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K-8
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 377
 

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4345 Del Mar Trails Road
San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 509-2300
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September 02, 2014
It is a great school for elementary years, however some spoilt children and families. A high teacher turnover rate. Academically ok. Not liberal

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2014
This school's academic standards are far below the public schools in the area. The administrative staff is unqualified and unprofessional, and don't seem to care about the many wonderful families who have left the school due to the low academic standards and old-fashioned teaching techniques employed at the school. While there are some decent teachers, they don't tend to stay. The families are nice enough, and if you want a "sorority" type atmosphere this school is for you. If you are looking for religious instruction, faith formation classes through St. Therese of Carmel would be more productive. Father Nick and his staff are the one bright spot at this school, but unfortunately they don't control the school. You would be better off saving your money and sending your child elsewhere! Check out St. Michael's if you want a quality Catholic education.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
We recently transferred out !st Grade and Kinder child here from another Catholic school and are very happy. Socially the students and parents are welcoming and the teachers relay go a step beyond to work with students and see they to their individual needs. The Sisters run a good ship here and the office staff is equally as loving. Academically, we are very happy as our children are doing well in all subjects, given accelerated math when needed, studying and speaking Spanish, French etc. Compared to other children his age is private and public schools our son reads at a far superior level and our daughter is as well. The children are studying technology, computers, social studies, current events etc in 1st Grade! They have a parent mentoring program in K which tasks children to have a parent reading partner in school so they are reading aloud every day. The school is strong in faith values as well. Homerun!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
The education system at this school is sorely lacking, my son who transferred In from a public school has not had to study for one year. The teachers are insane and they waste 4 hours a week on useless classes. The only good teacher here left after one year.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
I am very proud to say here why we value our school. We've seen meaningful changes occur over a period of 3+ years. Some changes benefit students & student life: consistently upgraded technology, enhanced campus facilities & most importantly an uplifting of school spirit (increased participation in intramural sports & after-school activities, for example). Some changes benefit staff & teachers to help them grow in their vocations & community. Most of these changes, at any given private school, are successful when there are enough resources: planning, financial support and time. We have seen these resources at work to grow our school. This growth is something that tuition alone does not cover! An important fact to consider when evaluating private schools. Whether or not a person is a Catholic, a student, parent, teacher or staff (or all of the above or none) our school represents an engaging campus, making consistent changes to benefit all of our children and also the broader community surrounding them with patience and talent.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
AMAZING SCHOOL my daughter loves it here and I highly recommend it. Send your kid here because its worth every penny

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
My son is currently attending his first year at NDA as a middle school student. Overall we are very happy with the school. The curriculum is strong, the teachers are willing to work with students to help them succeed, the administration has been approachable, and the students are friendly. Although it was a transition for my son coming from another school, we are happy with NDA and love the religious education that is being provided. There are also ways for students to get involved, either through sports, choir, academic competitions, and student government. The parents are welcoming and offer support to new families.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
We were not happy here, and are happy to be at another nearby Catholic School.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2011
Notre Dame Academy provides children a caring, challenging environment that can transform them as students. The Sisters who lead the school (and they are in charge) have a nuanced, sophisticated understanding of how children learn and interact year by year. The result we have seen is that Instead of simply pounding children with homework as so many of the area schools do, this school builds them into individuals and motivated learners over time. I have read reviews and heard parents say the school isn't "hard enough" but for those with the patience to let their children develop, this school offers a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
I wrote a review 3 years ago and wanted to check in to see what's happened since then. My son is finishing his 5th year at NDA and we are still extremely happy with the school. We have had one teacher who wasn't quite up to par, but I think in 5 years at any school you're bound to have one. The other teachers we've had were very good, if not excellent. The parents are nice, there are no cliques, no elitism. There has been much progress in every way... the sisters & the principal are doing a great job. They will listen to your concerns, which is huge in my opinion. This did not happen at another catholic school we attended previously. In fact, it felt like an "old boys" network there... you didn't really stand a chance. Interestingly, that same school has been having some big troubles lately, which makes us even more thrilled and grateful to be here! NDA has come together nicely - no need to worry about the "new school" issues any longer. They've pretty much arrived at the place they were trying to get to. Yes, it's pricey, but I think overall, it's worth it. It's a wonderful environment for my son & for us as parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
My daughter is currently in the preschool at NDA. While the teachers are wonderful and caring, the preschool director can be rude and disrespectful. She discourages parental involvement and she does not display the Catholic values of compassion and gentleness. She also does not communicate important information, and this can cause rumors and misinformation to circulate. My daughter is receiving an excellent education and lots of love from her teachers so I will continue to send her, but I do caution that there can be frustration with the admin at the school, so be prepared.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
My child is in 8th grade and has attended since NDA opened. Every year she has had wonderful, talented teachers (yes a few have been newer teachers--but they have been ALL energetic and gifted teachers). This is definitely better than public school program and environment. The school and parents discourage bullies and cliques. There are many after school activities and parental involvement is welcome.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Notre Dame strives to provide the classrooms w/ qualified teachers for the students. I was not fortunate to have two teachers during my elementary years. Having two can differentiate the lesson or topic through his/her training. It also gives a sense of comfort to the petites in event one of the teachers call out sick, the other is there with a substitute. Therefore, the children still see familiarity in the classroom. This dual planning of teaching in class helps the teachers when they need to move to another classroom to teach language course or specialty subject. The school addresses the academic and spiritual needs and interest of my children. The director has done a wonderful job for the petite section. The Sister for the pre-kinder class demonstrates genuine care and provides a Christian atmosphere not only during the day, but also during her after school care. The director of first impression (right when you walk in the office) is a keeper and our traffic controller at the parking lot continues to provide safety to our children. Kudos!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
I feel they have new teachers coming in and out of the school. Just alone this school year they had three preschool teachers resign. They have the Director as a Pre-K teacher and she is in and out of the classroom and also two of the Sisters who are in and out of the other Pre-K classroom. The children need a sense of consistency and I feel that consistency is not being achieved at NDA. This school year I know must be tough on the faculty, but they need to think about what they might be doing wrong at their school because those three teachers had to have resigned for a reason. I also feel there was a lack of unity amongst the teachers. What is their motto? Oh yea..'One Family, Always United.'

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
Our daughter graduated from NDA and is currently well prepared for the rigor of the Catholic High School curriculum. The balance between academics and moral teaching is important to us as parents. As mentioned in other comments, when deciding who to trust your children to, talk to current parents at the school. The presence of the Sisters and Father Nick has given our children a sense of enrichment to their education.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
Notre Dame Academy is a GREAT school! The reviews posted on March 27th do not even remotely represent the NDA where my two children presently attend. The Administration at NDA is supportive and responsive - working side by side with the teachers and parents to help the students acheive their academic goals, develop their social skills and foster a deeper understaning of their Catholic faith. The Sisters set a beautiful example for the children -they are kind, loving and want the best for every student and family. The previous submissions cannot be from anyone who knows the Sisters! It seems like someone is just trying to make the school look bad - denoucning Catholic Education and doesn't really know what the school is about. Parents looking at the school for the the future should talk to currently enfolled families to really find out about NDA!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
Notre Dame Academy has been a very positive expereince for our two children. You can't place a price tag on a good solid education while backed by a strong moral foundation. Our children have done well academically, socially, spiritually and have become very confident teenagers. Middle school age children can be very challenging. NDA goes above and beyond fine tuning the middle school curriculum, social activites, and sports programs to help form well rounded, academically prepared students. Our son graduated from NDA and is now a sophmore at a Catholic High School. We have found him well prepared to tackle the heavy high school load, is ranked near the top of his class , is consistenly on the honor roll and equally as important, is able to make smart and moral decisions. We thank NDA for this.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
Congratulations to Notre Dame for providing great education to the students! Their mission is to educate the whole person Spiritually, Morally, Academically and Physically. This they have accomplished in all areas with extras in foreign language skills , computer education and in creating a great spirit of peace on the campus. It is a pleasure to observe the wonderful job they do in creating the well-rounded child .

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2010
We have been absolutely blessed to be part of the Notre Dame Academy family and parish of St. Therese of Carmel. We were welcomed here three years ago and the community continues to embrace old and new families with open arms. The dedication and enthusiasm the parents have to make NDA the best it can be is inspiring. Our children are filled spiritually, challenged academically, and are surrounded by friends and teachers that support and encourage them to be their best. (The middle-school teachers are especially terrific.) We are grateful to the Sisters, teachers and staff for creating an environment in which our children can thrive.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
As a parent of two children at Notre Dame Academy, I would give NDA 5 stars. We feel extremely fortunate to be part of a 356 year teaching tradition by the Sisters of l'Union Chretienne de St. Chaummond. The school provides a rich academic, moral, social and religious environment. The middle school teachers are particularly strong, and our children are thriving academically. Classes are leveled starting in 4th grade and the students are well prepared for secondary education. A bonus of the school is the emphasis on foreign language, with Spanish and French taught starting in pre-school. Perhaps the critics of the school should check with Cathedral Catholic, which just admitted all of the NDA applicants. Further, they should take a look at Cathedral's honor roll this past year which contains many NDA alumni. School uniforms, weekly Mass and daily prayer create a morally sound environment condusive for a solid education.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
We have extensive experience with NDA, having had multiple children at the school. If you are looking for an extremely social environment (children and parents alike), a school where you are appreciated on campus (even in the classroom), a wide curriculum, and an impressive Catholic education, you will be happy with NDA. If you are seeking strong administrative leadership and competitve academics, you will be disappointed. Our experience is the students with higher IQ's and academic potential suffer. Class sizes are large and there are extreme differences in the academic pace and capacity of students. Furthermore, there's no disclosure on school-wide achievement scores or how your son/daughter measures up academically against classmates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Superior school! Having come from a local public school, in my opinion the academics are excellent. French and Spanish are taught at all grade levels. The science and technology skills are top notch, and the curriculum exceeds what is offered at the public schools. The school has a great community feel with a lot of parental involvement. The values and discipline instilled by the Sisters make the school even more unique. Definitely check it out!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
Great school...alot of 'potential'. The problem is that they have had 'potential' for years now and continue to loose great teachers because of a poor administration who seem to be grossly underqualified for their positions. Its a shame

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2009
After three years, the school has not been able to establish the academic excellence that it promised to achieve. The lack of a professional administrator and a clear vision for the school are the reasons that this school continues to flounder. Financial constraints also persist and many of the intended programs continue to be unfunded, despite the continual fund raising efforts. These issues and the inability to obtain school wide achievement scores for comparison purposes make it difficult to choose NDA for my children when other, better options are clearly available. The only hope for the success of NDA are the wonderful families who continue their efforts to help this school reach its potential.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 22, 2008
There are nice people working at NDA. This school will become great one day. But, it is just too new - the school has not yet found its footing. There are too many inexperienced teachers and administrators. This is particularly evident in the preschool to kinder age groups. The preschool kids receive a very rigid, often harsh, program of instruction. Probably best to wait until your kids are older to send them to NDA. Also, NDA is VERY expensive for a Catholic school. It might be the most expensive K-8 Catholic school in all of Southern California. Thus, there is little socio-economic diversity.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
Our son just finished his first year at NDA in Preschool and loved it. He really loves school now and it was all worth it. His two teachers, Mrs. Gavieras and Ms. Gildersleeve, were the best and really care about their students. The sisters love each child as their own and really enjoy teaching and playing with the children. However, they do discipline the children, which is good and give the students a strong knowledge of Christ. After touring many preschools here in San Diego and attending Catholic schools throughout my life, I can say that NDA is the best I've experienced.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
I am amazed to read the glowing review for this school. My children have been there since the day the school opened. Since day one we have had teachers who are new to their job, teachers who have never taught in elementary school or middle school before and members of the administration who have no relevant work experience. There is no consistency, no processes in place, no structure to the curriculum. It is very disappointing to note that after three years, the school has progressed very little. The fees are exhorbitant and we were led to believe that this was because the school would be a top academic school. Due to lack of appropriate entrance testing, there are more children needing Resource than we have encountered at other Catholic or private schools; subsequently, there is no bandwidth to work with those who need to be challenged further.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
We have been vey happy with this school so far. Our son has had 2 fantastic teachers in the 2 years we've been here, which is sayng a lot for a brand new school! The administation listens to your concerns and usually addresses them quickly. There is a wonderful group of parents at this school! You will feel included. No one makes you feel guilty for not volunteering, as we experienced so strongly at St. James in Solana Beach. You can do as much or as little as you like - it's all good. The sisters are truly dedicated to the children's education and create a nurturing environment for all. The school has applied for and will become accredited soon. It is getting better and better each year and we are so happy to be here! It's going to be an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
I have two children currently attending NDA and couldn't be happier with the academic program, the administration, the teachers or the environment. The school offers a great moral and spiritual program along with a challenging academic program that includes French and Spanish language courses for every grade level. If you are not looking for a program with strong religious influence, this may not be for you. That said, and having experienced other Catholic schools and public schools, I couldn't imagine a better environment for my children. On top of everything that the school provides, we have the best pastor in all of San Diego, the Very Reverend Nicholas Dempsey or Father Nick to all who love him!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
Excellent school! The Sisters bring a new and fresh view of Christ centered education. Outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
$$$ Is what this school is all about they are constantly asking for donations, school supplies etc.

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August 24, 2007
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August 18, 2007
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April 16, 2007
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Notre Dame Academy
4345 Del Mar Trails Road, San Diego, CA  92130
(858) 509-2300
Last modified Notre Dame Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Notre Dame Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top