Two words come to mind when describing Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School’s community over the past year: resiliency and hope. A year ago, we never would have predicted that what we thought would be a short stint into distance learning would turn into the de facto mode of life for millions of people across the country.
The resiliency of our students and community, as a whole, is truly inspirational. However, we would be remiss not to recognize the heartbreak and devastating loss suffered as a result of this pandemic, and to acknowledge the impact it has had - and continues to have - on all of us. Our hearts break for those who have suffered and are suffering. They remain in our prayers.
While we cannot reverse the events of the past year, recapture lost moments, or re-create the bond that comes from shared in-person experiences, we can, however, try to make the financial strain that affects so many of our families a little less. With this in mind, the Saint Joseph Notre Dame Board of Trustees has set the tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year at $19,660, reflecting no tuition increase. Families will continue to incur the non-refundable registration fee of $800 ($1,000 for seniors, which includes the graduation fee).
It is because of the support we receive from our donors that we are able to maintain our current tuition price without the traditional yearly increase. The generosity and compassion of those who are able and willing to give during a time of great need for our families reflects the resiliency and strength of our community. It is through your gift to the Annual Fund that we are able to make a formative college-preparatory education accessible to families who might not find this quality of education within reach. For this, we thank you.
We cannot predict what the 2021-2022 school year will look like, but we remain confident in our community, in our commitment to providing the highest quality Catholic education, and in our faith. Next school year, we will continue to improve our offerings and programs with the addition of a second-year Choir course, as well as several enhancements to our Social Studies and Theology courses, which will impact every student. Our Academic Council is engaging in an antiracist learning community that critically assesses our teaching practices, curriculum, and student interactions. Our 9th-graders will take a new Theology course that is designed to be multi-disciplinary and that will focus on topics of equity and justice.
2020 was a year of reckoning, but it was also a year that offered us a chance to reflect and set our priorities, empowering us to shape the future we want to see. As a school, we've taken steps to address areas in which we seek to continue growing while advancing the school’s mission. We’ve been taking a sober look at how we approach diversity, what it means to us, and who may feel included or excluded in the way we teach and operate. We've built entirely different approaches to educating and learning, letting go of methodologies that no longer serve us in today's world, while drawing from the strength of our traditions. Throughout all of this, we have not lost sight of our core values. Instead, we have leaned into them and used the adversity we face to remind us of what truly matters. Because of the strength of our community, SJND’s future is filled with hope.
Registration for next year will begin after the Easter break. This year, all re-enrollment and registration payments will be made online through our new software, SchoolAdmin. You will receive an email on Monday, April 19, 2021 from Liz Rochlin, our Registrar, containing a unique link to your student's registration form. Please note that this link is the only way to access the registration.
To ensure that we can create an accurate master schedule for the 2021-2022 school year, the registration must be submitted by Monday, May 3, 2021. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please contact Liz Rochlin at email@example.com.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff, thank you for your confidence in the mission of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School and for your continued support and partnership.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31