Founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, a teaching order from Germany, Notre Dame Preparatory School is one of Baltimore's oldest Catholic, college preparatory schools for girls.
The school's original mission, to foster academic excellence, spiritual growth and practice of social justice in its students, has inspired more than 6,000 living alumnae and continues to inspire the approximately 800 girls currently enrolled in grades 6-12.

Where Girls Become Women Who Transform the World

Notre Dame Preparatory School educates and empowers girls to become women who transform the world. As a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, Notre Dame Prep inspires students to pursue academic excellence, spiritual growth and the practice of justice. Infused with the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, the NDP community strives to answer God’s call “…to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8)

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  • ↓  Belief Statements

    • We believe that health in mind, body, and spirit is witness to the sacred dignity of all persons.
    • We believe that education grounded in the Gospel fosters wisdom and spiritual growth.
    • We believe that single-sex education develops confident women who are independent thinkers.
    • We believe that a challenging and nurturing educational program best serves the needs of adolescents.
    • We believe that tradition must be balanced by openness to change.
    • We believe that demonstrating genuine personal integrity is at the foundation of the authentic self.
    • We believe that direct experience of leadership develops courage and fortitude.
    • We believe that commitment to experiences beyond the classroom is a critical part of self-discovery.
    • We believe that respecting the dignity of all people creates a welcoming, trusting and compassionate community.
    • We believe that intentional stewardship affirms the reality that we belong to a global community linked to all creation.
    • We believe that our solidarity with the world calls us to serve persons who are marginalized.
    • We believe that courageous pursuit of systemic change, wherever needed, will transform the world.
  • ↓  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitments

    Notre Dame Prep’s formal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitments were spearheaded by NDP’s Anti-Racism Task Force called STRIVE (Sustaining Transformation: Racial Inclusion, Value, and Equity) and approved by NDP’s Board of TrusteesThese commitments are an expression of NDP's Catholic identity and serve as a touchstone for all our work promoting justice and equality.

    As a Catholic, independent school, Notre Dame Preparatory School is rooted in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. The life and spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame permeate all aspects of NDP and its community. This spiritual heritage calls us and requires our action to nurture in all ways a community of one mind and one heart. 
    • Notre Dame Preparatory School’s mission, vision, and values guide our way forward and strengthen our commitment to the message of love, respect, justice, and equality for all. 
    • Notre Dame Preparatory School recognizes that racism is a sin and is committed to working towards ending all systemic racial injustice within the school community and extending to the greater community.
    • Notre Dame Preparatory School embraces a diverse and inclusive community and is committed to creating an environment that honors and respects the dignity and gifts of each individual and fosters equity through its community life, programming and activities, and outreach to the broader community.
    • Notre Dame Preparatory School is committed to educating and empowering young women to work actively to eliminate the root causes of injustice and thereby transform our world for the better.
  • ↓  Graduate Profile

    Academic Excellence - A graduate from Notre Dame Preparatory School:
    • Has a broad foundation of knowledge able to support a lifetime of learning
    • Understands her learning process and has developed effective study skills and habits
    • Thinks critically and creatively to solve problems
    • Has both the confidence to lead and the humility to collaborate
    • As a self-directed learner, sets goals, evaluates information, and realizes objectives
    • Approaches new situations with an open mind and critical eye
    • Effectively uses innovative technologies
    • Speaks and writes effectively
    • Develops a deep appreciation for the arts
    • Remains curious and chooses to pursue an intellectual life

    Spiritual Growth - A graduate from Notre Dame Preparatory School:
    • Prayerfully develops a personal relationship with God and a deep appreciation for the gift of faith
    • Explores her God-given talents as she seeks to discover and follow her passion
    • Understands the teachings of the Catholic Church
    • Recognizes that genuine success requires harmony in mind, body, and spirit
    • Makes healthy decisions based on ethical principles and demonstrates moral integrity through her behavior
    • Creates and nurtures quality relationships
    • Values the dignity and uniqueness of all persons
    • Seeks to discover the positive contribution she can make to the world
    Practice of Justice - A graduate from Notre Dame Preparatory School:
    • Is personally accountable for her actions
    • Ethically uses information
    • Intentionally educates herself about local and global issues
    • Demonstrates a strong sense of teamwork and fair play
    • Reverences our earth and its resources
    • Defends the dignity of all persons through empathy, compassion, and respect
    • Engages in acts of direct service and supports charitable causes
    • Advocates for persons who are marginalized and works to create systemic change
    • History of NDP

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  • Click here to read NDP's School History

    Since its founding in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School has provided a stellar college preparatory education to young girls in the tradition of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). The essence of the school’s mission—academic excellence, spiritual growth, and the practice of justice—has remained the same since the school’s establishment and provides the foundation allowing NDP to offer a solid liberal arts-based curriculum while responding to the educational needs of the times. 

    The original school building of Notre Dame of Maryland, the school’s founding name, was constructed on Charles Street. The school flourished from the start and gained national prominence when President Ulysses S. Grant conferred diplomas at the school’s 1876 commencement. Throughout its first 50 years, the preparatory school attracted students from all over the world. Cardinal James Gibbons often brought visiting dignitaries to Notre Dame, where he kept an office. As a result, Notre Dame’s reputation as a premier Catholic girls’ school spread. The preparatory school continued to thrive, but space constraints became a reality.

    In 1960, Notre Dame relocated to a spacious, modern campus on Hampton Lane. At the same time, the school reaffirmed its individual identity as Notre Dame Preparatory School, or NDP. The Mother Philemon Doyle Library and new labs were added in 1992 to enhance the academic program and introduce new technology. In 1999, the Irene B. Kirby Educational Center and the Knott Performing Arts Center were built, and athletic facilities were expanded. In 2002, a new Gateway, reminiscent of the gateway that was once located on Charles Street, was constructed. In March 2005, the school opened a state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Center. In fall 2006, an outdoor courtyard, featuring an original statue of SSND Foundress Mother Theresa of Jesus, was dedicated.

    In 2012, the school installed the Yeardley Reynolds Love ’06 Turf Field and landscaped and refurbished the center courtyard to create a beautiful outdoor space. In 2014, in partnership with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, NDP renovated the Convent building to provide contemporary living space for the sisters and expanded office space. In addition, a separate STEAM Center was created, providing students the necessary space for STEAM instruction, robotics, and design and build projects. In summer 2016, a dedicated Innovation Lab was added to the Middle Level. January 2020 will find our students working and studying in a new Innovation Wing, which will be dedicated to our STEAM and Humanities programs, as well as provide a new, beautiful outdoor learning space. Today state-of-the-art technology provides countless learning opportunities for students in both the Middle and Upper Levels.

    In 1985, Notre Dame Preparatory School earned national recognition as an Exemplary Private School, in keeping with the standards of excellence established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame more than 100 years before. Affirming the school’s stellar academic reputation, the Middle States Association of Colleges and School re-accredited the school in 2012 with high praise. In 2012-2013, NDP was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a University of Maryland Top Engineering Source School. Each year since 2011, NDP has been named a Baltimore Sun “Top Workplace.” In 2021 NDP reaffirmed its ongoing dedication to justice and equality with the formal adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments. These commitments, which are an integral part of NDPs mission, vision, and values, will guide our way forward as a school community dedicated to the Gospel message and the SSND charism of unity.

    Today Notre Dame Preparatory School continues with strength and enthusiasm to educate young women to transform the world!

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School
Grades 6-12
Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame
© Notre Dame Preparatory School 2016