As a school grounded in the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and dedicated to developing students to become global citizens ready to transform the world, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) prioritizes the creation of an inclusive and just community. This commitment is present from the student body to the highest levels of school leadership and is based on the belief that all of us benefit when diversity and excellence are joined. Only in an inclusive community can our students grow into women who are comfortable navigating the globally engaged world they will enter. This ability to thrive will allow our students to shape the world to better reflect the values that NDP strives to impart.
NDP is more than a school; it is a community. It is a place where young women can grow to become the best versions of themselves in an environment that is nurturing, accepting, and empowering. We strive to make NDP a place where each student can come and be her true authentic self as God created her. NDP’s mission expands to include a commitment that our community’s diversity reflect our greater community. This is our inclusivity goal. In the context of our community, inclusivity is understood as a two-pronged movement intended to refer to both:
- The creation of a welcoming, accepting, validating, and empowering environment where people of all backgrounds can feel comfortable, appreciated, and respected for who they are
- The creation of a community of students, teachers, administration and staff whose demographic makeup reflects the heterogeneity of the greater Baltimore area, especially in terms of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
The goal of NDP is to create a community in which all feel welcome, comfortable, and thrive in their full identities. We want our students to feel that NDP is a place where they can be themselves and express who they are freely. We believe that everyone benefits from participation in such an environment, and that it is only through such an environment that our mission to educate and empower girls to become women who transform the world can truly be fulfilled.