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MISSION STATEMENT


Notre Dame Regional High School endeavors to foster and build upon the teaching mission of Jesus Christ.  Our mission is to challenge and support students in their spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional development.  Notre Dame encourages participation in activities that build character, with an emphasis on respect for self and others.
Notre Dame offers a disciplined environment which rewards excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  Centering on the student, we pledge to promote superior standards of academic excellence in which gospel values and Catholic Church teachings are integrated in the lives and work of all members of the Notre Dame Regional High School community.  Incorporating these ideals, our school motto is “Give us your child and we shall return you an apostle.”   It is the vision of the school that students will Enter to learn and Leave to serve.

PHILOSOPHY
The tradition of Catholic education within the Church is a vital one.  Although academic excellence remains a primary concern of any educational institution, religious or secular, Catholic schools consider other areas equally critical in the development of a truly educated Christian.  A Catholic education also emphasizes the moral development of the individual and encourages active participation within the faith community.  This same emphasis forms the foundation of all administrative policies and procedures.

Notre Dame has always emphasized academic achievement and will continue to do so.  The definition of academic excellence is related to the background and future plans of each student.  The road to academic success, therefore, cannot be the same for each student enrolled at Notre Dame.  The curriculum affords students a choice of courses to meet collegiate, vocational, practical, and religious needs.  A periodic review and updating of course offerings aids in the maintenance of an education that is relevant to contemporary needs.  Instructional materials and methods complement student needs for success both in the classroom as well as outside the classroom.  As stated in the General Directory for Catechesis, Notre Dame seeks to teach students to “look at the world from the standpoint of faith.”  Therefore, students are encouraged to echo Jesus in all they do as they see all things through Catholic eyes.

Notre Dame readily accepts its responsibility for the moral education of its youth.  The school cannot replace parental influence and should, instead, complement it.  Moral development is rooted in religious education, self-discipline, and application of Gospel values in personal relationships.  This can be accomplished only in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  Since a student learns through observation as well as study, a Christian educator teaches through example as well as words.  This positive example, based on love and concern for the individual, creates a Christian environment that reaches far beyond the classroom.

Each person should stand as an individual and as a person within the community.  Notre Dame, as a Catholic school, strives to create a lived experience of human community rooted in Jesus Christ.  Every student needs respect, concern, encouragement, praise, and challenge in order to relate positively with others.  By fulfilling these needs within the faith context of a Catholic school, Notre Dame hopes to enable students to develop a personal desire for a relationship with God and a commitment to share Gospel values with others.  Catholic education provides opportunities for spiritual growth through prayer, study in the faith, and service to others.  Participation in the faith community at Notre Dame prepares students for immediate and future involvement in the parish, in the diocese, an in the global church.