For years, Notre Dame Academy has led the way in educational technology, integrating core competencies that enable students to thrive in the 21st century. NDA has demonstrated a strong commitment to academic excellence and empowering students by giving them immediate access to cutting-edge technology. These efforts support our mission by integrating technology into a Notre Dame Academy education in a way that teaches our students about the opportunities and responsibilities of global citizenship.
While NDA has been successful in its pursuit, it has been very challenging to provide a 21st century education in a 20th century school building. NDA has embraced technology in its curriculum and in professional development for our teachers, and now it is taking the necessary steps to transform our fifty-year-old building into a 21st Century environment.
Notre Dame Academy has announced the launch of a $7 million capital campaign to renovate its 20th century building into a 21st century environment where it will continue to serve as a premier Catholic high school, providing excellent academic and co-curricular programs that prepare graduates to be outstanding female leaders serving the world.
In light of NDA’s tradition of holistic education, the campaign will support four funding priorities:
- Chapel Renovation
- A 21st Century Collaborative Learning Center
- A new Food Court and Student Commons
- An Elevator and ADA compliance
With its Catholic identity at the heart of a Notre Dame Academy education, the chapel has long been an important space within NDA’s school building. Having a special place where students can go for quiet reflection or to pray and honor God is increasingly important in this technological age. With a focus on the spiritual formation of its students, Notre Dame Academy plans to renovate and expand its chapel so that it will hold at least one full grade level and their teachers.
A 21st Century Collaborative Learning Center
The centerpiece of the Excellence Without Boundaries campaign is a 21st Century Collaborative Learning Center. For several years, Notre Dame Academy has led the way in educational technology and STEM related fields. Educators at NDA believe that fundamental skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking, are required for success in today’s global community and they have integrated core competencies that have enabled students to thrive in the 21st century. NDA’s 21st Century Collaborative Learning Center will support the new and innovative ways that NDA students utilize a library to access online resources and collaborate with others to problem solve and create new ideas.
“This is an exciting time for Notre Dame Academy,” said NDA President Dr. Laura Koehl in the announcement of the campaign. “Through our Excellence Without Boundaries campaign, we have embraced the bold vision God has for us, equipping our students to lead the way as Catholics in this globally competitive information age.” Dr. Koehl added, “This campaign powerfully supports NDA’s commitment to academic excellence and mission of educating young women to make a difference in the world.”