Welcome from the Head of School
Welcome to Notre Dame
A wise parent once told me, “At the end of the day, the only lasting gift you can give your child is a great education, and that means first finding and then choosing the right match for your child.”
As an educator for more than 40 years, I have seen how critically important primary and secondary education is to the direction of a student’s university education as well as to a student’s future career. As a parent considering Notre Dame for your child’s education, you are no doubt looking closely for what you believe is the core of any great school: excellent academics. We at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy look far beyond academic education. What sets us apart was our Marist founder’s desire to first, grow good people, second, to grow people who can work well with others, and finally, grow people who are academic scholars. We are an incubator for tomorrow’s leaders, growing people for “their” world of twenty or thirty years from now when they approach full productivity.
We are truly serious about our mission, which is “to work with God to create Christian people, upright citizens and academic scholars.”
We here at Notre Dame pride ourselves on offering what we believe is the best and most diverse curriculum in Southeast Michigan and Oakland County when compared with other private schools. We have merged a rock-solid religious education program dedicated to “knowing the faith,” “celebrating the faith” and “practicing the faith” with what we consider to be the academic world’s “best practices” curriculum, International Baccalaureate. IB has been fully integrated within the academic offerings of all three Notre Dame divisions. We also offer an Advanced Placement course of studies in our upper division that supplements our honors and traditional upper-division tracks. Finally, we offer a healthy swath of extracurricular activities school-wide. All our programs are geared to empower students to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners. When our students complete their education here, they are ready to meet the challenges of being moral, productive persons who ask the right questions, with a view toward creating a better future for themselves, their families and the world.
Welcome to our website and to our great school. I encourage you to read on and learn more about what Notre Dame means to its students today and, more importantly, what it will mean to them as they head out into the future.
In Our Lady’s Work,
Rev. Leon M. Olszamowski, s.m., Ph.D, President