All students in grades eight through twelve participate in a series of class retreats that explore the themes raised within their religious studies courses. As an integral part of our religious studies courses, the Retreat Program brings classes together in non-academic settings to engage in personal and common spiritual reflection and prayer.
Eighth grade girls participate in day-long retreats.
Overnight retreat activities enable students and faculty to come together as fellow members of a community dedicated to spiritual and intellectual development. Planned by teachers, the retreats are led by Campus Ministers and faculty who teach and know the girls well. The retreats also provide interested older students the opportunity to grow as retreat leaders, guiding younger students in a reflective, informal environment.
At the end of 8th Grade, students join to celebrate their time together and their personal and communal growth in Middle School as well as to acknowledge the transition to high school.
The NCDS experience culminates in the Senior Retreat. Held just a few days before Graduation, students are invited to explore how and how far they have grown as individuals and as a class, and to anticipate how they might take what they have learned with them throughout their lives. The insights gained during each of these rites of passage become part of the students' lives and part of the life of the school community.