In August, Atlanta’s Sophia Academy joined forces with Notre Dame Academy in Duluth. The merger brings the two institutions together on Notre Dame’s expanded campus at 4635 River Green Parkway. Both are sister institutions of Marist School in Atlanta and overseen by the Catholic order of the Society of Mary.
Since 2005, Notre Dame has established a firm reputation around its International Baccalaureate college-prep program. Founded in 1999, Sophia is noted for its small class sizes and individualized instruction for children with learning differences. Those special-needs students will now be served in the new school under the Father Colin program that features one-on-one and small-group instruction. The merger makes Notre Dame the metro area’s only independent Catholic institution able to serve children with a range of learning abilities from preschool through high school.
“Our goal is to keep families together by providing an inclusive educational campus where students of all abilities can prepare for the world and life,” said Debra Orr, Notre Dame’s head of school. ndacademy.org