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Our community has created a meaningful plan that honors our Marist heritage, further strengthens our academic offerings, and deepens our culture.

These strategic priorities are rooted in dialogue from interviews and focus groups, feedback from surveys administered in 2023 by Independent School Management (ISM), and best practices from other educational institutions.

Strategic Priority One: Embrace Mary's Way
Strategic Priority Two: Develop Curious and Confident Thinkers
Strategic Priority Three: Deepen Our Culture
Strategic Priority Four: Stand 'Strong and True'

We work with God to form Christian People, Upright Citizens and Academic Scholars.

Strategic Priority One

We remain joyfully committed to our mission as a Catholic and Marist community. The Marist Fathers and Brothers value learning, answering the call to “think, judge, feel and act as Mary,” and serving others. These are the fundamental qualities of a Marist education which guide all that we do.

To strengthen our mission as a Marist school, we will:

  • Reaffirm our sponsorship agreement with the Marist Fathers and Brothers of the U.S. Province.
  • Engage in intentional dialogue with the U.S. Province to develop a common understanding and actions that demonstrate what it means to be a Marist school.
  • Consistently evaluate our performance through the eyes of our constituents as a PreK-12 Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Detroit

Strategic Priority Two

Academic excellence has always been a priority for Notre Dame Preparatory School. Students are challenged to meet high expectations in the classroom, utilize their talents, and reach their full potential. To make this so, the Board of Trustees and administration are committed to attracting, retaining and rewarding faculty and staff who are encouraging and generous in spirit.

To foster a learning environment where students thrive, we will:

  • Continue to care for students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing as the only Catholic school in Michigan to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for students from PreK to 12th grade.
  • Further invest in college-preparatory counseling and campus ministry activities so students become all that God intends them to be.
  • Enhance classroom instruction and learning as a Microsoft Showcase School (6-12) and Apple Distinguished School (PreK-5).

To support our faculty and staff, we will:

  • Benchmark salaries and benefits among public and Catholic school peers and develop a compensation plan that fosters employee retention and engagement.
  • Continue to offer personal and professional development programs that empower every staff member to grow spiritually and in their chosen career path.
  • Recognize and celebrate educational accomplishments, length of service, and contributions to our mission.

Strategic Priority Three

We believe in prayer and finding God in everyday life. Teachers, coaches and counselors help students develop a moral compass to make just decisions. A key expression of who we are and wish to be, our culture touches every aspect of our academic and faith community.

To deepen our Catholic and Marist values, we will:

  • Maintain a continuous regard for the mental, spiritual and physical health and welfare of students, faculty and staff.
  • Through candid discourse and reflection, renew our policies and practices on diversity, equity and inclusion so they reflect Catholic social teaching, remembering that the Marists tell us, “we cannot know God if we do not love our brothers and sisters.”
  • Continue to invest in the safety of our 100-acre campus, our buildings and grounds, and digital resources and data.
  • Extend the retreat program to parents, grandparents, alumni and friends. 
  • Improve our ability to describe our mission with a “Portrait of a Graduate” and “Characteristics of Professional Excellence”—those behaviors, values and attitudes which reflect our students and teachers, respectively.

Strategic Priority Four

With enthusiastic consensus about these priorities among our constituents, we will focus on what matters most in the next five years. Achieving our vision for 2028 and beyond will require the contributions of many. Responsibly stewarding those gifts and the resources that Our Lady has already bestowed on us will ensure our collective efforts are successful.

To imagine the future of our campus, we will:

  • Update the master plan with new and renovated buildings and grounds that best enable the school to deliver its mission.
  • Create a facilities plan to prioritize necessary improvements and maintenance, and a funding plan to ensure its stewardship.

To re-dedicate our school to the people who bring it to life, we will:

  • Continue to cultivate an engaged and informed community of alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of graduates and friends who voluntarily contribute their time, talent and treasure.
  • Ensure that tuition revenue and endowment income cover 100 percent of our annual operating expenses and educate constituents on the merits of this budget model.
  • Launch a multi-year fundraising campaign to make real our vision for Notre Dame Prep in 2028 and beyond.
  • Invest in the Notre Dame Alumni Association to strengthen lifelong relationships among alumni of Notre Dame Prep as well as our heritage schools, including Notre Dame High School, Pontiac Catholic, Oakland Catholic, St. Frederick and St. Michael.
  • Refresh the parent-volunteer experience in the Parent and Booster Clubs to create more opportunities to participate in these strategic priorities.

To strengthen our ability to deliver our mission, we will:

  • Each year develop a list of annual priorities based on the strategic plan and entrust the Board of Trustees and administration to facilitate those priorities with fiscal responsibility.
  • Employ data to determine agendas, goals and outcomes that will drive institutional excellence.
  • Explore our academic and extracurricular offerings in relation to our operating budget, and balance additions and enhancements with necessary revenue.
  • Grow the endowment to safeguard the future of our school in perpetuity.
  • Study the school’s brand and value proposition and communicate authentic messages that express our values as a Catholic and Marist community.
Planning Process, in brief:

Stakeholders across our community began a 15-month process in early 2022 to imagine the future of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy.

January – June 2022
The Board of Trustees’ strategic planning committee reviews progress that had been made in the 2017- 2023 plan. Other board committees identify areas for improvement and opportunities for growth. The plenary board reviews these findings with the administration.

October – December 2022
The school retains Independent Schools Management (ISM), a consulting firm with expertise in strategic planning, to deploy a digital survey. Hundreds of alumni and parents as well as students in grades 5-12 and faculty and staff provide their insights. Small-group focus discussions are also held with a wide range of constituents. Additional feedback is sought from faculty and staff—particularly, what additional resources would
benefit the student experience. ISM analyzes the survey responses and compares the aggregate data to other non-public schools in the United States.

February 2023
The consultant facilitates a two-day planning session with board members, administrators, volunteer leaders and staff from the lower, middle and upper schools. A new plan is framed after a thorough and honest assessment.

April 2023
The Board of Trustees adopts the 2023-2028 Strategic Plan. It is shared with the community on April 28, a special date for the Marist Fathers and Brothers around the world—the feast day of St. Peter Chanel.