Colegio Católico Notre Dame

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Colegio Católico Notre Dame
Colegio Catolico Notre Dame logo.png
Location
Caguas, Caguas Puerto Rico
United States
Coordinates 18°14′10″N 66°2′56″W / 18.23611°N 66.04889°W / 18.23611; -66.04889Coordinates: 18°14′10″N 66°2′56″W / 18.23611°N 66.04889°W / 18.23611; -66.04889
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Principal Mr. José Grillo '58 (CCNDS);
Luz Rodríguez (CCNDE)
Grades PK12
Enrollment 2,300+ (2006-2007)
Accreditation

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

AdvancED
Affiliation Catholic
Website

Colegio Católico Notre Dame is a coeducational Roman Catholic school located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Notre Dame is composed of a pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. Not all these schools are located on the same campus.

History[edit]

The Colegio Católico Notre Dame was founded on October 3, 1916 by Redemptorist Priests (of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) with the help of the Congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Originally the school had the name of Colegio Dulce Nombre de Jesús but this was eventually changed to the name it has today.

Notre Dame initially accepted students from kindergarten to the fourth grade. By 1921, the school had expanded to include the eighth grade. In 1947, the first 24 students graduated twelfth grade from Notre Dame.

In 1956, the grades from seventh to twelfth were moved to Troche Avenue in Caguas, its current location. The high school was then named Notre Dame High School in honor of the Virgin Mary and the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The elementary school is located next to the Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesús in the "plaza" of Caguas. Notre Dame also has a pre-kindergarten (formed in 1986) and a kindergarten (formed in 1950), both located in the same campus as the high school.

In 1964 Notre Dame received accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Eventually, the school went back to the name Colegio Católico Notre Dame in order to unify the schools.

In 1997, the elementary school received the "Blue Ribbon Award" of Excellence in Education awarded by the "Blue Ribbon Schools Program".

Notre Dame is currently the biggest private school in Puerto Rico with more than 2,300 students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.[citation needed]

School's Motto[edit]

The school's motto is that of the School Sisters of Notre Dame virtus et scientia, which translates to virtue and science

School's Mission[edit]

In Spanish[edit]

"La misión del Colegio Católico Notre Dame es preparar a los estudiantes para evangelizar con la visión de promover justicia para Puerto Rico y el mundo y vivir la sabiduría de la fe judia. Nos esforzamos por educar a nuestra comunidad con excelencia a fin de incentivar a sus miembros a convertirse en individuos responsables que respeten la diversidad teniendo como prioridad el hacer suya la opción por los pobres."

In English[edit]

"The mission of Notre Dame High School is to prepare students to evangelize with the vision of promoting justice for Puerto Rico and the world and live the wisdom of the catholic faith. We strive to educate our community with excellence with the purpose to motivate its members to be responsible individuals that respect diversity and having as a priority the poor."

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Some of the school's clubs are:

  • Scala, the school's newspaper was founded in 1946.
  • Student Council - formed in 1958.
  • National Honor Society
  • Chemistry Club
  • English Club
  • Forensics League
  • French Club
  • History Club
  • Chess Club
  • Comic Book Club
  • Library Club
  • School Band
  • Oratory Club
  • Ministry of Music
  • Drama Club
  • School Choir
  • Math Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Ecology Club
  • T.E.A ("Taller de Expresión Artística" or Drama and Art Club)
  • Model United Nations Club
  • Soles Verdes Club (Ecology Club)
  • Scientia Club (Science Club for the Middle School)
  • Huellas
  • In Focus (Photography Club)
  • Amnistía Internacional Capítulo Notre Dame
  • Dance Team Club( Founded in 2011-2012)
  • Advocati Iustitia (Law Club)
  • Seoul Knights (Korean Club)

Facilities[edit]

The elementary school is located next to the city's cathedral, where students attend mass.

The high school campus has a soccer field, a track, volleyball and basketball courts. The Neumann Hall Auditorium serves as a cafeteria and a place to hold large events and mass.

Famous alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 

External links[edit]