Mission Driven, Student Centered, Faith Based, Globally Focused

Leading with Grace
Since its founding in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School has offered a solid liberal arts-based curriculum while responding to the educational needs of the modern times. Today, NDP draws on the diverse leadership talents of Headmistress Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., academic leaders, department directors, Board of Trustees, and the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame as the school educates young women to transform the world.

A Message from the Head of School

Where a Gateway Opens...
The 2023-2024 school year marks a milestone for Notre Dame Preparatory School—our 150th Anniversary!

What a gift this anniversary year is to our community! For us, it is a time to celebrate how the strong roots of today’s Notre Dame grew and were nurtured during 150 years of educating young women in the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

We thank the School Sisters and the many other educators, staff, coaches, mentors, board members, volunteers, alumnae, families, and friends on whose shoulders we stand today. Their sacrifices, vision, and unity helped NDP grow and thrive over its century-and-a-half existence. Today, NDP is among the best Catholic girls’ schools in the country, a legacy each of us is proud to build upon and preserve for future generations.

While the Notre Dame Prep of today may look different from the Notre Dame Prep of 1873, the mission and vision remain a constant: Notre Dame is a community united in the common goal of preparing students to become women who use their God-given gifts to transform the world for the good of all.

As we celebrate this landmark year, may we take pride in this extraordinary legacy and be inspired to continue it as forever members of the NDP community!

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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; 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.

Board of Trustees

The Notre Dame Preparatory School Board of Trustees is comprised of dedicated professionals including alumnae, parents of alumnae, School Sisters of Notre Dame, and community leaders. Their commitment to the school is unparalleled, and we are grateful for their service.

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  • Notre Dame Preparatory School Board of Trustees


    S. Jane Forni, SSND, Ed.D., Chairperson

    Karyn Danielczyk Bauer, CPA '93
    April Bell
    William C. Benassi
    James Brennan
    Mark Buedel
    Sister Jane Cayer, SSND
    Victoria B. Chou, M.S., Ph.D. '92 
    Michael Constantine
    Matthew C. Franke
    William H. Fusting
    Sister Mary Rose Gustatus, SSND
    Melissa Kelly '85
    Tracey Swam Kuhn '86
    Lisa W. Petit, M.D. '98
    John W. Schiech
    Jennifer Brune Speargas '92
    Sallie Sweeney, CISSP-ISSMP, PMP, CISM
    Roseann Velez, DNP, FNP, FAANP
    Daniel White
    J. Scott Wilfong
    Kathleen Willis
    Kathy Stanley Wilmot '77

    S. Mary Fitzgerald, SSND – SSND Liaison
    S. Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D. – Ex Officio

Leadership Team

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    Sister Patricia McCarron SSND, Ph.D.  

    Head of School
    (410) 825-6202 x1001
  • Photo of Jennifer Casey

    Ms. Jennifer Casey 

    Academic Dean
    (410) 825-6202 x1502
  • Photo of James  Lancaster

    Mr.  James  "Jim" Lancaster 

    Upper Level Assistant Principal
    410-825-6202, Ext. 1027
  • Photo of Jessica  Morrison

    Mrs.  Jessica  "Jess" Morrison 

    Upper Level Dean of Students
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1003
  • Photo of Victor  Pellechia

    Dr. Victor  "Vic" Pellechia 

    Upper Level Principal
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1026
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    Mrs.  Jo Marie Tolj 

    Middle Level Principal
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1412

Head of School Council

List of 6 members.

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    Mrs. Jennifer Caine 

    Director of Upper Level Admissions & Enrollment Management
    (410) 825-6202 x1622
  • Photo of Cami Colarossi

    Ms. Cami Colarossi 

    Director of Communications
    (443) 921-2785
  • Mrs.  Lindsay Dorrance 

    Director of Advancement
    410-825-6202 ext. 1106
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    Mrs. Tracey Kuhn 

  • Sister  Sharon Slear SSND 

    Executive Director of Academics
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    Mrs. Kerry White 

    Director of Middle Level Admissions & Enrollment Management
    (410) 825-6202 x1012

Notre Dame Preparatory School

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