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BE ChALLENGED • • • hAVE ChOICES See who Each Young Woman Develops her Own Potential U Can B! High School is the perfect opportunity for each young woman to discover who ••• she is and develop her own gifts. As the premier, all-girls, single-sex school we YES 2 recognize each young woman is BOLD, BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL, and SINGLE-SEX BLESSED in her own unique way. It is our role to help her develop her individual EDUCATION! gifts academically, spiritually, socially, and athletically to turn her into tomorrow’s “woman of vision.” International Baccalaureate Diploma Program After completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) enrollment process, Notre Dame Academy will be the first, Catholic, all-girls school in Ohio to have this highly recognized academic program. Faculty members have already trained in the U.S. and Europe while the school is completing certification. IB elements feature a distinctive, critical thinking process across a broad spectrum of subjects ] [IB d including a 4,000 word essay and a project in which ate icip Ant 011 students create a program to serve the community. Ex Fa ll 2 IB is recognized by the most prestigious colleges pl o and universities. Fu the re BE tu re ChALLENGED ! ••• First, Catholic All-Girls School in Ohio Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic college preparatory high school, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, promotes the holistic development of young women for leadership and service by ••• providing an exceptional educational experience permeated with MISSION STATEMENT Christian values. • • • BE PREPARED FOR ThE FUTURE Over $12 million Online Courses through The University of Toledo W ! in college NE Online courses are the norm. Our goal is for every student to successfully awards complete at least one online college course prior to high school graduation to learn this specialized skill. Courses are part of a standard class ••• period and each student works at her own pace. A faculty facilitator provides hAVE feedback, assesses the student’s progress, encourages, and propels students ChOICES! further into the content. With over 20 courses to choose in the areas of business, the arts, social sciences, and science, it’s a great jumpstart to college. And of course, upon successful completion students receive college credit. BRILLIANT opportunities encourage young women to explore their vision of the future with hands-on experiences in engineering, business, law, politics, science, medicine, and media arts. Students create college-level art portfolios, take apart an engine, learn accounting, and so much more. Senior project provides an immersion into a potential career. All seniors must shadow in an area of interest that provides valuable insights into future career plans. Experience Unique partnerships with colleges provide advanced credit for College some coursework, for example, instructors from Owens Partnerships Community College teach the Language of Medicine and ••• Pathophysiology courses on the Notre Dame Academy campus. UNIQUE Colleges Recognize the Academic Caliber of OPPORTUNITIES! Notre Dame Students Notre Dame Academy young women are recognized by colleges and universities for their academic preparedness and caliber. The results prove it -- the Class of 2010 earned over $12 million in college awards. Our academic program offers the area’s largest all-girls Advanced Placement and Honors Program balanced with support to help all students succeed. “The fine arts program at NDA was excellent. I have talked to a WhAT RECENT lot of my peers and they didn’t have anything close to what NDA ALUMS SAY offered.” - NDA alum ’04 ut • • • abo “The student body was so well-rounded. I met so many girls from such diverse backgrounds. I learned so much from them.” - NDA alum ’07 BE WhO UR • • • Aerie Program Supports Academic Success A BOLD academic program requires strong support. Aerie means eagle’s nest or foundation. The Aerie Program creates a foundation for students to venture out. A mentored-study program is available to students who need or seek more focused academic attention. Peer tutors work with students on overnight homework assignments or for ongoing support. A summer institute teaches organizational skills and instills pride in being an NDA student. Math Lab during lunch and right after school insures each student gets the help she needs. Plus, the popular “cocoa and cram” right before exams is an NDA tradition. Skilled teachers, who understand how girls learn, Guidance all motivate and influence them in critical subjects. Four Years! ••• College Counseling Starts Freshman Year Academic The first steps to a successful future start the minute a young woman walks through the Support door. Nearly 100 percent of Notre Dame Academy graduates continue their education Programs in post-secondary institutions. A dedicated college counselor and personalized attention from the Guidance Department all four years provides the assistance students need as they navigate through high school and plan for college and beyond. Most students who earned a college award use it at the school of their choice. Block Scheduling Prepares Students for College Notre Dame Academy has successfully implemented an eight-period, alternating block schedule for over 12 years. The alternating block schedule allows year-long classes to provide continuity of study with four 85-minute classes on one day and four other classes the next day. Student benefits include preparation for a college schedule, ability to do more in-depth and hands-on learning, the opportunity to utilize academic support services for assistance if required, core curriculum (math, science, foreign language, etc.) is taught the entire year, and better academic retention when you take a class for the entire year, not just the semester. Teachers who WhAT RECENT understand “Not having boys in my class really ALUMS SAY how girls helped my confidence – – learn! ut ••• abo when I’ve heard other people talk about their co-ed high schools in college, I don’t feel like I’ve missed out at all.” - NDA alum ’08 IN MIND BODY AND SPIRIT! Spiritual Development As a faith-based community, Notre Dame Academy nurtures Christian values. In an atmosphere that teaches religious truths and morals, students form a solid foundation on which a meaningful, spiritual life can grow. Not all students come from a Catholic-based tradition, but all benefit from a spiritual life built around retreats, four years of theology studies, Christian volunteer service, and moral values. Notre Dame Academy embraces young women and their families Girls from all faith backgrounds. Develop Caring Notre Dame Academy develops young women as Christian leaders. hearts Volunteerism is a key ingredient in nurturing a commitment to today’s social Four-Year justice concerns and creating tomorrow’s woman of vision and compassion. Retreat Program Students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of service, most do much more. ••• Emphasis is placed on deepening a young woman’s prayer life and moral Be a Leader! leadership in a faith-based community. A four-year retreat program unfolds with the freshman friend-building retreat and culminates in the powerful senior Kairos to awaken a BEAUTIFUL spirit. GIVE OF YOURSELF! ••• Over 25,000 Christian Service hours “I loved the sense of family in the school, the curriculum helped me become more well-rounded in all aspects, not just academically but spiritually as well.” - NDA alum ’04 “Notre Dame was worth more than the tuition as far as building my confidence. I’d recommend it to anyone.” - NDA alum’06 BE A PART OF NDA • • • hAVE FUN • • • Dine and Do – 50-Minute Lunch Period What would you do with a 50-minute lunch period – chat with friends, get help from a teacher, attend a club meeting? Those are just some of the advantages students have with the 50-minute lunch period. Tutoring Tuesdays provides a chance to meet with teachers during the lunch period. Visit the Math Lab. Study for for a quiz. Attend a club meeting. Hear a fascinating speaker. Celebrate Mass. It’s your choice -- eat, chill, study, meet, chat, or do whatever. A 40-Acre Campus with all the Amenities Located by Westfield Mall with easy expressway access, the Notre Dame Academy campus is a tree-enhanced sanctuary with athletic fields, picnic facilities, walking paths, and plenty of parking. The building includes state-of-the-art technological achievements: • SmartBoardsTM in every classroom • New state-of-the-art broadcast studio • Savage Resource Center with glass enclosed group study area, a B who U can B! student lounge with comfortable seating, and over 300 computers ••• for student use A Notre Dame • Air-conditioned gymnasium Academy • Air-conditioned weight/fitness room education • 800+ capacity Performing Arts Center with state-of-the-art encourages sound/lighting/projection booth young women to have intellectual curiosity, spiritual vision, inner strength, self-discipline, and Resource self-respect. Center and • • • student State-of-the-art lounge broadcast studio LEARN • LEAD • LAUGh • • • IT’S A GIRL ThING! Consider Single-Sex Education Although girls have historically done better academically in school, boys tend to do better on standardized tests such as the SAT and PSAT leading to more opportunities to earn college awards. Some studies report that by high school only 29% of the girls are “happy with the way I am” and less than half report they’re good at math. And in a world that is technology driven with science and math, often viewed as “male subjects,” as a strong basis for the future and the job industry where does that leave today’s young women? College degrees are necessary today, but are girls going to have SINGLE-SEX the confidence to pursue the technology careers of tomorrow? EDUCATION ••• All-female classrooms encourage young women to achieve more. Achieve More Generally you see girls do much better in math and science and across the board Be a Leader in all subjects. In a single-sex environment girls aren’t afraid to be known as smart ••• or as a tomboy out on the athletic field. The single-sex environment allows girls to It lets UBU! explore “male subjects” such as mathematics, advanced sciences, computers, and technology without the connotation that they are “geeks.” Notre Dame Academy provides extra opportunities in science and math such as Honors Engineering, Honors Molecular Genetics, Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry II, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology II, and AP Calculus AB and BC. Plus, the new online course program with The University of Toledo opens up even more opportunities in the areas of science, math, and technology. These courses encourage girls to step out of their comfort zones and progress beyond the traditional biology, physical science, and algebra to become tomorrow’s doctors, engineers, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs. Women who choose non-traditional careers in the sciences and technology can expect to have “Alumnae from lifetime earnings that are 150% of women who choose traditional careers. all-girls’ schools feel their school Single-Sex education provides more leadership opportunities – helped them whether it is on the athletic playing field or in the classroom. Clubs and activities develop provide hundreds of leadership roles as do music and theatre programs, self-confidence, academic tournament teams, and retreat programs. assertiveness, and a strong In the 2000 study by the Goodman Research Group of Cambridge, sense of identity: Massachusetts, one of the outcomes of the 4,274 girls’ school alumnae surveyed It’s okay to be found 93% agreed that girls’ schools provide greater leadership opportunities than smart!” coed schools; additionally, 80% held leadership positions since graduating from ••• high school. Myra and David Sadler, authors of This becomes especially important in the college application process where Failing at Fairness: college admission departments look for evidence of leadership in clubs, How America’s organizations, and churches in their acceptance determination. Schools Cheat Girls. SING • DANCE • DEBATE • MENTOR • TWIRL! have Fun, Learn Leadership! Girls love having fun – sharing, laughing and being with friends. Clubs are the perfect way to build friendships. Plus, young women develop self-confidence, enhance communication skills, and build on their natural strengths Over as they take on leadership roles. BLESSED with over 25 clubs, 25 girls have fun and learn independence skills, laying the Clubs groundwork for college and beyond. Link Crew, a special & program for almost 60 juniors and seniors, cultivates mentoring CLUBS Activities and leadership skills in older girls while guiding freshmen ••• Aerospace Science Club through their first year. African-American Club Art Club Performance opportunities abound whether it is on the stage Band/Flag (SFS, SJJ) Cheerleading (SFS) of the fall musical or during the spring drama/comedy. Play a musical Culinary Club instrument? No problem. Join orchestra or a Marching Band. Sing? Current Events Try out for the Bel Canto Choir. Love to dance? There is Dance Squad, Dance Squad Diplomats Hip Hop, and of course, the always spectacular fall musical. Fall Musical Film Studies Club Forensics Speech Team French Club Global Concerns Inv Get olv Hip Hop ed! Hispanic Club Horse Club J-JAM (Jesus, Joseph, and Mary) Latin Club Link Crew Math Club Pastoral Core Team Pep Club Princess Club Rocketry Club Spiritual Activities Spring Drama Student Council BE PART OF A TEAM • • • BE WhO UR! • • • @ NDA! Girl Power 7 Times! Notre Dame Academy is the sports leader in the area for young women. BRILLIANT on the field and off, for seven years straight the Notre Dame Eagles have won the City League All Sports Award. Eagle teams consistently receive All-City and All-State academic honors. Young women build leadership skills, develop self-confidence, and have fun on the field and off. The Eagle athletic program teaches individuals to work SPORTS as a group for a common goal, to help students view ••• both success and failure in the proper perspective, Fall Sports and to assist athletes in developing self-discipline and Bowling (V) Crew (CS) self respect. 12 Cross Country (V, JV) Varsity Equestrian (CS) Sports Fencing (CS) Golf (V, JV) Soccer (V, JV) Tennis (V, JV) Volleyball (V, JV, F) Winter Sports Basketball (V, JV, F) Bowling (V) Broomball (CS) Fencing (CS) Gymnastics (V) Swimming (V) / Diving (V) Spring Sports Bowling (V) Crew (CS) Lacrosse (JV, V) Softball (V, JV) Track & Field (V, JV) Fencing (CS) (CS) Club Sport (F) Freshman (JV) Junior Varsity (V) Varsity BLESSED With Opportunities . . . Challenge Your Academic Largest Area All-Girls Fine & Performing Arts Program Potential! Young women dance, sing, act, and perform to awaken their BEAUTIFUL spirit ••• in over 30 classes. Speech and drama classes build self-confidence while young women learn to express their ideas and opinions. Art classes explore everything 16 AP Classes from three-dimensional concepts through computer graphic design where 34 honors Classes students develop a college portfolio. Whether a young woman’s talent lies in singing or playing a musical instrument or both there are abundant options. Plus there are plenty of performance opportunities that showcase ALL the arts throughout the school year. Beyond the Classroom Students Gain Real World Experince Fine and Performing Arts Programs Awaken Dance, sing, act, and perform to awaken Your Spirit! Vision Quest • • • your creative spirit with 12 instrumental courses and 7 voice classes Career Exploration ••• Notre Dame Academy encourages Speech & Drama Speech/Drama I, II Dance young women to explore their vision of the future with hands-on opportunities in Advanced Drama I, II Sing business, engineering, law/politics, media arts, medicine and science careers. Visual Arts Act Three Dimensional Art Perform! Business Art I, II Accounting I, II, III Honors Art III, IV Personal Finance AP Art History Graphic Design I, II Engineering Introduction to Engineering Dance Applied Dance I, II, III, IV Law/Politics (Semester and year-long credit available) Introduction to Law Special Note: Students who study dance Contemporary Global Issues for at least two hours per week outside Women’s Studies of NDA are eligible to receive credit if requirements are met. Media Arts Web Design and Computer Graphics Voice Graphic Design I, II Chorus I, II, III, IV Broadcast Journalism II, III Honors Choir Voice Class Medicine Advanced Voice Class Language of Medicine Pathophysiology Instrumental Beginning Instrument Science Orchestra I, II, III, IV Molecular Genetics (Honors) Honors Orchestra Music Composition I, II, III Senior Project History of Popular Music An immersion into a potential career, ALL AP Music Theory seniors must shadow for 36 hours in an Women in Music area of interest. The project provides Band (St. John’s Jesuit High School and valuable insights into future career plans. St. Francis de Sales High School) Be Who U Can B @ NDA! Preparing Today’s Young Women for Tomorrow’s World FACT: Women now outnumber men in the U.S. workforce. FACT: Women now hold more than 50% honors & Advanced Honors World History of managerial AP United States History and professional Placement Courses AP United States Government and Politics Honors Psychology* jobs, according Challenge your academic potential while earning college credit through Advanced AP Psychology* to the Bureau of Placement (AP) courses and Lourdes Honors Art III Labor Statistics. College (*). Honors Art IV AP Art History Honors Theology – Bio-Ethics FACT: Honors Choir Women now Honors English I, II, III Honors Orchestra AP Music Theory earn 60% AP English IV of master’s W! Online Courses with Honors Math I, II, III Honors Pre-Calculus NE degrees, AP Calculus AB* The University of Toledo about 60% of AP Calculus BC Business Principles all bachelor’s Honors French I, II, III, IV Human Resource degrees, AP French IV Development UT about half of all AP French V Mass Communication and Society Course Introduction to Film law and medical Honors Chinese I, II Personal Investing Offerings degrees, Principles of Nutrition and 42% Honors Spanish I, II, III Historical Thinking – AP Spanish IV Merchants, Peasants, Bandits of all MBAs. AP Spanish V Writing Across the Curriculum Survey of Contemporary Chinese Culture Honors Latin I, II, III, IV Introduction to Exercise Science Will your AP Latin IV Marketing Principles Introduction to Philosophy daughter Honors Biology I Psychobiology Introduction to Social Welfare be AP Biology II Honors Chemistry I Flash Web Animation prepared? AP Chemistry II Beginning Adobe Illustrator AP Environmental Science Beginning Adobe Photoshop ••• Honors Physics Podcasting, Vodcasting, Blogging Honors Anatomy/Physiology Honors Anatomy/Physiology II Criminal Justice Human Relations and Diversity NDA Honors Molecular Genetics Honors Engineering Geological Hazards and the Environment Trigonometry GIRLS Principles of Financial Accounting WILL! IT’S A GIRL ThING . . . Girls with Dreams become Women of Vision! More than Notre Dame Academy half is affordable to all families the students receive Notre Dame Academy works with an award families across a wide range of incomes to help young women receive an exceptional educational experience. Often, middle class families find with some help from the school that a Notre Dame Academy education is within reach for their daughter. More than half of Notre Dame Academy students receive an academic merit scholarship and/or tuition assistance award. We Want You ••• Notre Dame Academy admits students of any race or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities.
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