OUR MISSION & VISION
NOTRE DAME SCHOOL is a bilingual catholic school that educates future leaders and global citizens. NDS nurtures the intellectual, social emotional and physical development of all its members in a student-centered environment, focusing on developing global citizens with 21st Century skills, using technology, science, arts, ethics, environmental education, and sports within local and global environments, educating citizens that will serve their communities and the world.
Our vision is to be recognized as an innovative school with cutting edge technology, and as a front-runner in producing graduates who are leaders in their communities and the world.
NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS & COLLEGES (NEASC)
NOTRE DAME SCHOOL is accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), founded in 1885, the NEASC has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education, from Pre-K to the doctoral level, longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States. The Association is located in Boston, Massachusetts and validates Notre Dame School students grades and diplomas all over the United States of America.
COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (CIS)
The Council of International Schools accredits NOTRE DAME SCHOOL,
and its vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures and educators from every corner of the world.
CIS is established in London, UK and its members have committed to actively develop global citizenship in education through ethics, diversity, global issues, communication, service, leadership, and sustainable lifestyle.
CIS accreditation validates Notre Dame School students grades and diplomas all over the world.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS)
NOTRE DAME SCHOOL has a chapter in the National Honor Society giving medals and certificates of excellence to all the High Honor Roll students with Grade point average of 3.8 and above. These honor students awards are also recognize in the United States of America and are subject to obtain scholarships in universities all over the United States.
NASA's GLOBE Program
Notre Dame School is a member since 1996; this program connects students and teachers with renown scientist from 112 countries.
MICROSOFT INNOVATIVE SHOWCASE SCHOOL
Notre Dame School is internationally recognized by MICROSOFT Corporation as the leader in technology education in Latin America since 2010.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NDS Board of Directors (NDS-BD) is a group of eminent professionals, well known in the Dominican Society, who help to make decisions on major School issues.
The six points below outline the major responsibilities of NDS-BD:
i.-Recruit, supervise, retain, evaluate and compensate the Headmistress.
ii.-Provide direction for the organization.
iii.-Establish a policy based governance system.
iv.-Govern the organization and the relationship with the Headmistress.
v.-Fiduciary duty to protect the organization’s assets and member’s investment.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
The NOTRE DAME School PTO is a nonprofit parent/teacher organization whose membership includes all parents, legal guardians and staff at Notre Dame School.
The PTO’s mission is to promote open communication and understanding between parents and staff of the Notre Dame School. Our efforts serve to enhance and maximize the education of every child while aiding them in achieving their highest potential.
The PTO sponsors assistance to teachers in classroom setting, holds fund-raisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, supports school and family social interaction, and provides a non-biased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children.
It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children.
The Student Council is a governance figure representing students. Through this, they become involved in school life, working in partnership with school management, staff, and parents.
The School Counselor is the person appointed to instruct and facilitate the formation of the Student Council every year as indicated by Orden Departamental 5’97 from the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic.
In our school, the requirement of being part of the National Honor Society or any of its branches is added to the requirements to be elected as a Council member.
1. We believe that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. We are committed to developing students who are endowed with reason and conscience and act in harmony with one another.
2. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation.
3. We believe that all students have diverse interests, abilities, and capabilities that should be developed to their full potential by encouraging intellectual curiosity and independent thinking.
4. We strive to provide students with multicultural and global understanding by engaging them in meaningful activities that connect learning to life experiences in a global and multicultural context, using bilingual and interdisciplinary approaches.
5. We believe that bilingual individuals are advantaged. We are committed to providing support and opportunities for students, faculty and staff, and parents to become bilingual.
6. We provide learning opportunities, which are developmentally and cognitively appropriate to ensure that all students learn to their fullest potential and become lifelong learners.
7. We are committed to developing students who are critical learners and problem solvers.
8. We value creativity and arts.
9. We understand the importance of nurturing students’ different ways of processing information. We model ways for students to communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences, bridging geographic, linguistic, ideological, and cultural barriers, by using diverse teaching approaches, assessment styles, and rich resources, including technology.
10. We are committed to maintaining high academic rigor and high behavioral expectations.
11. We believe that students require advance technological skills in order to be college and career ready. We are committed to developing skillful users of technology for learning, communication, and service to their communities and the world.
12. We believe that we learn and work best in an environment, which is safe, supportive, and based on trust and mutual respect.
13. We recognize that family and community engagement plays a critical role in a child’s development and success in school and life. We are committed to working closely with family and community to ensure that students achieve their optimal state of physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and spiritual well being.
14. We are committed to providing students with the necessary skills to become self-directed learners who value and understand themselves, their place in the world and value others. We model ways for students to articulate and explain such perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully.
15. We encourage and support students to take action in their communities, view themselves as global citizens in the world and reflect on their participation.
WE ARE NOTRE DAME!
NOTRE DAME SCHOOL's magic is on!
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