Notre Dame de Sion School
10631 Wornall Road
Kansas City MO 64114-5026
Sion is Kansas City's premier independent Catholic school for grades PK - 12
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 942-3282
Mission Statement
The Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City is an independent Roman Catholic school providing the highest quality college preparatory education from preschool through grade 12. Sion continues the tradition of the founding sisters, the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion, inviting students to encounter God in a Catholic atmosphere that respects all faith traditions. The school partners with families and the community to prepare students for socially responsible, value based leadership in a culturally and religiously diverse world.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christina K. Broderick
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Uryasz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1912
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City is an independent Roman Catholic school providing the highest quality college preparatory education from preschool through grade 12. Sion continues the tradition of the founding sisters, the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion, inviting students to encounter God in a Catholic atmosphere that respects all faith traditions. The school partners with families and the community to prepare students for socially responsible, value based leadership in a culturally and religiously diverse world.
Background Statement
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion started Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City in 1912. The order was founded in France in 1843 by Father Theodore Ratisbonne who was raised in a Jewish home before becoming a Christian and eventually a priest. At the core of the school is the charism of the Sisters, which reflects a threefold commitment: to the church, to the Jewish people, and to creating a world of peace, justice, and love. The school is one of 19 Sion schools worldwide.
Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City graduated is first class of students in 1923. The school is in two locations. The Grade School, serving boys and girls of preschool age through grade eight, is located in Historic Hyde Park. The High School, a college preparatory school serving young women in grades nine through twelve, is located in suburban Kansas City at 106th and Wornall Road. At our grade school campus, the goal for our students is to share their individual fires of learning with others and to become responsible citizens of a larger world. Students engage in coursework that is aligned with the mission of the school, developing spiritually with a strong character to become leaders for social justice. At our high school campus, students are challenged with a vigorous and enriching curriculum. The opportunities for an accelerated academic experience through college credit and advanced placement courses are continually evident in Sion students’ 49 consecutive years as National Merit Scholars, Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars.
The hallmark of a Sion education is the delivery of a challenging, college preparatory curriculum by educators who encourage their students to become discerning consumers of information who, armed with keen intellect, will act as stewards to the complex world around them. Notre Dame de Sion Schools of Kansas City aim to respond to the world in which we live. The universality of our mission calls us to be a positive force in the world.
The total academic experience at Sion is a special one. Our founders believed that the responsible application and conveyance of knowledge outside of the school was of equal importance to the acquisition of that knowledge. One-hundred years after its foundation, Notre Dame de Sion School of Kansas City lives and heralds that message every day, and that is the Sion difference.
Impact Statement
2017-18 Goals:
  • Maintain the tradition of 100% college acceptance.
  • Develop a strategic plan to initiate and implement a “two schools, one mission” philosophy.
  • Design and implement a new board directed strategic plan that prioritizes philosophical, organizational, and operational initiatives over the next 3-5 years.
  • Develop future leaders who are intellectually competent, moral and self-confident.
  • Help students gain an appreciation of the beliefs and practices of Christian and non-Christian faiths.

2016-17 Accomplishments:
  • In 2017 Sion completed the ISACS Accreditation process receiving 5 major commendations.
  • Service is a primary part of the Sion mission. In the 16-17 school year Sion students from the grade school and high school performed more than 20,000 hours of service and more than 53 students earned a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • In 2016 Sion had the privilege of awarding over $1,000,000 in academic and need-based scholarships to students at both schools. There is no greater joy than watching the life of a child change for the better through the gift of a superior education.
  • Sion completed an extensive renovation on the Grade School campus, adding new classrooms for Petite and Montessori grades, allowing for the expansion of Grade School enrollment to 245 students.
  • Sion is celebrating its 49th consecutive year of receiving National Merit recognition with five High School Seniors names as Semifinalists, and four Seniors named as Commended in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
  • The National Scholastic Press Association selected the 2016 Le Flambeau as a Pacemaker finalist. This honor is awarded to only 70 yearbooks across the country.
Needs Statement
2017-18 Needs Statement:
  • Continue directed fundraising for the Grade School Campus enhancement of outdoor educational space, playground and parking.
  • Increase funding for scholarships and other student financial assistance at both the grade school and high school.
  • Expand the unrestricted giving to Sion to better allocate funds wherever the need is greatest, and to take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise.
  • Grow our endowment funds to provide security over the long term by expanding the permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income to support faculty salaries, curriculum, and activities.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core

Notre Dame de Sion School serves the Kansas City metropolitan area, a 7-county area anchored by Kansas City, Missouri, that straddles the border between Missouri and Kansas.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Message from Sion's Head of School:
The Notre Dame de Sion Schools of Kansas City enter into the 2017-18 school year celebrating 106 years of educational excellence represented in two schools deeply rooted in the Mission of Sion. From our personalized coeducational academic programs at the Grade School, to the inclusive and progressive nature of our all-girls High School, Sion schools uniquely welcome students of all backgrounds to thrive as a “Sionian”.
Together with our outstanding faculty, we seek to teach Sion students the skills necessary to develop strong character, collaborate with each other and the community, expand critical thinking skills, enhance creativity, and go on to thrive in an ever changing world. Sion’s faculty believe that whether in second grade religion class or Advanced Placement Chemsistry, our students have a responsibility to use the knowledge they gain here to leave the world better than they found it, and to use the passions they gain at Sion to ignite the passions of those around them.
Sion maintains its rich history and tradition as a safe space for learning, giving each student the opportunity to develop and be at their best. Our founder believed that “somewhere in the world, there must be a school, some sort of sanctuary where the mysteries of the present and the future could be revealed.” Sion is a place to experience an engaging college preparatory education within a caring sanctuary, that allows all students to become authentic leaders for social justice both in our local communities and as global citizens.
Description Graduation Requirements for the High School - 26 credits required for graduation 
  • English: 4 credits
  • Theology: 4 credits
  • Mathematics: 4 credits
  • Science: 3 credits (including Biology and Chemistry)
  • Social Science: 3 credits, including 1 credit in US History and 1/2 credit in US Government
  • World Languages: 2 credits, taken in the same language
  • Practical Arts: 1 credit
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: 1 credit
  • Electives: varies according to each student's curriculum path
  • In addition, all students are required to complete 100 hours of community service prior to graduation, including an individualized, self-directed Senior Service Project.
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

At Sion, we maintain a tradition of 100% college acceptance. The Class of 2017 sent 103 young women to 52 different universities across the United States and abroad. We also celebrated our 49th consecutive year of receiving National Merit recognition. The High School Class of 2017 had 5 Semi-Finalist National Merit Scholar Finalists and 5 Commended Scholars. Graduates of the Class of 2017 received 324 college scholarships totaling over $12.8 million dollars with 83% of the class having earned at least one of these scholarships. Many of our students will go on to be student athletes, participating in sports at schools across the county.

Long-Term Success 100% of graduates continue their education at the college level. In addition, students complete their college or university degree in 4-5 years.
Program Success Monitored By All aspects of school programming are evaluated as part of the ISACS accreditation process. Ongoing review of college acceptance levels, National Merit achievements, ACT and SAT scores, and merit scholarships also takes place.
Examples of Program Success 100% college acceptance of Senior Class is consistent year after year. 83% of senior class received scholarship offers.
Description Grade School Curriculum consists of the following:
  • Language Arts/Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Religious Formation/Holy Ground (All students participate in a number of community service activities throughout the year.)
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts and Music
  • Physical Education/Aquatics.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our grade school students continue to score well above grade level on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). 

Sion’s middle school continues to have multiple young gifted scholars that were invited to take the ACT or SAT as part of the Duke University Talent Search. These students test alongside college-bound eleventh and twelfth grade students and gain a more accurate measure of their academic potential and which allows Sion to provide families with guidance on enrichment activities and next steps in learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Long-Term Success Our Elementary and Middle School Students average 2.7 school years ahead of private and parochial school peers nationwide on standardized tests.
Program Success Monitored By All curriculum and programming is independently evaluated as part of the accreditation process
Examples of Program Success
Sion's middle school students participated in the 2014 Missouri Math League.  The 6th grade placed 9th of 33 schools and was named the 3rd top school in the region.  The 7th grade placed 5th of 29 schools and was named the 3rd top school in the region.  The 8th grade tied for 6th of 30 schools and tied for the 3rd top school in the region.
Description Students at both the grade school and high school volunteer in many capacities on a local, national and international level. Sion prepares students for socially responsible, values based leadership in a culturally diverse and religiously diverse world. Our grade school campus is committed to engaging students of all ages in direct service. Through their service experiences, students grow in their understanding of stewardship and social responsibility and become aware of current ethical issues. Grade School service projects are completed by homerooms or small groups, and 8th graders are asked to complete an additional 15 hours of individual service before graduation. At the High School, our campus Ministry and Service Learning programs feed this spiritual growth through prayer, school-wide mass and prayer services, class retreats, and peer ministry. All seniors are required to complete an independent, self-directed and organized senior service project.
Category Education, General/Other Service Learning
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Through our engaging and mission focused curriculum, our students experience a heightened awareness and understanding of the needs of others, both locally and globally, and the impact one individual can make. Grade School service projects are completed by homerooms or small groups, and 8th graders are asked to complete an additional 15 hours of individual service before graduation. At the High School, Freshmen participate in a Day of Service, and Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors complete after school community service and spring break service trips. Seniors commit as least 25 hours to a special cause or organization to demonstrate leadership and initiative through their service. Many students give more than the hours required to graduate.
Long-Term Success Students continue community involvement into adulthood, including assuming volunteer leadership positions within their communities.
Program Success Monitored By Ongoing student and faculty/staff evaluation of service projects through group discussion and written evaluation.
Examples of Program Success During the 16-17 school year Sion students provided over 20,000 hours of service to local, national and international charitable organizations.  These hours represent hands on work by our high school students and grade school students alike.  More than 50 Sion students earned the President's volunteer Service Award by completing more than 100 hours of service in a single year.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Christina K. Broderick
Term Start July 2012
Experience Mrs. Broderick brings over twenty years of experience as an educator and administrator to Sion. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and Women’s Studies at Mount St. Mary’s College in CA, her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Scranton, PA. She began her career in Catholic education and worked in a variety of capacities including teaching, administration, and campus ministry.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mrs. Alice J. Munninghoff Jan 1990 - June 2012
Senior Staff
Title Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations
Experience/Biography Prior to coming to Sion, Mike served as Chief Financial Officer for the law firm of Lathrop and Gage for fifteen years. Mike is a Kansas City native and proud parent of two Sion high school alumnae. Mike brings his extraordinary financial expertise and a heartfelt enthusiasm for Notre Dame de Sion School.
Title High School Principal
Experience/Biography Natalie McDonough joined the Sion Administrative team as the High School Principal in 2013. She comes to our community from St. John LaLande Grade School where she served as the school principal for nine years. Prior to that Natalie was the assistant principal for four years and a middle school science teacher also at St. John LaLande. Natalie earned her BS in Education and her MS in Education and Administration from University of Central Missouri. She also currently serves on UCM’s Alumni Board of Directors.
Title Grade School Principal

Dr. Paola V. Clark brings over fifteen years of independent school and higher education experience as an educational leader, curriculum and instruction innovation specialist, and education consultant to Sion. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from UNALM in Lima, Peru, a Master of Science in Science Education from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Central Florida with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction and Education Technology. She has also completed postgraduate studies in Educational Leadership at the Specialist Level. 

Paid Full-Time Staff 86
Paid Part-Time Staff 17
Volunteers 375
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 94%
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 71
Male 15
Not Specified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Sion actively collaborates with universities, high schools and other institutions in KC. We co-host college workshops and a college fair with other KC private high schools, and collaborate with Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and The Islamic School on an interfaith service-based initiative. We partner with Avila University's TEXT program and Rockhurst High School to use their performing arts facilities. During summer, Sion partners with Camp Win introducing girls to sports and fitness activities and Exeter Mathematics Institute on a professional development program.
The Grade School partners with Junior Achievement of Greater KC to “bring business back to the classroom” for 1st-3rd graders promoting financial literacy and inspiring entrepreneurship, and KC Community Gardens to teach our students about nutrition and healthy eating habits. During the summer, we partners with Camellot Performing Arts, and Level Up Village facilitating collaboration between students around the world via pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses.
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - Member1977
National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member2013
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2014
External Assessment and Accreditations
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2010
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2017
National Catholic High School Honor Roll - Top 50 Catholic High SchoolsActon Institute2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Uryasz
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2017 to May 2020
Board Members
Mrs. Christina Broderick Notre Dame de Sion Head of School
Mr. Pete Browne Kissick Construction
Mrs. Anne Brundige Waddell & Reed
Ms. Patricia Burbach Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph
Mrs. Sallie Guezuraga eV8, LLC
Mr. John Humphrey John R Humphrey Attorney at Law
Ms. Patty Keane Community Volunteer
Dr. Sophia Khan Kindred Hospital
Mr. Ray Kowalik Burns & McDonnell
Mrs. Ellen Martin Community Volunteer
Mr. Bob McGannon Assured Management Company LLC
Mrs. Kim Newton Hallmark Cards
Ms. Doris Rogers St. Luke's Hospital
Mr. Ron Slepitza Avila University
Mrs. Ann Uryasz National Center for Drug Free Sport
Mrs. Caylee Valentine Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kay Walkup Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Our Board also has committees that address:
1. Facilities and Properties
2. School Mission
3. Equity and Inclusion
The Marketing Committee addresses Enrollment as well.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $8,750,000
Projected Expenses $9,575,000
Endowment Value $9,470,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses($8,738)$405,965$239,032
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$8,741,028$8,285,727$7,718,432
Administration Expense$941,849$850,132$798,010
Fundraising Expense$668,271$256,103$508,065
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.270.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%88%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%7%36%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$19,711,999$17,474,488$15,499,043
Current Assets$6,928,979$6,903,276$153,572
Long-Term Liabilities$800,000$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,156,359$843,478$2,077,470
Total Net Assets$17,755,640$16,631,010$14,098,086
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.998.180.07
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Notre Dame de Sion Schools continue to rely on the financial support of our loyal alumni, donors and friends in order to keep tuition affordable for all students.
Organization Name Notre Dame de Sion School
Address 10631 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 641145026
Primary Phone (816) 942-3282
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christina K. Broderick
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Uryasz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1912