The History of Notre Dame Academy

Foundations For A Lifetime Of Fulfillment

In September 1988, the Order of Union-Chrétienne de Saint Chaumond sent a small group of Sisters from France to California; with the mission of opening a school in America. Although these Sisters taught in France, they needed time to comprehend the Californian Education system – as well as the vastly contrasting culture. Over the following fifteen years, teaching high school in Southern California, the Sisters were afforded the opportunity to become experts in both! During this time, the Sisters spent years looking and praying for the perfect school site. When finally, in March 2003, their prayers were answered. Sister Agnes Clisson and Sister Anne Perrin traveled to San Diego to meet with the Pastor of St. Therese of Carmel, Father Nicholas Dempsey, about opening a private Catholic school on the grounds of St. Therese of Carmel Parish. Father Nick had been hoping to add a school to the Parish so he was thrilled with the Sisters’ proposal.

Two years later, in the Fall of 2005, Notre Dame Academy was opened. The school commenced at its temporary location at University of San Diego High School for grades K-8 while construction was completed on the St. Therese grounds. There were 82 students enrolled. In January of 2006, Sr. Marie Pascale (NDA's current Principal/President), joined Sister Gabriel Marie and Sister Marie Carmen, as the school opened at its current and permanent location. In 2016 Sister Angelique Therese joined NDA to help instruct the 300 plus students attending the Academy, from Preschool through 8th grade.

Every year we proudly graduate approximately 50 8th grade students, who attend their top choice of high school. Led by the Sisters, Notre Dame Academy continually provides its’ students with the necessary foundation to build a lifetime of fulfillment. We are so grateful to the all the Sisters who have turned their dream into a reality.

Our Mission & Values

Higher Purpose. Higher Learning.

Notre Dame Academy is founded on the commitment of a whole-child education. We are dedicated to helping every child discover their full potential through a blend of traditional and sophisticated learning. We understand you want a nurturing yet challenging environment that prepares your child for a lifetime of fulfillment and to grow up with a strong foundation in Christian values. It’s our purpose to foster the faith, confidence, intelligence, and unity that allows our students to be cultivators of opportunity and stewards of our earth and Christ’s love.

Our Pledge To You

We pledge to nurture every child to their fullest potential; to be an enclave of creativity and culture, rigor and reward, faith and family; to challenge and to inspire; to learn and to laugh; and to lay a lasting foundation for a promising tomorrow.

We are...

Faithful Catholic Christian Witnesses

We pray. We are kind.

We are...

Diligent And Lifelong Learners

We are hard workers. We are good listeners.

We are...

Virtuous Individuals

We are humble. We are grateful.

We are...

Responsible Citizens

We are respectful. We are honest.

Our Founders

One Family, Run by Sisters, Always Caring.

Saint Vincent de Paul was born in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France on April 24, 1581. As the patron saint of charitable societies, he extended his acts of service to all classes of persons, from forsaken childhood to old age. His soul was always intimately united with God, and it was that union that caused him to be so dedicated in his establishment of the Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond. Marie Lumagne, born in Paris on November 29, 1599, married a gentleman from the Court of Louis XIII, Francois de Pollalion, in 1617. He passed away in 1625 and it was then that Madame de Pollalion decided to devote her whole life to the service of her Brothers and to put herself at Saint Vincent de Paul’s disposal. She became one of his main collaborators and accompanied him on his mission around Paris, sharing the tasks of Louise de Marillac, the future founder of the Daughters of Charity. In his company, she visited the charitable societies that he had founded to help the poor, educated young girls, and helped in every possible way. Their partnership and work together is what created the Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond, along with everything that it and the Sisters stand for.

Our Faculty & Staff

Challenging Minds To Change The World.

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Kind Words About Us
  • Blessed To Be A Part Of The NDA Family...
    "“During the last 11 years our three children have been blessed to be a part of the NDA family and all consider NDA to be their home away from home. The fact that the school is led by the Sisters of L’Union-Chrétienne de Saint Chaumond has provided our children with a unique experience in which the Sisters and teaching staff strive to challenge them academically, and expose them to various languages, all the while strengthening their Catholic Faith and character development”"
    Veronica and Jeff K. – Parents,
  • A Strong Moral Foundation For Our Kids...
    "At NDA, we sincerely feel we are part of a larger family! In addition to the Catholic education with the lovely Sisters that help create a strong moral foundation for our kids, we love that the teachers and staff care about not only educating our kids scholastically, but are also sincerely intent on motivating our kids to be the best version of themselves in a variety of important ways, such as socially and benevolently."
    G.G. B. – Parent,
  • NDA Is Not Just A School, It’s A Place To Grow...
    "NDA is not just a school, it’s a place to grow and experience the world around you with not just your classmates, but with your “family” that has good Catholic values instilled in them."
    Sal S. – Alumni Class of 2015,
  • NDA Is My Second Family...
    "NDA is my second family, a community where I have developed lifelong friendships and learned invaluable lessons from mentors that will forever guide me into my future endeavors."
    Isabella R. – Alumni Class of 2018,
  • Dedicated Teachers And Staff...
    "We chose NDA because of its French program. Little did we know that we were picking a home away from home. Dedicated teachers and staff, a strong academic program, a safe environment, and a close group of friends make NDA a great school! "
    Robbie B. – Parent,