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High School Academics

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Twelve academic departments in the high school are staffed by 56 faculty members.
The student-teacher ratio is approximately 9 to 1.

High School Administration
President: Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.
Principal: Ms. Eileen Wilkinson 
Director of Counseling: Mrs. Jan Janosik
Academic Dean

Director of Admissions: Mrs. Diane Sander

Course Offerings

  • Understanding Art*
  • Ceramic Design
  • Survey of Art Techniques
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting
  • AP Studio Art/Senior Studio
  • AP Art History
  • Art Methods(1/2 unit)
  • Sculpture(1/2 unit)
  • Photography(1/2 unit)
  • Freshman Studio


  • Introduction to Dance (1/2 unit)
  • Dance Appreciation and Performance (1/2 unit)
  • Dance Company


  • Literary Genres/Writing
  • British Literature/Writing/PSAT Preparation
  • American Literature/Writing
  • Contemporary Themes in Literature and Writing
  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing Women
  • Honors British Literature

Foreign Language
  • French I, II, III, IV, V
  • French Honors II, III, IV
  • AP French Language
  • Latin  I Elective
  • Latin IV / AP Latin - Vergil
  • Spanish I, II, III, IV, V
  • Spanish Honors II, III, IV
  • AP Spanish Language

* One-semester Course

  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra II with Trigonometry
  • Honors Algebra II with Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Geometry / Algebra II / Trigonometry
  • Trigonometry and Logic*
  • Advanced Math Concepts
  • Statistics*
  • AP Statistics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Music Theory I, II
  • Women's Chorale (by audtion)
  • High School Chorus
  • Show Choir
  • Instrumental Ensemble (Brass, String, Woodwind and Advanced)

Physical Education
Developmental Guidance
(ninth and tenth grades)

Religious Studies
  • Introduction to Catholicism
  • Scripture
  • Catholic Morality
  • Senior Religion Seminar

  • Biology
  • AP Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics B
  • Environmental Science
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Ethical Issues in Science
  • Independent Research (1/4 unit)

Social Studies
  • World Cultures
  • American Government: Institutions and Issues
  • United States History
  • AP Government and Politics: United States
  • AP United States History
  • AP Government and Politics: Comparative
  • Constitution Law
  • Introduction to Pyschology
  • Introduction to Anthropology*
  • Global Issues: Conflict and Cooperation Since 1945*

Sample 9th Grade Course of Study

  • Introduction to Catholicism

  • Guidance

  • Algebra I or Geometry or Geometry/Algebra II/Trigonometry

  • Freshman Chorus

  • Literary Genres

  • Freshman Studio

  • Biology

  • Honors Biology

  • Spanish Iand II or French I and II

  • Physical Education

  • World Cultures

  • Freshman Ensemble
  • Health

  • Freshman Dance



English 4 units
Foreign Language 3 units
Mathematics 3 units
Religious Studies 4 units
Science 3 units
Social Studies 3 units
Electives 4 units

Graduation Requirements

Each student must earn a minimum of 24 units in order of graduate. In addition to meeting academic requirements, forty (40) hours of social service are required for graduation.


Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement courses are offered in the following areas:

Government and Politics: United States Government and Politics: Comparative
United States History Art History
Studio Art - Drawing Biology
Chemistry Environmental Science
Physics English Literature and Composition
English Language and Composition Spanish Language
French Language Statistics
Latin: Vergil Calculus
Calculus AB  

Notre Dame offers 19 AP courses in seven disciplines. In 2012-2013, 197 students took 370 examinations. Eighty-three studennts scored 3 or higher, including two National AP Scholars who took eight or more tests and scored a 4 or higher.

Honors Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus II
  • Honors British Literature

National Honor Society

Inclusion in the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Chapter of the National Honor Society is offered to junior and senior students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 for four semesters (juniors) or six semesters (seniors). To be included in NHS, students must also demonstrate leadership, scholarship, service and character, be active in at least three activities/sports, and live the spirit of the Honor Code. Learn more about the National Honor Society.

Archdiocesan Scholars Program

Four students are selected by a faculty committee to take one course each semester at a neighboring college during their senior year. Selection is based on the students' academic records, essay applications and two faculty recommendations.

Senior Inquiry

Members of the senior class who are not involved with the current three-day Kairos retreat spend two days at an off-campus site, learning about careers that interest them. They return to school on the third day to share their experiences.

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