With Grateful Hearts

For May

Our theme for the year, "With Grateful Hearts," grounds us in love and faith in one another and in the Jesus who lives in and among us. Inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame's charism of unity, may we cultivate grateful hearts for the opportunities and blessings which we have received and which await us in this school year!

Gearing Up

Each May brings wonderful energy to campus, as students, teachers, administrators, and families gear up for the many end-of-year events held to celebrate the individual and collective achievements among our school community. We share our love and prayers of gratitude for all of our students as they conclude the school year, especially our eighth graders and our seniors, whose respective middle and high school journeys are ending, and new chapters await. 

The end of any academic year inspires reflection. For me, 2021-2022 was a year marked by gratitude—from having students on campus each day to holding beloved traditions in person, to working with and being in community with individuals deeply committed to the education of young women, and more. Notre Dame Prep is blessed in many ways, most especially by the people who call this school home—students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, board members, volunteers, alumnae, and friends. I hold all of you in my prayers each day, and I am deeply grateful for all that you are to our wonderful school.

As we look to conclude this school year and begin plans for next, may the Blessed Mother, Notre Dame, be with you. I look forward to sharing springtime and our upcoming events with you all!

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  • Read Sister Patricia's Bio

    Sister Patricia McCarron’s appointment as Notre Dame Preparatory School’s ninth headmistress, which began July 1, 2005, completes a remarkable circle: she started her professional career there as a faculty member in the mid-1980s and returned to lead the school 30 years later. Sister Patricia guides the NDP faculty and staff in its mission of educating young women to transform the world.

    In the years that she has been headmistress, Sister Patricia has overseen remarkable growth at Notre Dame Preparatory School, including expanding academic and extra-curricular programs; implementing two strategic plans for the school; renovating the Middle Level and other campus spaces; steadily increasing the school’s annual fund and endowment; and continuing to raise the community's awareness of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and their commitment to service and justice in the world.  Under her leadership, NDP has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012 and again in 2020; a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun each year since the program’s inception in 2011; A Baltimore Style and Daily Record Reader’s Top Choice School; and a Top Engineering Source School by University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering.
    As a School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Patricia is committed to empowering others through education.  Before her appointment at NDP, Sister Patricia served as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Prior to that, she held administrative positions at both Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.
    Sister Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the Catholic University of America and an M.Ed. in Education Management and Supervision from Loyola College.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Sister Patricia is a recognized speaker on the topics of Catholic identity and Catholic school leadership.  She is in The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence” for being named among the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2014, she received the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s Educational Excellence Award.  She previously served on the Board of the Notre Dame of Maryland University (2014-2020) and currently serves on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Child Abuse Review Board.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

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