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

Religious Studies

Inspiring Faith and Spirituality

The Religious Studies Department at Notre Dame fosters faith development and critical thinking through a seven-year curriculum that challenges, inspires and educates each student in the foundational elements of the Catholic tradition. The course content reflects the Curriculum Framework outlined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is presented in a sequence that complements our existing Middle School and Upper School curricula.

Middle School Religion Courses:

Catholic Tradition & Scripture
New Testament & Sacraments
Church History & Morality


Upper School Religion Courses:

Introduction to Catholicism
Introduction to Scripture
Catholic Morality
World Religions

The Religious Studies Department empowers students to embrace a global perspective on the world awaiting them. Classes thoughtfully connect students to relevant, meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom, and will complement the teaching role of parents by guiding students to a fuller understanding of the faith community in which they participate.

The life and charism of St. Julie Billiart, our founder, is incorporated into the sixth and ninth grade teachings, highlighting themes of fidelity, courage and friendship.

Department Faculty

Mrs. Susan Woehlcke, Department Chair 
Dr. Norma DaCrema, Religion
Martin Lopez, Religion
Chrissy Keffer, Religion
"Mrs. Slattery inspires me because she is such a nice and caring teacher. She is always making sure we are ok and if we need any help." Emma Wellock '28