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Upper Level Gateway Merit and Talent Awards

NDP is pleased to recognize talented students who excel in the classroom as well as in other areas, such as performing and visual arts and STEAM, though our Gateway Awards. 

Gateway Academic Achievement Awards recognize academically talented students accepted into Notre Dame Preparatory School's ninth-grade. Awards of $4,000 are guaranteed for students who meet the criteria and are given each year for all four years of high school. There is no separate application for the Gateway Academic Achievement Award. Candidates are identified through the admissions process.


  • "A" on first quarter/trimester report card in English/Reading/Language Arts
  • "A" on first quarter/trimester report card in math
  • 90% or higher in total reading, total math, and Language on 2017 standardized test scores; for public school applicants, Level 5 in both reading and math on the most recent PARCC scores
  • HSPT: 90% or higher in each of the following three areas: reading, math, and language.

Gateway Talent Awards in Theatre, Visual Arts, Music (Band, Chorus Orchestra), STEAM and Dance of $3,000 will be awarded to students who audition/try out and are selected by the applicable selection committee. A minimum of one talent award will be awarded in each category. There are separate applications for each talent award. Gateway talent applicants must have also submitted an admissions application as part of the Gateway Awards process. Please click below to find out more information about each award; click on the links at right to  apply for these special awards.

gateway talent award in visual arts
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Portfolio review date for all Gateway Art applicants: Saturday, November 11, 2017
gateway talent award in music (Band, Orchestra, Chorus)
  • Music Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 4, 2017, by 4:00 PM
  • Audition date will be January 6, 2018 (snow date is January 13, 2018).
  • All Gateway Music applicants are invited to a student panel called Musical Notes: Q&A about NDP’s Music Program before NDP’s Fall Music Concert on Tuesday, October 18th; the panel starts at 6:30 PM, followed by the concert at 7:30 PM.
gateway talent award in theatre
  • Theatre Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017, by 4:00 PM.
  • Audition date: Saturday, December 9; (snow date TBA)
  • All Gateway Theatre applicants are invited to the Backstage Tour before a performance of NDP's fall production of "Cinderella" on Saturday, November 11th; the tour starts at 6:30 PM, followed by the show at 7:30 PM.
gateaway talents award in steam
  • STEAM Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017, by 4:00 PM
  • The Design Problem for all Gateway STEAM applicants will be Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 3:45 pm in the STEAM lab
gateway talent award in dance
  • Dance Application Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017, by 4:00 PM.
  • Audition date will be January 6, 2018 (snow date is January 13, 2018), times between 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Note: All audition times and portfolio review times will be sent via sign-up genius shortly after the application deadline dates.

Click here for online applications for Gateway Talent awards in: