Notre Dame High School Mission Statement

Adopted in April, 2018

Notre Dame High School, in the heart of downtown San Jose since 1851, provides young women an exemplary Catholic, college-preparatory education to become life-long learners, spiritual seekers, justice advocates and community leaders. We are inspired by Saint Julie Billiart and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We empower young women and “teach them what they need to know for life.”

Developed in conjunction with the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

Notre Dame San Jose, a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women since 1851, will be known as the women's high school in Silicon Valley that educates for career success, global leadership and socially-responsible entrepreneurship.

A Notre Dame graduate is a life-long learner who:

•    Directs her own learning with choices that cultivate her intellectual curiosity
•    Integrates critical, creative and divergent thinking to construct knowledge
•    Utilizes a variety of resources and skills with digital fluency to locate, evaluate and synthesize information
•    Demonstrates collaboration, adaptability and resilience as she encounters real-world problems and generates solutions

A Notre Dame graduate is a spiritual seeker who:

•    Recognizes the goodness of God in herself, in others and in all of creation
•    Develops a worldview shaped by the spirituality of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and informed by scripture, Catholic theology and social teachings
•    Nurtures her spiritual growth and purpose with prayer, liturgy and personal reflection
•    Fosters human dignity and respect for religious diversity through interfaith dialogue, understanding and partnerships

A Notre Dame graduate is a justice advocate who:

•    Creates inclusive and meaningful relationships with others through empathy, compassion and solidarity
•    Engages in community service and stewardship to affect social change
•    Analyzes complex social justice issues in local, national and world contexts to build perspective and cultural competency
•    Responds to community needs with personal responsibility, initiative and advocacy

A Notre Dame graduate is a community leader who:

•    Honors the legacy of women’s leadership and explores her own path to impact
•    Discerns her passions, gifts and talents to inform her future career and life’s work
•    Acts ethically, communicates effectively and leads with integrity and confidence
•    Promotes the common good through service, philanthropy and global citizenship

Notre Dame High School in San Jose, California, is a Catholic learning community with more than 165 years of teaching ministry in the Santa Clara Valley. This educational legacy is dedicated to gospel values, sacramental worship, service learning, and compassionate community, in accord with the vision of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.1   A Notre Dame, Catholic education begins with the tradition and spiritual gifts of St. Julie Billiart and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Their charism, articulated in the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community, provides the spiritual lens that shapes our Catholic perspective and program.

Because we are a Notre Dame, Catholic learning community, we promote:

  • The Church in the Modern World: We realize our educational ministry participates in the development of the Catholic Church and its members both now and for years to come, and we seek to translate the living tradition of the Church for the modern adolescent experience.
  • Community: We welcome all people to our community—students, families, employees, friends and guests—with a spirit of joy and hospitality, and forge meaningful relationships for the good of the learning community.
  • Liturgy and Prayer: We celebrate God’s presence among us with Eucharistic liturgy and various forms of prayer and sacramental worship.
  • Spiritual Growth: We endeavor to provide space for reflective, honest and maturing faith formation.
  • Education of the Whole Person: We recognize the growth of the human person—spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically—in our pedagogy and services, and aid each student as she explores choices, passions, and opportunities to further that growth.
  • Integrated Learning: We create educational programs that serve the twenty-first century needs of our students with integrated curricula, critical inquiry and global perspectives.
  • Gospel Values and Social Justice: We engage contemporary issues of morality and justice in light of Sacred Scripture, Catholic theology and social teachings.
  • A Call to Serve: We respond to Jesus Christ’s call to discipleship with service learning and look to Mary, St. Julie Billiart, and all holy women and men in our human history as models of a faith that does justice.
  • Transformative Leadership: We ground the formation of leadership, service and advocacy in spirituality and the expression of faith.
  • Solidarity:  We foster inclusivity, ecumenism, and open dialogue among people of different faiths, cultures, and experiences, to honor all that uniquely shapes our diverse human family.