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Notre Dame Academy

4345 Del Mar Trails
San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 509-2300


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Notre Dame Academy Preschool is an early childhood education program designed to nurture the development of the whole child. Creativity and self-expression are encouraged, emphasizing process over product. Notre Dame Academy embraces the developmental theory of education for young children in the following ways:
• Develops an awareness of the love of God.
• Provides developmentally appropriate curriculum in a Catholic environment.
• Provides opportunities for children to develop independence and self-confidence.
• Fosters a child’s self-image through open-minded, multi-sensory, “hands-on” activities.
• Develops large and small motor skills.
• Provides opportunities for social and emotional growth.
• Lays the groundwork of intellectual skills for future growth and creativity.
• Provides opportunities for children to interact with their peers.
• Creates a readiness to learn

(Excerpted from Preschool handbook)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school