Since 1873

Honoring the Past...Transforming the Future

Opened school with 69 pupils…As this new institution was considered quite the attractive novelty, there were constantly a great many visitors.

—SSND Daily Chronicles

In the fall of 1873, the School Sisters of Notre Dame opened a new school for girls on Charles Street in the wilds of North Baltimore called Notre Dame of Maryland.

Today, 150 years later, that school, now Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), is considered the leading Catholic school in the Baltimore metro area—an honor confirmed in the 2022-2023 school year when the educational website named NDP the #1 Catholic School in Baltimore.

To mark this significant time, Notre Dame will launch a year-long anniversary to celebrate the storied history of the school, show appreciation for everyone who is and has been a part of NDP, and look forward to what the next 150 years hold. 

While much may have changed in the world since NDP’s founding, the essence of the school has only strengthened over time: to educate girls to become women who transform the world.

The theme for the anniversary is "Where a Gateway Opens."

The “gateway” symbol has been intrinsic to NDP history since the school’s beginning. It is the name of our alma mater and the school newspaper. Most notably, it references the iconic gateway that leads to the school entrance and which students in sixth and ninth grades, traditional NDP entry points, walk through to welcome them officially to NDP and which graduates, after commencement, walk through, symbolizing their entry to the world beyond NDP.

Anniversary Weekend Highlights

Join us for our Anniversary Gala – May 4, 2024

NDP’s Gala is our signature spring fundraising event, when parents, alumnae, and friends come together to celebrate NDP and to raise philanthropic dollars for our students. Proceeds from the Gala have a significant impact on the School. Our Galas have supported crucial needs due to COVID-19, auditorium renovations, 21st-century learning enhancements for our students and teachers, STEAM programming, and scholarships.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School, Grades 6-12, Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame