Welcome to Notre Dame

"As we enter the third year of our strategic plan, Educating Minds and Hearts 2020, we pledge our unwavering commitment to our students...the faculty, coaches, and administration of Notre Dame High School will do their utmost, transforming Notre Dame boys to men while together we practice respect, learn to value family, and find strength in brotherhood."
Robert at Graduation

Welcome to our Family

At Notre Dame, we want to ensure that every student has the opportunity and the confidence to pursue their academic and extracurricular interests.  We are thrilled to officially launch four new signature programs to students, including technology, engineering, and design ( T/ E / D ), video production, sports medicine, and leadership.  Students can explore their current passions and discover new passions that will serve them well beyond their formative years as Notre Dame men.

Robert With Students

Notre Dame’s outstanding fine arts department provides students with the freedom to explore multiple outlets of expression. Over 55% of students participate in band, chorus, and studio art classes, and the array of courses offered creates opportunities for students to discover their new talents.  As students sharpen their skills in the studio and on the stage, they continuously cultivate the confidence to perform and create.

We encourage students to continue their involvement in the Notre Dame community outside of the classroom.  With over 40 extracurricular clubs, intramural sports, and other activities, our students have the ability to fully participate in the Notre Dame experience.

Learning may be changing and technology is always moving and improving, so we remain committed to academic innovations that support our basic value proposition: transforming boys to men and providing a safe and stable environment where opportunities for mental, physical, social and spiritual growth are plentiful.  

Mind: Our dedicated faculty and administration continue to explore best practices for a relevant and meaningful 21st-century education.

Heart: Our commitment to know your son and guide him as he discerns and learns independence while making good choices.

As we enter the third year of our Strategic Plan: Educating Minds and Hearts 2020, we pledge our unwavering commitment to our students. The timeless words of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, inspire all of us: “How we educate the mind will change with the times; how we cultivate the heart will remain timeless.” For over 70 years, the faculty, coaches, and administration of Notre Dame High School have done their utmost, guiding Notre Dame boys to learn respect, value family, and find strength in brotherhood. More than 12,000 alumni are a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Brothers of Holy Cross, and we are all humbled, enthusiastic, and honored to continue their legacy.

Robert with Shaking Hands

As helpful as it might be, our website is only an introduction to what Notre Dame is all about.

I encourage you to visit our school. Meet our teachers, watch a classroom in action, see our young men in the hallways, at lunch, in band practice, or at a sporting event. Our sense of community and who we are is evident and celebrated. The strength of our Holy Cross foundation cultivates and transforms young men with character, compassion, and confidence. You will start to get a sense of who we are when visiting our campus.

At Notre Dame, we will know your son. Come see for yourself.

Robert's signature

Robert F. Curis
President, Notre Dame High School


Congregation of Holy Cross

In our schools, we teach the Catholic faith, we encourage the pursuit of academic excellence, and we nurture a commitment to integral growth by focusing on Christian values and the intellectual, creative, social, and physical development of our students. Click for more on the Mission of Holy Cross.

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About ND

Notre Dame students become the ideal leaders for our rapidly-changing world; young men who are confident in their abilities and ready to define their own success. Students benefit from our:

  • Tradition of brotherhood: Notre Dame remains anchored in the Holy Cross mission to educate the minds and hearts of young men.
     
  • Innovative, student-centered academics: Students and teachers are devoted to the relentless pursuit of academic excellence. We embrace innovative teaching practices and support diverse learning styles to help students become flexible, independent, 21st-century thinkers.
     
  • Structure of support for Student Success: We are a community that embraces all learners, with systems in place to empower each Notre Dame student to build on his strengths and realize his full potential.
     
  • Devoted faculty: Notre Dame faculty understand young men — and take seriously the responsibility of teaching the whole student.
     
  • Competitive, inclusive athletics: At Notre Dame, character development includes teamwork, practice, healthy competition, disappointment, sportsmanship and right conduct — all of which is embodied by our renowned sports program.

 

Over 12,000 men spanning the globe call Notre Dame alma mater.  This is a place where students transform into young men joining a lifelong brotherhood who share our Catholic, Holy Cross mission.  Here we are compelled to educate the mind and the heart of students who walk through our doors at One Notre Dame Way.

 

“Notre Dame took what was always present in my son and grew it to a level of maturity that has led to his success in so many areas. Thank you ND.”   Francine Coss P'18

ND Academics bring out the extraordinary in every ND student. Ready to learn the ND way?

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Our Philosophy

Notre Dame High School is a Catholic independent secondary school admitting students of any race, nationality or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available at the School. Its primary purpose is to assist the parents and guardians of its students in the education of their sons by providing a college preparatory curriculum. Notre Dame is founded upon the Catholic philosophy in the Holy Cross tradition which offers the student a greater appreciation of his personal worth and dignity as an individual of a loving God and of the equality of all human life. A Notre Dame education offers a holistic approach which develops integrity, independence, leadership, and values. Notre Dame High School further fosters an environment where students, administration, faculty, and parents or guardians work together toward faith development, moral self-discipline, and academic excellence.

Our Mission

To inspire academic excellence, nurture personal growth and foster integrity and compassion in young men of diverse talents, backgrounds, and beliefs through our Catholic, Holy Cross tradition.

Our Vision

To be a transformative leader in educating the minds and hearts of young men by maximizing innovation, tradition, and the strength of our community to empower every Notre Dame student to realize his full potential.

Our Core Values

Tradition: Notre Dame High School remains anchored in the Holy Cross mission to educate the minds and hearts of young men.

Innovation: We embrace innovative teaching practices and support diverse learning styles to help students become flexible, independent, 21st-century thinkers.

Transformation: We help develop each Notre Dame student into a young man of character, compassion, and confidence who is college-and life-ready.

Our History

The Congregation of Holy Cross, founded by Blessed Basil Moreau, has provided untold spiritual and intellectual resources to youth.  Whether in the cause of rebuilding Catholic education in Moreau’s post-revolutionary France or in the technological revolution of our day, the Congregation of Holy Cross has valued tradition and innovation leading to dynamic transformation in those whom they educate. 

In the 1940s, the Brothers of Holy Cross were invited by the Archdiocese of Hartford to provide Catholic secondary education for young men.  A key element of Holy Cross spirituality is trust in Divine Providence. The first of many bearers of Providence was The Rev. John Heller of New Haven.  Father Heller introduced the Brothers to Leopold and Mary Braun who accepted a One Dollar payment from the Brothers for eight acres of property in West Haven, which included Harugari Hall, a former German-American social club.  In September 1946, the Brothers welcomed the pioneering Class of 1950. Those first one hundred graduates have now grown to more than 12,000 alumni. In 1947, Principal Brother John Baptist announced plans for a new and larger Notre Dame High School which was dedicated on October 31, 1948, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien.  Divine Providence has supplied Notre Dame’s needs in numerous renovations and expansions of facilities since that All Hallows’ Eve 1948. Most recently, we welcomed students to our new Arts, Technology, and Spiritual Center and renovated athletic facilities. After more than 72 years, we remember and celebrate all who have contributed to this great work.  

Innovations regarding the ways in which young men learn best are also part of God’s Providence. Blessed Basile Moreau’s broad educational program went well beyond the standards of nineteenth-century education.  In that same spirit, Notre Dame pursues excellence and innovation in academics, technology, the arts, and athletics by leading the way in 21st-century teaching and learning. In concert with Moreau, all we do is rooted in the Gospel and Catholic tradition with deep respect for the diversity of our student body.  A Holy Cross education is acquired not only for oneself but also to serve those in need. Notre Dame follows Moreau’s lead: “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.”

The community of Notre Dame High School has inspired men to embrace a life-long faithfulness as the root of academic and professional distinction, integrity, and compassion.  We rejoice as we continue toward a century of faith, learning, and service. As Moreau once said, “May it be so!”