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Notre Dame Fast Facts


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.

More than 4,000 young women have graduated from Notre Dame since its relocation to Villanova in 1944.


The Academy enrolls young women in grades 6 through 12. The average enrollment is approximately 400 students for the High School and approximately 140 students for the Middle School.

Freshman Class: In 2016–2017, the freshman class represents 30 different schools and 34 different zip codes.

Sixth Grade Class: In 2016–2017, the sixth-grade class represents 22 different schools and 22 different zip codes.


82% percent of the Notre Dame faculty hold advanced degrees, and the faculty-student ratio is approximately 9 to 1.

College Preparation

Guidance counselors begin college preparation with students in their freshman year. The College Counselor offers College Information Nights annually for the parents of freshmen and sophomores, and holds multiple individual and group sessions for parents of juniors and seniors. The College Counselor conducts compulsory college counseling classes for juniors in their second semester and continues these classes in the first semester of senior year.

View the ND College Profile for more information.

Advanced Placement

Notre Dame offers 18 AP courses in seven disciplines. In 2015-2016, 209 students took 393 examinations. 53 % of students scored a 3 or higher including 4 national AP Scholars who took eight or more test and scored a 4 or higher.


The entire campus is networked with fiber-optic and high-speed Internet access. Students have the use of two 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, and LCD projectors that seamlessly integrate media resources. The campus has its own closed-circuit cable network and a video production studio.

Activities and Athletics

A wide variety of sports options, as well as extensive co-curricular opportunities, are offered at both the Middle School and High School levels. Notre Dame’s broad range of activities build on student interest and provide enriching experiences beyond the classroom. A complete listing of all sports and co-curricular offerings can be found on this website.

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, 6 buildings (including arts and dance studio), 4 athletic fields (including 2 turf fields, a softball field, and a 6 lane track), and 2 gymnasiums.


The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and is a recipient of the National Exemplary Secondary School Recognition Award from the US Department of Education. The Academy is a member of the National Catholic Education Association; the National Association of Independent Schools; the College Entrance Examination Board; the Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development; and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.

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

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The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school, commits itself to the education of young women of grades 6 through 12 for responsible living in a global society.

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