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Notre Dame Academy, Hingham

Notre Dame Academy, Hingham

Grades: 7 -- 12
Type: Day
Gender: Girls


As the first all-girls school in Massachusetts, established in 1853, Notre Dame Academy continues to deliver a unique student experience. It has a rich heritage focused on the simple goal of developing young women of faith, character and scholarship through a dynamic college preparatory environment. The mandate of its founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, “to educate women and equip students with whatever is necessary for life” is evident today on the Hingham campus, home to over 435 students in grades 7-12. The Academy's philosophy of developing the whole student is not only apparent in the classroom but is also a hallmark of the athletic program. A community that stresses character above winning at any cost defines NDA athletics. Student life at NDA extends far beyond the classroom. From co-curricular clubs and athletics to campus ministry opportunities and the arts, young women are inspired to create new experiences and explore their passions. In addition to opportunities academic, athletic, artistic and co-curricular, an integral part of the Notre Dame Academy experience is service to others. It is their goal to help the young girls who pass through the school's doors graduate as confident and compassionate women of impact who are ready to impress the world.

Keywords: All-girls, Catholic, College-preparatory, International Baccalaureate, Leadership, Athletics, Service

Teaching Philosophy

NDA provides a rigorous curriculum with offerings in both AP and IB, as well as honors and college-preparatory options. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at NDA fosters risk-taking, nurtures curiosity and establishes an openness to the values and traditions of others. he IB Diploma Programme's holistic, student-centered approach is a powerful force for developing confident NDA women. It requires students to embrace the world beyond their community and their borders, encouraging social responsibility on behalf of global justice, a key attribute of the school's mission.

Mission Statement

Notre Dame Academy is a vibrant, Catholic, college-preparatory learning community, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Academy guides young women in their personal faith formation, challenges students to pursue academic excellence, and encourages social responsibility on behalf of global justice.