Senior Director of Enrollment Management
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Welcome to Sion
Is Sion for YOU?
We Invite You to Discover Your Full Potential!
As you join the Notre Dame de Sion High School community, you’ll feel a sense of belonging right away. It’s “cool to be smart” and your individual strengths and gifts are not only accepted, but celebrated where every moment is seen as an opportunity to grow spiritually, academically and socially. As a freshman, you’ll begin the school year with a retreat to get to know your new classmates-- many lifelong friendships have developed on this first trip together. A senior student or peer minister will be partnered with you on this retreat as you learn more about the wonderful Sion sisterhood. Along the journey through your Sion years, there will be countless more bonding experiences within your grade and school, culminating with a four-day, three-night Kairos retreat for Seniors. Upon graduation, you’ll discover your four Sion years have opened doors you never knew existed. You will forge trusted, lifelong friendships; find universities lining up to continue your educational pursuits; and build confidence to not only know how you fit into this world, but how you can help change it for the better.
High School Academics
Sion’s challenging curriculum covers Mathematics, Science and Technology, English Literature and Composition, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, History, Social Sciences and Theology. The academics are rigorous with support that is never-ending. With an average class size of 18, you’ll find teachers with the time to challenge you to be your best and the availability to support you when needed – before, during and after school.
Instruction extends beyond our Kansas City campus. Sion works to prepare you for socially responsible, values-based leadership in a culturally and religiously diverse world and has established exchange programs in Santiago, Chile; Ahaus, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; Worthing, England; Marseille, France; and Brazil. Additional summer travel tours are also offered by the French, English and Science faculty.
Advanced Placement & Honors
You’ll have the ability as an upper classman to earn college credits through College Board Advanced Placement courses offered in English Literature and Language, European History, Chemistry, Calculus, French, Spanish, U.S. History and Studio Art. Additionally, honors courses are available in English, Math, Science, World History, French and Spanish. ACCP dual credit for Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, French and Spanish is also offered through Rockhurst University.
Sion is committed to using technology to support a 21st century college preparatory education that encourages you to collaborate, communicate and think creatively in an increasingly digital world. With our 1:1 technology initiative, each girl is provided a laptop to use throughout her career at Sion.
Sion Storm Athletics
Sion’s top-ranked athletic program encompasses 11 different sports, cheerleading and dance team, enabling students of all grade levels and skills to participate. Nearly sixty percent of the students participate in our competitive athletic programs, many in multiple sports.
The Arts & Journalism
Sion offers you a myriad of opportunities to showcase your creativity in visual, dramatic and musical arts. The Fine Arts curriculum includes: drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, audio and video production, publication layout and design, drama, choir and orchestra. Theatrical productions and other student-directed creations are part of the performing arts program at Sion.
You’re also encouraged to express yourself through our nationally recognized student publications. Write, edit, take photographs or contribute to multimedia projects for the online magazine, The Siren; the student newspaper, Le Journal; the student literary magazine, Les Vitraux; and the yearbook, Le Flambeau.
You’ll join other Sion girls who volunteered over 21,000 hours at a variety of organizations locally, nationally and internationally last year. More than 50 students were recognized for the Presidential Service Award. Whether it’s the environment, hunger, literacy, poverty, health issues or issues of justice, you can help take the lead in solving local and global problems.
As an independent Roman Catholic school providing the highest quality college preparatory education, Sion invites you to encounter God in a Catholic atmosphere that respects and embraces all faith traditions. Our school nurtures relationships based on mutual respect and a belief in the integrity of each individual.
When you join Sion, you become a treasured member of an international family. Our founder, Theodore Ratisbonne, left a legacy in the 1800s that compels us to build bridges of understanding the world. Being called “one heart and one soul” since 1923, Notre Dame de Sion School has graduated young Kansas City women prepared to confidently make a positive difference in our world.
The All-Girls’ Advantage
Research is clear that an all-girls’ high school education better prepares you for success in college and beyond than your peers attending coeducational institutions:
- Girls who learn in all-girls’ schools aspire to advanced career goals, achieve more Ph.D. degrees and attain more positions in Fortune 500 companies.
- Girls in single-gender schools are better prepared for self-directed, college-level study.
- Young women in all-girls’ schools speak up in the classroom with more than twice the frequency.
- Mean SAT composite scores (Verbal plus Math) are 43 points higher for graduates of single-gender schools.
2015 Graduating Seniors Interesting Facts
- 100% college acceptance of the 101 student class to 46 different universities across the United States and abroad.
- Achieved our 47th consecutive year of receiving National Merit recognition.
- Received 254 college scholarships totaling over $11 million dollars. 81% of the class earned at least one of these scholarships.
- College athletics participation in six different sports at Harvard University, George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drew University, Benedictine College, Miami University of Ohio and Saint Louis University
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