Mission & Core Values
Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, as an educational ministry of the Roman Catholic Church, educates the whole person by developing each student's Christian faith, commitment to service and full academic potential within a caring, safe, diverse, Church community committed to the common good.
Notre Dame Academy believes that a Catholic community transforms people.
NDA’s education challenges students to grow intellectually, spiritually, socially, and morally in order to take on the responsibilities of leadership which prepares them for college and life.
Key to this process of growth and transformation is an awareness of living and growing in communion with Jesus through Christian discipleship.
Notre Dame’s diverse community emphasizes the responsibility that faith calls forth from each individual to care for others as talents are discovered, applied, and shared for the common good in careers, communities and family life, as well as on the road to eternal life with God.
Compassion, Forgiveness, Love of the Lord
As a ministry to young people, NDA embraces and challenges each student’s journey of faith as they experience a Catholic Christian community that supports, educates and challenges them to see God’s presence in their lives through prayer, reflection, friendships, Sacrament and service.
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for: the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
Inquiry, Study, Mastery
Students at NDA learn skills, study content, come to understand the contexts of their growing knowledge and abilities, and learn the relationship between faith and knowledge. Faculty and Staff are continual learners growing in knowledge of student needs and abilities as well as using pedagogical tools to prepare students for college and the world.
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4
Politeness, Tolerance, Justice
Students, faculty and staff at NDA value the ideas, perspectives, experiences of others and share in the world of learning for the good of the community. Each person’s human dignity is valued, and students are for what he or she might contribute to the whole of the community experience.
“Love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor." – Romans 12:10
Accountability, Excellence, Self-Restraint
Students, faculty and staff respond to circumstances through the lenses of faith, service and personal accountability. They take initiative to make situations better through learning and dialogue with the perspectives of others.
“When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.” – I Corinthians 13:11
Caring, Charity, Citizenship
Students, faculty and staff at NDA seek to serve those in need in cooperation with the Church in the service of the community for the sake of its growth and life. Service at NDA is a learning opportunity to understand more deeply the needs of the world. Service provides a shared activity to bring students from different backgrounds together in a common purpose.
“Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” – Matthew 5:42
Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty, Promise-Keeping
Students, faculty and staff at NDA can be trusted to care for one another, and to treat others as they would want to be treated in the spirit of Christian love.
“Show yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity and sound speech that cannot be criticized.” – Titus 2:7
A Profile of the Notre Dame Academy Graduate
A Notre Dame Academy education prepares students for all dimensions of their lives: religious, intellectual, emotional, social, moral and physical.
- NDA graduates are inquisitive, accomplished, discovering their God-given vocations and aware of the challenges their talents must tackle in the future.
- NDA graduates demonstrate that they are hardworking, prayerful, diligent, cooperative and collaborative through their involvement in the NDA community and the communities they serve.
- NDA graduates are involved in, and care for, the community in which they live, work and grow in the spirit of Christian charity.
- NDA graduates are aware of how God created them to love, to serve, to lead and to model God’s goodness in all they do.
- NDA graduates have reverence for God, towards others and to the Holy Spirit growing within.
- NDA graduates practice a healthy, vigorous lifestyle caring for themselves and others, and helping to build a society based upon a moral vision growing from the Gospel.
- NDA graduates are prepared for college and for life.
Our Life as a Community
As a Catholic high school growing from the work of the Norbertines and the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet, the Notre Dame Academy community we form is the recognition of our creation by God and our journey to God as a community of people.
Together we work on each other’s development and individual transformations as we grow spiritually, intellectually, morally, socially and emotionally through our shared learning, service, recognition of our differences and our similarities, and growth in love for one another.
Through ongoing dialogue, intellectual challenge and education in the faith, the NDA community nourishes the gift of communion among the members of the school. Our regular celebration of the Sacraments, and the exercise of charity and working for justice energize our vision for our life together.
We share with the Sisters and the Norbertines that we are more together, and we are on our way to our future, and to God. Together, we embrace the Gospel’s dimensions in our lives as we grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.