All Activities and Initiatives are Student-Driven.
Each day our students take advantage of the opportunities available to them, whether it be participating on a student leadership board, starting a new club or leading a service learning project. Students develop a tremendous amount of confidence in realizing that they, as women, are driving each of these school activities.
Self-Expression Becomes Second Nature.
Research findings note that it’s beneficial and powerful for girls, in particular, “to see it in order to be it.” So when students see their peers leading a club, excelling in student government or succeeding on the robotics team, they get the clear message that they too can excel in those areas. Expressing oneself, sharing their unique perspective and using their voice becomes second nature. This is the power of an NDB education.
Being Yourself is a Superpower.
The single-gender environment at NDB empowers students to focus on what really matters, in and out of the classroom. Whether students are invited to speak their mind in class in a compassionate environment or sing chants of sisterhood at the top of their lungs at a rally, being oneself is a superpower. Being in an environment where every student is seen and appreciated for who they are inspires students to speak with confidence, develop leadership skills with prowess and ultimately create positive change.
Becoming a Leader is Imperative
NDB offers over 200 leadership positions in student government, boards, and professional clubs and organizations. Roughly half of student leaders are elected into their roles by the student body while the other half are selected based upon an extensive application and interview process.
Who is to say what a woman can or cannot be — besides herself.
I was prepared academically, athletically and through my experience in student council to gain confidence and to move onto college. I love an all girls education because it means that there will be young women in every single leadership opportunity in the school.
Single-gender education is such an incredible opportunity. You are enveloped by a family atmosphere that comes from being surrounded by like-minded, tenacious, determined women.
NDB is a community that showed me that I mattered and I could do anything. This instilled a lasting confidence in me.
Notre Dame taught me to be a confident young lady. It taught me to speak up, it gave me a foundation and made me who I am today.
NDB is unique because of the belief in empowerment and equanimity for these young women.
We are sisters, all here for each other. Everyone has your back and everyone wants you to succeed.
Students who experience an all girls education at NDB are so much more willing to stand up for things, to speak out, to have opinions in class, and to run for different offices.
When girls are told that the content of their hearts and minds is precious, we learn that there is value in ourselves and in each other that is greater than our looks, or the degree of servitude we can provide to men. Girls who believe wholeheartedly in their intellect and ability - especially when they work together - can be an incredible source of power and good. At Notre Dame, I was taught to trust in my intelligence, talent and strength on a fundamental level. That lesson was more valuable than anything I could have learned in a classroom, and it is a lesson I carry with me today.
I really value the single sex education that NDB uniquely offers, as the experience enabled personal development by strengthening my confidence and my ability to communicate well with others. I work with researchers, doctors, nurses, and all kinds of patients and communicating effectively is very important. An NDB education allowed me to enter college and the workforce with confidence.
Statement on Gender Diversity:
Notre Dame Belmont opened its doors in 1851 with a vision to educate young women at a time when such opportunities were often only available to boys and men. In keeping with the mission of NDB, the school is dedicated to nurturing the full potential of all students: mind, body and spirit. As our understanding of gender continues to expand to a more inclusive spectrum of identities and expressions, NDB will remain committed to provide support based on the emotional, social and academic needs of each student.
The Best of Both Worlds.
The Advantage of a Single-Gender Education at NDB:
100% of NDB graduates expect to earn a four year degree. Two-thirds of our students expect to earn graduate or professional degrees.
96% of our students say that they receive more frequent feedback on assignments than their co-ed peers.
95% of our Tigers feel supported by their teachers and 90% feel supported by other students.
93% of NDB students report exceptional leadership opportunities at NDB.
NDB students are 6x more likely to major in math, science or technology in college.
NDB students are 3x more likely to choose careers in engineering.
Women who participate in single gender education are more likely to:
Publicly communicate their opinion about a cause
Participate in community social action and environmental programs
Volunteer in their communities
Work cooperatively with diverse people
Help to promote racial understanding
Keep up with political affairs and vote in elections
Influence political structures
At NDB, women hold leadership positions on every athletic team. Athletics are competitive and well supported, drawing large crowds and support to athletic events including Dig Pink, Water Polo Fan Fest, and more!