Notre Dame Prep’s Upper Level is all about college—and life—prep! A focus on creativity, collaboration, and communication prepares our students for 21st-century global citizenship.
The liberal arts, namely those courses essential for solid college preparation, anchor a Notre Dame Prep education. English, science, math, history, religion, language, and other foundational subjects combine to provide the skills to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve problems creatively. From this core, students delve into personal interests through focused programs such as STEAM, Humanities, and fine and performing arts. NDP offers more than 190 core courses and electives, including 26 AP courses, and a multi-phased approach to learning combine into a rigorous program that engages students and builds confidence.

Academics are complemented by an active social justice program for all grades, broad and deep co-curricular offerings, age-appropriate exploration of spirituality, and extensive athletic opportunities.

Notre Dame remains one of Maryland’s top independent schools as it continues its mission of educating and empowering girls to become women who transform the world.

Honor Societies at NDP

  • Cum Laude Society 
  • Chinese Language Honor Society 
  • Computer Science Honor Society 
  • International Thespian Society  
  • La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Spanish Honor Society  
  • La Société Honoraire de Français, French Honor Society 
  • National Art Honor Society  
  • National Forensics League  
  • National Honor Society in Dance Arts  
  • Mu Alpha Theta, the National Mathematics Honor Society  
  • Rho Kappa Social Studies National Honor Society 
  • Science National Honor Society  
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society  
  • Tri-M National Music Honor Society 
Phasing System
Notre Dame's phasing system ensures that each student learns at the level and pace that is right for her in core subjects (math, science, social studies, English, and foreign language). Phase 2 courses strengthen skills required in a college prep program. Phases 3 and 4 provide progressively greater challenges and more in-depth study. Phase 5 is for students with exceptional ability and a desire to work above the college prep level. A student can move up or down a phase if necessary, and she can be in different phases in different subjects.

The phasing system at NDP is unique in that it is designed to meet the needs of all of our students. It allows the girls the opportunity to achieve their highest academic potential in numerous courses of study.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School
Grades 6-12
Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame
© Notre Dame Preparatory School 2016