The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956

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As you progress through the steps necessary to complete an application file, know that our staff is here to help. We invite you to contact our office at 610-971-0498 at any time for assistance.

We are honored that your family is considering Notre Dame. 

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Admissions Process Overview

Submit an Application

To begin the formal admissions process, create an online account and submit an application. From there, you will have access to a personalized, grade-specific checklist of requirements. 

Remember to save your login details so you may return and track which components have been received and check your progress. 

Take an Entrance Exam

Notre Dame requires current standardized testing for all applicants.

9th Grade
The High School Placement Test (HSPT) for applicants to 9th Grade will be held at Notre Dame on October 12 and 20, 2019. Learn more and register here. 

6th Grade
The Educational Development Series (EDSeries) for applicants to 6th Grade will be held at Notre Dame on October 20, 2019, or January 25, 2020. Learn more and register here

Alternatively, applicants may submit the results of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Both tests are administered locally at locations throughout the region.

Complete a Parent Statement

This information provides parents an opportunity to tell us more about their daughter beyond what is evident from other application materials. Students are neither admitted nor denied solely based on this component; however, the Admissions Committee finds it incredibly valuable as we seek to understand each applicant from the perspective of those who know her best. You may access the Parent Statement from your account in your application checklist. 

Submit Official School Records

Print the "Request for Release of Records" form on your admissions checklist and submit it to your daughter's current school. If she has been at her school for fewer than three years, please submit records from her previous school as well. 

Visit & Interview

Shadow day visits are a crucial part of the admissions process as they provide an unparalleled experience of life at ND.

Applicants will participate in a brief admissions interview as part of their visit. This conversation will help our admissions team get to know your daughter better and help us connect her interests and talents with the opportunities available to her at Notre Dame.  

Learn more and schedule your visit by contacting Kara Brown '08, Admissions Associate, at 610.971.0498 ext.2 or email ksbrown@ndapa.org.

Request Teacher Recommendations

Confidential math and English teacher recommendations are required and available on the admissions checklist.

Apply for Financial Aid (optional)

Parents interested in applying for need-based financial aid should do so as soon as possible following their Application for Admission. Learn more and apply for financial aid here.

Application Timeline

Upper School

Applicants for 9th Grade should complete all requirements by November 15 and will receive an admissions decision by December 13, 2019. The enrollment deadline for 9th Grade is January 24, 2020. 

Middle School

Qualified applicants for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades are admitted on a rolling basis as space allows. We encourage interested families to apply as early as possible, as applications may only be considered until each grade reaches capacity. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Notre Dame admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded to or made available to the students.

2019-2020 Admissions Calendar

September
  • 29: Open House 
October
  • 12: 9th Grade Entrance Exam & Financial Aid Workshop
  • 20: 6th and 9th Grade Entrance Exams & Financial Aid Workshop
  • 23: Experience ND Day (Parent Preview Morning)
November
  • 1: 9th Grade Scholarship Application Deadline
  • 1: Music and Dance Scholarship Auditions
  • 15: 9th Grade Admissions & Financial Aid Applications Due
December
  • 13: 9th Grade Admissions & Financial Aid Notification
January
  • 9: "Envision ND" 9th Grade Admitted Student Reception
  • 24: 9th Grade Enrollment Deadline
  • 25: 6th Grade Entrance Exam
March
  • 7: 4th and 7th Grade Practice Entrance Exams
  • 18: Experience ND Day (Parent Preview Morning)
  • 25: Class of 2024 Parent Meeting
May
  • 2: 4th and 7th Grade Practice Entrance Exams
June
  • 17: 6th Grade Welcome Celebration