School Administration

Ena Garcia

Administrative Director

Silvia Vallecillo

Primary Director & IB PYP Coordinator

Alejandra Mendoza

Middle Years Director

Carlos Ordoñez

IB DP coordinator

School Population

The student body in the school is culturally diverse. The population that is 54.6% The students who are Nicaraguan, 25% students holding two nationalities, 18.3% students holding diverse foreign nationalities and 2.1% students holding triple nationalities. The school has students representing every populated continent of the world with the exception of Africa.


The Notre Dame School, as a World School (IBO), has the goal to become a national leader in international education, with moral values for life, with the purpose of forming leaders that contribute with their knowledge and efforts to the development of a more human world, and to the protection of the environment in a context ofmutual understanding and intercultural respect.


Our mission is to provide an integral, holistic, multilingual, multicultural, international, Catholic-oriented,high quality education. Train young leaders with ethical and Christian values, internationally minded,sensitive and aware of the needs of mankind. Ensure academic excellence, strength and development of the vocations of our students through the implementation of international standards of the international Baccalaureate Program in order to assure: the acceptance and success in the best universities worldwide, the achievement of a full life, and a powerful and meaningful contribution to society.

Grading and Ranking

A 90–100
B 80-89
C 70–79
D 60-69
F 40-59

The Nicaraguan Ministry of Education does not allow students ́ final official grades to be given with numbers below 40.


The Academic Program is organized on an annual basis. Thirteen classes per semester is the maximum course load for students in High School. Some of meet once to three times a week, others meet daily (these are normaly the core classes). Students take eight 43-minute classes every day and one 90-minute lab session every week. Class periods are year-long in their majority.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must pass all classes and complete a 60-hour Community Service Requirement. IB programme students should also complete 150 hours of CAS (creativity, action and service) hours.

IB Courses Offered

  • Theory of Knowledge
  • French AB Initio
  • Literature
  • Spanish and Economics Higher Level
  • Biology
  • Mathematical Studies High Level

Students need to have grades higher than 85 in order to be accepted in this program. The IB is an open-enrollment program that enables High School juniors and seniors to enroll in pre-university/freshman level college courses and earn college credits at institutions of higher education worldwide.

University Acceptances

  • Walsh University
  • Florida International University
  • Zamorano (Honduras)
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Vatel International Hospitality School
  • University of San Diego
  • Wimbledon Art School
  • University of Costa Rica
  • Thomas More University
  • Savana College of Art and Design
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Miami Dade
  • University of New Orleans
  • Purdue University
  • John Brown University
  • Essex University, Mobile University
  • Nova Southwestern University.
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