About Us

History

Today and Into the Future

ACND Prep stands by its motto: Honoring Traditions and Embracing the Future.

From the roots of a rich tradition, established more than 60 years ago, we continue to advance the scholars of tomorrow; form championship caliber sports teams that honor sportsmanship and competitiveness; and be a "nurturing soul" that caters to each individual and encourages him/her to recognize and respect the needs of others. We are, first and foremost, a family and, just like the traditions of the Old Testament, our tradition will be respected, honored and continued for years to come.

ACND continues to infuse iPad technology, new innovative 1 to 1 (individualized) teaching strategies, and a cutting edge technological network that will vault us into the future.

1953: Founded in Faith

From the founding of Archbishop Curley High School and Notre Dame Academy in 1953-54 and through their eventual merger in 1981, ACND has been enriched by the educational traditions and charism of the Priests of the Archdiocese of St. Augustine and Miami, by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the Brothers of the Holy Cross.

In 1985 the Archdiocese of Miami entrusted the administration of the school to the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Since 2012, ACND Prep welcomed its first lay Principal who works alongside the Christian Brothers in continuing the Charism of the Blessed Edmund Rice as the foundation of our Catholic education.

1960's: Embracing Diversity and Inclusiveness

In 1960, Archbishop Curley High School and Notre Dame Academy admitted their first African-American students and became the first high schools in Florida and Catholic schools in the Southern United States to do so. By contrast, Dade County public schools did not fully integrate until 1970 by federal court order.

Throughout the 1970s, Archbishop Curley began admitting female students beginning with the sisters of Curley students. By 1981, Curley High School and Notre Dame Academy fully merged led by Curley's Principal and Notre Dame's Principal as Dean of Girls.

In January, 2010:

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep became the first South Florida school to integrate. Current students held a 'Living History Day' interviewing alums from the early 1960's.

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About Our Namesake

Michael Joseph Curley was born in Athlone, Ireland, on October 12, 1879, one of eleven children. He graduated from the Royal University of Dublin. Ordained a Catholic priest in Rome in 1903, he was sent to Florida for his first pastoral assignment. Fr. Curley was consecrated as the Bishop of St. Augustine, Florida, in 1914. The diocese encompassed all of South Florida, including Miami. In his seven years as bishop, he oversaw the building of 40 new Catholic churches. Under his tenure, the Catholic population of Florida grew from 39,000 to 41,000. During that time he spent eight months a year traveling though his diocese visiting parishes.

In 1921, Bishop Curley was transferred to Baltimore, the oldest Catholic diocese in the United States. In 1939, he was also named the first Archbishop of Washington, D.C. He served as archbishop of both cities until his death in 1957.

As Bishop of St. Augustine, Curley had to confront both the Jim Crow Laws and widespread anti-Catholicism. He was an outspoken critic of the gubernatorial candidate whose campaign promises included pledges to abolish the confessional and to appoint no Catholics to office.

The Sisters of St. Joseph had first come to Florida in 1865 to minister to former slaves. One aspect of this service was education, such as the parish school of St. Benedict the Moor, in St. Augustine. In 1916, three Sisters of St. Joseph were arrested for violating the recently enacted state law which prohibited white women from teaching in "negro schools." The three women were arrested by order of the governor. The principal was held in prison, while the other two sisters were released on bond. Bishop Curley led a vocal public campaign on behalf of the sisters. Largely due to his efforts, the law was declared unconstitutional, and the sisters were acquitted.