Award Year: 2018

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

13000 Auburn Road
Chardon, OH, 44024-9337

(440) 286-6226

Mr. Joseph A. Waler, Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Cleveland

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Mission

Like Mary, who gave Christ to the world, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School educates leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 92%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
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NDCL challenges students to pursue excellence and promote justice.

NDCL challenges students to pursue excellence and promote justice.

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School's educational program reflects and advances its five core values: justice, respect, integrity, community, and excellence. A relational approach to education fosters a school community characterized by cooperation and collaboration, not coercion and compliance. The sense of belonging that permeates school life encourages engagement, commitment, and achievement. More than 75% of students participate in 74 organizations and teams, the retention rate is 97%, and student academic performance is at its highest level in school history.

The school community's fundamental premise is that students and staff are good and desire to do good. Policies and procedures focus on bringing out the best in everyone, not merely controlling the worst someone might do. This approach reflects NDCL’s mission to educate leaders. The school empowers students to participate in many decisions affecting school life. In the classroom and beyond, adults strategically step aside so that students grow more confident in their own leadership abilities.

NDCL’s educational program challenges and supports students to pursue excellence and promote justice as they become the women and men God calls them to be. A rigorous college-preparatory curriculum features 124 courses, including 12 dual-credit college courses. An Academic Success Center provides all students with support in nearly every content area. Through a highly developed network of professional learning communities, teachers collaborate to design, implement, and assess teaching and learning. Students develop personal service impact plans that align their talents and interests with the needs of others, fulfilling the school's mission "to educate leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love."