As a Catholic college preparatory school we reverence the intrinsic dignity and unique capabilities of each person. We call each to develop those capabilities in a secure, well-structured environment where high academic and behavioral standards are the norm. We endeavor to provide an educational experience that helps our students emerge as enriched human beings who perceive learning as a life-long process, who recognize the value of a strong prayer life, and who accept responsibility for self and others.
Blessed Edmund and Saint Marguerite
Much of our educational philosophy has been shaped by the charism of the two founders of the religious congregations who began Notre Dame and Bishop Gibbons under Bishop Scully’s guidance.
Blessed Edmund Rice founded the Christian Brothers in the early years of 19th century Ireland. Blessed Edmund gave up his successful business career to begin free schools for poor Catholic boys who were unable to be educated at that time. Blessed Edmund’s congregation has spread to many nations of the English-speaking world including England, Australia, South Africa, India and Canada. The Brothers came to the United States in 1906 to provide Catholic education for the sons of Irish immigrants. There are presently 300 Brothers conducting 30 schools in this country. Brother Rice was beatified in October, 1996.
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys left France in the mid-1600’s to educate the daughters of the early settlers of Montreal. Her congregation spread throughout Canada where Saint Marguerite is revered as one of the founders of the Catholic Church in Canada. The sisters came to the United States in 1860 and run a number of schools and ministry sites out of their headquarters in Connecticut.