Learning Academy

What is the Learning Academy?

The Learning Academy is a freshman program that provides bright students with mild learning differences access to a well-rounded, inclusive Catholic education at Notre Dame High School.   Every student learns differently and these differences can be accommodated through a combination of teamwork and targeted efforts to make college-preparatory material accessible to all students. 

How does it work?

A learning specialist will be available to provide help and appropriate accommodations in each of their academic classes as well as one resource period per day.  Classes are college preparatory with an average number of students, ranging from approximately 14-20 students. 


In addition to having the benefit of both a mainstream teacher and a learning specialist in each class, students  will have the benefit of:

A daily academic resource period, in a group of no more than 5 -8 students

Note-taking instruction 

Organizational help in both short and long term planning

Encouragement and guidance in cooperative peer work

Introduction and development of the skill of self-advocacy 


How will the program carry over into sophomore year?

For year two of the program, students will be expected to have mastered the basic skills necessary to advocate for themselves in a mainstream classroom.    Students will still have the five support periods per week and individual help in their academic areas of need.  

Admissions Procedures/Policies

How do I apply for the Learning Academy?

Students will need to complete an admissions application on-line at www.notredame.org.  The following materials are required as part of the application:  Transcripts from 7th and 8th grade, one letter of recommendation and a copy of the student’s IEP.

Is there a deadline for the application?

The application deadline is November 15.  All admissions decisions will be mailed on December 15.  Applications received after December 15 will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

What is the maximum number of students in the Learning Academy?

The Academy can accommodate a maximum of eight freshmen students.  After the first eight students are enrolled, the remainder will be placed on a wait-list.

What is the tuition for the Learning Academy?

The tuition for the 2022 - 2023 school year will be $20,250.