The Institute of Notre Dame (IND) is a Catholic college preparatory high school for girls in the heart of Baltimore City since 1847. With nearly 11,500 alumnae, IND has a long and proud history of developing women leaders. Established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and rooted in the Catholic faith, we provide:
- An academically challenging curriculum with four levels to suit different learning needs
- A rewarding fine arts program led by educators who are practicing artists
- An athletic program that stresses competition and camaraderie with 13 sports and 21 teams
- More than 40 clubs and activities
- A warm and welcoming environment
- A diverse community caring for those less fortunate and focused on global citizenship
Our Rich History
- Are diverse, from various races, cultures and economic backgrounds
- Come from 78 ZIP codes and six Maryland counties plus Baltimore City
- Are 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent non-Catholic
- Are different in their academic abilities, but they all are accepted to college!
The Institute of Notre Dame was founded in 1847 by Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, who began the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Germany then came to North America to educate the children of German immigrants. She bought 901 Aisquith Street to be her order's motherhouse in the New World, but expanded it to be a school when two orphan girls were abandoned on its doorstep.
In the early years, the school, known then as the Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, accepted both day and boarding students. For many years, the school educated students from grades 1 to 12. The curriculum has evolved, and the building has grown.
IND stood tall during some of the most challenging of times. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad, giving safe passage to slaves on their way north. During the Civil War, the sisters treated both Union and Confederate soldiers. When the riots engulfed Baltimore following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, IND was spared because of its relationship with the community.
Through the decades, IND has remained true to its tradition as an all-girls school, guiding young women to success in their careers and to leadership in their communities. In the midst of change and expansion, despite other schools leaving the city, IND has remained faithful to the vision and mission of its founders--to continue to serve as a cornerstone of the East Baltimore community on Aisquith Street.
IND is sponsored and owned by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who serve with the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. The school works to nurture the God-given gifts of students. Learn about the School Sisters of Notre Dame
Mary L. Funke, Ed.D., is IND’s fourth president, beginning her service in July 2011. Dr. Funke held several executive positions before IND, all in nonprofit organizations. Most recently she was President of N Street Village in Washington, D.C. Her connection to the School Sisters of Notre Dame began when she was the Dean of Students at the now Notre Dame of Maryland University, from 1982-1990.
Baltimore City, Maryland at 901 Aisquith Street (in northeast Baltimore City, just west of Johns Hopkins Hospital) Baltimore, MD 21202. The 167,000 square foot building stands at the corner of Aisquith Street and Ashland Avenue.
IND offers college preparatory courses to suit each girl’s needs and strengths. Course levels include Mother Caroline, College Preparatory, Honors and Theresian Scholar.
Technology is carefully integrated across the curriculum with IND’s One-to-One Student Tablet PC Program, launched in the fall of 2009. By providing each student with her own tablet PC, which is leased from the school for a modest annual fee, IND ensures that technology is an affordable, accessible and indispensable educational tool for every student. Each student is provided with a school email account, and assignments and grades are posted on a secure site, which parents can also access. The school manages a safe wireless network for ready access to the Internet and online educational resources, provides the latest software programs and offers training and support to students, faculty and parents.
IND’s Library offers an 8,600-volume book collection, maintained by Winnebago/Spectrum circulation system, numerous periodical subscriptions, access to Maryland’s digital library (MDK-12) and the latest in database technology. The tablet PC program has broadened the scope of resources available to students and teachers, allowing access to online and electronic resources not only in the library but also in each classroom and at home.