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

Student Life

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Four Students pose together at the Mother Daughter Picnic.

From 1856 until today, Notre Dame students and alumnae share a legacy of cherished traditions that unite and enrich our community.

A Legacy of Tradition

Opening Liturgy and Picnic

Opening Liturgy and Picnic

The ND community gathers to open each academic year with prayer and celebration of the Eucharist. Freshmen are welcomed by their faculty advisors with a Saint Julie necklace and incoming sixth grade students receive a sunflower pin reminding us of Saint Julie's words, "As the sunflower turns always to the sun, so should we always turn to God." Colorful flags on the Mansion lawn mark each class gathering area for a picnic after Mass.

Junior Ring Mass

Junior Ring Mass

The class ring connects the history, memories, and shared experiences of all Notre Dame graduates. Juniors receive their ring during a liturgy celebrated with the ND community. The school seal appears on one side of the center stone and on the other side, ND’s Gates represent the bond and legacy of the sisterhood of Notre Dame.

Mother Daughter Christmas Luncheon and Boutique

Mother Daughter Christmas Luncheon and Boutique

Students and the special women in their lives enjoy a luncheon and boutique shopping experience to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

Spirit Day

Spirit Day

Students in every grade dress in their class colors to participate in a day of games, activities, and friendly challenges. High school students present their own creative takes on popular musicals in the day’s culminating skit competitions.

Father Daughter Communion Breakfast

Father Daughter Communion Breakfast

The special bond between a daughter and her father or special father figure is recognized and blessed at this annual Communion Mass and breakfast.

 

Advent Angels

Advent Angels

Students are invited to exchange kind, encouraging, or funny notes and small gifts secretly with one another for one week during Advent. Students reveal their identities during a Christmas assembly.

 

Class Colors

Class Colors

Each incoming freshman class adopts a class color, which they proudly carry with them through graduation. Our middle school students join in this tradition with their own grade-specific colors.

Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' and Special Friends Day

Middle school grandparents and special friends are invited to join middle school students for Liturgy and a glimpse of ND student life.

Denim Day

Denim Day

Students and faculty dress in pink and denim to support breast cancer awareness and raise money for Breastcancer.org, which is an important online resource center for patients, survivors, and their families.