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At Notre Dame Preparatory School, we want you to be as informed as possible about the admissions process. Below are some “frequently asked questions,” or FAQs, our applicant families have asked. The majority of these questions and answers pertain to prospective students and applicants for grades 9 and 6. Anyone interested in the off-grade admissions process should refer to the last question.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the average class size for 9th grade?

    While enrollment is not an exact science, NDP aims for a 9th-grade class size between 150-160 students.

    When it comes to individual class sizes, the average academic class size is between 13-16 students. There are some electives that will require larger class sizes (like chorus and band). But specifically, we like to keep English and math sizes, among others, on the smaller size for more student-teacher engagement.
  • What is the average class size for 6th grade?

    NDP aims for a 6th-grade class size of 50-60 students, with an average academic class size of between 13-16 students.
  • What does diversity and inclusion mean at NDP?

    • NDP is an institution rooted in the Catholic faith, grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and steadfast in the charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
    •  As a Catholic institution, Notre Dame Prep adheres to the fundamental teaching of the Gospel and the Catholic Church: Everyone is made in God's image and is endowed with dignity worthy of respect.
    •  Notre Dame Prep is dedicated to developing students to become global citizens ready to transform the world.
    • The school believes all of us benefit when diversity and excellence are joined. Only in an inclusive community can our students grow into women who are comfortable navigating the globally engaged world they will enter. This ability to thrive will allow our students to shape the world to better reflect the values that NDP strives to impart.
    NDP’s all-school student of color percentage is 21% for the 2021-2022 year. 
  • What learning resources are offered at NDP?

    NDP provides learning resource support to its students. Those who need accommodations, like extended time, or other qualified support measures, can meet with NDP’s learning resource teachers weekly or as-needed. 
    • Any prospective student must submit a copy of her educational evaluation for review as part of the admissions process. 
    • IEPs and 504s are only recognized for HSPT accommodations. Any student accepted and who enrolls at NDP must have a completed educational evaluation to be considered for NDP-supported accommodations as an enrolled student.? 
    • NDP honors accommodations for 50% extended. We do not provide 100%. Documentation must be evaluated and approved for a student to receive this accommodation. 
    • In fall 2021, NDP opened a Learning Resources Center. This dedicated space houses NDP’s learning resources director, reading specialist, and math specialist. These dedicated resource experts work with students needing support in NDP's learning environment.
  • Does my daughter have to shadow?

    Yes, the shadow day is a required part of NDP’s admissions process. Shadow days are held in the fall before their entering year at NDP, will spend a day “walking in our saddles” to experience life as a NDP student in either the Middle or Upper Level. 
     
    Anyone interested in an off-grade entry needs to call the admissions office for space availability or refer to the off-grades FAQ for more information. 
  • What does my daughter need to bring on her shadow day?

    Visiting students should bring a copy of the prior year’s final report card and spring standardized test scores. Parents should bring copies of what they have at home; please do not call the school to get this information. Hopefully, parents have their own copies. Visiting students will also be treated to lunch at NDP — so no need to bring a lunch for your daughter unless there are food allergies and you prefer to pack her a lunch. Otherwise, lunch is on us!

    For a prospective 6th grader, shadows will bring a copy of their final 4th-grade report card and any current (2020 or 2021) standardized test scores she may have.

    For a prospective 9th grader, shadows will bring a copy of their final 7th-grade report card and any current (2020 or 2021) standardized test scores she may have.
  • What should my daughter wear on her shadow day?

    Prospective Blazers may wear their school uniform (if they attend a parochial school) but it is not required. If students choose to dress out of uniform or are coming from a public school, NDP suggests “Sunday church casual” attire—a skirt and blouse, a dress and cardigan, slacks and a shirt. Rubber-soled and closed-toed shoes. Shadows should not wear open-toed shoes, flip flops, jeans, sweats, hoodies.
  • Does my daughter need teacher recommendations?

    As part of the application process, NDP requires teacher referral forms but NDP coordinates request and receipt of them. Parents do not have to provide teacher recommendations. 

    Once a student makes an application to NDP, parents will also sign a Transcript Release Form (TRF). The TRF gives NDP permission to request and receive their own teacher referral forms. These forms are confidential, which is why NDP oversees the requesting and receiving of them. 

    While teacher recommendation letters are not required, some families choose to submit supplemental letters of recommendation. If NDP receives a supplemental letter of recommendation for an applicant, the letter gets included in her admission file. 
  • What else do I need to know about my daughter’s shadow day?

    You will schedule your daughter’s shadow day by completing the online shadow day form. Your daughter will arrive for her shadow day at 7:45 am. on her scheduled day. You will be invited and encouraged to stay for a one-hour parent information session (8:00-9:00 a.m.) where you will hear detailed information on curriculum, special programs, co-curriculars, financial aid and other important school related information. 
  • What tests are required for admission?

    Ninth Grade (9th) applicants are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) as part of NDP’s admissions process. The HSPT is administered in a variety of ways:
      • All catholic school applicants will test on December 1 at their schools. Students are required to test at their schools unless there is a reason they cannot.
      • Public and independent school applicants will have the option to test on one of two dates – Saturday, December 4, 2021 or Saturday, December 1, 2021. NPD is a test site on December 11. While we would love for your daughter to test with NDP on Dec. 4, she should take the tests where it is most convenient for her. Please refer to the HSPT information on the Grade 9 Admissions page.
      • Scantron tests are also required.
    Sixth Grade (6th) applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as part of the NDP Middle Level admissions process.
      • While NDP is a host site on Saturday, December 11, 2021, NDP applicants can test at any Baltimore-area test location. Families can see available testing sites by visiting https://www.erblearn.org/parents/isee-overview.
      • Scantron tests are also required.
    NDP 6th grade applicants for the 2021-2022 year, should take the ISEE no later than January 16, 2022.
  • Does NDP require a technology device for learning?

    Yes. Incoming 9th graders are required to own and use a laptop device. The device can be purchased through NDP or students can participate in the Bring-your-Own-Device program and buy it on their own. All of this information is available in the accepted student's packet. Sixth graders and Middle Level students purchase their own devices and participate in the mandatory Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) program. Chromebooks or iPads are not allowed in the Middle Level BYOD.
  • Is bus transportation available?

    NDP provides busing from four geographic areas: Anne Arundel County; Carroll County; Harford, and northern Baltimore counties; and Howard and Western Baltimore counties.
  • My daughter is applying for 6th grade. What do I need to know about financial aid and merit awards at NDP?

    There are both financial aid and merit and talent awards available at NDP. Please read the following bullets carefully to better understand the process for each.

    6th Grade applicants: There is financial aid available in the Middle Level, but it is limited. The average 6th-grade financial aid grant is about $3000. Financial aid is determined through a FACTS application and a family must show demonstrated need.

    There is one merit award available in the Middle Level called the Gateway Academic Achievement Award. It carries a $4,000 value. This is a merit-based award, so a family does not need to make a FACTS application for their daughter to earn the Gateway merit award. Refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid tab and the button for Middle Level Gateway Academic Achievement Award.
  • What is the percentage of students who received need-based aid at NDP?

    For 6th-grade applicants, between 20-30% receive need-based grants. 

    For 9th-grade applicants in the class of 2023, about 45% received a combination of need-based financial aid and merit; and 12% received merit aid only. 
     
    The percentages will differ from year to year. 
  • My daughter is applying for 9th grade. What do I need to know about the financial aid, merit and talent awards at NDP?

    NDP offers two types of monies to incoming freshman: need-based financial aid as well as merit and talent awards (no-need monies). Please refer to the bullets below for specific details on each. The average financial aid amount for a qualifying 9th grader is between $3000-5000.

    Need-based financial aid is called grants and scholarships. All need-based aid is determined first through a FACTS application and then by a thorough review by NDP’s financial aid committee. Anyone who wants to be considered for need-based financial aid must complete a FACTS application during the open dates of Nov. 1-Jan 2 each application year. The FACTS link can be found? HERE.

    NDP does not list its available scholarships because they change from year to year.

    The Merit and Talent Awards are quarter financial awards that follow the annual increase in tuition. Please refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid tab for full criteria. 
     
  • My daughter is applying for an off-grade (7th, 8th, 10th, 11th). What is the off-grade admission process?

    While NDP will consider off-grade applicants, space availability does not always allow for off-grade enrollment. Please call the admissions office to check on space availability. 8th and 11th grades are the most competitive for admission, as there are usually very few spaces available in either of those grades and social and academic transition can be more challenging.

    Any student who goes through the off-grade application process must do the following:
    • Spend a shadow day with a NDP student in their current grade.
    • Bring copies of prior year's final report cards and standardized testing.
    • Take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) between mid-November and the second Sunday in January of the application year. Visit the link here for registration, testing locations, and other information regarding the ISEE. https://www.erblearn.org/parents/isee-overview.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

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