students have the opportunity to serve on the staff of a variety of student publications, including the newspaper and literary magazine.

English Faculty

Dr. David Califf, English Department Chair
Ms. Marielle Alexander, English
Ms. Katie Bellopede, English
Mrs. Kim Burke, English
Mrs. Kathleen McGuiness, English
Mrs. Kathleen Shaheen, English
Mrs. Leslie Wlotko, English