Notre Dame College Prep's Mission and Philosophy of Education


Under the patronage of Mary, Notre Dame College Prep is a secondary school committed to educating young men to be gentlemen of faith, scholarship, and service in an inclusive, family-oriented community. Faithful to the Roman Catholic tradition and inspired by Gospel values, we prepare students to be lifelong learners and to lead lives of integrity.


 In the tradition of Holy Cross, a Notre Dame College Prep education emphasizes the formation of the hearts and minds of young men.  As the Congregation’s founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C. stated, “the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.”   This approach to education promotes the development of the whole person.  We believe such an experience is critical, since society has a great need for people who lead their lives possessing intellectual curiosity, strong moral character, and social responsibility based upon Christian values.  We further believe the quality of education is dependent on the quality of the people engaged in this purpose.  Consequently, Notre Dame educators are people of faith who motivate, inspire, and lead the student towards academic excellence while fostering critical thinking, creativity, and leadership.  Finally, we believe this education takes place best within a Christ-centered community of faith.



Notre Dame College Prep

7655 West Dempster Street, Niles, IL 60714
Phone: 847.965.2900 | Fax: 847.965.2975
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