Catholic Mission

Service Learning

Service to the Community is part of the mission of Notre Dame High School. The Service-learning program inspires students to follow the example of Jesus as they recognize the dignity of the human person. Notre Dame's Service-learning Program fosters commitment to a lifetime of giving to the local and global community. Service to others is expected and required. Students involve themselves in projects such as preparing daily meals for homeless children, visiting and befriending the elderly, sponsoring events for programs geared towards the needs of the disabled, the poor and numerous other collaborations with a wide variety of organizations. The opportunities are endless. Service at Notre Dame is a way of life, a cornerstone of the educational experience.

Honors Christian Service Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge and experience that will help them become empathetic leaders. They will work with the junior and senior curriculum, focusing on Catholic Social Teaching, Morality and World Religions. In addition, they will research and share information about the projects they are promoting so that other students can understand why service is done for the communities that are apart of Notre Dame’s outreach. The service leaders are responsible for planning, and creating service opportunities for the greater Notre Dame community while modeling behavior of compassion and empathy. 

Number of Service Hours Required by all Notre Dame Students

Grade 9  8 Hours of Service
Grade 10  12 Hours of Service
Grade 11 12 Hours of Service
Grade 12  16 Hours of Service

Student Spotlight

Zachary Klein is a senior from Princeton, NJ. He lives with his parents and his 15-year-old brother.

Zach is involved in many extracurricular activities. He’s a member of the Broadcast Club and is involved with the broadcasts for the Notre Dame football and basketball games. He is a Notre Dame TV anchor, participates in mock trial, and is the house manager for the Spring Musical. Being the house manager for the Spring Musical prepared him for his volunteer work with McCarter Theater productions in Princeton. His time-management skills are superb, as he also works a part-time job at Target for about 15 hours a week.

Zach has a passion for community service. In his community, he volunteers with Princeton Special Sports. This work is extremely important to him as his brother has special needs and Zach wants to contribute to that community. He spends many Friday nights at Princeton Special Sports dances held at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton.

This past holiday season, Zach was a huge contributor to the Holiday Wishes Drive at Homefront. He helped to organize a toy drive that benefitted over 4,000 children. He worked with local churches and businesses that supply the donations which are organized and then
delivered on Christmas Eve.

Zach believes that serving the community will be a major part of his college experience. He was nominated for the Community Engaged Fellowship at Xavier University. This fellowship involves a group of students who live together and complete 10 hours of service per week. Only 40 students receive this prestigious fellowship award.

Zach plans on majoring in Journalism and Communications in college. After, he hopes to become a broadcaster or work in data analytics in the sports field. Zach will continue doing community service in his free time.

Notre Dame High School

Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.