Behind NDA: The Campus

Notre Dame Academy is nestled on an 18-acre campus that includes athletic fields, a prayer garden including a Japanese rock garden that was created and installed by NDA art students, outside dining and studying areas. NDA’s landscaping highlights flowering trees, colorful perennials, resting benches, and a dedicated rose garden. The campus also includes its own theater, a gymnasium and fitness room, a chapel, dance studio, dining commons, resource and makerspace center, broadcast studio, art studio (including pottery kilns), science labs, and a technology center.

Our campus is built around, and for student, academic and mental health success. Throughout the building are hydration stations, common areas that include charging stations for their learning technologies with time carved out of their daily schedule for the sole purpose of meeting with teachers regarding academic questions and to eat a nutritious snack. The entire building is equipped a brand new HVAC system so that learning may continue without the distraction of extreme temperatures.

Among all of the amenities you will also find the presence of Mother Mary, the Patron Saint of Notre Dame Academy, throughout our campus. Her presence can be found prominently at the entry of our school, in hallways, classrooms, and offices, and of course, in the NDA Chapel.

Many people know that NDA is on the corner of Monroe and Sylvania. We want to share how blessed we are to have a campus dedicated and equipped for learning and spiritual growth, as well as, how thankful we are to the donors who support the additions and upgrades along with the individuals who maintain these amenities; namely Building Supervisor at NDA and 30 year staff member, Mr. Steve Demski, Dustin Williams, Pat Cluckey, Dawn Barrow, and Patrik Davison.  We hope you enjoy this glimpse of Behind NDA: Our Campus, Not Just a Corner!

NDA Summer Academy Registration is Open.

Save $25 off Discovery & Academic Summer Camps Until 3/31/19.

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Registration for NDA’s Summer Academy camp registration offering a $25 early bird discount on discovery and academic camps for those who register at before March 31. There are a variety of Athletic, Discovery, and Academic, opportunities for girls entering grades K-12 in the fall 2019. New this year are 3D Printing, Pottery, Leadership Camp, High School Test Prep, Edible Experiments, Yoga, Personal Finance, and Physical Education! Back by popular demand are the Safe Sitter® program, Fused Glass, Art, Sew Creative, Italian Cooking, Make It Bake It Take It, Theater, Dance camps and more. The NDA Eagles, fifteen time All-Sports Champs, will host a variety of sport camps that will include volleyball, soccer, basketball, fencing & archery, and rowing! NDA is also offering academic camps. High school classes include High School Placement Test Prep, ACT Test Prep, Computer Applications, Personal Finance, Study Skills, Health, U.S. Government, and Physical Education. Visit to register to view a full listing of camps.


St. John’s Jesuit Band Program Invites Eagles for Band and Color Guard Positions

If you would like to receive more information about the SJJ Band Program, or if you would like to sign up and get started – CLICK HERE! We are happy to answer any questions you may have. For more specialized information on the specific sections please contact the following:

Mr. Tim Martin, Director of Bands –

Mr. Tim Martin, Director of Bands –
Ms. Nicole Sarver, Percussion Instructor –

Color Guard:
Ms. Julie Meyer, Color Guard Instructor –

NDA Varsity Basketball To Compete in State FINAL FOUR!

For the sixth time, in the past eight seasons, NDA’s Varsity Basketball Team has earned a spot in the OHSAA State Final Four!

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Game Info:

Division I OHSAA State Semifinal featuring Notre Dame Academy v. Pickerington Central High School

Friday, March 15, 8:00 PM at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, 555 Borror Dr., Columbus, OH 43210


Tourney Bracket:

Parking is free.


Presale Ticket Info:

Presale tickets will be sold at NDA on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

All presale tickets are $8 (and NDA receives a share of our presale profits).  Student tickets for the student section are General Admission and are for students only.  All other tickets (adults) are for reserved seats in our allotted sections.

All tickets at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office are $10, so please purchase your tickets in advance.

Tickets are good for the first DI semifinal game at 6:00 PM and our 8:00 PM DI semifinal game.

Children 2 years old and younger do not need a ticket if they will be sitting on an adult’s lap.

Disability Seating:  Fans should take their ticket to Guest Services on the Entry Level near Section 122 to be exchanged.

Student Bus Info:

NDA hopes to take at least one student bus to the game and there are 50 seats available.  The bus will leave from NDA at 3:30 PM on Friday and return to NDA between 12:00 and 12:30 AM.  NDA teachers or staff will be supervising the students on the bus trip.  The cost to ride the bus is $10 and this includes the $8 student ticket.  Students need to sign up on Monday (Tuesday at the latest) to ride the student bus and will need to turn in a parent-signed release form with payment by Wednesday.  Students riding the bus should also bring money to purchase food (and/or souvenirs) at the Schottenstein Center as the bus will not be making any stops to eat.

There will be no student bus for Saturday’s state championship game.

State T-Shirts:

Gray NDA Basketball state tournament t-shirts will be sold this week.  The prices are $15 for long sleeve and $10 for short sleeve.  We would prefer payment when ordering, but students must order their t-shirts on Monday or Tuesday during lunch in the main office lobby to guarantee that they will receive their shirts.  If a student orders a shirt she will be required to pay for the shirt.

What happens when we win?

State finals tickets will go on sale immediately after our semifinal game in the Auxiliary Gym in the Southwest corner of the Schottenstein Center.  NDA fans must have a semifinal ticket stub to be eligible to purchase finals tickets through this sale. The tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and you probably will not get the same seat you had for the semifinal game. Only cash will be accepted for the finals tickets sale ($8 per ticket). A PA announcement will also be made during the semifinal game to inform fans of the procedures for the finals sale. The state final will be on Saturday, March 16, at 8:30 pm.  Those that cannot attend the semifinal but want to attend the final can purchase a ticket from the Schottenstein box office on Saturday.  Let them know you want tickets in the NDA section.

Questions?  Please contact Athletic Director Gary Snyder at

Senior Gracie Bennett Receives $1,000 Scholarship in State of Ohio Attorney General Contest

Congratulations to senior Gracie Bennett who placed third, from nearly 100 students, in the Attorney General Dave Yost’s 2018 Take Action Video contest. She received a $1,000 scholarship for her video “Keep Your Time and Information Safe – Register Today!” The attorney general announced the winners of the video contest, which was open to Ohio high school students.  Students were asked to create a 60-second video about one of the following telemarketing-related topics: the National Do-Not-Call Registry, dealing with illegal robocalls, and using technology to stop unwanted calls.

Freshman Art Student, Georgia Woodruff, Writes Award Winning Art Criticism

Art I freshman and NDJA alum, Georgia Woodruff wrote an award-winning essay for the 2019 Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA). Her art criticism piece on The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt won 3rd place in the Division 4: (Grades 9-12) category. She will have her essay on display as part of the Youth Art Month display and be honored at the Youth Art Month Awards Recognition Ceremony today in Columbus, Ohio.


Read Georgia’s essay below:

Analysis of Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, a painting done by Rembrandt in 1632, depicts a famous surgeon, Dr. Tulp, demonstrating a surgery to a cluster of seven politicians from that time. He’s showing the muscles in the man’s arm. The man on the table is not alive; he is the corpse of a criminal, being dissected in a teaching manner for the politicians to see. The painting utilizes lighting to emphasize the criminal as well as the men’s faces and collars versus the dull background. It also uses color and line to draw the viewer’s eyes to the exposed muscles of the man’s arm. The men also have vivid faces, expressive and colorful, which sharply contrasts the cold and colorless face of the criminal’s corpse. While the majority of the painting is comprised of duller browns and darker tones of orange, the men have bright faces with pink accents to contrast from their clothes and the background. The criminal has the same base color, except the accents are a less interesting brown, which gives the feeling of cold skin. Each man’s pose reflects a different personality, engaging the viewer in an exciting and lifelike scene.

At the time this piece was created, Dutch artists were often hired to paint group pictures. Most often, these pictures consisted of stiff figures with simple poses and expressions. However, Rembrandt put a creative twist on this by filling the subjects with life and varying their poses and expressions. Rembrandt also gave the painting a dark, cold mood, while also capturing the intrigue of the politicians. Dr. Tulp appears focused on his work, while the politicians are almost childishly interested in the surgery. It’s likely that Rembrandt painted the subjects so contrastingly to give Dr. Tulp an aura of brilliance and to draw the viewer’s attention to him just as the politicians have. This gives the group picture concept a whole new dimension, that in focusing the men on Dr. Tulp, Rembrandt has discovered a new way to place emphasis on a subject in the painting. He also intended to use this emphasis to instill a feeling of superiority into Dr. Tulp, that he has managed to capture the attention of these seven politicians and therefore has control over their perception.

NDA Fine Arts Students Place in State and National Flag Design Contest

The NDA Fine Arts Department received MORE great news regarding the Youth Art Month (YAM) Flag for Ohio contest results! Not only did Chloe Kozal ’20 win second place in the YAM Flag contest, but freshman Tiffany Smith WON third place as well! Both students will have their designs on display to celebrate YAM. The YAM Flag contest is both a state and national contest while the graphic contest is a statewide contest.


Twenty-Five NDA Speech / Debate Students Compete in State Competition!

Congratulations to NDA’s 25 State Qualifiers at the Ohio Speech & Debate Association State Finals!

Mrs. Trish Sanders, Speech and Debate Moderator would like to congratulate all “speechies” on a job well-done, as well as, give special recognition to seniors Manar Kashk, Ada Ogbonna, Hope Thayer, and Sarah Watson who were ALL four-year State Qualifiers! Go Ducks!