Integral to the Holy Cross-educational philosophy is the formation of the whole person. In keeping with this philosophy. Notre Dame bases its mission on these shared values:
Spiritual - We strive to give students a comprehensive understanding of the Catholic faith, a respect for the value of the individual and the experience of a faith community, lived out through the liturgy, prayer, and service.
Intellectual - We seek a curriculum that meets the highest standards of accreditation and society, preparing students for college and post-secondary pursuits, and which fully develops students' skills for communication and critical thinking.
Personal - Notre Dame seeks to mold students who value themselves and others, who apply gospel values in moral decision-making, who have a strong aesthetic sense, and who exhibit self-discipline and a cooperative spirit.
Communal - Notre Dame aims to promote an active interest in the well being of others, understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and an awareness of the responsibilities of citizenship.