NDA artists have won local, state and national awards in 2-D and 3-D mediums as well art criticism. In addition to competitions, students may receive recognition by being admitted into the National Arts Honors Society. If you want to pursue advanced studies, you can choose from IB Visual Arts (SL), (HL), or AP Art History. IB Visual Arts diploma students’ two-years program culminates in a self-curated show of their work.
At NDA, theatre is about opportunity! Because we have a 900 seat auditorium that can transform into a blackbox backstage theatre, we are the only Catholic school in the Toledo area that can stage all our productions in our own theatre.
- Performance opportunities are available through NDA’s fall musical, spring play, student-directed one-acts,
- Theatre class opportunities are offered for a semester up to all four years including two years of IB Theatre. Students experience hands-on learning in our wonderful performing arts space.
- Leadership opportunitiesabound as student directors and stage managers run the show. IB juniors direct one acts for junior academy and high school students.
- Stage crew opportunities involve building sets, running lights, sounds, and projections, doing makeup and making costumes. NDA students have followed their dreams in college, and professionally, onstage and as stage managers, light, and sound designers.
NDA has had the honor of being invited to perform at the prestigious Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival in Scotland, with successful performances in 2012 and 2016, and 2019. Students travel to see professional for shows and have participated in workshops in Ontario, Canada, Michigan, New York, and Chicago. Past trips have also included a trip to NYC to see Hamilton and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphous Tips! Students also took part in a workshop while there offered by the cast of Hamilton. September 2019 featured a trip to see Come from Away on tour. in Michigan
If you love to sing, NDA has three ways you can let your voice ring out:
- Women’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble consisting of singers of all grade levels. Highlights include concerts with the St. Francis de Sales High School and St. John Jesuit High School choirs, singing the national anthem at 53 Field on opening game day for the Toledo Mud Hens, Christmas and Fine Arts concerts, and Cabaret Nights. Additional opportunities for singers include solo and ensemble contest, and OMEA honors ensembles.
- Bel Canto is a continuation of the Women’s Chorus curriculum at an accelerated pace. In addition to the above performances, the choir sings throughout Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan at charity events and liturgies, and travels to festivals and competitions throughout the year. Members are highly encouraged to participate in OMEA and ACDA solo and honor events. Membership is open to those who have participated in Women’s Chorus and completed a successful audition or by special director recommendation.
- The Key of She is an a cappella group modeled after the east coast collegiate ensembles. The members write their own arrangements of popular songs for performance at school and community events.
Have you always wanted to learn to play an instrument? Or do you want to take your skills to a new level? NDA has opportunities for both:
- NDA Orchestra is an ensemble that welcomes instrumentalists of all grade and skill levels. While this is a non-competing group, competition level repertoire is still learned and performed. All students are encouraged to participate in OMEA solo and ensemble and honors ensembles.
- Honors Orchestra is a select group with more performance and leadership opportunities.
Additional music classes can be found in the course catalog on the NDA mobile app Publications tab. The app is available through the App Store or Google Play.
IB Music (HL or SL) is a two-year course where you’ll listen and analyze music from across the world throughout history, making connections across genres, cultures, and time. Additionally, SL students choose from group performing, solo performing or composition. HL students create both compositions and solo performances.
Speech and Debate Team
NDA has qualified more students to state than anyone in our district many years in a row, is part of the “100 Club”– ranked in the top 9% of speech teams in the nation, and compete annually at district, regional, state, and national competitions. Our students have garnered district championships as well as state and national champions and finalists. If you like to act, speak, write, or debate then the NDA Speech and Debate Team wants to meet you!
NDA’s Hip Hop Team is an opportunity for girls to try the latest dance moves and perfect the classic Hip hop styles of spins, shuffles, stomping, locking, popping, funk, up rock and freestyle movements. The NDA Hip Hop Team routines are arranged by captains and the perform at various school functions and sporting events.
Think. Tinker. Discover.
The Dr. Suzanne Openlander ’53 Resource Center & Makerspace is a flexible learning environment designed to promote collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking and provide STREAM resources.
- The Resource Center is a space where you can conduct research using our many print and digital resources, work on group projects, and check out electronics such as laptop computers and iPad keyboards. You’ll have access to a wide variety of digital research databases and e-books.
The Makerspace will help you develop critical 21st-century skills through hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering and math. The makerspace is equipped with two 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a 3D scanner, Go-Pro Cameras, Adobe Creative Suite Software, sewing machines, art supplies, and brain teaser challenges. You can learn coding with Bloxels (iPad Application Game Creator), an Arduino Uno kit, Lego Mindstorms, and even drones!
Notre Dame Academy supports you with three types of counseling:
Throughout your time at NDA, you will have a counselor to help you with scheduling classes, support you academically, and guide you socially and emotionally. Your counselor will check in with you at least once a year and will be there for you when you just need someone to listen. NDA academic/personal counselors provide non-judgmental and unbiased guidance through the tough situations you might experience so that you can excel academically and personally and prepare yourself for college and beyond.
Our career counselor will help you develop the vision and skills to rise to the career of your dreams:
- NDA’s Career Counselor will meet with you at least once a year.
- Professional Skills Lab (held during flex time on PLC Wednesdays) are optional workshops that teach career skills such as resume writing, interviewing skills, networking strategies, and LinkedIn use.
- Dine and Do events are free luncheons where guest speakers come and dialogue with students in grades 7-12 in a small group setting.
- During NDA’s annual Career Week, professionals from over 30 careers come speak to students in grades 9-12 about their professional journeys and daily duties as well as income potential and occupational outlook for their field. The week ends with a day of practicing soft skills such as interviewing and business dining etiquette.
- For your Senior Project, you will shadow and report on one to three careers of your choice.
- Career and networking events for various careers are held annually at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.
Our college counselor works with students throughout junior and senior years to help with college planning and research. The college counselor will help students with the process of applying to colleges and searching and applying for scholarships. Programming that the college counselor provides throughout the school year includes the following:
- One-on-one meeting with the college counselor during junior year to discuss college planning and college options on Naviance.
- Parent college informational meetings during junior and senior years.
- College fair for 9th – 12th graders at Lourdes University each fall.
- Financial aid meeting for senior parents provided by Lourdes University each fall.
- College representative visits to NDA each fall.
- College application boot camp provided for seniors each August.
- One-on-one meeting with the college counselor at the beginning of senior year.
- Help and guidance through the college application process including sending initial transcripts, letters of recommendation, counselor recommendations, mid-year reports, and final transcripts.
- Celebration of the annual college “Decision Day” on May 1st.
More counseling resources can be found under the Counseling tab on the NDA app which can be downloaded from either the App Store or Google Play. The NDA Course Catalog 2020-21 is under the Courses/Handbook tab on the app. The counseling office can be reached at 419.724.1006.
Get involved at NDA!
Clubs offer a great way to focus on personal interests and expand your horizons. Try one of our over 30 clubs, groups and activities!
Act, Sing, Dance, Create!
Hip Hop Team
Forensics and Speech Team
National Art Honors Society
NDJA Craft Club
NDJA Writing Club
Explore a Variety of Cultures
Grow in your Faith
Faith in Action (FIAT) Team—Evangelization
Faith in Action (FIAT) Team—Retreats
Faith in Action (FIAT) Team—Worship
SEAL Team (Students Equipped to Advocate for Life)
Discover New Talents and Interests
American Sign Language Club
Building Bridges Club
Current Events Club
Minds Matter Club
Develop Leadership Skills
PANDA (Parent Association of NDA)
Your involvement encourages positive student behavior and achievement! PANDA supports or hosts over 15+ events every year including the NDJA Bon’d Fire, Father/Daughter Dance, Mom & Me, the Used Uniform Sale, and After Prom. Volunteer opportunities, PANDA meetings, and the volunteer signup form can be found on the NDA mobile app or by contacting Volunteer Coordinator Denise Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDA Arts Parents
NDA Arts Parents Club welcomes you to join them in supporting our students in the arts at NDA. NDA Arts Parents Club organizes volunteers for musical, play, competitive speech and debate, choir and orchestra events, visual arts displays, and hip-hop team. Their work with the musical program funds special purchases in all areas of the arts–scholarships, lighting and sound equipment, art display materials, arts travel-and many others. For more information, complete this form, see their Facebook page, or contact NDA Arts Parents President Kat
NDA Athletics Boosters
Your Notre Dame Academy Athletic Booster Club is an action-oriented group of parents, volunteers and administrators working together to promote athletic excellence, good sportsmanship and character-building relationships among athletes. Over half of the students at NDA participate in one or more sports and the NDA Booster Club is essential to fostering this high level of participation and in continuing that success. Past projects have included furnishing weight room equipment, updating the soccer/lacrosse field stands, senior banners, scholarships, a softball scoreboard, record boards, and mobile video/broadcasting.
Protecting Youth Volunteer Requirements
To ensure the safety of all of our students, the Toledo Diocese requires all volunteers to complete its Standards and Guidelines, background check, and Protecting Youth/Vulnerable Adults training module. All three requirements are completed through VIRTUS. To set up a VIRTUS account and complete the Safe Environment requirements, please go to the Protecting Youth & Victim Assistance page on the diocesan website at www.toledodiocese.org.