Just as important to a school community as a strong curriculum and engaging pedagogy is the need for a positive school culture. Notre Dame High School is a community whose culture is inspired by Gospel values, taught in the tradition of the Catholic Church, and exemplified by our Charism taken from The Acts of the Apostles, Cor Unum Et Anima Una, which means, One Heart and One Spirit. It is a description of the early Christian community of believers, united in faith, prayer and good works.
The word Charism refers to the spiritual orientation of our unique Catholic school ministry, or our Christian character, which is the cornerstone of our school. As a Catholic school ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino our mission calls us to form the heart, mind, and soul of each of our students. In partnership with our families, school staff, and parish communities, students are challenged to fulfill their unique God-given potential within an inclusive environment where teachers facilitate the learning process. Our Charism of One Heart and One Spirit describes the total educational experience at Notre Dame High School, grounded in faith, active in scholarship, and engaged in community.
As a school administrator in one of seven high schools in the greater Riverside area I will always say that our colleagues in the public schools do a good job with curriculum and pedagogy. However, what they do not have is our Charism, the character of our school. Through our schools pillars of faith, scholarship, and community, we are committed to educating the whole child in a Christ-centered environment that fosters faith development, lifelong learning, and the awareness of each person’s responsibility to care for our world.