Fast Facts about Academy of Notre Dame
HistoryWest Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a 200-year-old international congregation with schools on five continents. Nearly 4,000 young women have graduated from Notre Dame since its relocation to Villanova in 1944.
The Academy was founded in 1856 in
The Academy enrolls approximately 515 students in grades 6 through 12. The average enrollment for the High School is 390 and 125 for the Junior School. Students come from 30 school districts and more than 100 different schools.
- Freshman Class: In 2012-2013, 98 freshmen represent 40 different schools and 31 different zip codes.
- Sixth Grade Class: In 2012-2013, 43 sixth graders represent 25 different schools and 22 different zip codes.
Our faculty includes 75 teachers and administrators with seventy percent holding advanced degrees. The faculty-student ratio is 1 to 8.
The Academy offers a rigorous course of study that exceeds minimum college requirements, with most students opting to take Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses and a fourth or fifth year of science, math, and foreign language. Guidance counselors begin college preparation with students in their freshman year.
Notre Dame offers seventeen AP courses. In 2011-2012, 181 students took 336 exams of which 88.4 percent scored 3 or higher.
The entire campus is networked with fiber optic and high speed Internet access. Students have the use of three multimedia computing labs and a state-of-the-art digital language lab. Every classroom has a computer and 36 classrooms are equipped with interactive Smart Boards, multimedia workstations with video and DVD capabilities. LCD projectors seamlessly integrate media resources. The campus has its own closed-circuit cable network and a video production studio.
Activities and Athletics
Extensive sports programs are offered with Varsity and Junior Varsity teams at both the Junior School and High School levels. Extensive co-curricular opportunities range from interscholastic competitions such as Robotics, Hi-Q and Mathletes; to performing arts and theater.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Academic scholarships and need-based financial aid are available at the sixth grade and ninth grade entry levels.
Notre Dame's campus includes 38 acres, 5 classroom buildings, 4 athletic fields, 2 gymnasiums, and art and dance studios.
The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges and is a recipient of the National Exemplary Secondary School Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The Academy is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development.