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Catholic | Co-Educational | College Preparatory | Established in 1957 | Lawrenceville, NJ
May 2001 saw the appointment of a Notre Dame graduate as Principal for the first time in the school’s history. Mary Liz Fitzpatrick Ivins ’72, continues her duties today as our leader. While there have been many changes at this “last word” in New Jersey high schools over the years, the foundation on which it was built has remained: a strong tradition of spiritual, academic, and co-curricular excellence.

Today, the student body numbers over 1,200 and the school offers classes in English, Fine Arts, World Languages, Math, Science, 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. In 2001, Notre Dame was recognized as a National Service-learning leader school for its students’ outstanding commitment to serving the needs of the poor, the sick, and the lonely. Notre Dame follows a modified 4x4 block scheduling model, permitting engaged learning and the possibility for course acceleration for students.
On the freshman level, students experience Interdisciplinary Studies, an exploration of interrelated themes in literature, history, and religion. Emphasis is placed upon authentic assessment. Mastery of skill and content is demonstrated by student projects, and presentations, as well as by traditional testing. On the senior level, students can challenge themselves with Independent Senior Projects and Internships, all in preparation for college and careers.

Students can join 55 athletic teams, featuring 30 varsity sports for boys and girls, with over 800 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 300 young men and women receive their Notre Dame diplomas and join the ranks of over 15,000 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 wins 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 and the service academies.

The Office of Institutional Advancement continues to grow at Notre Dame. For alumni, there are decade and class reunions, various alumni gatherings, Homecoming celebrations, the Alumni Memorial Mass, Athletic and Alumni 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 sites.

In the Fall of 2010, Notre Dame's growth will include the new model of governance with a President and a Principal. The President/Principal governance model for Catholic schools is a model that splits the administrative responsibilities between a chief executive officer and a chief operating officer. Joining Principal, Mary Liz Ivins, is Barry Edward Breen, who serves as President of Notre Dame High School. As Notre Dame moves ithrough the second decade of the 21st Century, the community enjoys growth of educational programs and of the school infrastructure, which supports those programs.
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