Building The Foundations For Lifelong Achievement

Notre Dame Academy – Like No Other.

Student life is vibrant, active, friendly, and connected at Notre Dame Academy. Our school offers countless outlets to make friends, exercise talents, and serve others in the community. It is the norm here to be engaged in activities outside the classroom, to take on leadership roles, and to try out new pursuits.

Community Service

The Feeling You Get Here Is Unexplainable.

Altar Serving

Students in grades 5 – 8 are invited to serve St. Therese of Carmel Parish as Altar Servers. After approval by the Pastor and initial training, students will be scheduled to serve for various parish Masses on weekends and at school Masses. Ongoing training is a requirement. Time served as Altar Servers may be counted for Christian service hours.

Mission Outreach

Each year, Notre Dame Academy sponsors a number of outreach projects to help the less fortunate. The majority of these outreach projects, spearheaded by the students, benefit the local community.

Middle School Service Hours

These service hours are a requirement 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Service hours may include assisting in the school, at the Church, or in the community. Students may perform service outside of NDA. If service hours are performed for an organization, the organization must be a non-profit organization. If service is done for an individual, it must be approved in advance by the Principal. Each student is responsible to turn in the Student Service Hours Record Sheet on the due date to their homeroom teacher. Service requirements are as follows:

  • 6th Grade- 10 Hours
  • 7th Grade- 15 Hours
  • 8th Grade- 20 Hours

Officers of Student Council are required to perform forty (40) hours of Christian service during the school year.

Student Service Hours Form

Featured Students

Present & Former NDA Students Who Have Gone Above And Beyond

Daniella and Gabriel Benitez

Daniella’s passion for giving back started two years ago when, as a student at Notre Dame Academy, she had gone down to Tijuana, Mexico to help with the building of a house that the school had sponsored. Both Daniella and her brother Gabriel have committed to heading up at least one “miracle” build a year, by creating teams of 16 kids that raise the $1,000 each to sponsor a home. Daniella just finished her third build; Gabriel finished his second build.

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Annual Traditions

Yearly Events, Galas, and Celebrations.

Notre Dame Academy is a school that is rooted in traditions. Our students, parents, teachers, staff, and Sisters are all familiar with our slogan, “One Family, Always United”. Annual traditions on campus are a wonderful way for all of the NDA community members to come together, celebrate as a family, and bond.

While some of the traditions that we celebrate have been passed down in the NDA family for several years, others are more recently established for our students to enjoy. Here are a few of Notre Dame Academy’s unforgettable traditions:

  • New Family Picnic
  • Golf Tournament & Welcome Dinner
  • 8th Grade Leadership Mass
  • The Sisters’ Anniversary Play
  • Crepe Day
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Movie Night on Dolphin Field
  • Bonjour! Family Fun Festival
  • Turkey Trot
  • Circle of Thanks (an all school Thanksgiving prayer service)
  • Feast of St. Nick Celebration
  • Christmas Bazaar
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Play
  • Jessie Tree (7th Grade Christmas prayer service)
  • Christmas Pageant
  • Spelling Bee
  • Catholic School's Week
  • Middle School Dance
  • Last Supper Vignette (6th Grade Holy Thursday prayer service)
  • Bonsoir Dinner & Dance Fundraising Gala
  • Grandparent’s Day & Art Expose
  • May Crowning
  • STEAM Expo
  • Petite’s “Let Us Shine” Parent’s Program
  • 8th Grade Tribute Dinner
  • 8th Grade Graduation Mass
  • End of Year Recognition Assembly
  • Field Day
After School Enrichment

Notre Dame Academy offers a full menu of after school enrichment opportunities for students. Classes take place after school on-site Monday through Friday afternoons. Enrichment classes are offered for fall, winter, and spring sessions with registration and program information communicated through our weekly newsletter.Your student can select from a variety of after school programs throughout the school year including:

  • Ballet
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Chess Club
  • Mad Science
  • Robotics
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Monart
  • Thought STEM Computer Programming Class
  • NDA Sports
Extracurricular Activities

At NDA we offer several extracurricular activities, as well as After School Enrichment programs. The extracurricular activities that students can participate in are as follows:

  • Student Council
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Choir
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Junior Varsity Sports (5th-6th Grades)
  • Varsity Sports (7th-8th Grades)

Kind Words About Us

  • NDA Is Committed To Developing A Well-Rounded, Highly Conscientious And Compassionate Individual...
    "We knew NDA was the school for our daughter when seeing the Sisters interact with the children. Their love and commitment is evident and irrefutable. We love the combination of an academic and a faith focused environment. This loving combination is unmatched. I would tell my friends that NDA is committed to developing a well-rounded, highly conscientious and compassionate individual. The loving staff is focused on developing wonderful human beings."

    Monica & Justin P. – 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,