Mission & Guiding Principles
Notre Dame School of Milwaukee is a Catholic school sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Following in the Christian tradition, Notre Dame fosters respect, responsibility, and sharing of personal talents while preparing students for admittance to a college preparatory high school. In an English and Spanish bi-literate setting, emphasis is placed on leadership skills, critical thinking, and social justice while empowering students to make positive contributions to society.
Respect all of God’s creation
Respect each person and myself for who we are
Respect other people’s property
I am responsible for developing my gifts
I am responsible for my behavior
I am responsible for caring for the earth
I am responsible for caring for all things I use
REGALO or gift
God created each one of us to be special
Let us discover our gifts
Look for the gifts in one another rather than for faults
Notre Dame Middle School was founded in 1996 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame with the help of PAVE and a group of Milwaukee-area business executives. Their vision was to fill the education void in the rapidly growing, low-income, Hispanic neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side. The school began with 26 Latina students and is now an all girls 5th -8th program. After 17 years of proven academic achievement, a strategic plan was implemented to extend the school’s reach into the lower grades in order to prepare the incoming fifth graders for the rigorous academic work expected of them. In August 2012, Notre Dame Primary School opened and currently serves 240 boys and girls.
With the addition of the primary school a new name was branded in 2014 to encompass the whole K4 – 8 school community. The primary and middle schools now operate as Notre Dame School of Milwaukee.
The school consists of two campuses:
Notre Dame Middle School – 1420 W. Scott Street, Milwaukee, WI
Notre Dame Primary School – 1418 S. Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI
Meet Our Business Team
Prior to joining NDSM, Patrick served as Principal of Maternity BVM School and as an Assistant Principal and middle school science teacher at St. Gall School in Chicago. Both schools are Catholic and serve low-income, Latino students….
Director of Finance
Marilyn is a native of DePere, WI and makes her home in Brookfield. She graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and earned her CPA certificate. Her professional experience includes seven years in public accounting with Ernst & Young….
Emilia Melendez is the Notre Dame School Business Manager. She manages our maintenance staff and works with our various contractors to keep our facilities safe, clean and efficient. Additionally, Emilia takes care of our HR operations….
Marketing & Development
Director of Development and Marketing
Sarah joined the Notre Dame team after working as a sales consultant in the healthcare industry for close to 15 years. Looking to make a difference in her community, Sarah transitioned to Notre Dame where she could apply her professional experience to advancing….
Jessica joined the Notre Dame team after working as a Kindergarten in the program Teach for America. During her commitment with TFA, Jessica lived in Indianapolis and earned her Masters of Arts in….
In 2007 I graduated from Notre Dame Middle School. I further my education by attending Dominican High School, class of 2011 and continued onto Marquette University where I graduated with a BA in Advertising and Spanish for the business professions, class of 2015. While at Marquette I….
Meet Our Academic Leaders & Support Staff
Assistant Principal of Middle School
David D’Antonio is the Notre Dame School of Milwaukee Assistant Principal responsible for the middle school campus. David joined Notre Dame from Chicago where he completed the Inner City Teaching Corps and taught middle school math and science in Catholic….
Assistant Principal of Primary School
Itzel Galindo is the Notre Dame School of Milwaukee Assistant Principal responsible for the primary campus. Before joining Notre Dame, Itzel spent three years at Next Door as the literacy coach….
Director of Graduate Support
Melissa is born and raised in Milwaukee, but is proud to have her cultural roots embedded in central Mexico, Leon, Guanajuato. Melissa is part of the first graduating class of Notre Dame Middle School….
Director of After School
Eamon was born and raised in Milwaukee and went to Marquette High School and Marquette University. After graduating from MU, he went on to get a Masters in Education from….
Director of Technology
Before moving to the Director of Technology,Brian was teaching Technology at both the Primary and Middle School. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from….
Top 10 Reasons To Attend Notre Dame School!
A strong Catholic Identity that includes weekly mass, daily religion class, and students receive their sacraments.
An emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum that includes new technology throughout the school, a new math and science program, elementary engineering curriculum, and a STEM summer camp.
A Spanish/English Immersion Program where students become both bilingual and bi-literate starting in K4.
Free tuition for families that qualify for Milwaukee Parental School Choice or Wisconsin Parental School Choice.
Free lunch and breakfast for all students.
Transportation reimbursement for families who live over 2 miles away (roughly $700).
Students have art, music, physical education, library, and computer classes weekly.
After School Program
After school program at both campuses, including a mandatory enrichment program at the middle school until 5:30PM and an after school club program at the primary school. Additionally we offer before and after care everyday.
Begins in the 8th grade starting with the high school admissions process. Our school has a strong relationship with area college prep high schools and all students are eligible to apply for the NDSM Scholarship.
Summer school is available for students in grades K4-8th. Summer camp options available at both Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and in the community for middle school students.
Board of Directors
Beverly Smiley | Chair, Vice President-Controller, Badger Meter
Thomas J. Duffey, JD | Vice Chair, Vice President – The DDK Group, Robert W. Baird and Co.
Chuck Lamb | Treasurer, Vice President for Finance/Treasurer, Marquette University
Debra Dosemagen | Secretary, Director of the Graduate Program in Education-Education Department Chair, Mt. Mary University
Sr. Susan Jordan | SSND Liason, Provincial Council of the Central Pacific Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame
Jilaine Hummel Bauer | Deputy Director-Compliance, Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Financial N. America Wealth Mgmt.
Therese Burkhart | Retired Director of Information Technology, Northwestern Mutual
Marykris Coryell | Community Volunteer
Mary Jo Dempsey,CFA | Retired Director, Client Services & Shareholder, NISA Investment Advisors, L.L.C.
Therese Fennelly | Retired Special Events & Development Director, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Debbie Gonzalez | Senior Director of Marketing Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corporation, BMO Bradley Harris Center
S. Marianne Kempa | SSND
Judy Keyes | Retired Math Teacher and Community Volunteer
Susan Lueger | Executive Advisor, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Teresa McBride | Vice President and Relationship Manager, Government Banking Division, U.S. Bank
Chris McDermott | Community Volunteer
JoEllen Stollenwerk | Retired Speech Pathologist and Community Volunteer