Curriculum

STANDARDS

The curriculum for Notre Dame School of Milwaukee is based on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, the Common Core Standards and the curriculum guides developed by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Catholic Schools. These three documents identify what students must know and be able to do by the end of each grade, in each subject area.

Students complete a variety of assessments to demonstrate their learning and understanding of the curriculum including the following standardized tests:

• Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
• Wisconsin Forward Exam
• Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs)
• Woodcock Munoz Language Survey
• Iowa Test of Basics Skills (ITBS) – Middle School Only
• Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) – Middle School Only

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

At Notre Dame School of Milwaukee, our curriculum provides students with a solid academic foundation that prepares them for future success. Our students benefit from a collaborative teaching and learning environment. Our certified, loving teachers are some of the best around. The excellent academic program at Notre Dame School builds a foundation that will prepare your child for high school and beyond.

• English
• Spanish
• Mathematics
• Science
• Social Studies
• Religion

Students have specials two times per week including:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Physical Education

K4

The all-day K4 program  focuses on the academic, faith, and social-emotional development of our youngest students. NDSM preschool students benefit from: small classroom sizes, early math and literacy skills, attend specials, enjoy a play-based environment and faith development. Preschool classrooms at NDSM have two adults in the classroom at all times, one classroom teacher and one teacher assistant. Students also enjoy a full day of academic instruction with a mid-day nap and mid-afternoon snack to meet their needs.

Before & After School Care

Before School Care begins at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. An optional breakfast is served.

In addition to our after school programs, we also offer affordable aftercare until 5:45PM at the Primary School Monday-Friday and every Friday at the Middle School.

Students receive snack, have time to do homework, and play in a supervised setting.

Please note that additional charges will be applied for any pick up after 5:45 pm.

After School Program

K4 – 4th Grade

Notre Dame Primary School offers after school care to better accommodate the needs of our families. After School Care runs from 3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:00 p.m.– 5:45 p.m. on Friday. The child receives a snack, has time to do homework and play in a supervised setting. A nominal fee is charged for this service.

There are also 10 weeks of clubs in the fall and spring. These optional programs allow for students explore their different talents.  The various clubs that are offered are run by teachers and staff and include singing, arts and crafts, Legos, exercise, science, Student Council, dance, ST Math, read aloud, board games, and Smarty Ants.  

5th – 8th Grade

Our middle school students participate in this mandatory program that provides opportunities to develop talents and empower them to pursue individual interests. The two components of this program are: 

  • Academic Support – students receive one hour of structured academic support daily in the form of large group study halls or through small group/individualized tutoring.
  • Extracurricular Activities  Recognizing the importance of developing talents outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to participate in 2 – 4 different activities each semester, which include athletics, dance, preforming arts, robotics, and community service. 

Athletics

The Athletics Program at Notre Dame is rapidly growing and becoming highly successful. In the 2015-2016 year alone the student led teams won first place in 5th/6th grade volleyball, 7th/8th grade volleyball, and 8th grade soccer. The basketball program is also in the early stages of development with three more wins than in the previous year. As a school, Notre Dame has been consistently credited with being some of the most respectful and competitive players in their respective leagues. We are all very excited about the potential increase in practice time that will lead to more prolonged success for the Notre Dame School of Milwaukee’s Athletic Program.

Enrichment Partners

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

16th Street Community Health Centers

All Hands Boatworks

Camp Minikani

Casa Romero

Dance Academy of Mexico

Dance works

Discovery World

First Stage

FIS

Girl Scouts of SE Wisconsin

Mad Science

Marquette University

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

PEARLS for Teen Girls

United Community Center

Urban Ecology Center

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Summer School

Summer School is offered to NDSM students entering grades K4-4th at the Primary School and 5th – 8th at the Middle School. Students are served free lunch and breakfast each day and will have classes in reading, writing, math, science, and physical activity. The summer school session runs 4 weeks, end of June through end of July.

Summer Camps

We believe it is essential for young people to stay active during the summer, therefore, all of our middle school students participate in at least two weeks of summer programming or one week at a residential summer camp. These opportunities are offered both on-site at Notre Dame and through various community partners. The Director of Enrichment works with each student and their parents to identify a camp experience that will enhance personal interests, support academic growth, or improve a sporting skill. Students attend camps across greater Southeastern Wisconsin. If needed, scholarships are available to help cover the cost of fees.