Overview

Notre Dame High School is a private Catholic secondary school. Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947, Notre Dame has been co-educational since 1983. Notre Dame is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and has the maximum 6-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Mission Statement

Notre Dame High School, a Catholic college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, educates the hearts and minds of students who are diverse in talent, ethnicity and society. As a faith community, Notre Dame strives to provide each student with a rich academic background, an appropriate sense of self, respect for the spiritual dignity of all persons, an opportunity for growth, and a commitment to family, community, nation and world.

Enrollment

Total enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is 1,230 students.

Tuition and Fees

2016-17 tuition is $14,850. Other additional fees and costs include a non-refundable registration fee, technology fee, student activities fee and Parent Advancement Fund participation.   

  • Registration Fee - $600
  • Technology Fee - $600
  • Student Activities Fee - $150
  • Parent Advancement Fund - $500 per family

Books and uniform costs vary from year to year and are approximately $300-$500 annually.


Student Snapshot

Approximately 1% of the students are Native American, 6% are Filipino, 5% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% are African American, 18% are Hispanic/Latino, and 63% are Other/White.

Faculty

There are 87 full and part-time faculty members and administration, with 65 holding master’s degrees and three with Ph.D. degrees.

Academics

99% of Notre Dame Graduates attend college following graduation. Notre Dame offers a college preparatory curriculum with honors and advanced placement courses in art, English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social studies. An extensive elective program offers students courses in computer programming, acting, band, art, art history, journalism, speech, debate, advanced topics in biology, sports medicine, psychology of prejudice, law and society, sociology, film, and American history.

Graduation Requirements

  • Four Years English
  • Four Years Religious Studies
  • Three Years Mathematics (4 recommended) 
  • Three and a Half Years Social Studies
  • Three Years Science (3.5-4 years recommended) 
  • Two Years Foreign Language (3 recommended) 
  • One Year Fine Arts
  • One Year Physical Education
  • One Semester Computer Science

Christian Service Hours

In addition to the academic requirements, students are required to complete 100 hours of community service by the time of graduation. Freshmen are required to complete 20 hours of service within their family. Sophomores are required to complete 20 hours of service at their place of worship. Juniors are required to complete 30 hours of service at Notre Dame or in the community outside of school. Seniors are required to complete a 30 hour service project to the outside community.

Campus Ministry

The focus of the campus ministry program is to provide significant and meaningful religious experiences for students, faculty, and staff. Its primary goal is to aid the student to make a faith commitment by providing spiritual, prayerful experiences on retreats, prayer services, liturgies, and personal counseling.

Athletics

Three levels of athletic teams, Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels, compete in 15 different girls and boys athletic events. During the 2016-2017 school year, all boys’ and girls’ sports will play in the Mission League, except girls’ basketball which plays in the Sunshine League.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Notre Dame students are involved in a variety of extra-curricular opportunities. There are many different clubs on campus, ranging from the Japanese Animation Club to the Liturgical Music Club. Our Theater Department produces four plays every school year, and our Student Publication groups publish the school newspaper and the year book. Notre Dame competes in Academic Decathlon, and our Debate team and journalism students travel around the country competing in tournaments and participating in conferences. Our award-winning Irish Knight Band competes in many parades, gives concerts and supports our sports teams. In addition to all of this, ND has an extremely active Associated Student Body group which organizes dances and other social events throughout the year.

Technology

Our goal is to provide the teachers and students with the most up-to-date technology and preparation for the world. 56 classrooms contain SMART boards for an interactive classroom environment. Notre Dame's network is currently founded on the fastest backbone available. Notre Dame provides every student an Apple iPad. The device enhances our students' learning and overall educational experience and prepares them for college and beyond.

Financial Aid

Notre Dame High School is committed to making a Notre Dame education available for as many young people and families as possible. Eligibility for aid is established through an application process to a school scholarship service. The purpose of using this independent service ensures the most equitable distribution of financial aid funds. Students will receive a total of $1,800,000 during the 2016-2017 school year.