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) 9423282
Fax 816- 942-4052
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.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Alicia Herald Kotarba
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Brundige
Board Chair Company Affiliation Waddell & Reed
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1912
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Cash gifts can be made via check (payable to Notre Dame de Sion School), credit card and ACH, either on-line or mailed to the Advancement Dept. 

  • Corporate matching gifts maximize your gift to Sion. Consult with your employer to determine if this is an option.
  • Planned giving through a provision in a will naming Notre Dame de Sion School as beneficiary are welcome. You may give a specific amount, asset, or percentage of your estate, the remainder of your estate after bequests to your heirs, or a bequest contingent upon the survival of heirs. The tax savings can be substantial.
  • Appreciated securities may be deducted at full market value to avoid capital gains tax. Registered securities with a gift letter should be delivered unassigned to Sion. Please contact Sion for transfer instructions. Do not sell securities in advance in order to ensure your tax deduction.
  • Real estate, personal property, and royalties.
  • Memorials or Honorariums gifts can be given in memory of a loved one or honoring a special person. Include your tribute request with your gift.
  • In-kind gifts are needed goods and services rather than a direct financial gift.
  • Life Insurance. Notre Dame de Sion School may be named as the owner and sole or shared beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Premiums are tax deductible to the payee. Prepaid insurance policies are deductible now while you are still living.

Financial Summary
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Statements
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
2018-19 Goals:
  • Maintain the tradition of 100% college acceptance.
  • 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.

2017-18 Accomplishments:
  • Sion students from the grade school and high school performed more than 22,000 hours of service and more than 55 students earned a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • In 17-18 Sion had the privilege of awarding over $1,000,000 in academic and need-based scholarships to students at both schools.
  • Sion celebrated its 50th 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 High School soccer team went to state finals for the 9th consecutive year.
  • The High School Dance Team won the state championship.
Needs Statement
  • 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
Geographic Area Served Narrative
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Over the course of the past year, the Board of Trustees, administration, staff, and community underwent a strategic planning process to gather input from all of our stakeholders and set our vision and priorities for the coming years.  Through this process, the clear commitment to our more than 100 year tradition of academic excellence remains the foundation at Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City. Our belief in the transformative power of learning is rooted in the unique charism of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion.  We remain committed to building open-minded, inclusive learners that graduate as self-confident, critical thinkers with a desire to learn. Our students are compassionate, just, and rooted in their Faith. While at Sion, each individual is encouraged to grow and develop their unique gifts as they become self-confident and empowered adults. 


As we look to the changing world around our students, we also recognize a need to modernize our academic offerings to ensure unparalleled opportunities for our graduates.  In order to achieve a bold, new academic experience at Notre Dame de Sion, our contemporary approach strengthens critical thinking through experiential learning opportunities that allow for more meaningful and deeper connections to content across disciplines.  


In order to advance this vision, we set out the following strategic priorities: 

  1. Advance Academic Excellence

  2. Strengthen Family Return on INvestment 

  3. Fortify the Sion Brand 

  4. Cultivate a Mission-Driven Culture

  5. Increase Annual Fundraising

  6. Launch a Comprehensive Campaign


As we look to the year ahead, we have a new President, CFO, Director of Advancement, and Director of Marketing moving into the second year of their respective roles.  With continuity and continued development of these leaders, the team is confident in the strategic direction and plan.  

A critical focus remains growing enrollment on both campuses, while maintaining the high bar for academics throughout the admissions process.  We look forward to exploring best-in-class STEAM practices PK-12 this year, both within the greater Kansas City metro and across the country, to help inform how we will advance our 21st century academic offering. 


Programs
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 2018 sent 102 young women to 55 different universities across the United States and abroad. We also celebrated our 50th consecutive year of receiving National Merit recognition. Graduates of the Class of 2018 received college scholarships totaling over $13 million dollars. 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. Graduates of the Class of 2018 received college scholarships totaling $13 million.
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 2017-18 Missouri Math League: 7th Grade students came in 4th in the State and 1st in the Kansas City region, with individual students taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the region. Eighth graders came in 7th in the state and 2nd in the Kansas City 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 17-18 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 48 Sion students earned the President's volunteer Service Award by completing more than 100 hours of service in a single year.
CEO Comments
Over the course of the past year, the Board of Trustees, administration, staff, and community underwent a strategic planning process to gather input from all of our stakeholders and set our vision and priorities for the coming years.  Through this process, the clear commitment to our more than 100 year tradition of academic excellence remains the foundation at Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City. Our belief in the transformative power of learning is rooted in the unique charism of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion.  We remain committed to building open-minded, inclusive learners that graduate as self-confident, critical thinkers with a desire to learn. Our students are compassionate, just, and rooted in their Faith. While at Sion, each individual is encouraged to grow and develop their unique gifts as they become self-confident and empowered adults.

As we look to the changing world around our students, we also recognize a need to modernize our academic offerings to ensure unparalleled opportunities for our graduates.  In order to achieve a bold, new academic experience at Notre Dame de Sion, our contemporary approach strengthens critical thinking through experiential learning opportunities that allow for more meaningful and deeper connections to content across disciplines.  

In order to advance this vision, we set out the following strategic priorities:
    Advance Academic Excellence
    Strengthen Family Return on INvestment
    Fortify the Sion Brand
    Cultivate a Mission-Driven Culture
    Increase Annual Fundraising
    Launch a Comprehensive Campaign

As we look to the year ahead, we have a new President, CFO, Director of Advancement, and Director of Marketing moving into the second year of their respective roles.  With continuity and continued development of these leaders, the team is confident in the strategic direction and plan.  

A critical focus remains growing enrollment on both campuses, while maintaining the high bar for academics throughout the admissions process.  We look forward to exploring best-in-class STEAM practices PK-12 this year, both within the greater Kansas City metro and across the country, to help inform how we will advance our 21st century academic offering. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Alicia Herald Kotarba
Term Start Aug 2018
Experience
Alicia Herald Kotarba began her tenure as President of Notre Dame de Sion School August 1, 2018. She is an alumna of the high school and has tremendous experience in the education sector.
 
Most recently, Kotarba chaired the Missouri Public Charter Schools Commission in St. Louis. In 2015 the St. Louis Business Journal named the technology start-up company she founded 2013, myEDmatch, the Most Innovative Company in Education. Kotarba was also named one of the top 100 tech leaders in Kansas City.

In addition to her charter schools position, Herald serves as chair of the KIPP Endeavor School Board and is a former senior fellow in education innovation at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Herald received undergraduate degrees in political science and Spanish from Washington University in St Louis. She began her career in education working for Teach For America, first as a fourth-grade teacher in south central Los Angeles and later as executive director of Teach For America’s Kansas City region.

In addition to her undergraduate degrees, Herald has a master’s in education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a master’s in business administration from the Washington University Olin School of Business.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Christina Broderick2012 - 2017
Mrs. Alice J. MunninghoffJan 1990 - June 2012
Senior Staff
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 CFO
Title Director of Advancement
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 86
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 375
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
Collaborations
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.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
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
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2010
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2017
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
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. Anne Brundige
Company Affiliation Waddell & Reed
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Pete BrowneKissick Construction
Mrs. Anne BrundigeWaddell & Reed
Ms. Patricia BurbachDiocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph
Mrs. Sallie GuezuragaeV8, LLC
Dr. Sophia KhanKindred Hospital
Mr. Ray KowalikBurns & McDonnell
Mrs. Tracy Mackey
Mrs. Ellen MartinCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Bob McGannonAssured Management Company LLC
Mrs. Kim NewtonHallmark Cards
Mr. Allen K RobersonAKR Consulting
Ms. Doris RogersSt. Luke's Hospital
Mr. Ron SlepitzaAvila University
Mr. Frank UryaszCommunity Leader
Mrs. Kay WalkupCongregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
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
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Investment
Trusteeship
Education
Marketing
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Audit
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.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $9,032,178
Projected Expenses $8,957,189
Endowment Value $5,100,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,292,662$1,662,164$6,368,376
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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$7,803,354$7,655,397$7,917,640
Investment Income, Net of Losses$255,695$405,623$67,872
Membership Dues------
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$58,293$41,884$82,223
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$9,194,707$9,358,295$8,575,583
Administration Expense$922,884$830,681$935,939
Fundraising Expense$571,009$657,131$628,553
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.901.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$21,100,957$24,346,816$24,438,129
Current Assets$8,103,896$10,345,533$9,819,389
Long-Term Liabilities$0$1,900,000$725,000
Current Liabilities$1,408,916$1,476,179$1,661,453
Total Net Assets$19,692,041$20,970,637$22,051,676
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.757.015.91
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%8%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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
Campaign Purpose Sion will launch a campaign to update high school facilities and increase scholarship support.
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.
Other Documents
Organization Name Notre Dame de Sion School
Address 10631 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 641145026
Primary Phone (816) 9423282
Contact Email adrouin@ndsion.edu
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Alicia Herald Kotarba
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Brundige
Board Chair Company Affiliation Waddell & Reed
Year of Incorporation 1912