About IND

Mission & Philosophy

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. IND has remained faithful to the vision and mission of its founders.

Mission Statement

The Institute of Notre Dame, founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Notre Dame, is a college preparatory school for young women. Located in and committed to Baltimore City, our history and future are rooted in the universal values of the Catholic faith and the SSND educational vision. IND nurtures a diverse and inclusive community of joyful learners who thrive in a long tradition of sisterhood. A challenging curriculum, complemented with opportunities to grow in faith, leadership, and service, inspires IND students to think independently and to act courageously, positively and tenaciously. One Mind, One Heart.


Committed to a philosophy of education inspired by the foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Blessed Theresa of Jesus, the Institute of Notre Dame is a college preparatory high school for young women. The school’s approach is rooted in the universal values of the catholic faith and builds on a long tradition of sisterhood resting on three related beliefs: that each individual is a unique image of God, that all peoples have dignity and worth, and that the world can be changed through the transformation pf persons.
Learning opportunities at IND promote the skills necessary to help each student understand both herself and others in a rapidly changing world and develop independent thinking while simultaneously fostering an awareness of the value in seeking unity through interdependence.   Our program guides each girl to achieve the fullness of her potential in faith, leadership, and service by encouraging her to live courageously, positively, and tenaciously to build a more just and loving world.

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  • IND Vision Statement

    By uniting hearts and minds, and inspiring girls to become empowered women of faith who lead and serve across cultures, IND will be a distinguished model for transformative education.
  • Equity & Inclusion at IND

    Located in Baltimore City, the Institute of Notre Dame nurtures a diverse and inclusive community. IND is dedicated to promoting global citizenship and fostering a community of respect through prioritizing inclusion and diversity of identity and thought. IND understands that equity and inclusion work is constantly evolving and includes educating our community on race, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, ability, religion, body image, family of origin, family make-up, learning styles, beliefs (political, social, religious) and globalism.
Established by the
School Sisters of
Notre Dame in 1847.