Notre Dame Academy hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday, May 19th 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. Over 450 people attended the ceremony including past and present families, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community including the City of Duluth Mayor, Nancy Harris. The celebration was catered by The Varsity and the King of Pops and included live music, construction equipment and games.
Notre Dame Academy’s Head of School, Debra Orr, presented the inaugural naming opportunities for the new school, including the future gymnasium and 12-classroom building. Rev. David Musso, S.M. Chaplain of Campus Ministry at Marist School, blessed the trough of dirt brought over from the 21 acres of land. Head of School, Debra Orr, Mayor Nancy Harris, Kelly George (wife of Joe George, Chairman of NDA’s Board of Trustees), Maura McKenna, Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking, Atlantic Capital Bank, Rev. David Musso and members of the Charles Black Construction Company participated in shoveling the first ceremonial pieces of dirt.
Using the purchase of the 21 acres of land adjacent to their existing Elementary and Middle School Campus, Notre Dame Academy will expand its current footprint to include grades 9-12 and launch a high school with 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 currently serving over 530 students in Pre-K3 through 8th grades. Accredited by SAIS/AdvancED and the International Baccalaureate Organization for the Primary Years Programme, the school is located at 4635 River Green Parkway in Duluth, Georgia. Families interested in Notre Dame Academy may find more information at www.ndacademy.org.