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Religious Studies at Notre Dame

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 High School curricula. 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 Religion Curriculum

Middle School

  • 6th Grade: Introduction to Catholic Tradition and Hebrew Scripture
  • 7th Grade: Introduction to the New Testament and Sacraments
  • 8th Grade: Church History and Morality

An overview of the life and charism of St. Julie Billiart is incorporated into the sixth and ninth grade courses. The themes of fidelity, courage, and friendship are highlighted.

High School

  • 9th Grade: Introduction to Catholicism
  • 10th Grade: Introduction to the Bible
  • 11th Grade: Catholic Morality
  • 12th Grade: Two year-long elective options: World Religions in Dialogue with Catholicism, Sacramental Themes in Contemporary Film and Society

Department Faculty

Mrs. Susan Woehlcke, Department Chair 
Dr. Norma DaCrema
Mr. Kevin DeCusatis
Ms. Michele Slattery


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The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school, commits itself to the education of young women of grades 6 through 12 for responsible living in a global society.

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