DULUTH, Ga. – Notre Dame Academy (NDA) hosted its groundbreaking ceremony May 19 to celebrate its high school expansion. The ceremony took place outside at NDA’s Elementary and Middle School Campus located on River Green Parkway off Peachtree Industrial in Duluth.
More than 450 people attended the ceremony including past and present families, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community including Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris.
Notre Dame Academy Head of School Debra Orr presented the inaugural naming opportunities for the new school, including the future gymnasium and 12-classroom building. The Rev. David Musso, chaplain of campus ministry at Marist School, blessed the trough of dirt brought over from the new 21 acres.
Adding the 21 acres of land adjacent to the existing elementary and middle school campus, Notre Dame Academy will expand its current footprint to include grades 9-12.
The launch of the high school will see the inaugural freshman class starting in the fall of 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with the first phase of the expansion to include a 12-classroom building and a multi-purpose gymnasium and fine arts building that will serve students in pre-K3 through 12th grade. Future phases include an additional 22-classroom building and full athletic facilities.
Notre Dame Academy is a Marist and International Baccalaureate World School serving over 530 students in pre-K3 through eighth grades. Accredited by SAIS/AdvancED and the International Baccalaureate Organization for the Primary Years Programme, the school is at 4635 River Green Parkway in Duluth. Families interested in Notre Dame Academy may find more information at www.ndacademy.org.