About our Charity

Notre Dame School provides a quality education to children with mental disabilities, ages 6 to 21, and facilitates their integration into society.


Notre Dame School, founded in 1963 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, provides a quality education to students with mental disabilities. Its successful integration of students into the community demonstrates the effectiveness of teachers and parents working together to expand the possibilities for these very special children.

The school serves over 125 students and maintains an average student to teacher ratio of five to one. Notre Dame is open to all persons, ages 6 to 21, for whom this education is appropriate. It is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department and approved by the Texas Education Agency. Notre Dame School is the only independent school in the Dallas area devoted exclusively to educating children with developmental disabilities.
Students at Notre Dame have a diagnosis of mild to moderate mental retardation or a diagnosis of “shadow child” (IQ range of over 70, but generally under 80). Offering individualized academic instruction, music and speech therapy, independent living skills and vocational training. Notre Dame is guided by a firm belief in the dignity of each person as a child of God.

Operating expenses of Notre Dame School are funded annually through tuition, fundraising activities, donations, and investment income. It is a 501( c) (3) charity.
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