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.
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.)
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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