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Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Type: Day
Gender: Girls
560 Sproul Road
Villanova, Pennsylvania

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The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is an independent, college-preparatory Catholic school for girls and young women in grades 6-12. Located on 39 acres in Villanova, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame has been educating, empowering and inspiring students to become compassionate leaders since 1856. At Notre Dame, students explore their interests and express their opinions within an atmosphere of encouragement, and they thrive in a rich learning environment where academic excellence flourishes. Notre Dame alumnae share a deep bond as women of integrity, setting the standard for social responsibility as they lead and serve the world with honor and confidence.

Awards or Certifications:

Apple Distinguished School
LEED Silver Certification (for Notre Dame's STEM Center)

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

Since Notre Dame’s establishment in 1856, our world has changed dramatically, but our commitment to teaching young women "what they need to know for life" has remained the same. Because of this, Notre Dame acts as a leader in innovation and college-readiness by preparing students for the real world through meaningful engagement with dynamic curricula while promoting ideals such as respect for self and others, eager curiosity, and intellectual independence.

With a curriculum that emphasizes both depth and breadth, a world of possibilities opens up for our students. At Notre Dame, they explore new cultures and languages, investigate the sciences, delve into history, express their creativity through fine and performing arts, code, and invent, all while deepening their individual faith journey and how it inspires their lives.

“One of the best things Notre Dame provided me was the knowledge that we could do anything – since we were all girls, the girls were the elected leaders, athletes, scholars.”
Nina Fite, ’75, Current U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Angola

What is your mission statement?

The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur commits itself to the education of young women for responsible living in a global society. The Academy, rooted in the faith tradition of the Catholic Church and the charism of Saint Julie Billiart, provides its students a challenging academic curriculum within a rich spiritual community in order to:
• inspire them to live the prophetic nature of the Gospel, with a passion for justice and love for the poor
• enable them to develop the skills and desire necessary for life-long learning
• empower them to be honorable, compassionate leaders




Discover your daughter's future of promise at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur!