Why Notre Dame Preparatory?

Ben Mangels, Class of '18

Ben Mangels is preparing to graduate from the University of Arizona, yet his career has already started. He is a licensed Realtor at Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty in Scottsdale. He is proving to be a successful agent with several listings across the valley! 


"Notre Dame provided many role models for me throughout attending highschool. I learned to uphold myself and never compromise on what I thought was right. The lessons that Notre Dame taught me are priceless."



Katie Rodriguez, Class of ’14  

Katie Rodriguez, RN, graduated from Chamberlain University with a BSN. She went on to receive her RN license in AZ and is currently in a Master of Science in Nursing program specializing in nursing education. Katie has worked as an RN with HonorHealth for several years. While she remains there part-time, Katie has decided to come back to NDP as our school nurse! Katie said she always knew she wanted to return to NDP in some capacity. 


“I just thought it would be a really cool experience to work where I graduated from high school, and it is fun seeing some of the teachers I used to have. I always kind of felt like I would do something related to Notre Dame again, so it was just a really great opportunity.” 

Lindsey Buckner, Class of ‘12

Lindsey is a first-grade teacher at a Title 1 school in Olathe, Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree from ASU in elementary education and went on to earn her master’s degree in educational leadership from GCU. She is engaged to be married next year and hopes to be a principal one day!

“Notre Dame provided a safe and positive school environment, dedicated teachers, and differentiation to meet every student’s individual needs. The teachers’ creativity and passion for their students helped me to succeed because I knew they didn’t only care about my education, but also my well-being. The curriculum was challenging, but achievable and helped support me reach my educational goals. Notre Dame was a great experience for me and truly supported me in becoming the person I am today!”

Austin Briehl '08, Madison (Schwan) Briehl '09 

Austin is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, while Madison is super-mom raising the couple's two--soon to be three--children!  

NDP laid the moral foundation that would pave a narrow road, ultimately leading us back to one another. Separated by 725 miles with myself at the United States Air Force Academy (’13) and Madison at Texas Christian University (’12), we sought to continue to develop our whole person: mind, body, and soul. Nearly 7 years later, the two of us, who sported purple and gold in North Scottsdale, crossed paths, yet again. With a shared set of values instilled by NDP, we experienced “love at 2nd sight”. Now, 13 years later, after nearly 5 years of marriage, I am a Captain in the United States Air Force preparing for my 3rd deployment; while Madison is busy raising our two daughters, Scarlett & Vivienne. Our family will be expanding as we will soon welcome a son in April 2022! We love NDP because this private institution bequeathed an unshakeable faith and a pursuit of holiness that has set the course for the rest of our adult lives."

Merritt Rains- Parent of '20, '18 NDP Graduates and '24, '25 students  

Merritt Rains' four daughters have all attend Notre Dame Preparatory High School. While all her children have had different experiences at NDP, she said all her girls have loved it!


“We wanted our kids to have a Catholic foundation. All in all, we just thought the community was amazing. Both academically and as a community, we loved it at NDP. I love the small classes. I love that my kids have each had a different experience here. I feel that my kids get the sense that the teachers really care, and they take the time to be with them. I think our community is really special and it just keeps us coming back.”

Duke Frye, Class of '22

Duke is an excellent student-athlete and school leader. Duke plays on NDP's varsity football team and is also a House Captain. Duke continuously takes on leadership roles and exemplifies the three Rs: Reverence, Respect and Responsibility. 

"I feel that Notre Dame has prepared me and made me into the man I am today. The community that surrounds this school has been there for me through thick and thin and had molded me into the person that I wanted to become when I was going into this school. Without Notre Dame I wouldn’t have nearly as many of the opportunities that I have now, this school has truly prepared me for the next stages after high school."