LEAD (Learn. Empower. Act. Discover.)

As part of Notre Dame’s ongoing commitment to Catholic education and women’s leadership, we offer a series of workshops for young women currently in seventh grade at Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of San Jose.

After applying to the LEAD program and being selected, students choose from a menu of workshops to fit their area of interest and emerging skill set throughout the year. Typically workshops are offered on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. There is no cost for students to apply or participate.

Qualifying students will build a leadership portfolio as part of the program and receive a certificate of completion in the spring. Additionally, "graduates" of the program become candidates for the Françoise Leadership Award at Notre Dame High School.

For 2017-2018

Welcome to the LEAD Program! Please click on the links below to register for the workshops you would like to attend:

Event Planning for a Good Cause 10/27 3:30-5:30pm
Multicultural Perspectives through Art 11/3 10am-12pm This workshop is currently full.
Hidden Language of Movement 11/9 3:30-5pm  
Leadership through Song 11/15 3:30-5pm 
Fall Sports Clinic 11/29 3:30-5pm
Introduction to Debate 12/9 9am-3pm

You can see a full description of all the workshops here.

For 2016-2017 LEADers

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing all of you this year as eighth graders!


Susana Garcia

Vice Principal of Enrollment & Public Relations

Apply Now

Click below to begin your application.

Our online portal makes it easy to start and manage your application. All applications must be completed by Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Online application