Academy Of Notre Dame

Tel: (978)649-7611
  • The Academy Of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro is a private, Catholic, co-educational Pre-K through Grade 8 elementary and middle school and a college preparatory high school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
  • Our mission focuses on educating the whole person for life through a curriculum rooted in spiritual formation and academic excellence, as well as developing growth, character and leadership in our students.
  • We nurture a belief in the goodness of god and the dignity of each person.
  • We are committed to community building, diversity, global justice and service to those in need.  We accept students of all faiths and diverse cultural backgrounds.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1854

Student Body

Total Students 586 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Academy Of Notre Dame Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 8 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Uniform required)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 31 / rolling
Tuition Notes 3-day Pre-K: $5,500* 5-day PreK-K1: $7,875* K2-Grade 8: $7,250* Grade 9-12: $13,750* *Does not include other fees
Admissions Director Jocelyn Mendonsa
Admissions Associate Pam Bisson


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Diving, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Wide variety available to both Upper and Lower School students, Wide variety available to both Upper and Lower School students, Wide variety available to both Upper and Lower School students Wide variety available to both Upper and Lower School students,
Wide variety available to both Upper and Lower School students,
Wide variety available to both Upper and Lower School students,

School Notes

The Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA, is a private, Catholic co-ed Lower School for PreK-Grade 8 and a college preparatory Upper School of young women sponspored by the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur.
  • The Lower School
    • The Early Years Program
      • The Academy of Notre Dame`s three-tiered Early Years program is designed to meet every child`s individual development needs and transition them smoothly from Pre-Kindergarten (2-years, 9-months to 3-years, 11-months old) to Kindergarten 1 (4-years-old), to Kindergarten 2 (5-years-old). Children will progress through each tier of the program with teachers who guide his/her academic challenges and support his/her social development in a nurturing environment that encourages strong character and solid values.
      • Art, music, physical activity and STEM experiences are very important parts of the school day at the Academy, integral to the development of fine motor skills, listening skills and selfexpression. Children will get creative with a wide variety of artistic materials, experiment with musical instruments, enjoy outside play and supervised exploration of nature on our 240-acre campus and pursue their natural curiosity with science and technology.
    • Grades 1-4
      • Early elementary education at the Academy guides students through a rigorous academic curriculum within a nurturing small school community that ensures plenty of one-onone attention. This approach encourages student achievement and builds character for ongoing success.
      • The academic program encompasses courses in mathematics, science, social studies, reading and language arts, religion, and beginning in Kindergarten 2, the world languages of Spanish and French are explored. Students also attend a class each day in music, art, gym, STEM or library skills.
    • Grades 5-8
      • Grades 5-8 encompass academic courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Religion and World Languages. Students also attend a class each day in either music, art, gym, STEM or library skills. Students are offered the opportunity to take an Enrichment class during the school day called ETCH (Explore, Think Critically, Create and Hone Skills). Students may participate in classes such as: Latin, Current Events, Health and The Human Machine and Web Design.
    • Academy STEM Programs: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
      • The Academy is committed to preparing our students for a rapidly evolving global economy that requires the development of STEM skills necessary to compete with peers from every corner of the world. STEM education develops students` creative, analytical, teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills that are essential to success in today`s world. Electronics and technology are not just concepts that are covered throughout the curriculum; students are asked to integrate STEM concepts in all courses.
      • They are given access to technology resources in the classroom and our dual boot Mac lab allows students to work on either a PC or Mac operating system.
    • World Languages
      • The World Languages program adopts a broad spectrum of communication skills utilizing the five C`s of essential foreign language development: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and community. Students meet five days per week. Sixth graders focus on conversation and listening comprehension. Seventh and eighth graders build upon those skills and the program follows the inclusion method of study, where at least 50% of classroom instruction occurs in the target language.
    • The REACH Program
      • Through the use of innovative scheduling, cross-grade teaching and specialized instruction, Academy students who are recommended for the REACH program are able to matriculate at one grade level ahead in math (Grade 4) and/or English (Grade 6). Unlike traditional "tracking," where students are leveled for all classes and remain with each other throughout the school day, the REACH concept helps all students in the Academy to receive math and reading instruction at their level of individual readiness. The concept allows for all possible academic combinations, ensuring that your child receives targeted and comprehensive instruction at the exact level they require.
    • Enrichment Opportunities For All Ages
      • After school enrichment programs are experiential in nature and create opportunities to implement challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant projects into your child`s day.
    • Extended Day Program Options
      • The EDP service ensures students are well-cared for from school dismissal at 2:32 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., during the school year and supports children`s academic, physical, social and health needs in a safe community.
    • Transportation Available
      • The Academy provides limited transportation options for pick-up before school and drop-off after school to central stops along two bus routes.
  • The Upper School (Grades 9-12)
    • The Academy of Notre Dame Upper School program is a rigorous, college prep education for young women with empowering opportunities and real-life applications. New students join a vibrant community where they are valued as individuals and where they will be encouraged and nurtured to explore and develop to their fullest potential.
    • A Rigorous Academic Program
      • Balancing classical and innovative approaches, the program at the Academy of Notre Dame includes a full range of traditional academic classes, theology, world languages, fine arts, physical fitness, business and technology. Additionally, there are opportunities to access specialized electives through our Virtual High School (VHS). Upper level Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered throughout the mathematics, science, history, world language and English curriculums. 
    • We Know Girls
      • Here at the Academy we know girls and we know their needs. We specialize in nurturing and educating them through their teenage years. Our Directed Learning Time (DLT) provides students with a much needed break from the pressures of their school day to free their minds and manage their stress level. They are encouraged to take a walk, listen to music, seek extra help or work on lab projects. 
    • Technology for a Digital World
      • With access to a state-of-the-art computer lab, integration of tablets/laptops into course instruction, interactive whiteboard technology, utilization of software applications to expand learning and wireless connectivity in every classroom, Academy students are prepared to learn and thrive in a digital world. 
    • Athletics
      • Whether students have college athletic aspirations, are eager to try a new sport, or are just looking for additional fitness opportunities, the Academy`s Athletic Program offers fourteen teams across the varsity and junior varsity levels including soccer, cross-country, swimming & diving, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, softball, tennis, and track & field.
    • Get Involved; Become a Leader!
      • Try out for the spring musical, run for class office or compete with other schools in international policies at Model UN. With more than 20 student clubs, organizations and leadership opportunities, our students are able to expand their experiences, challenge themselves, and impress college admissions boards.
    • Study & Serve Abroad
      • School breaks offer Academy students the opportunity for foreign travel adventure. In February, students visit destinations such as Italy, Costa Rica, Ireland, Spain and Greece to learn about the language, culture and politics. In April, students embark on a Mission Trip to provide service work in locations like rural Jamaica.
    • STEM-Focused
      • Our graduates enter college pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers at more than three times the national average. In fact, more than 50% of graduates declare a STEM major. In the last few years, our students have been accepted at highly competitive institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to name a few.
    • Spiritual Foundation for Life
      • Our mission is to educate the whole person for life through a curriculum rooted in spiritual formation and academic excellence. The Academy of Notre Dame is committed to Catholic education, in a universal, accepting and welcoming way. We accept students of all faiths, and nurture a belief in the goodness of God and the dignity of each person. We are committed to community-building, diversity, global justice and service to those in need. Our students involve themselves in the local and world community by supporting missions run by the Sisters of Notre Dame, raising money for causes and helping those in need. The possibilities are many within the Academy community, in the region, or as far away as countries in Africa and Latin America.
    • Transportation Available
      • The Academy provides limited options for bus transportation before and after school along a couple of routes.
    • Is An All-Girls School Right For You?
      • Consider that in a recent study comparing all-girls` high school graduates with co-ed high school graduates, the all-girls` high school graduates:
        • Score 43 points higher on SAT composite scores
        • Are more likely to participate in sports and/or extra-curricular activities in college
        • Rate their math confidence higher
        • Rate their public speaking ability higher 
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