Notre Dame Academy announces plans to expand

Notre Dame Academy has plans to grow again.

The Catholic school in Duluth announced on Wednesday that it has purchased 21 acres of land next to its campus on River Green Parkway off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring on an expansion that will include a building for 12 classrooms, multi-purpose gymnasium and fine arts building that will serve students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. There are also plans for another building for 22 classrooms and full athletics facilities.

The school opened in 2005 with 151 students, and now counts 525.

“We continue to be blessed in our Archdiocese with strong Catholic schools,” Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said in a press release. “The growth of our Archdiocese as well as the demand for Catholic education supports the need to increase capacity in our Catholic schools. The expansion of Notre Dame Academy will help address the increased demand for Catholic education through the high school years.”

The school also has plans to be the first pre-k through 12th grade International Baccalaureate and Catholic School in Georgia and one of two schools to hold that title nationwide.

“We strongly believe in the International Baccalaureate’s ability to prepare students for today’s global world,” said Debra Orr, Notre Dame Academy Head of School. “The program teaches students to become critical thinkers who take responsibility for their own learning. We are excited to offer this educational opportunity to all of our students in addition to the concrete growth of a high school.”