We moved to Atlanta a few years ago and the best decision we made was enrolling our children in NDA. After looking at many other Catholic and non-denomiational schools, we are blessed that we chose NDA. Administration is effective and listens, teachers want to help your children and the families are wonderful. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable and they learn in the most amazing ways with their IB program. The families embraced us and made us apart of this community. We love NDA!
Posted: 2/11/2014 • Link to this review
Fortunately, we have not had the same experience as one of the people here on this site. It has been a wonderful learning experience for all my children. Yes, the school has to do fundraising--all private schools do, to some degree. I am a teacher (at another school), and we save and budget our money to send our children here. We never feel like all NDA cares about is the money. The principals and teachers are well educated in research-based instructional methodologies and care for the students. Since it is an IB school and a Marist school, the academics are well designed and rigorous. There is a great deal of hands-on, inquiry-based learning within the framework of a very structured curriculum. We love that the students have PE everyday. They attend mass weekly. They take Spanish starting early on, and they learn a musical instrument. Additionally, there is ALWAYS a service project being conducted. I highly recommend the school. You can take a tour or have your child shadow a student to determine if the school fits your needs.
Posted: 4/06/2011 • Link to this review
Watch out! The school has a focus on 'money raising' and 'self promotion' without addressing the individual learning levels of the students. The 'head' of the school's sole focus 'in her own words' is on the numbers (mostly raising money) and is happy to recite a series of statistics but won't accept any parents critically challenging her teaching methods or process. Her opinion of continuous testing as the solution to provide the best in education is troubling considering that students at higher abilities are told to wait for the rest of the class to progress. They are happy to ask for all your money months in advance as well as starting their fundraising campaign during the first month of school. However, when the school isn't challenging your kids in the classroom you are told to wait until the second semester. If your idea of paying the private education costs is to have immediate focused teaching to each student within the first week or first months of school - don't expect that here. And, if you decide to make a change to another school, don't expect a full refund, a partial refund or even a refund from the next semester that your children won't even be attending. Actually, don't expect any consideration of refund or even a response from them - they have collected their money and are now looking for the next source of funds from another unsuspecting family.
Posted: 1/16/2011 • Link to this review
The school is really outstanding, but it's the community that makes Notre Dame Academy such an amazing place. The parents and teachers working in tandem make the experience top notch for the kids. We were drawn to the religious and international baccalaureate curriculum, and were so pleased to be drawn into a school community that authentically puts their fullest energies where their values lie. The education is worth every penny.
Posted: 1/03/2011 • Link to this review
We've have two children at Notre Dame Academy and are extremely happy with the school. The academics are top notch and the community really feels more like a family. Our children have really thrived at Notre Dame and for a private education it's one of the most affordable in Atlanta.
Posted: 1/14/2008 • Link to this review