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Message from the Principal


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Welcome to Notre Dame Academy-the premier high school for young women in New York City. I am delighted to share with you all that makes NDA so special and invite you to visit our historic 13-acre campus and meet our dedicated faculty and exceptional students.


Notre Dame Academy builds its curriculum and all student activities on best practices for girls. Research has shown that educating girls in a single-sex environment significantly impacts a woman’s academic and financial success and improves her positive self-concept. We offer a myriad of Advanced Placement, college-level and challenging elective courses in STEM, the Humanities and the Arts that appeal to the student who is interested in exploring those areas of interest that will prepare her for meaningful post-secondary and professional careers.


In addition, we are committed to offering our students experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom that will inform their career interests including partnerships with NYU’s School of Engineering in engineering and robotics, Staten Island University Hospital in applied health science careers, and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy. We graduate global citizens prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the most rigorous colleges and universities and the 21st-century global workplace.


Recent graduates of Notre Dame Academy have been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, Stevens Institute of Technology, Boston College, Villanova, and Georgetown, just to name a few. Our talented alumnae are currently enrolled in professional degree programs or hold degrees from Princeton, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and more.


For more than 115 years, Notre Dame Academy has been a place where young women are prepared to become leaders in society.  Inspired by the life of the Founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, a Notre Dame student is empowered to become engaged in her community through her commitment to compassionate service and her ambition to become a leader in her chosen professional field. At Notre Dame, there is a strong message that these ideals are not mutually exclusive, but their integration is critical to real transformational change in society.


Beyond its innovative educational courses and programs, NDA provides its students with opportunities to nurture and showcase their many and diverse talents.  In 2019 alone, NDA’s athletic teams earned 10 Staten Island championships, 4 New York City Championships, and 1 New York State title. In addition, we honored a New York State Gold Medal Award winner for Literature and our award-winning Performing Arts program has earned consecutive Minty Awards for best Staten Island High School musical production.


As a proud Notre Dame alumna ’90, I have spent the last nineteen years in Catholic education embodying the spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys and her mission to educate young women. My evolution into a strong woman of leadership and service is a direct result of my NDA education. It is my honor to come to work every day where I am inspired by the intellect and enthusiasm of our students, teachers, and staff.


Please feel free to make an appointment to visit our campus or contact me directly I invite you to become part of GatorNation and its tradition of exceptional women. It will be the best decision you will ever make!


Jann Amato