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Return to School Plan

Dear Parents and Members of the NDA Community,

We hope you and your family are doing well and continue to remain hopeful during this time. As school approaches we wanted to communicate with you regarding Notre Dame Academy's direction for the Fall and begin a conversation which will help guide our school this year.

Every school in the world is having to rethink education and, although we are called to remain hopeful, we must continue our journey under great uncertainty and in an ever-changing environment.

Conditions are fluid and details are changing daily. The decisions we are making today are the best we can make given the information we have. Based on how events evolve over the next five weeks, adjustments in the plan could be made. Please take a moment to review the slide show on our website and share your feedback in a brief survey.

View "Return to School" Slide Show

Our primary goal is the health and safety of all members of the NDA Community. We believe by starting slowly in a hybrid model and building capacity we improve the probability of staying in school. We will only move to an all virtual platform if required by a government agency, which has the authority to mandate this decision. This Fall, NDA will begin slowly and intentionally in order to continue progressing and move forward incrementally when we can do so safely and with firm footing. 

We do not pretend to believe that all decisions will be met with universal approval. There are many opinions and a great number of intelligent men and women all of whom deserve our respect. However, we must move forward as a community, unified in our hope and committed to our children's future. Catholic education is a value not only to our sons and daughters, but our community, our nation and the world. 

In order to fully contextualize our planning, please know we have sought input on a regular basis and have, throughout this process, consulted with a number of groups including:

  • Envisioning the Future Committee
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee
  • Curriculum and Student Life Board of Education Subcommittee
  • Parent / Staff Focus Group
  • NDA Leadership Cabinet 

Among those groups were 12 teachers across seven departments, 12 parents, the Superintendent of GRACE, the Associate Superintendent of Education for the Green Bay Diocese, a GRACE principal, a Norbertine priest, two NDA Learning Resource Specialists, the Directors of Maintenance and Technology, the Associate Principal, Principal and President.

It continues to be a pleasure to work with you and your family. We are looking forward to beginning our year together!


Tom Kiely

Patrick Browne

About Notre Dame Academy: Notre Dame Academy is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is a co-ed Catholic high school founded by the Norbertine Order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. NDA’s distinctive history embraces the more than 120-year foundation of St. Joseph Academy, Abbot Pennings High School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. NDA offers a globally focused education with a leading IB Diploma Program. Its high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.