Notre Dame School

  • Notre Dame School serves students with developmental disabilities ages 6 through 24.
  • Class size is 8-12 students with a teacher and an assistant.
  • The academic curriculum emphasizes mathematics, reading, social studies, language arts and daily living skills. Building responsibility and independence is a priority throughout the program. As the students move through the program they participate in community based instruction and vocational training.
  • Music, PE, computer and religion classes are offered to all students.
  • Independent living skills, job skills and career exploration are important elements in the upper school.
  • Christian values and attitudes are taught in all classes.
  • Catholic students are involved in sacramental preparation.  A broad range of athletic and extra curricular activities are offered.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Texas Catholic Conference Education Department
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDown Syndrome, Autism, Developmental Delays
Year Founded1963

Student Body

Total Students140 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniforms for lower school students)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,250
Tuition Notes financial aid available
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,000
Admissions DirectorPatsy Vaughn
Admissions AssociateCarmen Fernandez
Endowment Size$6 million


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cheering, Flag Football, Football, Martial Arts, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballBowling,
CheeringFlag Football,
FootballMartial Arts,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Best Buddies, Boy Scouts, Young Life

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance Classes

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Karate Class, Special Olympics

School Notes

  • Notre Dame School serves students with intellectual disabilities ages 6-24.  The school offers a broad program that strives to build indepence and responsibility in each student.  A functional academic program is offered that strives to help each student reach their full potential and become a contributing member of the community. Extracurricular activities include: sports, Young Life, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and cheerleading.  The motto at Notre Dame School is "No limits, just possibilities".

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We are thrilled to have our 13 year old daughter, who has down syndrome, at the Notre Dame School of Dallas. (NDS) She continues to improve her reading, writing and math skills, and loved learning about her country and the election last fall, The teachers at the school are incredibly kind and knowlegable about how to motivate the special needs population. The special Olympics program is also exceptional and easy for our families to be a part of it because practices are often immediately after school. Our daughter loves going to school and has so many wonderful friends. I would recommend this school to any family in a situation similar to ours.
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