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

ND Fast Facts


(2021-2022 Academic Year)
Total Student Body: 553
  • 137 Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • 416 Upper School (Grades 9-12)


The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Middle States Association of Schools on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA).


  • 61 teaching faculty 
  • 78% with advanced degrees
  • Student to teacher ratio 9:1


The 1:1 Laptop Initiative provides all students with an Apple Macbook Air. Notre Dame has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021 for continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment.


Highlighting the Academy’s 40 acre campus is the iconic gothic revival-style Mansion built in 1895. In 1926, the property was sold to Philadelphia utility magnate Clarence Geist and renovated by noted architect Dr. Paul Philippe Cret. Sisters of Notre Dame and students arrived at the Mansion in 1944 and since that time, the Mansion is a much-loved symbol of the Academy.


View our campus map to learn more about our facilities.


In 2006, Notre Dame became an independent educational institution, affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Dr. Laura M. Hotchkiss was appointed as the third lay Head of School of the Academy in 2021.

Center for Global Leadership

The Center for Global Leadership was established in 2015 to create global partnerships that bring students and teachers from around the world to learn and solve problems together. Seven “sister school” partnerships offer academic and cultural exchange opportunities for students.

Honor Code

Notre Dame students accept the responsibility of freedom under the school’s Honor Code.