"Our school is known for our International Baccalaureate Curriculum."
Students enrolled 535
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4635 River Green Pkwy.
Duluth, GA 30096

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4 stars
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October 15, 2014
Notre Dame Academy is an amazing school and we are thrilled about the upcoming expansion of the High School. My family has been a part of this community for seven years. The IB program is top notch and encourages the children to think globally. The school puts high value on providing modern technology giving the students a definite edge in this new millennium. As a non-Catholic family the school is very inclusive of everyone and we love the use of the charisms of the Marists that teach our children true compassion. The administration is wonderful about seeking the input of parents to exchange thoughts and ideas on how to improve the community. Additionally, we love the emphasize on fitness, health and a strong ethic. My children are eager to learn and happy at Notre Dame!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
Gwinnett County has some of the best public schools in the state. I choose to send my daughter to this private school as a hard ship because they are given so much 1 on 1 time. Class sizes are small enough that no one is left behind. I would recommend this school to anyone who can afford it.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Being part of the NDA community for the past 8 years has been a tremendous blessing and changed every part of our family life. As an extension of our family, NDA is helping us to raise our children as knowledge seekers, set in the context of our Catholic faith, while embracing other people with their differences. We look forward to many more years as part of the warm and life-giving community we have found at NDA striving to live the charisms of the Marists (Society of Mary.)

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
I LOVE Teaching at Notre Dame Academy. There are very few schools in the Atlanta area that are IB schools and have the inquiry based learning like Notre Dame Academy. There is plenty of parental involvement which is essential to making a GREAT school! The staff are some of the BEST teachers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Not only do we continue to stay up with the times, but we are passionate about what we do each day! Changing from public education to Notre Dame Academy was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Come visit and see for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
Nda offers an education that is like no other school in the Atlanta area! From the quality teaching staff to the variety of after school activities, Nda offers an education that embraces true learning! We have been blessed to be a part of this community for nine years and believe whole heartily in the faith based, international curriculum. Our children will be globally aware of God's presence and love for them. My only regret is that all children are not given such graces!!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
We have two graduates of Notre Dame Academy, one at Marist School and the other in College. We also have a current student at NDA. Our experience at NDA has been a true blessing. The spirituality and Marist values are engrained in the culture. The academics have prepared our two graduates for success through Marist school and onto College. The IB process develops thinkers who are able to creatively problem solve with a global perspective. The teachers and administration genuinely care for our children. NDA is a blessing to our family and our community.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My family has been at NDA for 8 years. It has been a great experience for all 3 of my children who have different learning styles. The teachers and staff have my child's best interest at heart and truly care! I love the service learning, everyday physical fitness, choices in the arts and focus on my faith where it is celebrated on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
I wish I could add stars for my review! I can't say enough about Notre Dame and what it has done for our family. We lived abroad and began our educational journey with our children at an IB school in Europe. When we moved back to the US, we were convinced we would never find another school like the one we had to leave. We were so glad to find one even better in Duluth, GA! Notre Dame Academy, with it's IB curriculum, Catholic education, and dedicated teachers and staff, has surpassed our expectations! We feel our children have blossomed there. They are all very different, and each of them have been embraced by their teachers, allowing them to shine in their own special way. We highly recommend Notre Dame Academy to anyone looking for not only a quality education for their children, but also an amazing environment that the whole family will appreciate.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
We moved to Atlanta a few years ago and the best decision we made was enrolling our children in NDA. After looking at many other Catholic and non-denomiational schools, we are blessed that we chose NDA. Administration is effective and listens, teachers want to help your children and the families are wonderful. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable and they learn in the most amazing ways with their IB program. The families embraced us and made us apart of this community. We love NDA!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Our family has been a part of NDA for 7 years. Each day, our 3 children enter the school greeted by the Principal. She looks them in the eye and welcomes each and every student by name. This level of personalization and respect continues throughout the day, NDA students are provided a well-rounded education--focusing on academics, physical ed, technology, as well as commitment to helping others in the community. Classes are kept smaller (about 20 students); physical education is offered every day; technology is integrated into every classroom and Ipads provided each middle schooler. This is a remarkable school in many ways, and we are truly lucky to have our children be a part of such a fine school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
This school is a farce! Started out with their brochure motto "A Catholic Education for Every Child Who Wants One" to "An Elitist Education with some Catholic Stuff Thrown in for However Long Each Child's Affluent Parents Can Afford it". What an affront to parochial education!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2012
To the first Parent writing a review on 3/22/12 - Before you criticize others on the "grammar", you should check your own. Often people write reviews or blogs without proofreading because they're writing about something emotional to them. Education of one's child(ren) is a significant investment for any concerned parents. So, before you go about banal grammar, it's the content of the criticisms that are most important. You write with many dangling particples and parts of sentences missing subjects/pronouns that you shouldn't be the one to JUDGE others who might have wrote fast without checking. Staying on topic of the messages in the debate is more important than criticizing the messengers.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
Sad to say the the reviews written on NDA, simply are true. Or the parents have no clue! Yes NDA is an IB program but on a very low scale in comparsion to other schools especially out of state. It is very confusing to me that our child completed 3 years at NDA with test scores always well above avg. However now attending a different in which we spent the first two months of school last year playing catch up. B/c it was clearly ALOT that wasn't taught at NDA. I hope the parents at NDA take a good look at the other schools and what they are teaching in those schools. I can honestly say we did NOT get 11k worth of education from NDA. Also for the amount of $ it cost to attend NDA you would think by now they would at least have a gym for the children to play in. What a huge waste of time, money, and energy.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
What a GREAT school! I am actually shocked by the negative comment below. Believe me, one disgruntled parent does NOT represent the vast majority of very happy families at this school! Our family has been extremely satisfied with the professionalism of the faculty & staff and the high level of education that challenges our kids to constantly ask questions and dive deeper into the task at hand. Then, there are the many extracurricular activities offered, the frequency of opportunities that we have as parents to get involved at the school, and the emphasis on the Catholic faith. What a wonderful place to raise a family.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
I am a parent at Notre Dame Academy. I was attracted to the school by a parent and friend. The school is a fantastic school. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The school has 2 brands - Marist (educators for over 100 years) and IB (Globally minded for an international world). In a world of growing obesity, this school has DAILY P.E. I do not pay up front at this school, but pay using its 8 months plan. I am not related to an an administrator but have a great teacher for my child. You only have to look at the grammar in the complaint to know that education criticism is not that parent's strength. Blessings to all.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
DISGUISED and FURIOUS at myself for being fooled through great advertisement and making such a horrid decision.This is the worst way to spend your money. You would not want to send your children to this school even if they gave you a scholarship for full tuition. The school is over rated and over priced. The education is sub par. The children are not challenged and that IB part of the curriculum is a joke, despite what they advertise. The administration is the worst! Even as a paying parent you are treated as an outsider, unless you are related to an insider. Do yourself a favor if you are NOT related to an administrator, DON'T put yourself, or your child through this school. They take all your money up front and place your child in the outsiders class with the least experienced teacher. As a catholic I pray daily for my child's teacher and the principal. Good Luck.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
We are in our 5th year at NDA, and have 2 children currently attending the school. We are not Catholic, nor are we able to contribute financially much beyond the tuition. One of our children excels at reading and most other subjects; the other is a slower learner. With all of that said, Notre Dame Academy has been a fantastic experience for both of our children, and our family. We have not felt that we received anything less than the best the school has to offer - and it has a great deal to offer! The teachers, the technology, the curriculum, the other parents, etc. are all wonderful. I'm sorry some folks have not had good experiences here. We have felt blessed to be a part of something so special.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
Teachers are either "hit" or "miss". It's like winning a lotto. The chance of getting the teacher who's a rock star is slim, unless you're an insider of which there're many because they're the ones who founded this new'ish school. The founding members still have kids going to school so you get the picture. For a small school, there seems to be a lot of relatives or kins working there so the favoritism comes into play which diminishes the self-esteem of the other students who're completely new to the school and/or don't have any ties there[ with either the administrators or the founding families] don't necessarily always get the "better" teachers. The IB part of the curriculum is its key asset. However, the overall curriculum [again, it' may be the variance in teaching quality as some teachers may be great] is not rigorous enough. You often feel that the rest of the class has to wait until the ones who don't get it finally catches up when in fact everyone pays the same tuition. There seems to be a heavy pendulum swing towards the Special Needs students rather than the norm and up.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
My family has been at Notre Dame Academy for four years, and I can honestly say it is a privilege to be associated with the school. The teachers and administration emphasize character, integrity, hard work, knowledge, and spirituality. My kids work hard because they see the children around them working hard; the families at this school value education. In four years, we have had seven different teachers, all of whom are still teaching at the school. Fundraisers at the school include an annual fund drive, a gala (optional), and a Fun Run (student raised donations, optional, but encouraged). Everything about this school is considered and well thought out, and as a parent, I have seen them make the right choices, time after time. Of all the schools we toured/interviewed, Notre Dame is the one that most strongly emphasized learning and knowledge, with an inquiry based approach that creates students as learners, making them partners with the teaching staff. This school is a wonderful gem, and I think that would be completely clear to anyone who takes a tour, or sends their child in for a day to shadow a class.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
I have two children at NDA, and we are now in our 4th year. It is hard to describe just how amazing this school is - it really feels much more like a family than a school. The best things: -the teachers KNOW my children and know exactly how to challenge them to think deeply. We have consistently seen teachers challenge our kids academically to push them to accomplish things our kids did not think were possible -my kids have been given work ahead of grade level to keep their interest in learning - they are never bored -the school is an international baccalaureate school, with an emphasis on creativity, integrated learning across disciplines, and incorporation of technology into the curriculum -the education is strongly faith based -not only do our classroom teachers know my children, but most of the other teachers also know them by name -every teacher we have had since pre-K is still at the school, and my kids love to visit with their old teachers -the music/arts program is great -they have PE and recess outside every day Most of all, my children are learning in an environment that places knowledge in context within the world around us. They are proud to call themselves learners.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
Several years ago when Notre Dame Academy was first opening I discovered a very dedicated group of teachers and staff that worked very hard to open the doors of the school. We moved away and recently came back to the area and I have found it very sad that VERY few of those who put in the blood, sweat, and tears for this school to open had left the school. I have done further investigating to find out that many of these amazing teachers and staff were used up and let go because the focus of the school quickly changed from being about the school to being about growing administration. Very sad and unfortunate as at one time this was a place full of academic strength and a community of caring.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
I am thrilled with the school. We have a child that is gifted academically and the IB program challenges her everyday. The reading program is individualized in that she reads on level that is best for her - she is reading several grade levels ahead. The Head of School does monitor the test scores and shares the results with the parents. My husband and I were very impressed to learn at a recent parent meeting that the 8th graders at Notre Dame score in the 99%. Our child is at the school for the academics and she is performing well above grade level.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
Notre Dame has been a great school for our family. We have been since it has opened. There has been very little turnover in the teachers and we have the BEST teachers in Atlanta. This year the school has introduced Apple technology and my children are doing amazing things. We have fundraisers just like any school but the administration makes wonderful choices as to how to spend the money. Every dollar raised is invested back into the school to enhance the educational program. I would invite any family to come and tour our school and meet our wonderful teacher. You will be amazed.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
My children attend Notre Dame Academy and both my husband and I have been involved at the school. We find the administration to be open and willing to listen. We have only had to ask to meet twice in five years but both times they listened to our concerns and immediately took action to solve the problem. The community is outstanding. We have wonderful opportunities as a family to share in events such as family picnic and bingo night. We have been at the school since it opened and we find the teachers and administration to be the same caring and dedicated professional throughout all five years. There has been very little turnover, in fact, our children have shared the same kindergarten teacher and second grade teacher. I don't know what high rate of turnover the earlier post is referring to.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
Notre Dame Academy has a high turnover rate in teachers, weak leadership, and sub-par academics. It is run by a handful of families, who contribute the majority of money to support the school. Bullying is rampant and the admin. will turn a blind eye. They churn through students as well. It is very easy for a child to achieve all A's on their report cards and then fail in National testings. I would not recommend their education program and overall fostering of a child to anyone. They hold out they are a Marist school, but the reality is only a handful of graduating children get into Marist -- it is not automatic, at all and have the same chances anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
I am shocked to read the posting prior to mine. I have 3 kids at NDA for the 3rd year and we love it. I have no idea where the money and testing comments come from. Sure, we have fundraisers like any school but it's not in your face and clearly optional (I've heard of much worse elsewhere). I love that the primary fundraiser is the annual fund - I'm thankful we don't have to sell wrapping paper or magazines (where kids bug you over an over because they want a silly prize) . Standardized testing occurs but it's not a focus at all - such a relief from public schools who teach for the test. My children are all challenged at their own level and the teachers and administration are fabulous - truly concerned about every child, excellent communication, kids are happy to go to school everyday, etc. The class sizes are smaller so students do get individual attention and challenges. I'm sorry this family had a bad experience - I think it's rare.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2011
Watch out! The school has a focus on 'money raising' and 'self promotion' without addressing the individual learning levels of the students. The 'head' of the school's sole focus 'in her own words' is on the numbers (mostly raising money) and is happy to recite a series of statistics but won't accept any parents critically challenging her teaching methods or process. Her opinion of continuous testing as the solution to provide the best in education is troubling considering that students at higher abilities are told to wait for the rest of the class to progress. They are happy to ask for all your money months in advance as well as starting their fundraising campaign during the first month of school. However, when the school isn't challenging your kids in the classroom you are told to wait until the second semester. And, if you change schools, don't expect a full/partial/future semester refund or any consideration or response from them - they have collected their money and are now looking for the next source of funds from another unsuspecting family.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2010
I just graduated out of the 8th grade @ Notre Dame Academy and was inspired each day by the dedication my teachers brought to their job. We learned so much at this school and made so many life long friends that we will never forget, and the experiences we learned will last forever!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
This is a great school. My son is reading in the 4 year old pre-K program.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2010
My children are both in NDA. I am happy with the teachers! When my son started kindergarten he knew just the alphabet and before Christmas, he started to read. That was amazing because we are not Americans and we are speaking at home the native language.This is a response to the parent who sad that the reading program is poor.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I am very happy with this school. The IB certification the school has is a plus for my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
NDA is a Great school Teachers are concerned for the children. I have not come across favouritesiom even thought I am of a diff religion and color. There is no force to be a catholic but have to do a subject in bible and atend Mass once a week. Could have a better Music programe. Spanish is best from KG they start Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
This school is very good but could use more extra curricular activities. All in all i am very happy with this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2009
We have had a wonderful first year and look forward to 8 more! Communication is excellent from top administration to classroom level. I always know what and how my child is doing. The IB certification is very exciting - first US catholic elementary school to offer International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
Good education.(IB program), good teachers...growing pains...and lack of adminidtrative support,

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2009
I am very disappointed in the school. The reading program is poor and I was forced to hire a tutor for my child. All along I received raving report cards and I was under the impression that she was doing well. When I spoke to the principal about the problem she was rude and defensive. I am removing my child from the schoo.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2009
My son goes to the school and has really excelled. The school focuses on developing the whole person with a great balance of cultural understanding, language, arts, music, athletics and basic academic rigor in reading, writing and math. My son went to a great public school before this, but this has been even better for my son. Parents are very involved and faculty really works hard to see kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Excellent school where the teachers really care about the students!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
My daughter is wrapping up her first year at Notre Dame. We have been very pleased with the environment, International Baccalaureate programme, and teachers. My wife and I are very involved in the classroom, extracurricular activities and school leadership post. I can't say enough good things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
Exceptional school and great teachers! Truly a wonderful experience for my children.

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Notre Dame Academy is excited to announce that it will be expanding to grades 9-12 starting in August of 2015. The school has purchased 21 acres of land adjacent to its current property on River Green Parkway in Duluth, GA and will begin construction this fall. Please contact the school directly for additional information.

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Notre Dame Academy
4635 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA  30096
(678) 387-9385
Last modified Notre Dame Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-9
Notre Dame Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top