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.

2018-19 Applications

Students who are enrolled at a Catholic school in the diocese of San Jose, in seventh grade during the 2018-19 academic year and are female may apply to join the LEAD program.  
•    2018-19 Application 
•    Deadline to apply: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 5pm


Throughout the year, workshops are offered to LEAD participants to grow their leadership skills and provide them with access to a variety of opportunities. 

For an example of workshops offered, view the description of last year's fall workshops here  and last year's spring workshops here

2017-18 LEAD Alumnae

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