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High School Academics

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
PresidentJudith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.
PrincipalMs. Eileen Wilkinson 
Director of CounselingMrs. Jan Janosik
Academic Dean
: Mrs. Jacqueline Coccia
Director of AdmissionsMrs. Diane Sander

High School Course Offerings


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 to 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 C 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 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. 

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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