Notre Dame Catholic School is composed of an elementary school for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade; a middle school for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students; and, a high school for students in the ninth through twelfth grades. The traditions of the institution are drawn from the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur who, in 1904, founded the original school which was known as the Academy of Mary Immaculate, and the Congregation of the Holy Cross who joined the Sisters of Saint Mary when the school was broadened to include high school age boys. These two congregations have founded some of the most respected schools in the United States (such as the University of Dallas and St. Edward’s University, both in Texas, and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana). This great educational tradition of personal and academic excellence is continued on the present Notre Dame Catholic School campuses which replaced the historic Academy. The original school, which stood on the corner of Holliday and Ninth Streets, was the center of Catholic education in North Central Texas, being the only Catholic school from Fort Worth, 114 miles to the southeast, to Clarendon, 118 miles to the northwest.
The present Lower Campus opened in the Fall of 1954 and was known as Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish School. The Benedictine Sisters staffed the school from 1956 to 1968 to coincide with the closing of the Academy. Brothers of the Holy Cross joined the Sisters of Saint Mary in administering and staffing the high school.
In 1968, Sacred Heart Parish School merged with Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish School, creating a multi-parish school. Today, students attend from these parishes, as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Immaculate Conception, St. Jude’s, and other churches in the surrounding area. In 1976, reorganization brought Our Lady Queen of Peace School and Notre Dame High School together under one school board and Notre Dame Catholic School was formed. In 1986, a middle school was instituted to better serve the needs of early adolescents.