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Beliefs and Values

Catholic schools in the United States face unprecedented challenges today. Between 2004 and 2014, more than 1,800 Catholic schools have closed or consolidated. As a result of these closures, more than 650,000 fewer children enjoy the advantages of Catholic schools today.

In ACE, we have come to believe that the primary unit of change in education is the school, and the evidence is clear that nothing transforms a school like a strong leader. At Notre Dame, we believe the education of more transformational school leaders represents our nation’s best opportunity to create more exceptional schools, which in turn help put more children on the path to success.

Now, more than ever, our schools, our nation, and our Church need exceptional leaders. Notre Dame’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program is designed to form Catholic school principals and leaders to fulfill this need.

The Remick Leadership Program prepares transformational school leaders who make God known, loved, and served by managing school resources, implementing rigorous academic programs, and building robust Catholic school communities.

In the Remick Leadership Program, we are led by five root beliefs that guide our mission:

  •       God in all things.
    • With Christ as their model, transformational leaders invite all members of the school community to a greater understanding and recognition of God’s presence in creation and an ever-growing love of God the Creator.
  •       We are disciples with hope to bring
    • At a time in which so many communities are fraught with pain and suffering, our leaders lead with a zeal sustained and informed by the love of Christ, which compels them to bring comfort and help to a broken world.
  •       We are made for each other in the image and likeness of God.
    • Recognizing the inherent dignity of humanity from the very beginning of creation, transformational leaders know and expect all students to learn and excel at the highest level possible.
  •       Excellence happens on purpose.
    • Constantly aware that the small things matter, transformational school leaders intentionally build strong school cultures rooted in a shared set of root beliefs and directed toward a unified purpose.
  •       School leaders drive student success.
    • Through collaboration and innovation, transformational school leaders do whatever it takes to ensure that every child succeeds in the classroom, helping them become their truest selves in the image of Jesus Christ.

Core Values of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program


Remick Leaders never stop learning. They build a culture of continuous improvement that instills a life-long love of learning in the children they serve.


Effort trumps ability. Remick Leaders do whatever it takes to ensure that every child succeeds.


Remick Leaders are called to “fan into a flame the gift God gave” each teacher, student, and member of the school family. They set a high bar for both academic achievement and spiritual growth, promoting rigor in the classroom while nurturing a living relationship with Jesus Christ.


Remick Leaders foster a sense of family in their schools, providing safe, loving environments where children learn to thrive with others.


To whom much is given, much is expected. Remick Leaders are other-centered, and they prepare each child to live a life of service to others, the community, and the Church.