Through hard work, dedication, and generosity, Notre Dame Prep officially opened its doors in August of 2002 and has grown from a school of 200 to a thriving school of about 900 students and growing. The school marked the first opening of a new Catholic high school in 40 years in the Diocese of Phoenix. After just ten years of existence, Notre Dame has a proven track record of developing the minds, bodies, and souls of young adults who have gone on to have great impact on the world. These include students from all over the metropolitan area with 30% of who are not Catholic but benefit from the high standards of catholic education.
Our current student body has excelled in facilities that they have outgrown or that have never existed. Through great stewardship and resourcefulness, classes have been expanded to lobbies, hall ways and portable trailers. Music and theatrical performances are presented in the cafeteria and many sporting events and practices occur off campus adding stress and risk to the 60% of students and their families that must navigate to these alternative facilities. The development of these facilities on NDP’s campus will also eliminate the significant expense these rented facilities represent.
In response to the school’s growth and success, a Strategic Plan was developed, identifying key issues the school would need to address over the next 20-25 years. From this Plan and a subsequent successful feasibility study, Notre Dame Preparatory launched The Legacy Continues Capital Campaign. Our extensive planning process revealed the two major priorities are a new Center for the Arts and a Community Sports Complex. The need for new facilities is a tribute to the rapid growth and success of the school. The additional buildings and class rooms will allow Notre Dame to increase its capacity to 1200 students, thus allowing more students the opportunity to experience a well-rounded, faith-filled, high quality education while still maintaining a high teacher to student ratio.