If you want your child to be successful in life and academically competitive enough to get them into a school other than Scottsdale Community College, do not send them to NDP. Kids are nearby charter schools are 5 years ahead in math of NDP kids. Meaning, your NDP high school senior is doing 7th and 8th grade math. May as well send them to a public school and save your money.
Parents at this school are extremely poor examples for their children. Their belief that they are entitled to disrespect others and to treat them as less is shocking and reprehensible. So sad that the wonderful students at Notre Dame have parents that act they way they do.
NDP is an excellent school that prepares students for college, the challenges in life and helps them be well rounded contributing members of society. It is not an easy school and not for everyone, so maybe that's why there are disgruntled parents, you have to work hard at NDP, it is a private Catholic school so the rules may not be for everyone. I have put 3 kids through NDP and all have loved the school, its programs, athletics, faculty and it was worth every penny. Every school will have issues between parents and faculty about rules, education, etc. and while no school is perfect, your child will get an excellent education at NDP that will help them be a well rounded student and be prepared for college.
Do not let the new stadium fool you- Notre Dame is taking a rapid decline. Under current administration there has been very high teacher turn over, rapidly increasing tuition and a diminished sense of community. A very punitive culture has been created. There are a handful of great teachers (many however are brand new to teaching although higher tuition should suggest the opposite), and a wonderful Director of curriculum. The counseling department does not do very much in the college planning arena. The lack of Catholic values is alarming and the Diocese has been contacted over and over regarding the problem. So far-nothing has changed. There is great potential for NDP to be great again- new leadership is a must. We are in our 6th year at NDP and sadly are counting the days until we are done. I strongly advise doing homework and asking a lot of questions before committing to the school.
This school is not for a child who wants to succeed. I believe in religion and love for Christ. Just not at this school. It deprives your energy and it takes away a lot of things from you. The rules are ridiculous. I believe in strict not ridiculous.
Many great teachers had left the school and more leaving. I feel bad that this school is already in decline given its short history. It looks great outside but if you dig a little deeper the school is poorly managed by the administrators.