Notre Dame de Sion School, Kansas City

Notre Dame de Sion School ( /ˈntər ˈdm də ˈs.ɒn/) is a preschool through grade 12 certified college preparatory school located in Kansas City, Missouri. The school was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion in 1912. The all-girls high school campus is located in South Kansas City, and the co-educational grade school campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The two campuses are about 10 miles apart.

Notre Dame de Sion School
Address
10631 Wornall Road

, ,
64114

United States
Coordinates38°56′6″N 94°35′44″W / 38.93500°N 94.59556°W / 38.93500; -94.59556Coordinates: 38°56′6″N 94°35′44″W / 38.93500°N 94.59556°W / 38.93500; -94.59556
Information
TypePrivate, All-Girls, University-preparatory
MottoEducating Minds, Expanding Hearts, Empowering Lives
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1912
Head of schoolMrs. Alicia Herald
GradesPreschool12
Color(s)Purple and White   
SloganPut Faith in their Future
SongChanson d'école (http://ndsion.edu/mission/school-song.cfml)
MascotSion Storm
RivalSt. Teresa's Academy
AccreditationIndependent Schools' Association of the Central States (ISACS),
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
PublicationThe Siren (literary magazine)
NewspaperLe Journal
YearbookLe Flambeau
Websitehttp://www.ndsion.edu

HistoryEdit

Hyde ParkEdit

In 1892, the Congregation arrived in the United States when four Sisters of Sion began educating young children in Auburn and Lewiston, Maine. By 1904, the number of Sisters had grown to sixty. In 1907, the Sisters transferred to Marshall, Missouri, where they taught at Sion Academy until 1925. In 1912, Bishop Thomas Francis Lillis invited seven Sisters to Kansas City. Two taught in the Annunciation School. The others began a French kindergarten and gave private sewing, music and French lessons, which grew into the Notre Dame de Sion School. For decades to follow, the Sisters continued managing and growing the institution, building their first campus in Kansas City’s historic Hyde Park.

In 1953, Bobby Greenlease was kidnapped from the Hyde Park school by a woman claiming to be his aunt. The $600,000 ransom paid by his family was the largest paid to that point, although Greenlease had been killed before the ransom was paid.[2]

The original campus at 3823 Locust is now co-ed and includes PreK Montessori, and kindergarten through middle school.

South Kansas CityEdit

In 1962, the high school moved to south Kansas City at 10631 Wornall Rd. Six years later the Sisters invited lay members to serve on the school's board of trustees, and in 1990 the ownership of the school was transferred to the Board.

Sion todayEdit

Notre Dame de Sion is now known city-wide as a rigorous college preparatory school. It is still located in the South Kansas City campus, and girls from all over the Kansas City metro travel to come to Sion.

Sion has many musical opportunities including a musical and plays. It also has a drum line and choir.

Sion has many athletic achievements, including many wins from the dance team, who has won 10th overall in the nation in 2019 and has won 1st place in the state of Missouri for ten consecutive years. Other sports include basketball, softball, cheerleading, swim, dive, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, cross-country, and track.

Sion also offers many opportunities to travel abroad to Australia, Costa Rica, and France, to their sister schools.

GovernanceEdit

Today, Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City is one of seventeen Sion schools worldwide,[3] sustained by the charism of the Sisters. Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as well as the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. The school is owned by a lay corporation and governed by a board of trustees.[4]

Notable alumnaeEdit

  • Heidi Gardner- Saturday Night Live actress
  • Megan Barry - Mayor of Nashville
  • Maggie Williams - Former Chief of Staff for Hillary Clinton was one of the early African-American graduates in the 1970's

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Roe, Jason. "Days of Shock and Sorrow". Kansas City Public Library. Retrieved January 12, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "NDS - Sion schools". www.notredamedesion.org. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  4. ^ http://ndsion.edu/mission/history-and-traditions.cfml