Students from Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires (NDV) are provided with a rigorous academic program enriched with instruction in French, art, music, technology, drama, and physical education. Students from NDV consistently test above grade level on standardized tests, and the school is regularly ranked in the top 5% of SF Archdiocesan schools. For further detail on class curriculums, please see the Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School pages.
Students meet daily with their French teachers grades K through 8. The lower grades enjoy a lively, interactive French language program, which includes animal characters, puppets, songs, and poetry all of which builds their French vocabulary, comprehension, and conversational skills.
As the students enter the upper grades, grammar and conversation are integral to the program and major goals include developing a proper accent and fluid speaking ability. Reading, writing, conversation, listening and comprehension, cultural events and games are part of the learning experience. Literature, technology, field trips and projects are also used to support new concepts or ideas.
The middle school curriculum includes work on various long-term group projects about French civilization and culture, which the students present to the class in French.
Students in grades four through eight may join the French Club, which meets on a monthly basis after school. Activities include sampling of French cuisine, history presentations, guest speakers, cultural experiences and viewing French films.
Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires (NDV) models a schoolwide enrichment program centered on interdisciplinary projects, field trips, outside speakers, student performances and competitions, and library sciences. Some examples of enrichment opportunities at NDV are regular classroom visits from a Olive Hackett-Shaugnessy, a professional storyteller; participation in the San Francisco Choral Festival; a school-wide Poetry Contest; the annual Art Show; and various special class projects, such as the Living Museum, California Missions, and the Gold Rush play Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Academic Decathlon and Robotics.
NDV takes advantage of its location in downtown San Francisco and the beautiful Bay Area to arrange educational field trips directly related to the curriculum. Field trips are thoughtfully planned by the teachers and funds are generously provided by the Parents’ Association (NDVPA). Chartered buses are used for all trips outside the boundaries of San Francisco. Within the City, public transit or private automobiles may be used for transportation.
NDV has two libraries for students. The Elementary library services fourth through eighth graders and the Primary library services kindergarten through third grades. Students are taught in first grade how to properly search for both fiction and nonfiction books. K-3 students visit the library once a week and can check books out for one week.
The Birthday Book Program helps the library raise funds to acquire new books throughout the year. Students are sent a birthday card the week of their birthday. If they would like to participate in the program, the family donates the approximate amount of a hardcover book. Your child can then choose from a selection of brand-new, award-winning titles, and a special book plate with your child’s name and birthdate will be placed in the book he or she chooses. This “birthday book” will then join the library collection and be enjoyed by NDV students for many years to come.
Throughout the school year, students work on a variety of art projects engaging them in critical thinking and tapping into their individual creativity. Students work in watercolor, pastels, clay, charcoal, learn about photography, create self-portraits, and they study various artists including Monet, Matisse, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, and Georges Seurat. The Art Show is held in the spring and features at least three works of art created by each student.
- ACTIVE CHRISTIANS WHO:
- Willingly take part in Catholic faith-development activities
- Show compassion for God’s people by embracing ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity
- Actively participate in and carry out all school liturgies
- Respect God’s creation
- Are involved in community-outreach activities
- EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS WHO:
- Listen and read critically to reveal understanding in a concise and coherent way both orally and in written expression
- Use different media (art and technology) to convey knowledge
- Demonstrate active listening skills
- RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS WHO:
- Model appropriate behavior
- Respond with empathy and compassion to all
- Create an environment where student achievement is respected and supported by each member of the classroom regardless of his or her learning style
- Uses technology responsibly and respectfully
- Demonstrate social justice and an awareness of global issues
- Care for the environment
- LIFELONG LEARNERS WHO:
- Are self-directed
- Are able to advocate for their own learning
- Are curious and motivated to independently seek knowledge and apply that knowledge to new situations
- Develop an appreciation for the arts and technology
- Know how to access, evaluate, organize, and use information
- Continue to build upon the foundation of their elementary school experience
- HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS WHO:
- Practice good health and personal hygiene habits
- Develop a positive self-image
- Understand the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits and an exercise program