Academy of Notre Dame

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Academy of Notre Dame
180 Middlesex Road
Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, (Middlesex County), 01879
United States
Coordinates 42°40′12″N 71°25′37″W / 42.67000°N 71.42694°W / 42.67000; -71.42694Coordinates: 42°40′12″N 71°25′37″W / 42.67000°N 71.42694°W / 42.67000; -71.42694
Type Private, Coeducational (Pre-K-8), All-Girls (9-12)
Motto Ad Altiora
(Toward Higher Things)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Established 1854
Principal Mrs. Helen Kay,
Dr. Robery Murphy (PK-8)
Asst. Principal Mrs. Elizabeth O'Connell (PK-8)
Grades Pre-K12
Enrollment 186 (9-12) (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 8:1 (9-12)
Campus size 250 acres (1.0 km2)
Color(s) Navy Blue and Goldenrod         
Athletics conference Merrimack Valley
Team name Lancers
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication Morganna’s Muse (literary/art magazine)
Tuition $11,600 (HS),
$6,950 (K2-8),
$7,500 (Pre-K thru K1 - 5day),
$4,600 (PreK - 3 day)
Admissions Director Jocelyn Mendonsa
Athletic Director Lisa Zappala

The Academy of Notre Dame is a private, Roman Catholic school in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.


The Academy of Notre Dame was established in 1854 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Lowell, Massachusetts. The boarding school outgrew that location and moved to rural Tyngsboro, on land formerly belonging to actress Nance O'Neil, in 1927. The school phased out boarding in the 1960s.[2]

Student life[edit]

The Academy of Notre Dame is co-educational for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, and is an all-girls high school.

The high school girls are very well rounded in that they are given the opportunity to be involved in many extra-curricular activities. The school offers many programs including: Liturgy committee, liturgical dance, drama, glee club, blue and gold, campus ministry, soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, Amnesty International, breakfast and books, crafter's guild, math club, model UN, missions, S.A.D.D, recycling committee, newspaper and many more.[3]

The Academy also offers opportunities for International Students. The school's nurturing atmosphere allows international students to succeed academically while transitioning into an English only classroom. There are numerous opportunities for all students to enrich their knowledge and extra-curricular activities. Host families, usually families already a part of the Academy, help international students assimilate to their new life at the Academy and in America.[4]


Pre-Kindergarten through Five (K-5)

The current uniforms for K-5 consist of a blue polo and navy blue slacks for the boys and either a blue, white, or yellow blouse with a primarily navy blue and yellow jumper for the girls. Both genders have the option of wearing a navy sweater.

Grades six through eight

The middle school uniforms consist of navy blue or tan slacks and a white, navy blue, grey, or yellow polo for the boys. Girls can wear a white, gray, yellow, or navy blue polo shirt. With a pleated kilt, navy blue, or khakis slaks. The girls wear knee highs with black or brown dress shoes or black or white sneakers. K–8

All girls in grades K–8 wear navy blue knee-highs, with the option to substitute with navy tights. In cold weather they have the option to wear navy corduroy slacks.

Students in K–8 are required to have uniforms for physical education. These consist of gold tee-shirts with the NDA logo in blue on them along with mesh shorts (the shorts must have the NDA logo on them). From November through April students are required to wear a combination of navy sweatpants and sweatshirt with the school logo in gold.

High School

The high school uniform is very different. Girls have the option of a white oxford or a polo, or a pink, navy or burgundy polos with a woolen plaid, pleated skirt or kilt that is primarily gray with accents of navy and burgundy. Sweaters are optional and are either navy or burgundy. Throughout the year, girls are allowed to wear khakis. Knee-highs are navy, burgundy, or gray, and can be substituted with tights of the same colors. The girls are to look neat and presentable at all times.

The high school students do not have gym uniforms.


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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ AND. "History of the Academy of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ AND. "Student Activities". Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ AND. "InternationalStudentProgram". Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  5. ^ AND. "Academy of Notre Dame Student Handbook 2008-2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-01.