7th & 8th Grade Pre-IB School Curriculum

INFOGRAPHICS:
91% of NDA 8th graders take at least one high school level course

NDJA Pre-IB lays the foundation for lifelong learning

Seventh and eighth grade at Notre Dame Academy are forward-focused years that will prepare you for high school and beyond. Studies have shown that the level of academic achievement you attain by eighth grade will have even more impact on your college and career readiness that your high school academic achievements.* This is because with NDA’s seventh and eighth grade pre-IB curriculum you will:

  • Identify and apply your unique optimum learning skills

    Using the IB Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning, your teacher will personally help you identify learning skills that will help you throughout your life. In 8th grade, you can apply those skills to a capstone project in a subject of your individual interest.

  • Manage your own time

    Classes meet every other day so you have more time to complete homework and manage after school extracurricular activities. Daily Student Flex Time (SFT) is yours to do what you want, whether it’s meet with a teacher, grab a snack, or connect with friends.

  • BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE

    Your schedule will be the same as the high school schedule including the 75 minute classes which allow for more project-based learning and in-depth discussions.

  • LEARN TO TAKE TIME TO RENEW YOURSELF

    Taking breaks means you will be ready to learn when you are in class so NDA’s schedule sets aside time for you to relax. The entire school takes lunch at and SFT at the same time so you’ll have time with your friends during the day.

Alumna Mackenzie, Class of 2017 explains the benefits of attending the Notre Dame Junior Academy (NDJA)!

91% of NDA 8th graders take at least one high school level course

INFOGRAPHICS:
91% of NDA 8th graders take at least one high school level course

Academics that build confidence

  • High school level courses challenge you to rise to your abilities: Most NDA eighth graders take one or more high school level course, opening up opportunities to take more college credit and elective courses in high school.
  • Subject-specialized faculty ensures smooth transition: All faculty members only teach in a single subject area. Usually teaching both high school and NDJA classes, faculty collaborate across all grades to ensure a seamless learning path from grade to grade. Nearly ahlf the NDJA faculty also teach high school IB courses.
  • Serving and worshiping deepens your faith: Our curriculum encourages students of all faiths to explore and strengthen their spiritual life by actively practicing their faith through service and worship. You will attend weekly mass and plan as well as carry out class retreats, NDJA Day of Service, Stations of the Cross, and NDJA May Crowning.
  • Career counseling helps you identify your passions: While it may seem early to be thinking of careers, this is an important time for you to discover what you are passionate about. Our Career Counselor will meet annually with you one-on-one to provide guidance.
  • Your choice of 15 electives to explore your interests: You can select from three visual arts courses, six performing arts courses, three language courses, two STEM courses, and journalism.
  • Become comfortable with the high school schedule

    Your schedule will be the same as the high school schedule including the 75 minute classes which allow for more project-based learning and in-depth discussions.

  • Learn to take time to renew yourself

    Taking breaks means you will be ready to learn when you are in class so NDA’s schedule sets aside time for you to relax. The entire school takes lunch at and SFT at the same time so you’ll have time with your friends during the day.