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Courses and Departments

Through Notre Dame's vibrant, innovative curriculum led by outstanding, passionate faculty, students gain skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in the nation’s most competitive colleges and universities. 

Upper School students must earn a minimum of 24 credits in major subjects at Notre Dame in order to graduate, and courses in six major subjects must be taken each year. Eleventh and twelfth grade students are strongly encouraged to take electives each year.

All ninth grade students are required to take Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts unless they participate in Upper School Ensemble or are selected by audition into Dance Company or Women’s Chorale.

 In addition to academic requirements, a minimum of 60 credits (approximately 45 hours) of social service during Upper School is required for graduation. These hours should be completed by September of junior year.

Curriculum Guide

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2023-2024 Curriculum guide

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Curriculum and Department Guide