Notre Dame Prep offers middle school-specific programs which tap into our students' creativity, desire to learn, and enthusiasm, all within a framework designed to nurture, encourage, and challenge.
Creative problem solving, hands-on learning, and multi-sensory activities come together in NDP’s Middle Level Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program. In a newly create Innovation Lab, students develop 21st-century learning skills, connect information across subjects, and learn about possible STEAM careers for women. Leading this program is a designated Middle Level STEAM coordinator and enthusiastic, talented faculty who work collaboratively to make learning meaningful and fun. STEAM opportunities complement NDP’s already strong foundation in Middle Level science, math and art.
After-School Enrichment programs are offered to allow students the opportunity to exercise their creative energy in new venues. Programs are offered during each sport season—fall, winter, and spring—and are held after school on assigned days from 3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. In addition to interscholastic competition in nine sports, other after-school programs include musical theatre, Dance Troupe, and a host of clubs. Athletics for the 2016-2017 school year include: cross country, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball in the fall; basketball and soccer in the winter; and lacrosse, softball, and tennis in the spring. This year's clubs include: Academic Bowl, Afternoon Tea, Art Club, Book Club, Boote Camp (exercise), Knitting Club, Math 24, Scrabble Club, Scrapbooking, Shalom Club, Writing Workshop, and Yoga. Student Organizations include: Campus Ministry, Spirit Association, Student Government, and STEAM.
INNOVATE & DESIGN TIME (IDT)
Providing hands-on, project-based learning opportunities in STEAM, Innovate & Design Time (IDT) is an extension and enrichment of the NDP Middle Level curriculum. All Middle Level students participate in these non-graded classes, which are planned to foster collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in the area of STEAM. Courses this year include: (Grade 6) Digital Design, Logic & Game Theory, Technology & Information Literacy, World Drumming; (Grade 7) Computer Coding, Digital Communications & Media, Forensic Science, 3D Printing & Architecture; (Grade 8) Art Capstone, Engineering, Hand Bell Ensemble, Robotics.