Enrollment FAQs

School-day questions

What are the school hours?

Full Day PK – Gr. 8: Monday-Friday 8:05 AM –3:00 PM.

PK4:     Monday-Friday 8:05 – 11:00 AM for Half Day

PS3:     Monday-Friday 8:05 – 11:00 AM for Half Day

Before and after school care is available daily for students in Full Day PK4 – Gr. 8

Do the students wear uniforms?

Yes, our students wear uniforms. Information about purchasing and uniform exchange programs will be provided upon successful enrollment.

Does Notre Dame have a hot lunch program?

Students may order lunch in advance through the online lunch program.

What extracurricular activities are available?

There are many different extracurricular activities for children that foster physical and mental development.  Intramurals are offered for Kindergarten through 4th grade.  Older grades 5 through 8 play league sports against other schools.  Sports offered include cross country, volleyball, basketball, track, and football. Other extracurriculars include Student Government, Band and Piano, Student Council, Talent Show, Media Club, Mock Newbery, and Altar Servers.  Older students also serve as lunch monitors, flag honor, patrol duty, student ambassadors and Cheers 7/8, which is a parish youth group.

Is parental involvement mandatory?

Notre Dame encourages parent involvement at every grade level. Volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and a great way to socialize and get to know our community.  Volunteering can include events and activities from participating in the classroom or library, community service, planning parent socials. There are many ways to volunteer.  Any volunteering around school will require the completion of Protecting God’s Children certification.

Are all of your teachers Catholic or Christian?

As part of faith-based education, all our teachers practice a Catholic or Christian faith and attend Mass on a weekly basis. These are the same guidelines we have for our families who enroll their children.

Can anyone enter the school at any time?

Parish and school doors are locked at all times. There are two layers of security – the first at the parish desk and then a buzzer entrance to get through the main school doors by the school office.

Applying to Notre Dame

Are there deadlines for new applications?

Enrollment occurs during the prior academic year.  Enrollments are considered on a rolling basis during this time period.  Class sizes cannot exceed 30 students.  Students must be age appropriate by Sept. 1 of the school year.  Admissions criteria are considered on a case-by-case basis and there is no formal admission exam.

How can I arrange for a school tour or more information?

Please reach out to the school by email at ndadmissions@notredameparish.org

Are there any prerequisites for pre-K 3 enrollment?

Children must be 2 1/2 and potty trained to enroll. If they enter the class as a 2 1/2 year old, they will continue in the program for 2 years and move on to Prek 4’s when they are 4.

Can I speak directly with someone?

Yes! Here are three options:

Meg Collins, school office, schooloffice@notredameparish.org

Michele Grabenstein, school parent, mgrabenstein@gmail.com

Amanda Paul, Principal, apaul@notredameparish.org

Ready to apply to Notre Dame?

Tuition-related questions

What is the cost of tuition?

For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees please visit our Tuition & Fees page.

Do you offer any type of tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance may be available to our school families. More information is available by contacting the school office.

Curriculum questions

Can you describe any resources and enrichment available for students of various abilities?

Our Resource department provides a variety of resources such as:

  • Administering standardized tests like AIMSWeb and Iowa testing
  • Maintaining Response to Intervention (RtI) 3 tiered instructional support
  • Administering Special Education referrals to D181 for evaluations of student performance and skill
  • Creating formal accommodation plans for students with documented needs
  • Providing behavioral support in the classroom
  • Collaborating with parents, classroom teachers, and the social worker to implement academic, instructional, and behavioral plans for successful student outcomes
  • Providing additional materials and systems for emotional and behavioral support of students
  • Training support staff
  • Working with classroom teachers to implement action plans for students above grade level
  • Organizing additional social opportunities for children across primary grade levels
  • Collaboration with teachers to establish and support Study Skills curriculum

What Service Learning/Community Service opportunities are available for students?

Notre Dame instills a sense of stewardship and good citizenship through service learning activities such as youth leadership and Habitat for humanity.  This is a vital part of the Notre Dame across all grade levels.

Can you describe your science and mathematic offerings?

One of the highlights of our science program is our after-school STEM program. Mrs. Yee, our science teacher, is currently meeting twice a week after school with 4th and 5th graders doing hands on STEM challenges.  In recent years, we have made density bottles, built spaghetti towers, constructed and raced wind-powered sail cars, and cooked s’mores in our homemade solar ovens.  In the second semester, we offer a STEM group for 2nd and 3rd grade.

For the past several years, our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have competed in the Argonne Electric Car competition.  This year, we are planning to have a Notre Dame competition to determine who goes to the Argonne competition to involve a lot more students.

Middle schoolers will also have an opportunity to construct working model water towers in a competition sponsored by American Water Works at Westmont Jr. High.