Academy of Notre Dame High School

School Overview

The Academy of Notre Dame (also referred to as NDA) is a private, Catholic co-educational Pre-K through Grade 8 and college-preparatory Upper School 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. It nurtures a belief in the goodness of God and the dignity of each person and is 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; that education and action should be made towards justice and peace; that students should have a commitment to community service; that students should embrace diversity; that students and faculty should create a community; and that the development of holistic learning communities should educate for life.

Program Highlights

The Academy offers a rigorous, college preparatory education with empowering opportunities and real-life applications

Students represent a diverse blend of cultures, economic backgrounds and faiths and come from more than 30 communities in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Faculty and administrators value each student as an individual and challenge her to achieve, encourage students to speak their mind and empower them to lead. 

The curriculum provides outstanding STEM and humanities-focused academics, placing a high priority in developing leadership skills. Students far exceed national and state averages on AP exam test scores. 

Academy graduates are critical thinkers and problem solvers, lifelong learners, effective and thoughtful communicators, engaged global citizens and respected leaders. The school has a 100% college acceptance rate. More than 90% of students report acceptance to their first choice or high interest schools and collectively graduates earn millions of dollars every year in renewable, merit scholarships. 


“My life is rich with blessings that I attribute to the strong foundation I built as a student at the Academy. Fast forward 20+ years to the present, and I now have 4 children all of whom attend the Academy and have the same love for it that I developed many years ago.  I have seen a profound transformation in my older 2 daughters who have advanced to the Upper School. They have grown in confidence due to the support and genuine affection they feel from faculty, staff, and the new friends they have found along the way. They perceive the world through a lens of compassion and empathy that will be critical to their success in the world they will face when they graduate.” 

- Jennifer M.