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Replay Live Sessions from Open House!
Following a warm welcome and NDAE Overview from Ms. Paetzold, President/Head of School, and Principal Ms. Hobbs, you will hear from panels of Notre Dame Academy Elementary School’s esteemed administration, faculty, current families, and students.
Watch October 24th Open House General Session Replay Below
Watch November 18th Open House General Session Replay Below
TAKE THE TOUR
Led by the 8th Grade Leadership Team
Watch the NDAE virtual school tour below!
Virtual School Events
Finding a Perfect Fit For Your Family is Important!
We are here to help you and your family along the admissions journey and beyond by facilitating clear and open communication. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers to accompany the variety of resources available at our virtual Open House. If you need additional clarification, we encourage you to reach out to the Admissions team by completing the contact form below.
What's the student faculty ratio?
Does my child need to be Catholic to be accepted?
Our current student population is inclusive of students and families of all faiths. As a Catholic school, we do seek to maintain a majority population of students of the Catholic faith. However, if a student is a great fit for NDAE wholistically, we would not turn them away based on faith nor pressure a conversion.
Is NDAE coed?
Yes! Notre Dame Academy Elementary School is a coed learning environment, in which students are accepted and supported regardless of gender. We do, however, have an all-girls high school conveniently located next door.
What does "distance learning" look like at NDAE?
Our central communication platform is Google Classroom. Every morning, teachers send out the messages, lessons, instructions, and assignments for the day to their students. We believe in partnering with our parents and in responsive education. Therefore, our approach is designed to be flexible for the needs of our students and families, while structured to support our students. The majority of our direct instruction is crafted by the teachers and delivered through video to the students. The assigned tasks are “due” 24 hours later to give students time to complete tasks at a time that works best for them and their families and to accommodate for glitches in technology.
This school year, we have incorporated a developmentally appropriate blend of live synchronous instruction and asynchronous instruction. This balance allows students to make connections and foster relationships when they are all together as a class, while the asynchronous work allows students to revisit videos, work at their own pace, and take some time away from the screen. Throughout the day the teachers are available for office hours so that they can meet with students as needs arise. Teachers have also worked to set up virtual recess opportunities so that students have social opportunities outside of class time.
How much is the application fee?
The enrollment application fee is $100.
Additional Handouts for Download:
Application Requirements & Timeline | 5th Grade Transition Program | Parents | Extended Day Care
Fostering 21st Century Leaders!
Guided by the Educational Principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame and their mission to proclaim God’s goodness and provident care, the faculty and staff of Notre Dame Academy Elementary believe that a solid instruction in Catholic teaching and practices is essential for shaping morally responsible adults.
We are committed to providing a rigorous academic curriculum that challenges each student to achieve his/her highest intellectual and creative potential. In partnership with our parent community, we are dedicated to forming well-rounded, active Catholic leaders, who consistently strive to be persons of moral integrity, academically prepared individuals, effective communicators, and life-long learners making a difference in today’s world.
Meet the Team!
Fun Fact: I attended both the Elementary School and the High School!
Instructional Assistant, Extended Day Care (EDC), CORE Arts
Fun Fact: I have climbed Machu Picchu!
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Fun Fact: I’ve lived in London, Washington, and Colorado.
3rd Grade Teacher
Fun Fact: I just moved to LA from Florida, but I was born and raised in Kentucky.
Elementary & 8th Grade PE Teacher
Fun Fact: Golfing is one of my favorite activities.
Director of Marketing, Communications, and Admissions
Nancy Anne Stellato
TK Instructional Assistant
Fun Fact: I don’t have a middle name.
Fun Fact: I performed on Broadway.
1st Grade Teacher
Fun Fact: I love the community! Parents, students, and staff are all extremely supportive and caring.
lementary Technology Teacher, Middle School Electives Teacher
Fun Fact: My favorite kinds of cookies are chocolate chip and snickerdoodles.
TK-5 Spanish Teacher
Fun Fact: I have known my best friend for 30 years.
Fun Fact: Being that I was a student here and now get to work here; I take great pride in what I do here. NDA is my home away from home.
2nd Grade Instructional Assistant
Fun Fact: I am an alumna of Notre Dame Academy Elementary (‘04) and Notre Dame Academy (‘08).
Middle School English & Religion Teacher
Fun Fact: I own 800+ books!
Middle School English & Religion Teacher
Fun Fact: I love making, teaching, and looking at art.
Fun Fact: I’m an alumna from the high school.
Fun Fact: I got to go scuba diving with sharks once at an aquarium where my friend Eva worked.
I love the Camaraderie I have with my colleagues.
Fun Fact: I love sharing food and recipes.
2nd Grade Teacher
Fun Fact: I can sing the alphabet backward.
Middle School Science Teacher
Fun Fact: I had pet frogs growing up!
Director of Innovation
Fun Fact: I have been playing Super Mario games since 1989.
Middle School English & Religion Teacher
Fun Fact: I love to travel and have a goal to visit as many countries as possible in my lifetime!
Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Speech and Debate Elective, Mock Trial, Director of Student Activities
Fun Fact: Recently remodeled a vintage pop-up trailer to go camping up and down the state!
Fun Fact: I don’t like heights, but I used to Free-climb Mountain Climb.
Fun Fact: I started my NDAE journey as a Room Parent 14 years ago.
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher & Elementary School Director
Fun Fact: I love to read science fiction and fantasy novels!
I love the hands-on science investigations with FOSS and my students.
Fun Fact: I can juggle.
What Current Families Have to Say
It’s hard to believe that Jordan, our eldest daughter, will soon be graduating from Notre Dame Academy Elementary. The past 2.5 years has been such a wonderful experience both for Jordan and our family. The challenges of the current pandemic have not made it easy on anyone, but NDAE faculty have risen to the challenge and affirmed to us why NDAE was our top choice and where we plan to send all three of our children. We’ve experienced firsthand the selfless, sacrificing nature of NDAE’s faculty and their unyielding dedication to providing our students with the very best learning environment despite the current environment. Seeing the faculty sacrificing their day off to organize an adapted Family Picnic last month just so that our kids could feel reconnected with their teachers and have some fun and semblance of normalcy was humbling, to say the least. The tireless, too often under-appreciated work that our NDAE teachers are undertaking to creatively and successfully adapt to teaching online is reflected in how engaged both of our daughters continue to be despite not have stepped one foot onto campus this year. The consistent transparency by NDAE’s leadership, headed by Ms. Hobbs, in sharing information in real-time also provides invaluable comfort to us as parents that we are truly part of the NDA family and that we are in this together. Thank you NDAE.
-The Park Family
Jordan (NDAE ’21), Hayden (NDAE ’23), Connor (future Knight), Shaun & Kelly
The focus on 21st century learning within a secure, supportive, and faith-based environment is invaluable. We are especially thankful and in awe of the teachers’ and staff’s dedication to ensure all of the students have the opportunity for continued learning and a community during distance learning.
Yes, there are several school choices, but only ONE Notre Dame Academy.
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