Why A Girls' School?

Our students aren’t just educated to become future leaders; they are empowered to lead from the moment they arrive on campus.

Notre Dame Academy’s unique environment allows every young woman the opportunity to discover her talents, nurture her passions, and explore her potential.

The benefits of single-sex education have been well-documented. Below you will find just a few statistics to illustrate what every NDA girl knows in her heart -- at Notre Dame, we want every young woman to be her best self.

Everyone here today will be there to support you throughout your life.
Chole Vitali '21
at her 8th grade Capstone Project & Promotion Ceremony


Aspirations

Girls at all levels of achievement in single-sex schools receive a … benefit from the single-sex environment in terms of heightened career aspirations – an effect unprecedented in any other portion of our study.

-Dr. Cary Watson, Stanford University

Sex Roles: A Journal of Research

More than 43% of NDA alumnae list workplace roles at or above the executive level.

Achievement

More than two-thirds of girls’ school graduates expect to earn a graduate or professional degree.

-Dr. Richard Holmgren, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls’ Schools

77% of NDA graduates report earning advanced degrees

Confidence

During the middle school years, girls show a decline in both their performance in math and their attitudes towards math. New research suggests that girls’ schools may mitigate the decline when compared with coed schools.

-Dr. Carlo Cerruti, Harvard University

Exploring Girls Attitudes About Math

On average, NDA students score 50 points higher on the SAT math test, when compared to girls at local public schools.

Curiosity

13% of girls' school graduates major in STEM fields compared to 2% of girls who attend co-ed high schools.

-National Coalition of Girls' Schools

25% of NDA graduates of the last decade have majored in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Leadership

93% of girls’ school graduates feel they were offered greater leadership opportunities than their peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating high school.

-Goodman Research Group
The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools

100% of student leadership positions at Notre Dame Academy are held by girls.
(Of course!)

Alumnae = Strong Women

Saint Julie Billiart, the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame, instructed her teachers to “train up strong women” and that is exactly what we do. Time and time again, our alumnae share with us how they are leaders in their communities and in the workplace.

Meet our alumnae!

National Coalition of Girls' Schools

Not convinced?

Check out what the National Coalition of Girls' Schools has to say about the benefits of a girls' school in their Case for Girls.

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