Today, the student body numbers over 850 and the school offers classes in English, Fine Arts, World Languages, STEM, Social Studies, Religion, Business, Health and Physical education. The instructional program is aimed toward college preparation, with Honors or Advanced Placement courses available in all major disciplines. Notre Dame follows a modified block scheduling model, permitting engaged learning and the possibility for course acceleration for students. Academic Concentrations are also available in Communications and Applied Science during the student’s sophomore year.
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.
Students can join 55 athletic teams, featuring 24 varsity sports for boys and girls, with over 700 athletes currently participating. Performing Arts offers students opportunities to demonstrate their talent to audiences filled with hundreds of fans. Singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and tech crews inherit the Mercy Sisters’ tradition of excellence through the nearly half a century of concerts and plays including such favorites as Godspell, Annie, Hello Dolly, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, Man of LaMancha, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.
The faculty profile is quite different from the early days. The all-lay faculty possesses an average of 20 years teaching experience, with half of the faculty holding advanced degrees. One quarter of the Notre Dame staff is alumni who share their knowledge and love of ND with our current students.
Each year, over 200 young men and women receive their Notre Dame diplomas and join the ranks of over 18,000 ND alumni. SAT scores are well above the national average, with 98% of those graduating students moving on to competitive colleges and universities throughout the United States. Each year, Notre Dame’s senior class is awarded millions of dollars in academic and athletic scholarships. In the past few years, our students have been accepted to prestigious colleges and universities, including, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Georgetown, Columbia, Cornell, and Johns Hopkins Universities, the Universities of Notre Dame and Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and the military service academies.
The Office of Institutional Advancement continues to grow at Notre Dame. For alumni, there are decade and class reunions, various gatherings, Homecoming celebrations, the Alumni Memorial Mass, Athletic and Hall of Fame dinners, the Annual Golf Tournament, and the Holiday Homecoming Breakfast (most recent graduating class) to keep alumni connected to their alma mater. Since the late 1990s, alumni, students and parents keep connected to ND through our website and social media platforms.
In the Fall of 2010, Notre Dame's adopted the President/Principal governance model for Catholic schools which splits the administrative responsibilities between a chief executive officer and a chief operating officer. As Notre Dame moves through the 21st Century, the community enjoys growth of educational programs and of the school infrastructure, which supports those programs.