Academy of Notre Dame

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Academy of Notre Dame
Logo of the Academy of Notre Dame.jpg
Logo of The Academy of Notre Dame
180 Middlesex Road
Tyngsboro, (Middlesex County), Massachusetts 01879
United States
Coordinates42°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
TypePrivate, Coeducational (Pre-K–8), All-Girls (9-12)
MottoAd Altiora
(Toward Higher Things)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
PresidentRandall Harris Adams
PrincipalMrs. Pamela Bernazani (Gr 9–12),
Mrs. Elizabeth O'Connell (PK-8)
Enrollment160 (9–12); 347 (Pre-K–8) (2017–18)
Student to teacher ratio8:1 (9–12)
Campus size250 acres (1.0 km2)
Color(s)Navy blue and Goldenrod         
Athletics conferenceThe Academy’s Athletic Program for grades 9–12 is a member in good standing of the (MIAA) Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, the (CAC) Commonwealth Athletic Conference and the (MVC) Merrimack Valley Conference (Swimming & Diving, Indoor Track and Tennis only). Students from Grade 5 through Grade 8 can compete on Academy teams that play against other private schools through the Ecumenical Athletic Association (EAA) league.
Team nameLancers
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores1250
Average ACT scores28
PublicationThe Muse (literary/art magazine)
NewspaperDamie's Digest
Tuition$14,190 (9–12),
$7,450 (K2–8),
$7,875 (Pre-K thru K1 – 5day),
$5,500 (PreK – 3 day)
Lower School Athletic DirectorNate Froment
Upper School Athletic DirectorLisa Zappala
PresidentRandall Adams

The Academy of Notre Dame is a private, Catholic co-educational Pre-K through Grade 8 lower school and college-preparatory upper school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.


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 Guild, art programs, Glee Club, 1804 Society, Campus Ministry, soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, [Model UN, missions, recycling committee, newspaper and many more.[3]

During All School events, the entire school comes out bursting with crazy colors and designs during Spirit Week. In addition, there are special “no uniform” days when you can show your style while supporting missions run by the Sisters of Notre Dame, help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness, help a family in need, bring in food, blanket and toy donations.

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]

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" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  4. ^ AND. "InternationalStudentProgram". Retrieved 2013-01-28.

[1] The Academy of Notre Dame

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