School Sisters of Notre Dame


Within a safe and welcoming environment the Center provides programs that educate and nurture the whole person. This Catholic sponsored Center is rooted in the belief that women are agents of transformation for the family, society, and the world. The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center, Inc. located in Queens, New York, empowers underserved women of all races and faiths to reach the fullness of their potential.



          The ship that brought Blessed Mother Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, to America landed in New York City Harbor in 1847.  She brought with her four young sisters to teach the children of German immigrants.

          Following in her footsteps, three School Sisters of Notre Dame established the SSND Educational Center in 2004. True to her vision, they opened their doors to immigrant and marginalized women who sought to further their education

          Like her, the sisters realized that the world can be transformed through the education of women.  To date nearly one thousand women have achieved high school diplomas and/or gained proficiency in English. They have gone on to college or vocational training programs, become United States citizens, and improved their career opportunities.

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The Center is a 501(c )3 nonprofit sponsored ministry of the Atlantic Mid-West Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.