The first day of school is always full of mixed emotions. No one understands that more than a parent of a child with special needs dropping off their child for the first time at a new school. This year Notre Dame School welcomes 24 new students. That’s a big number for a small school.
Students and parents are settling into a new routine, familiarizing themselves with carpool lines and bus rules. Notre Dame School has two buses that run morning and afternoon to satellite stops in North Dallas and Richardson, and one minivan that shuttles students to Oak Cliff. Driving to Uptown every day would be a daunting task for parents. Therefore the bus services are a huge help for the families that come from over 70 different zip codes in the DFW area. Crystal Charity Ball was instrumental in funding over $150,000 for transportation needs for Notre Dame School in 2016.
Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society. As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 160 students ages 6 to 21. Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.