At Notre Dame High School, the young minds of today gain the tools needed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Students come to Notre Dame High School for numerous reasons — namely, its exceptional academic program, its welcoming and diverse culture, and access to opportunities through which they can grow, learn, and lead. Ken Jennings was attracted to the Notre Dame community for many of the same reasons.

“This is an extraordinary place,” says Jennings, the newly installed president of Notre Dame, a coeducational college-preparatory school based in Lawrenceville. “It’s a place where students can realize their full potential, be well educated, informed citizens, and be morally and spiritually prepared for the world around them.”

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Jennings served as principal of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda, California. Before that, he served as principal of two other schools in his home state of New Jersey: DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, and Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth.

When classes begin in September, the school’s leadership will also include Joanna Barlow, who was named principal after serving as Notre Dame’s interim principal for the 2018-19 school year.

“We take great pride in our challenging academic program, and we’re continually seeking new ways to enhance the student experience. We already have a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, and I think we can continue to grow in this area by broadening students’ real-world experience.”

Notre Dame’s SAT scores are already well above the national average, and 98 percent of graduating students go on to some of the country’s leading colleges and universities, accompanied by millions of dollars in scholarships. In addition, the school offers nearly 20 Advanced Placement classes, with a pass rate above 80 percent.

Additionally, Notre Dame offers various athletic programs, academic clubs, and career-oriented programs, as well as the creative arts and faith-based opportunities, giving students great freedom to develop their skills in familiar interests and explore new pursuits. Notre Dame has a long history of fielding championship-winning athletic teams, and many students come to the school specifically for the exemplary music and theater programs.

“Parents want to invest in a Catholic-school education because of the high-profile academics, but they’re also looking for what I call the ‘X factor,’” Jennings says. “Anybody who steps on this campus immediately gets a sense of the Notre Dame family. A lot of people today feel disconnected, and the kinds of meaningful bonds and relationships our students form here can make a big difference in their lives.”

“Our students will emerge as leaders,” he says. “Some will be quiet leaders and others more vociferous, but no matter who they are, we want them to embrace these opportunities so they feel prepared for the rigors of college and ready for the real world.

With that said, he invites prospective students to answer the following question: “Where will Notre Dame lead you?”

Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. 609-882-7900. www.ndnj.org.

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