Notre Dame Academy authorized for new curriculum

DULUTH - Since Notre Dame Academy opened in 2005, the independent Catholic school planned to teach the rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum.

The school recently became the only Catholic elementary school in the nation authorized to teach the I.B. Primary Years Programme, according to a news release.

"What this means is Notre Dame students are receiving an excellent education based on international standards in a Catholic environment," President Debra Orr said. "This is a remarkable and well-earned accomplishment."

Orr said the program will help students "become critical thinkers in our global world."

The I.B. Primary Years Programme establishes guidelines for learning, methodologies for teaching and strategies for assessment that measure up against international standards, the news release states.

"The PYP curricular framework educates the whole child and provides a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning," the news release states. "The more rigorous coursework students take, the more they learn, the better they perform on tests and the more successful they are in further academic pursuits in middle school and beyond."