Our history is distinguished, our future is bright...Notre Dame School continues a legacy of providing dynamic Catholic education to the families of Chico and its surrounding communities. We are devoted to academic excellence. The Notre Dame student is confident and well prepared to enter the higher levels of education and to contribute their gifts and knowledge to society. Educating students to become community leaders and successful professionals are hallmarks of our heritage. We are proud to have offered this unique brand of education to our community since 1928.
Welcome to Notre Dame School, a Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth Grade coeducational Catholic school located in the heart of Chico, California. Notre Dame is known to be a place where children – and their parents – feel welcome and included. It’s a school that promotes high academic standards and equally high moral values. And it’s a community where life-long learning and family friendships flourish. Academic excellence and moral values – honesty, humility, respect – are woven into class time and social time. It’s our mission to teach and reinforce faith-based values that Chico residents hold dear. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know us through our website and don’t hesitate to call or contact us with questions or to request an appointment to learn more.
Mrs. Teresa A. Schwabauer, Principal
Notre Dame provides a nurturing environment for all children to explore and develop their full potential. Excellent academics, experienced teachers, and a safe, caring atmosphere result in kids who are self-confident and secure both academically and socially. Notre Dame has far exceeded our expectations.
We continue to be impressed with Notre Dame’s commitment to educational programs for technology, music, physical education and the arts. When you combine this with strong academics, community involvement and a long-standing relationship with Chico State programs, our kids receive an incredibly rich, well-rounded educational experience.
Our school community is like family. We all work together to ensure the ideal learning environment and overall success of each student. As parents participate in many fundraisers, social events, athletic programs, and classroom activities, they form meaningful lifelong friendships. Everyone genuinely cares about the well-being of each other. Whether you are Catholic or non-Catholic, the Notre Dame community is warm, friendly and welcoming to all.
The academic preparation students receive at NDS far surpasses what they will get at any other school. They learn public speaking skills early on, starting with kindergarteners speaking in front of hundreds of people during class masses and performances. Not only do children learn about their faith as they participate in weekly mass, but they gain invaluable skills that will carry them far into the future. What’s more, with many schools cutting their extra-curricular programs, NDS gives all the students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, including music, sports and elective programs at the junior high level.