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Mission and Catholic Teaching

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Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School is a coeducational, Catholic, Diocesan college preparatory school serving students in grades six through twelve. The school is located in Schenectady/ Niskayuna area and has served that community for over 50 years. Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, ND-BG serves a diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic student population from a wide geographical area. Our students have receive the personal attention and care of many devoted faculty and staff members who believe that “learning is a life-long process and that Christian commitment never ceases.”  

The Christ-centered environment is rooted in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the charisms of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Congregation of Notre Dame sisters, the founding orders of the school. The faculty and staff strive to prepare students for both college and life-long learning while challenging students to achieve their highest academic potential and to foster reverence for themselves and others.

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.

Why Catholic Education


When you send your child to a Catholic school, you do more than share your faith with them. You put your faith in us to provide your child with strong spiritual and academic foundations. Catholic schools do more than prepare our students for tests in the classroom - we prepare them for tests in life.

Although rooted catholic faith, students of all faiths are welcome to attend Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School.  Our school is designed to encourage faith development in students. Students are given an opportunity to nurture spiritual and moral values within themselves.  This occurs and is constantly reinforced not only in classes of religious instruction but throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities.  

Today, families are concerned with affordability. However, when you understand the benefits of a Catholic school, you’ll come to the conclusion that money, although important, should not be your first concern. Catholic schools hold students accountable to high standards of behavior and performance. Parents should look for a school that works in partnership - a “shared mission”- with the family, something that Catholic schools are committed to doing