We believe in the dignity and worth of every child of God and set high expectations for academic achievement and character formation. Called to teach in the name Jesus who said, "I came that they might have life and have life to the full" (John 10:10), we seek to fan into flame the gifts God has given each child. We are committed to providing an excellent education that puts our students on the path to college and heaven. Notre Dame ACE Academy leaders and teachers possess growth mindsets and persist in creating a culture of academic excellence and continuous learning so that all in our school may come to see ever more clearly, God in all things.
NDAA provides on-going leadership formation for principals and research-based evaluation tools that give school leaders concrete feedback for improvement and assist the School Leadership Committee of the regional NDAA board in holding principals accountable for school improvement.
NDAA also facilitates access to the expertise of Notre Dame faculty, and provides principals with intensive, on-going support in curriculum, instruction and coaching, assessment, school culture, and Catholic identity.
NDAA schools have access to annual instructional and curricular resource upgrades, and NDAA provides teachers with training and support in use of new materials. Teachers are prepared to constantly reassess and meet their students’ needs.
NDAA conducts regular Teacher Leadership Formation (TLF) workshops to implement the NDAAs Framework for Excellent Teaching, and facilitate the development of professional learning communities both within and across school communities. The Framework for Excellent Teaching and professional learning communities together establish a professional culture of excellence and provide teachers with support to meet all their students’ needs.
Parents are the primary educators of their children. NDAA honors this and creates opportunities for families to be engaged in their children’s education by hosting community events and developing family programming. In addition, NDAA connects regional Notre Dame alumni and the ACE Advocates to NDAA school communities.
Each NDAA region employs a Teaching and Learning Specialist who provides regular 1-on-1 teacher coaching and advises the Principal on curricular and instructional issues. In addition, NDAA provides researched-based feedback and evaluation tools to assist principals in holding teachers accountable for constant improvement in planning, instruction, assessment, and school culture.