Notre Dame Academy, Darjeeling, established in 1985, is a Catholic Institution managed by the Patna Notre Dame Sisters Society. Notre Dame Academy traces its origin to its spiritual mother, St. Julie Billiart of France, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1804.
Her charismatic spirit of finding God’s goodness in everything was handed over to Sisters Aloysia Wolbring and Ignatia, who instituted the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Coesfeld, Germany, in 1850. Notre Dame has established foundations throughout the world. The institution gives witness to God’s love by involvement in various educational, social and medical services in Germany, Italy, Brazil, England, Holland, US, South America, Indonesia, India, Korea, Papua New Guinea, Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Vietnam, Peru Philippines, and China.
The first Notre Dame School in India was founded in Jamalpur, Bihar, in 1950. Today, Notre Dame Institutions are found in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Kerala, Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha.
The Aim of Notre Dame Education is to train young people for unselfish leadership so that the students we educate will be able to change the oppressive structures of society by standing for justice and human rights, they are ‘’to assist their fellow citizens in directing their lives to God in faith by helping, healing, reconciling, and taking a firm stand on moral principles of honesty, integrity, hard work and freedom’’.
The parents and guardians are expected to be active participants in training their children in moral and spiritual values which the school tries to foster:-
Value Education, Yoga and Physical Education are given importance in the school curriculum.
Notre Dame means Our Lady - Mother Mary in French. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Patroness of Notre Dame Institutions. Mary, Our Mother, Mother of all humanity, we entrust our school, our children, our staff, our parents and all that we have and aspire to, unto your care.