Notre Dame High School—Viewbook 2021

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Realize YOUR Potential at Notre Dame High School Welcome to Notre Dame High School, a school community where boys are challenged to become the best version of themselves. Over four years, our Notre Dame students develop the Character to Lead, the Compassion to Serve, and the

Confidence to Excel.

504 73 Students


55+ 52 100% Riders Daily via Trains

Honors, AP, & ECE Classes Offered



OUR MISSION: To inspire academic excellence, nurture personal growth and foster integrity and compassion in young men of diverse talents, backgrounds, and beliefs through our Catholic, Holy Cross tradition.

Participate in Fine Arts

Students Perform Community Service


Varsity Sports 24 JV & Freshmen Teams

50+ 2M IBDP

Clubs & Activities for ALL Interests

Offered in Scholarship/ Financial Aid

Only Boys school in CT offering IB Diploma Programme

This is an exciting time to be at Notre Dame High School! Our Signature programs in Engineering, Sports Medicine, and Video Production have been added to our selective Peer Counseling and Moreau Honors programs. We’ve expanded classroom space that is designed for students to be actively learning. We’ve developed NDXL, our eXperiential Learning program so all students will have the chance to experience learning outside of the classroom through study tours, service learning, immersion programs, and internships.

OUR VISION: To be a transformative leader in educating the minds and hearts of young men by maximizing innovation, tradition, and the strength of our community to empower every Notre Dame student to realize his full potential.



A WORLD CLASS EDUCATIO Notre Dame offers an academic experience for a wide-range of learning styles and learners. The academic program is studentcentered and designed to empower students to become all they can be as thinkers and ethical, active members of their community. Our emphasis is on developing critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. Each student’s academic life is enriched by a strong commitment to his social, moral, and values development, while providing experiential and service learning opportunities. The Freshman Advisory, a partnership of teachers, advisors, school and college counselors, and student leaders helps freshmen make a positive transition from middle to high school, while exploring all ND has to offer. The Moreau Honors program, for those students ready for an advanced academic challenge, focuses on interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the freshman and sophomore years.

“Students will be engaged with strong preparation in their freshman and sophomore years through academic courses, electives, and signature programs.” RUBEN VALENCIA, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

ATION in a values-based setting All students participate in advanced coursework in their junior and senior year. Students will have options to pursue the premier International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a rare combination in private secondary education. Additionally, students can opt to take courses in the Early College Experience (ECE) program with the University of Connecticut. Students earn UConn credit while still in high school. Signature programs in Sports Medicine, Engineering, and Video Production give students insight into possible careers and enhance our strong academic program. The NDXL (Notre Dame eXperiential Learning) program gives students opportunities to take courses of interest that are hands-on and service-learning in approach and that build skills, awareness, and community.

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STUDENT SUCCESS The Jachimowski Student Success Center houses Student Advising and College Counseling and the Rita Benney Academic Center all supporting each student’s academic journey ensuring his ability to thrive.

We will KNOW YOUR SON. FRESHMAN ADVISORY • Supports successful transition from middle school • F reshman teachers meet regularly to personalize the educational journey TEACHER ADVISORY • S tudents’ progress monitored both academically and socially • S tudents meet daily, building a positive school culture and community SCHOOL AND COLLEGE COUNSELING


•P SAT 8/9 administered freshman year — this enables early

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strategizing on standardized test taking • S tudent resumé and portfolio begins freshman year DEDICATED FACULTY • F aculty monitor and support clubs and extra curricular activities • F aculty lead athletic program as coaches •D edicated office hours for extra help during community period

“Not all students learn the same way. Notre Dame’s Academic Support Program strives to nurture each student’s unique potential, with learning and teaching strategies that build confident, competent, and consistent progress in school.” JOSEPH RAMIREZ, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

RITA BENNEY ACADEMIC CENTER Academic Support presents our young men with the tools to become better learners and independent self-advocates. Better learning, better preparation, and self-advocacy translate into success in high school, college and beyond. The center provides services for all students including those with identified learning differences: Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Modification plans. Our dedicated team includes a Special Education Learning Specialist and a Math Interventionist and a writing specialist. Academic accommodations are implemented for students based on individual learning needs and ND faculty consult regularly with the Academic Support team on ways to challenge and encourage our students in the classroom.

ENGINEERING SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAM ND’s Signature Program in Sports Medicine allows students to explore potential careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. ND graduates will have an edge in applications to competitive college programs.

Designed by Fortune 500 Engineers alongside ND faculty, the Engineering Program is a three year program that cultivates the analytical, creative, and process skills required in the engineering profession. Students develop problem-solving abilities through practical learning applications.

VIDEO PRODUCTION Students will gain both classroom and ‘real world’ experience while learning the essential elements of video production. Students will develop strong skills in camera operation, audio mixing, graphics system operation, sound, editing, and overall viewing analysis. Production planning and video editing theory put creative control directly in students’ hands.

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PEER COUNSELING PROGRAM EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM (NDXL) At Notre Dame, academic learning takes place beyond the walls of the typical classroom and extends out into the real world. Students broaden their horizons through NDXL, an experiential learning module that encourages students to partake in study tours, special interest courses, service learning, and immersion programs.

Through the Peer Counseling Program, selected seniors demonstrate leadership through service. These students take on a mentor role to the freshman class and act as role models to the whole student body. In both classroom discovery and interactions with other students, the Program seeks to form “servantleaders,” deepening the bonds among us.

COMMUNITY PERIOD Optimizing The Student Experience... Notre Dame High School has an innovative and unique schedule designed to promote consistent classroom learning, maximize student involvement in their high school experience, promote collaboration for both faculty and students, and ensure that all students are supported. The Community Period ensures a student can get involved, get support, find a quiet space to study, or release some energy. Students and teachers finish the day feeling focused and energized!


The COMPASSION to Serve Our Catholic, Holy Cross mission calls us to a life of service, rooted in a community of compassion and Brotherhood. • 100% of ND students perform community service each year. •4 0+ Peer Counselors serve their ND Brothers as mentors, advisors, and role models. • Service learning opportunities reach communities in the Greater New Haven Area, Philadelphia, Appalachia, and Texas. •R etreats foster spiritual and personal growth and help build a community attuned to matters of the heart. •S chool Eucharistic Liturgies, an open Chapel, an Interfaith Room, and a Campus Ministry Center all provide students the opportunity to bring prayer and reflection to student life.

“With eyes of faith consider the greatness of your mission and the wonderful amount of good which you can accomplish.” BLESSED BASILE A. MOREAU, C.S.C. FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF HOLY CROSS

Our annual Harvest Pack prepares $100,000 meals for Haiti.

“The ND Appalachia trip was an incredible experience for our son. His eyes were forever opened to the world of extreme poverty and he was so moved by how just 5 days of service can make a life-long impact on the struggles of those less fortunate. We cannot thank ND enough for helping to raise our son to be a charitable and compassionate young man.” PAUL BAUER ’95, P’22

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The CONFIDENCE to Excel With over 50 clubs and 37 athletic teams and a comprehensive fine arts program, every Notre Dame student has the opportunity to excel. From Robotics to ESports to Bass Fishing, there’s something for everyone and new programs are added every year based on student interest. Our campus is a hub of activity. There are students on campus before classes and well into the evening hours. The ND Community Period affords students even more opportunities to develop their talents, interests, and potential during the school day.

50+ CLUBS GIVE ALL STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED. Within each of these areas you will find a club for you.

“I always look forward to club meetings during Community Period. By getting involved in clubs at ND, I am able to meet and become friends with students in other class years!” COLBY FAUGHNAN ’22

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Academic Athletic Fine Arts Government Gaming

Honor Societies Intramurals Language Ministry Sciences

School Spirit Service Special Interest Student Media


Baseball Basketball Crew Cross Country Football

Golf Hockey Indoor Track Lacrosse Soccer

Swimming Track & Field Tennis Wrestling


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Theater Productions

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Now is the time to Explore ND Over 12,000 ND alumni span the globe. We invite you to Explore ND to see why ND is a place where you will thrive! 1. Create Your Online Account 2. Visit • Attend a Weekly Wednesday Information Session • Join us for one of our Open Houses • Schedule your Knight for the Day visit and interview

3. Apply • Complete our free online application (ND does not require an application fee.) 4. Scholarships & Financial Aid • Ten renewable academic scholarships are awarded to each freshman class. • $2M is awarded in scholarship/financial aid in support of our families.


99% of current

parents know ND is the right school for their sons.

Each Notre Dame young man leaves confident in his abilities and ready to excel in college and beyond!

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