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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. 

A quarter scholarship based on merit criteria for high achieving 9th grade applicants who are accepted to Notre Dame Prep for the 2019-2020 school year. The merit award follows any accepted recipient upon her enrollment all four years she attends NDP for high school.


  • "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 2018 standardized test scores; for public school applicants, Level 5 in both reading and math on the 2018 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 12, 2018
  • Portfolio review date for all Gateway Art applicants: Saturday, December 8, 2018
gateway talent award in music (Band, Orchestra, Chorus)
  • Music Application Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018, by 4:00 PM
  • Audition date will be January 5, 2019 (snow date is January 12, 2019).
  • 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 16th; the panel starts at 6:30 PM, followed by the concert at 7:30 PM.
gateway talent award in theatre
  • Theatre Application Deadline: Thursday, November 29, 2018, by 4:00 PM.
  • Audition date: Saturday, December 8; (snow date is January 12, 2019).
  • All Gateway Theatre applicants are invited to the Backstage Tour before a performance of NDP's fall production of "Once on This Island" on Saturday, November 10th; the tour starts at 6:30 PM, followed by the show at 7:30 PM.
gateway talents award in steam
  • STEAM Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, by 4:00 PM
  • The Design Problem for all Gateway STEAM applicants will be Thursday, December 11, 2018, 3:45 pm in the STEAM lab
gateway talent award in dance
  • Dance Application Deadline:  Thursday, November 29, 2018, by 4:00 PM.
  • Audition date will be Friday, January 4, 2019 (snow date is January 12, 2019), times between 5-7:30 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:





Visual Art