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Student Services


NDA Student Services is open from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Please visit us or contact us with any questions.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising

Our goal is to ensure that students succeed to the best of their abilities. Our academic advising falls into four main categories:

  • Four-year high school planning
    • Students and parents find it helpful to meet with a counselor to make a plan for high school to:
      • Gain a better understanding of courses and activities offered at NDA
      • Understand how elective classes fit in around core academic classes
      • Understand the importance of each academic year
      • Understand how to meet graduation requirements and best prepare for future course selection
  • Ensure students choose classes that match their abilities and interests
    • Counselors give general advice to all students leading up to online course selection
    • Students and parents can schedule individual appointments leading up to online course selection
    • Counselors check classes and recommend changes in some cases
  • Assist students having difficulty
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to teachers first to receive progress reports
    • Student services can help find a peer tutor
    • Counselors can meet with students, teachers, and parents/guardians to determine special accommodations needed
  • Help students who have fallen behind
    • Counselors can assist students who have fallen behind, perhaps due to an extended absence, through regular communication between teachers and students

Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling

NDA counselors listen without judging and avoid giving unwanted advice. We tap into self-understanding and explore options in a confidential environment. No issue is too small to come to us with!

Learning Resource Center

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center is located within the Student Services area. It provides assistance for students with certified learning disabilities and/or special needs. The Learning Resource Specialist works with students, teachers, parents/guardians, and staff to assist the student to achieve academic success by developing and adapting an educational plan that suits his/her specific needs.

A student may also be referred to the Learning Resource Specialist based on academic standing or if the student shows signs of a learning disability. The parents/guardians are contacted and a meeting is set up to discuss the student's situation. The Learning Resource Specialist may advise preliminary testing and/or further testing by outside resources to help determine the student's specific needs.

The LRC provides peer tutoring and test accommodations.

College Advising

College Advising

  • Notre Dame Academy Student Services Department has a College Advisor and two counselors actively helping families with college admissions. We help students do the following:
    • Understand how high school success affects post-secondary education
    • Pursue classes and activities that build a solid high school résumé
    • Seek colleges that match the student well
    • Present themselves positively to colleges
    • Apply to college and seek scholarships in a timely, organized manner
  • Timelines: Junior Timeline | Senior Timeline
  • Family Connection
    • Student Services is now requiring all NDA students to register for Family Connection. When visiting the site for the first time, enter your registration code in the New User box. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your account.
    • If you do not know your registration code, email Mrs. Heyroth. Note that parents and their students receive different registration codes. Each code can be used only once. Additionally, parents and students cannot use the same email address for their accounts. Students are encouraged to use their NDA email address. Access to Family Connection.
    • Senior transcripts can be requested through Family Connection.

Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing

  • Sophomore Year
    • Pre-ACT - Administered in spring to all sophomores
    • ACT - a few sophomores choose to take the ACT
  • Junior Year
    • ACT - Administered to all NDA students at NDA
    • SAT - Some juniors choose to take the SAT
    • Advanced Placement (AP) - Some junior students choose to take AP exams for college credit
  • Senior year
    • ACT - Seniors can choose to take the ACT again
    • SAT - Seniors can choose to take the SAT again
    • Advanced Placement (AP) - Some seniors choose to take AP exams for college credit

Special Accommodations

Special Accommodations

Test accommodations are given to students with physical or learning impairments. Mild to medium ADD/ADHD rarely qualifies a student for accommodations. Students with physical impairments may request appropriate accommodations, while students with learning impairments usually request extra time.

In order to determine eligibility based on learning impairment, your son/daughter would need to have formal evaluations done by a psychiatrist or psychologist that show two things: intellectual abilities and current level of achievement.

The evaluations must show that there is some kind of condition (like a reading disorder, significant ADD, or another learning disability) that is causing the gap between your child's ability and his/her achievement.

Once those evaluations are done, they are sent to the test agency along with a description of the testing accommodations he/she may have received here at school. ACT/SAT uses all this info to decide whether to give extra time. It takes four to five weeks after they receive the paperwork for a decision to be made.

Please contact Beth Abler for more information regarding this topic.

Beth Abler

Beth Abler

Titles: Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (920) 429-6136
Becky Bain

Becky Bain

Titles: College Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (920) 429-6133
Amy Heyroth

Amy Heyroth

Titles: Student Services Secretary
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (920) 429-6116
Cassidy McGowan

Cassidy McGowan

Titles: Learning Resource Specialist
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (920) 429-6134
Jill Zamzow-Gerl

Jill Zamzow-Gerl

Titles: Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (920) 429-6135
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