Notre Dame School (Manhattan)
|Notre Dame School of Manhattan|
Notre Dame School in New York City
French: "Our Home"
|327 West 13th Street
New York City (Manhattan), New York 10014
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Dr. Virginia O'Brien, SU|
|Average class size||28|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|Color(s)||Green and White|
|Sports||Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Running Club|
|Rival||Saint Vincent Ferrer, Dominican Academy|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Ménage (literary magazine)|
|Admissions Director||Robert Grote|
|Athletic Director||Maria Vulcano|
Notre Dame School was established in 1912 by the Sisters of St. Ursula as the Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes, when the order immigrated from France to the United States. It was originally located on West 142nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue, and then, in 1979, moved to West 79th Street and changed its name to Notre Dame Convent School. The Sisters sold ownership of the school to an independent Board of Trustees in 1989, and the school moved again to 104 St. Marks Place in the East Village neighborhood. In 2002, the school moved to its current location at 327 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village.
Admission to Notre Dame School is based on performance on the TACHS (Test for Admissions into Catholic High Schools) and on the basis of prior school records. Students may list Notre Dame School (TACHS Code#: 209) as their first, second, or third choice. Letters of acceptance are mailed in the month of January and registration for incoming freshmen begin in the month of March.
Notre Dame School is a private, Catholic secondary school for girls. The enrollment is 340 with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Since its founding in 1912, education at Notre Dame has been characterized by close, family-like relationships between students and faculty. The educational program at Notre Dame is college preparatory and directed towards the development of each student as a whole person. Notre Dame seeks to help to meet the needs of each student intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually.
A Notre Dame diploma is merited by the satisfactory completion of a secondary course of study totaling 27½ units. These units include those required by the New York State. The passing grade in each subject is 70%.
Subjects offered at Notre Dame include English, where students study a range of famous classics from American Literature, British Literature, and World Literature, Religious Studies, where students are taught about the Catholic religion and World religions, Science, which include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, Mathematics, consisting of Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry, Social Studies, American Studies, The Arts, Physical Education, Health Education, and Languages, which consists of French, Spanish, and Latin. Electives are also available.
Advanced Placement courses and Honors courses are also available to students in their Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year.
Notre Dame is also one of the many schools in the New York State that offers the Regents Examinations to students. Regents Exams offered are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English, U.S History, and Global History.
Some activities offered at Notre Dame School include: Drama, French Club, German Club, Liturgy Choir, Math Club/League, Ménage Literary Magazine, Running Club, Step Team, Spirit Squad, Women's Issues, C'est La Vie, which is a community service club, History by Hollywood, where students learn about history by watching classic films such as Casablanca and Forrest Gump, Chez Nous Singers, Chez Nous Yearbook, Skeptical Inquirer, where students put famous myths and "paranormal" or pseudoscience under scientific investigation, and Values Curriculum Leaders, where students who apply are selected to lead their group into discussions about Anne de Xiantonge's values and also participate in assembly performances based on the values.
Sports include: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, and Running Club.
Students are also eligible to apply for the National Honor Society in their Junior year. Those who apply must have an 88% average or above. They must also manifest the qualities of Leadership, Character, Service, and Scholarship. By their Senior year, students must complete hours of service and will be rewarded with their Honor cords which they will wear at graduation.
Students may also run for Student Council. Student Council members include a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each homeroom also elect two representatives for their grade. The term of office is limited to one academic year. Executive council membership is limited to Juniors and Seniors.
- Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, President of the Philippines 1986-1992, First female elected head of state in the Philippines and in Asia.
In Popular Culture
Notre Dame School has been used in television shows and movies, such as:
- The Michael J. Fox Show
- Annie (2014 film)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season 12, Episode 24, Smoked)
- http://www.cheznous.org/ School Website