A Notre Dame education extends well beyond the footprint of our downtown San Jose campus, out into the tenth largest city in the United States. Through intentional regular interaction with the city, students develop an understanding of the complexities and interdependencies of an urban environment.
Our downtown neighborhood is reflective of the rich cultural diversity of our student body.
Whether through internships at City Hall, a school-wide field trip to the California Theater to see an opera, or witnessing city planning first-hand, students experience unique opportunities through Notre Dame’s established relationships with the downtown community.
Inside the classroom, students are encouraged to use and develop their voice and thinking. Outside the classroom, students navigate and explore the city and its abundant resources under the guidance of teachers. The outcome is a young woman with life-skills and self-confidence.
Notre Dame’s SoFA (South of First Area) District location in downtown San Jose positions students for cultural and artistic learning opportunities. Recently, 30 Notre Dame students completed the original mural featured at the corner of South Second and San Carlos streets. The mural symbolizes the passage of time and is one of many ways that are students are both audience and featured artists in downtown San Jose.
Last year, 71 classes went on walking field trips to 22 different downtown locations.
Notre Dame High School offers the unique opportunity of combining career exploration with an internship program that will help students develop valuable professional skills while experiencing different work environments.