Tag: Notre Dame Preparatory School

Meet Joanne Jones, Notre Dame Prep’s Incoming Executive Director of Academics


Joanne Jone - NDP

Founded in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) boasts a lengthy and impressive reputation throughout the independent school community in Baltimore. Its one-to-nine student to faculty ratio, 100 percent acceptance rate to four-year colleges, and more than $22 million in academic scholarships awarded to this year’s graduating seniors speak to just some of its marks of excellence. Joanne Jones, NDP’s new incoming executive director of academics, plans to build on the school’s positive trajectory. Read our interview with her here:

You are approaching some big life changes over the next few months: moving from the Midwest to the East Coast and transitioning from a co-ed, preschool through grade eight school to an all-girls’ middle- and high school. How does that feel?

Transitioning to NDP as the Executive Director of Academics feels like coming home. In December of 2018, I engaged in a national search for a top leadership position in Catholic education. Much of my search focused on the East Coast. My son and daughter-in-law live in Manhattan, and I have extended family scattered throughout the East Coast. When I arrived at NDP for my two-day visit, I had the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, students, alumnae and Sister Patricia. I left knowing that I would welcome the opportunity to lead and collaborate at NDP. I was blessed to have several excellent opportunities, none as compelling as NDP. 

Notre Dame Prep Seniors Reflect on Four Memorable Years

Notre Dame Prep Seniors 2019
NDP Senior Ashley Nwafor

It’s a late spring afternoon at Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) in Towson, and there’s a palpable buzz in the air. And no wonder. The school’s seniors are winding down the final days of their high school career. They’re fretting about AP exams, putting final touches on end-of-the-year projects, getting excited about the upcoming prom and, of course, graduation. Then they’ll be on to the next phase of their academic lives.

But first, a few graduating seniors—Ashley Nwafor, Olivia Meyers, and Suzie Albornoz—take the time to reflect on their four years of high school at NDP. At once reflective and giddy with memories, they discuss how their high school experience has shaped them into the young women they are today, and the multiple ways it’s prepared them for what lies ahead.

National Association Honors Notre Dame Prep Educators for Third Consecutive Year


For the third consecutive year, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has honored a Notre Dame Preparatory School educator for outstanding teaching.

Mrs. Marianne Reichelt (Baltimore, MD 21228), Notre Dame Preparatory School English teacher, has received NCEA’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. The award honors those teachers who demonstrate strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills, and results. A parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Baltimore City, Mrs. Reichelt will receive the award at NCEA’s Annual Convention in April in Chicago, Illinois.

Notre Dame Prep Wins Two Regional Awards for Workplace Quality and Service


Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) recently received two regional awards recognizing the school’s quality work environment and service mission:

  • For the eighth consecutive year—and each year since the program’s inception—NDP was named among The Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces. In particular, the school received special recognition in the area of “meaningfulness,” which is the second time in the last four years that NDP was celebrated for this quality. NDP placed 4th among 25 mid-size employers.
  • NDP’s Camp Umoja, a summer camp for Baltimore City youth, was honored at the 44th Annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards. This award is given annually to those organizations which have demonstrated significant leadership and service for a better Baltimore and have committed resources to improving the quality of life in Baltimore City. Since its founding in 1985, approximately 3,300 campers and 1,650 volunteer counselors have been involved in Camp Umoja.

Baltimore Valedictorians Have What it Takes to be Head of the Class


At Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s graduation ceremony on June 4, no singular student took the podium to deliver the valedictory address — the speech was a team effort.

Budding Middle School Scientists at Notre Dame Prep Have a Bright Future

Notre Dame Preparatory middle schoolers start STEAM curricula in the sixth grade.
Notre Dame Preparatory middle schoolers start STEAM curricula in the sixth grade.

How to get more girls interested in the science and technology fields? That’s a burning question for many educators around the globe. Only one in seven engineers are women. Though it’s a bit better in the exploding information technology sector, only 25 percent of tech jobs are staffed by women.

The Claire Marie Foundation Awards First Annual Scholarship in Memory of Claire Marie Wagonhurst



The first annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship was recently awarded to Edina Hiser, a 2015 graduating Senior of the Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland. Edina will be attending the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design at the School of Dramatic Arts at USC.