"What can be seen today at Holy Cross which astounds everybody -
I have been but a simple instrument."

~ Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, CSC ~ Founder

The Tradition

Notre Dame students are a part of the Holy Cross family.  Like so many before them, they experience the richness of a Catholic educational experience in a tradition deeply rooted in the religious congregation's educational ministry to the local and universal Church.  It was from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana that several Brothers of Holy Cross came to Sherman Oaks in 1947 to found a private Catholic high school under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  For over a half a century, the Notre Dame community has built upon the heritage and mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and continues to give life to the words of its founder, Blessed Basil Moreau:

"The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.  While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for eternal life."

The Values

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.

Fr. Moreau, Holy Cross, and Notre Dame

“With unparalleled passion and zeal, Fr. Moreau breathed life into the missions of Holy Cross.”