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Student Development and Learning Center

Comprised of highly-trained and skilled professionals holding advanced degrees, the Student Development and Learning Center supports each student's advancement to college, while assisting with their health, wellness, academic, and personal development.

Counseling Center

At the counseling center, counselors help students develop social, emotional and behavioral life skills through small groups and classroom lessons. Future college and career interests are established and support is offered for pre-ACT and ACT testing. Family nights, team building, and retreats are hosted by faculty.

Academic Support Group

Based on consultations with faculty and staff, one-on-one academic support is provided for students struggling with specific subjects. In addition to specific subject needs, writing and presentation skills are taught. More extensive academic plans are developed for students with failing grades. The Readiness Class is provided for each grade level. In this class, students are taught valuable lessons, including organizational skills, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills.

College Guidance Center

In partnership with parents, every student participates in developing a plan to confidently take the next step after Notre Dame High School. Multiple group and individual meetings are conducted, along with financial aid sessions, college tours, application guidance, and Career Days for 11th and 12th graders.

Notre Dame High School is a member of the Southern Association for College Admissions Counselors. The organization is a network of college admission counseling professionals who equip and support schools to help all students realize their postsecondary educational goals.


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Student Development and Learning Center Staff

Martha Wicks
School Counselor
(students last names A-L)

Shawnté Bacher
Counseling Center
(students last names M-Z)

Barbara McGirl
Academic Support

Jay Adamson
Academic Support

Jennifer Parris
College Guidance


"Our daughter just started high school and the support and extra effort that the staff and teachers offer is simply amazing. If you are considering a private school in Chattanooga, consider Notre Dame High School. The teachers and staff go the extra mile!" - Parent Name


We Develop High School Students to Be Their Personal Best.



In 2023, Notre Dame High School was awarded the AP Access Award for reaching low-income and minority students. The award underscored the school's commitment to challenge and encourage all students to do their best and reach their full potential.