Introduction

Each student has the opportunity to develop her leadership skills within the co-curricular program of her choice. Students develop voice and experience in our empowering environment.

Signature Events

Women Of Impact

Notre Dame's signature event, the Women of Impact luncheon, recognizes and celebrates the role women have played in history, showcasing their contributions and leadership in business and the community.

Woman's Place Project

Originally inspired by the work of Judy Chicago, Notre Dame's freshman class Woman's Place Project has evolved into an interdisciplinary study of the strength and contribution of women across time, culture and industry.

Young Women's Advocacy Summit

At the Young Women's Advocacy Summit, attended by local politicians and community members, seniors advocate on behalf of the organizations they've served through their senior service learning project.

The Value of Women’s Education

Academic Outcomes1

Linda Sax’s UCLA study of women in single-sex and co-educational high schools found a statistically significant difference between the two groups noting that graduates of the single-sex schools have:

  • greater academic engagement
  • higher SAT scores
  • greater interest in grad school
  • higher confidence in math & computer skills
  • greater interest in engineering careers
  • greater political engagement

Self Confidence2

According to a study in the Journal of Educational Psychology, girls who attend all-girls Catholic high schools experienced higher academic achievement, higher educational aspirations and higher self-esteem.

 

Leadership3

Of girls’ school grads, 93% say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at co-ed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school.

Meaningful Relationships4

A study prepared for the U.S. Department of Education observed, “more positive academic and behavioral interactions between teachers and students in the single-sex schools than in the comparison to co-ed schools.”

 

Careers in STEM5

Girls’ school grads are 6 times more likely to consider majoring in math, science and technology compared to girls who attend co-ed schools.:

Positive Environment6

“Girls’ schools create a school environment where girls are encouraged to take risks, to see themselves as leaders, to resist pressure to hide or deny their intelligence and interest in school, to learn how to work collaboratively and compete fairly.”

 

The Challenge

Even though women earn 60% of the college degrees each year they only represent...

34%

of medical
doctors

19%

of the
US Congress

15%

of executive
officers

Our Solution

Notre Dame’s all-girls environment encourages girls to take leadership positions in every aspect of the school. At Notre Dame, all the scholars are girls, all the artists are girls, all the varsity athletes are girls, all the editors and journalists are girls, and all the ASB and class officers are girls.

Notre Dame offers students leadership opportunities within the school community and helps them grow as servant leaders who answer the call of social justice within the greater community.

An all-girls’ school offers an environment where academic achievement is valued and does not conflict with social acceptance.

Notre Dame is led by a team of individuals highly experienced in education, business and nonprofit management who have seen first-hand the benefits of an all-girls environment.

Sources: (1) Linda J. Sax, Ph.D., “Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College” (2)Valerie Lee and Anthony Bryk, “Effects of Single-Sex Secondary Schools on Student Achievement and Attitudes” (3)Whitney Ransome and Meg Milne Moulton, “Why Girls’ Schools? The Difference in Girl-Centered Education” (4) Goodman Research Group, “The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools” (5) U.S. Department of Education (6) National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.

About Notre Dame

Notre Dame High School has been providing a distinctive, Catholic, college-preparatory education for young women in the heart of downtown San Jose since 1851.

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