I am a student at Notre Dame Prep. Parents and staff may sell you on the "amazing" school where their child is "thriving" but they do not know what goes on inside of the school. Students enjoy ganging up on people to make them feel weak and no one stands up for them. For the most part, teachers hand out detentions to the same students because they simply think they're doing something wrong when in reality they are not. Over all this school's teachings of Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility, are not represented by the students in any way.
NDP is AWESOME end of story! We left SCA and couldn't be happier here, our son is thriving at NDP. And I don't have to deal with the inexperienced, inept administration at SCA any longer, that place is going down hill in a hurry.
Notre Dame Prep is a young school on its way to becoming a great school. The leadership and community is very strong, and what really sets this school apart is its focus on a value-based education. The kids in the school do learn about respect, tolerance and collaboration; therefore, they become good citizens and good students for quality universities and colleges. While no school is perfect, this school has plenty of good teachers, students and family involvement. This school is well on its way to becoming one of the best preparatory high schools in the State of Arizona.
I am going into my senior year at NDP & I have loved every second of it! The accusations about the principle & the "real truth about NDP" are false. It's a great school & a huge reason that people are saying that it's not academically challenging is because they are not taking the highest level classes. On that note, I will say that when I came in as a freshman I was not put in honors classes even though my 8th grade teachers gave me outstanding recommendations. That is one thing I would say needs work. If you are in the higher level classes, you will be challenged. That's the thing, you need to challenge yourself. NDP gives you that opportunity. In regards to the strict rules, it's a CATHOLIC SCHOOL, they're notorious for having strict rules that you just have to follow, even if they are pretty ridiculous. But then again, life is ridiculous, so I'd say it's pretty good preparation for the real world. On a final note, NDP is not going to hand you everything on a silver platter, you have to work for it. You have to join clubs, & work your way to the top. If you need help, ask for it. The only way to get anything done for yourself, is to do it yourself, & if you need help, just ask.
To May 16, 2012 Parent: Your condescending attitude toward parents who obviously had different experiences than you with NDP is quite rude. Judge not, lest ye be judged, isn't that what the bible teaches? Notre Dame is a great school in some respects (Theology Dept. is outstanding), but sadly lacking in others. I know this from first hand experience. My son attended NDP for two years, and I worked there during that time (in an area totally unassociated with him, so no, I wasn't a "hovering" parent, just helping out). The discipline doled out IS inconsistent. "Random" drug testing: depending on "who" you are, you get cut some slack and are not held to the same consequences as "average Joe." I know students who have gone on to college from NDP and sadly underachieved. Conversely, I know NDP graduates who fit in quite well at their chosen colleges. NDP does stress good citizenship and values. Yet it is a fact that NDP did not offer much to students who needed extra motivation, tutoring help, nor did they have a program for academically challenged students, students who eventually fall through the cracks. For the tuition paid, NDP should broaden its support system for those students.
Wow, some very interesting "reviews". I think they show you where some folks heads are at - and it's not on academic excellence, following rules, community service, work ethic, and preparing for college. And having a well-rounded student. The reviews seem to be about making exceptions for me or my kid who's special, the cost, or taking care of parents' needs. NDP tells you from day 1 that they expect the students to be responsible for their own scheduling, academic, classroom, and counseling concerns. They don't want parents running to counselors every week or intervening for their kids. That doesn't teach the kids responsibility or accountability. On the few occasions we've had to ask questions of ANY of the staff, response has been prompt whether we called or emailed. We know a number of NDP grads, and all have "hit the ground running" in college, not only because of raw knowledge, but also being prepared in terms of study habits, organization, and maturity. If your kid isn't up for that, or if you're not supportive of that as a parent...these folks are correct, NDP isn't for you. If you want a college-ready student and can afford it - NDP is an national-class school.
I don't think NDP is a good choice for a child who excels academically. The administration is overly ridgid and is unwilling to take into account any childs previous schooling or classes taken when placing a student in a particular class. Department heads refuse to return phone calls to parents. The counselling department is virtually non-existent and one must call and call to reach a specific advisor. Our assigned advisor had little information about my child and was unable to assist in any way with different class placements. "The rules are the rules at NDP." One size fits all is the order of the day.
I am going into my senior year at NDP, and I could not be happier. It has been an amazing fit for me. The teachers are kind and concerned not only with the education of students, but also with their futures. The principal is very involved, he often asks me how I am doing and asks about my brother, who graduated several years ago. The majority of the students are kind and get along well. The comments about rules being too strictly enforced are ridiculous, Notre Dame prides itself on being a model for education, and if you don't want to follow the rules, don't attend the school. All in all, I have been incredibly happy in my time spent at NDP.
I sent my son to NDP in 2007 and I have to say that I would not recommend this school. It seems like every second the school is trying to milk more money out of you. If you are not catholic get ready to pay about $3000 more than everyone else, to a grand total of $15,000. In addition to this I have to give my kid $8 per day for lunch money. Seem like allot? I thought so too until I asked the front office for the lunch menu with prices. $3.00 for a PB%J seems like highway robbery to me. The same goes with the $1.75 milk, and $1.50 water. It also costs $100 per year for a parking pass. For all that money the school doesn't seem to be anything special either, my son spent half of his freshman year at Chaparral and likes Chaparal better than NDP.
Our daughter is graduating from NDP in May 2010 and has loved her experience at this school. She is a free spirit but did not have any problem conforming to the rules, which are a great way to prepare your child for the realities of life. If you want a school that says it is okay for your child to look sloppy and chew gum, this is not the place for you but, really, is that what you wish for your child? I see the principal all over campus interacting with students and at most evening sporting events, which is impressive because he lives quite some distance away. My daughter says the Dean, who appears very strict (as he should be!) is a great guy when you get know him. She has really enjoyed most of her teachers at NDP. Our other 2 children will also attend NDP.
The Dean overexerts his power to the extent of harming his students wellbeing. There have been multiple reports of assault and no action was taken. The principal will do anything and everything to make sure that his students suffer before the 'great name and reputation' of his school suffers in front of the arizona diocese and board of education. Please, if you care about your children - think twice before sending them here. The teachers are great, (especially the theology department.) But the administration has no compassion or sympathy towards the hardships of adolesence- however drastic they may be. Save both your pocketbook and your child and take them somewhere they will be well cared for, safe, and happy.
NDP is amazing! i love it and your missing out if you dont go to NDP! it is the best school! everyone is so nice and it is such a blast. the acedemics are very tough but it is so worth it!
My daughter finished her Freshman year at NDP and is entering as a Sophomore next year. After 5 years in Scottsdale's public schools it was a wonderful change! The kids are so much more respectful, the classrooms are under control, discipline is enforced. She has blossomed and made a lot of friends. The best thing about her friends is that they have mostly the same values and morals that we are desperately trying to instill in our kids in this very secular city. It was the best thing I could have ever done for my child.
Someone needs to reveal the truth about NDP. I attended NDP lastyear. The teachers are mostly new, amateurs. I had a few horrendous teachers, one who would often cuss, and had no control of the kids in the class. Eventually he gave up on teaching and sat on ESPN.com all day. Another teacher I had would play games every Friday, just to end the week of no learning with a bang. Often she would play quiet ball and when she wanted everyone to stop, they simply played 'monkey in the middle' with her and didn't listen. Teachers simply have no control at this school. The counseling is truly embarrassing. My counselor ignored me for weeks until my parents stepped in. The Principal emerges from his cave once every year for about a day or two. All idiots are accepted if they have a 12,000$ check. Basically the school is horrible.
My son is a Junior at NDP and has had a terrific experience. The curriculum is both challenging and demanding. This is the first time in 11 years of his educational experience that I have received phone calls from his teachers just to report what a great job he's doing. I find the educational staff to be highly qualified and caring. The discipline is strict and enforced consistantly.
I just graduated from NDP this year. All four years of my high school experience were spent at this great school. I am saddened by the negative reviews of the school based solely on the rules and supposedly 'unfriendly' front office people. My time spent at NDP begs to differ. Neither accusation is true. There are very strict rules for NDP students. However, the students of NDP have a voice through their Student Council. During my junior year, the Student Council negotiated with the School Administration to allow us to untuck our shirts. Sadly, a lot of students tried to stretch this new freedom. There was a massive increase in gum fines and disiplinary infractions. I believe that this caused the School Administration to force us to tuck in our shirts senior year. I think that students can have more freedom at NDP if they can be responsible.
Tuition is too expensive. Does not give enough chances for success in the arts. Not run professionally. Students are disrespectful and rude. I am taking my daughter out this year because the other students are so unbearable, I cannot watch her come home crying because of how rude some kids can be.
Tuition is steep, but I love the fact that NDP random drug tests. Gives kids the excuse so they can avoid peer pressure from other kids. The dicipline is also tough, which I am grateful for. I'd like to see more emphasis on how students can successfully navigate through their relationships with peers (school related issues with other students). I'd like to see more of the psychologist -- involved in educating kids in a proactive manner. Not just after there is trouble, but educate kids on what their boundaries should be with tolerating bullling, passive-aggressive girls, etc.
Overall, we are very pleased with the tools NDP is providing our child in continuing his Catholic education. Faculty and staff are very engaged. Theology curriculum is fantastic too.
We have been at NDP for two years and we love it. We have another child attending next year and one the following. I love the academics and the teaching staff is superior. Yes the rules are strict but rules are rules. Follow them and everyone gets along. Keep up the great work.. a NDP Parent
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