Mission Statement

What is our purpose?

Motivated by the charism of the Holy Spirit, the teachings of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger and the heritage, legacy and traditions of our alma mater, our mission is to establish an academic institution that educates and empowers  the young women of Baltimore and the surrounding areas in the ways our alma mater did.   

What do we fight for?

  • Empowering diverse young women to leadership through faith

  • Anchoring and providing outreach to the community in which it is located

  • Preserving its heritage, legacy, and traditions


The Institute of Notre Dame (IND) has educated generations of young women for 173 years. IND has not only withstood the test of time, it has flourished in the midst of impossible odds. It has endured multiple wars, the Great Baltimore Fire, civil unrest, economic depressions, and pandemics. The school has served as a beacon of light for its students and the surrounding community.  


On May 5, 2020, the School Sisters of Notre Dame announced that IND would close on June 30, 2020. This announcement left current students, alumnae, parents, staff, and the East Baltimore community it has served for almost two centuries shocked and heartbroken.

By their own mission statement, IND’s curriculum inspires students “to act courageously, positively and tenaciously.” A group of alumnae and supporters is committed to continuing that mission and legacy. We love IND and believe that through our combined talents and faith, we can secure a sustainable path forward. We believe that IND can evolve continue to educate the young women of Baltimore City and the surrounding areas.


Our mission is to re-establish the academic institution that forged a path for generations of young women, and instilled in them the value of both a strong education and a strong moral compass. We are committed to ensuring the preservation of the rich history and tradition that is Baltimore's Institute of Notre Dame while continuing the legacy of compassion and charity of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger.

A note on the location: to date, all attempts to reach the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) have gone unanswered. As a result, we are committed to fulfilling our mission without their support which includes seeking a new location outside of 901 Aisquith St, which is owned by the SSND. Our mission is to establish an independent Catholic school for young women in the traditions of IND.