Academy of Notre Dame

School Overview

The Academy of Notre Dame (also referred to as NDA) is a private, Catholic co-education Pre-K through Grade 8 Lower School and college-preparatory Upper School for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and located in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Situated along the Merrimack River just eight miles from Lowell on the southern NH border, the Academy's 200-acre campus offers pristine fields, ponds, and forests in which to explore, learn and play. The natural environment provides seclusion and security unique to the area while also being in close proximity to local emergency services. For more than 150 years, students of all backgrounds have attended the Academy for a rich academic and religious education. 

Mission Statement

The Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro was established in 1854 based on the educational philosophy of St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The mission of the Academy focuses on educating the whole person for life through a curriculum rooted in spiritual formation and academic excellence. They nurture a belief in the goodness of God and the dignity of each person and are committed to community-building, diversity, global justice and service to those in need. 

Students follow the Hallmarks of the Notre Dame de Namur learning community which proclaim the following: that God is good; that each person has dignity and sacredness; education and action should be made towards justice and peace; students should have a commitment to community service; students should embrace diversity; students and faculty should create a community; and the development of holistic learning communities should educate for life.

Program Highlights

The Academy offers a unique, highly esteemed educational option to families that come from more than 30 communities in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire and represent a diverse blend of cultures, economic backgrounds and faiths. The Academy’s elementary program is divided into three learning levels:

  • Early Years (Pre-K - Kindergarten 2) 

    • Three-tiered early childhood exploratory program for children who are 3 years old by September 1st.

    • Hands-on, developmental curriculum reflecting the values of community service, environmental responsibility and cultural acceptance.

    • Incorporation of technology and software including a Mini Makerspace, iPads, Bee-Bot® early coding, and the Osmo™ game system.


“NDA consistently strives to remain updated with the current technology and trends. The STEAM initiative with introduction of mini makerspace and early introduction to computers has been quite impressive. I would recommend NDA to anyone in a heartbeat.” 

- Arti D.

  • Lower School (Grades 1-5) 

    • Challenging curriculum driving students to personal best.

    • Favorable student-to-teacher ratios.

    • Makerspace offering hands-on, creative problem solving.

    • Class specials including art, music, library, world languages, computers and health and wellness.

    • Options for enrichment and extended day programs.


“We place a tremendous amount of trust in the school that educates our children and I am grateful we selected NDA. What NDA is offering is more than a world-class curriculum, they are offering each family the opportunity to raise their child within a community of caring, educated, competent professionals that want to bring out the very best in each child.” 

-Tracy S.

  • Middle School (Grades 6-8) 

    • Three-tiered curriculum program to prepare students for high school.

    • Interactive, STEAM-based academics that promote critical thinking and collaboration.

    • REACH Program for advanced study for those who qualify.

    • Opportunities for community service, leadership and athletics.

    • Options for enrichment and extended day programs.


“Choosing a school for one’s child can be a daunting proposition, and it’s not a choice we made lightly. With the benefit of hindsight, we are confident that in choosing NDA we have given our daughter the opportunity to challenge herself academically, to develop a strong moral character, and to be NDA prepared for a successful experience in high school, college and beyond.” 

- Carole B.