Independent and private schools continue to prosper

There are several exceptionally strong schools in the western suburbs. Many schools have a rich history and are recognized throughout their communities for academic excellence, various extracurricular programs, and inspiration for learning. Families and students have many great options for selecting a private or independent school. Visits to each school are crucial to making an informed decision, but understanding each school’s unique character – from the perspective of the school – is key to illustrating what each school offers. In this exclusive feature for Hinsdale Magazine Group, we highlight our partners to provide our readers with relevant information and help them discover each school’s unique characteristics.

Notre Dame Catholic School has been a hallmark of the Clarendon Hills community for nearly 70 years. The school first opened its doors in 1956 to 331 students, with a majority of the teaching staff being Sisters of Christian Charity, who lived on site. Today, Notre Dame welcomes students and teachers not just from Clarendon Hills, but from all over the Chicagoland area.

The school is dedicated to creating a faith-centered and academically rigorous environment while promoting a culture of prayer and kindness. Within a safe and nurturing learning environment, students are encouraged to utilize high-order thinking skills, establish a disciplined work ethic, and develop spiritual, intellectual, and emotional characteristics.

Notre Dame families can expect an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness. Creating a welcoming and intimate atmosphere that replicates family life is a unique and commendable aspect of the school. A culture of kindness, problem-solving, and collaboration is actively promoted to help students grow and reach their full potential. The school places great importance on leadership development, not just among students but also within the entire school community, from the pastor to parents. This fosters a sense of responsibility and role modeling.

Notre Dame proudly offers a variety of extracurricular activities and academic enrichment opportunities for students, such as school musical productions, scholastic bowls, STEM Club, and altar servers. Full-day kindergarten options are available for families as well as before and after-school care. The Parent Teacher Guild is integral to the school, offering parents fellowship and volunteer opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

Through academics and extracurriculars, educators partner with parents to set students on a path of success — a path following God, caring for others, and believing in oneself. Graduates carry this philosophy instilled in them at Notre Dame to find success at their first-choice high schools and throughout life. ■