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Fast Facts about Academy of Notre Dame

The Academy was founded in 1856 in West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a 200-year-old international congregation with schools on five continents. Over 4,000 young women have graduated from Notre Dame since its relocation to Villanova in 1944.

The Academy enrolls approximately 515 students in grades 6 through 12. The average enrollment for the High School is 385 and 133 for the Middle School. Students come from 30 school districts and more than 100 different schools.

Freshman Class: In 2014-2015, the freshmen class represents 32 different schools and 36 different zip codes.

Sixth Grade Class: In 2014-2015, the sixth grade class represents 26 different schools and 21 different zip codes.

Seventy percent of the Notre Dame faculty hold advanced degrees and the faculty-student ratio is approximately 1 to 9.

College Preparation
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.

Advanced Placement
Notre Dame offers 19 AP courses in seven disciplines. In 2013-2014, 177 students took 341 examinations. 84% of students scored 3 or higher, including six National AP Scholars who took eight or more tests and scored a 4 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. New state-of-the art athletic fields will be completed in 2014-2015. The enhancements will include two turf fields, a softball field and a six-lane track.

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.

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