In 1920, the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis opened the Notre Dame of the Prairies Convent and St. Augustine residential elementary and high school for boys and girls. In 1927, Pere Athol Murray—for whom the college is named—arrived and devoted his life to building the school as we know it today.
Approximately 300 students attend Notre Dame annually from across Canada and around the world. International students typically count 40 to 50 and have represented countries such as Mexico, United Kingdom, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Japan, Korea and Australia.
Notre Dame is primarily a residential boarding school. Over 85% of the student population is 7-day boarding students. Students who live within 80 km of Wilcox are eligible for a 5-day boarding option. Students who live in the village of Wilcox and surrounding area can attend as day students.
At Notre Dame we are seeking well rounded students who want to strive to reach their potential and are ready to be challenged academically, physically and spiritually. Students must show interest in being involved in a number of activities and prepared to contribute to residential, student and community life.
Notre Dame is a college prepatory school. Students are challenged and supported to reach their potential in the classroom. In the last 5 years, 95% of our graduates have been eligible to attend post secondary institutions. The 2010 graduating class achieved an overall average of 79% with 59% of students on the Honour Roll. Our graduates attend universities across Canada and the US. We offer SAT and ACT testing and support for our graduates who are pursuing studies and scholarships in the US. Academic and athletic scholarships typically exceed $1 Million annually.
Notre Dame offers 13 competitive athletic programs including hockey, football, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, wrestling, golf, baseball, badminton and track and field. We encourage our student athletes to participate in multiple sports and it is common for many of our students to play 3 or 4 sports during the year. Many students come to Notre Dame for a specific sport and graduate excelling in another sport, often with scholarship opportunities.
We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs including art, choral, music, drama, multimedia, and outdoor education. A student activities coordinator organizes weekend outings and social activities including dances, intramural sports, and trips to Regina and surrounding areas.
Student residences are organized by grade and most students share a room with 3 to 4 students. Each residence floor has a student lounge with TV and light kitchen facilities. Dorms are supervised by a full-time House Parent with the assistance of 4 to 5 student House Leaders. Students are responsible for dorm jobs including cleaning their rooms and common areas. Meals are served in our Varsity Dining Hall. An evening snack is served Sunday through Thursday.
Students and staff are required to give freely of their time to add value to the school, the village of Wilcox and the surrounding communities. Each student is required to provide 20 hours of community service during a school year and 10 additional hours of Works of Mercy for specific groups in need. Hounds for Humanity is a volunteer senior student outreach group whose mission is to go "above and beyond" the required Works of Mercy program.
Notre Dame is committed to working with families residing in Canada or the USA who require support to make a Notre Dame education a reality for their child. Typically 50% of the school body receives some form of assistance through the Financial Assistance program. Each year the funds available and the number of applicants vary. Although financial need is the primary basis for this decision, the student's performance and potential contribution to the school are also taken into consideration. Grants are funded by charitable donations from alumni, parents, staff and friends of the school. For further information and to apply, please see Financial Assistance Information.
Notre Dame has gained world-wide recognition for producing elite level student-athletes, however its alumni have also achieved greatness in business, science, medicine and history. Some notable alumni include:
Dr. Olive Dickason, B.A., M.A., PhD – author, researcher, Canada's leading authority on aboriginal history, Order of Canada Member
Dr. Ray Rajotte, PhD – key contributor in the development of the Edmonton protocol, a cure for diabetes, Order of Canada Member
Gerald Maier, O.C., C.D. – Chairman Emeritus TransCanada Pipelines, Order of Canada Member
Daryl Kelly – youngest Canadian to successfully scale Mount Everest
Jason Kenney – Member of Parliament (Calgary SE)
Alice Henderson – Canadian Author
Derek Prohar M.M.V. – Awarded the Medal of Military Valour
Over 130 Hounds have been drafted or signed in the NHL. Key NHL alumni include Wendell Clark, Russ Courtnall, Curtis Joseph, Rod Brind'Amour, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Braydon Coburn, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Myers and Keith Aulie.
The Admission Team schedules personal campus day visits throughout the school year including the summer. During your personal campus day visit you and your child will experience a day in the life of a Notre Dame Hound. To schedule your visit please contact the Admission Coordinator at 1-306-732-1203 or firstname.lastname@example.org