Lawrenceville, NJ

Why Notre Dame?

What Makes Notre Dame Special?

by Mary Liz Fitzpatrick '72 Ivins, Principal

Hailee makes Notre Dame special. She greets everyone she meets with an energetic “hello” and a dynamic smile. Miguel makes Notre Dame special by leaping out of his wheelchair to win the Limbo contest at the pep rally. He also puts his efforts to break NJ track records aside each Spring to run an annual Paralympic event for local youth. Loretta and Jahmai make ND special by speaking with courage at a Faculty meeting so that teachers can better understand the perspective of students of color.  Isabella and Reilly make ND special by combining their talents to produce the musical opening for ND’s first daily announcement broadcasts. Anissa makes ND special by gently recruiting the shyest of students to complete a service project for the homeless and the hungry.
Notre Dame is special because a boisterous gym filled with 1,100 spirited and screaming students turns silent when Myles says, “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit…” Film students create projects in which they insist that every student can participate. Peer Leaders seek out the student who sits alone and make sure he or she finds lunch mates.

At ND, a student may give the most intelligent answer to a question in class, may stop into the Chapel  to pray, may work tirelessly to program Marge the robot, may come off the bench and never score a point, or may cheer with creative (and respectful) humor with a blue face at an athletic contest. ND is special because all students are valued, celebrated and loved for the gifts they bring.

Notre Dame is most certainly special, but not perfect. Ordinary young people walk through normal days where there are challenges, arguments, disappointments and failures. The Notre Dame Family understands how to use these experiences to chisel more enlightened perspectives, to pioneer uncharted paths and to inspire growth beyond average. Teachers spend the hour after school on Friday to help hurt students heal misunderstandings. Teachers offer evening responses to online queries for academic assistance. And, teachers show up at 7:15 a.m. to tutor students through the complexities of formulas and hypotheses. At ND, special is cultivated through the power of life’s most vibrant struggles.

The Notre Dame Family was given birth 60 years ago by dreamers, builders and people of great Faith. It is fertile and sacred ground that nurtures the mind, heart and soul of teenagers. Young people spring through the hallways each day with awkward energy, unmeasurable potential, unfathomable creativity and an unbelievable capacity for compassion. Tomorrow’s generation moves closer ever day to being the unique people of Faith that God created them to be for this world. They are most definitely what makes Notre Dame special!

"Inside ND"

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  • The Transition from Public to Private School, by Juliana Hagen '18

    Although a fresh start can sound refreshing and welcoming, it can sometimes be a little frightening. When I went from public school to Notre Dame, I only knew about eight kids from my middle school who were also attending Notre Dame.  I was nervous about making new friends and getting involved in the activities I did previously. I still remember all of the thoughts that kept me awake at night: “Will I have anyone to sit with at lunch? How will I know where any of my classes are?  How will daily prayer and monthly liturgy change my outlook on things? What if I do not ‘fit in’ with the ‘cool kids’? What if no one likes me?” It is funny to look back and reflect on how I was feeling about this transition because I now know I truly had nothing to be afraid of.
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    Associate Director of Enrollment Management
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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.