You're moving on up...

...and we in the NDP community couldn’t be happier!!
This page is designed to serve as a roadmap for the current Notre Dame Prep 8th-grade families, so you know what to expect as your daughter matriculates to NDP’s 9th grade. Please use this page as a resource as your daughter prepares for the transition to high school. Similar information will also be posted in the Middle Level newsletter throughout the year and through admissions e-newsletters.

List of 6 items.

  • Requirements for NDP 8th graders moving to the Upper Level

    Parents are required to attend the mandatory NDP admissions roadmap meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
     At this meeting, we will outline the journey to moving to the Upper Level and what you can expect once she’s in the Upper Level. 

    HSPT—the High School Placement test results will be used for placement and phasing purposes for our 8th graders. NDP eighth graders will test Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; students will be dismissed after testing.
    • You still need to register your daughter through the link here
    • DO NOT pay the fee. NDP covers the cost of the test for our own 8th graders provided they test at NDP. Bypass the payment page when you register her for the test. 
  • Reenrollment and Deposit Deadline for 9th Grade

    Re-enrollment and deposit deadlines are typically due between the end of January and the first few days in February. Actual dates will be provided at the roadmap meeting in October.
  • Placement Test Date and Placement Notification Day

    All NDP 8th graders will take placement tests as part of their placement and phasing into 9th grade. 

    • Not all NDP 8th graders will take all three placement tests (Language, English, and Math). Specific test information is mailed to parents. 
    • Generally, here is who takes which placement tests: 
      • Any NDP 8th grader in Algebra 1 or Geometry will sit for a math placement test. 
      • Any NDP 8th grader in Topics of Algebra will NOT take a math placement test. She will automatically go into Algebra 1 and her HSPT math score, along with input from her math teacher, is how she will be phased. 
      • Any NDP 8th grader who wants to retake Algebra 1 will not sit to test out Algebra 1. 
    • All NDP 8th graders will sit for the English placement test. 
    • Only those NDP 8th graders in Romance Language will sit for the MLAT language placement test. 
      • Any NDP 8th grader taking Chinese, French or Spanish will not take a language placement test. They will automatically be placed in level 2 and phasing will be decided by their current language teacher along with their course grade at the time of placement. 
      • Should a student want to change languages, she may sit for the MLAT for placement purposes.
    • Students will receive information about academic placement in April. 
  • Laptop Program

    LAPTOP PROGRAM INFORMATION: All New Upper Level students must participate in one mandatory laptop training and orientation (“Laptop Workshop”) during the summer. To do:  
      • Laptop ordering occurs between mid through end of April. Specific dates will be included in the parent information packet mailed in February.
      • Read here about NDP's laptop options.
  • Upper Level Events

    • Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:30-7:15 p.m.: NDP 8th Graders Road Map Meeting (parents, only)
    • Saturday, October 15, 2022, begins at 8:30 a.m.: Open House – tours after 10:30 a.m. so students can serve as tour guides in the beginning; or parents may tour on their own any time between 8:30 am.-12:00 p.m. REGISTER
    • Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 6:30-7 p.m.:  Musical Notes Panel; stay for the UL fall concert—for students interested in NDP’s UL music program REGISTER
    • Admissions Afternoon Tours: For families who couldn’t tour at Open House, come visit the Upper Level!
      • October 20, 2022, 3:30-4:30pm REGISTER
      • November 3, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m. REGISTER
      • November 9, 2022, 3;30-4:30 p.m. REGISTER
      • December 8, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m. REGISTER
    • Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.: Athletic Open House REGISTER
    • Sunday, November 6, 2022, 1-4 p.m.: Dance Day—for students interested in NDP’s Upper Level dance program REGISTER
    • Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 6:15-7:30 p.m.: Admissions UL Panel (Virtual)—a great opportunity to hear from UL students, the programs in which they participate, and why they chose and love NDP! REGISTER
    • Saturday, November 12, 2022, 6-6:45 p.m.:  Admissions Gateway Backstage Tour—for incoming ninth graders interested in learning more about NDP’s theatre program in Upper Level REGISTER
    • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – NDP 8th grade HSPT
    • Thursday, February 23, 2023, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Admissions 9th Grade Welcome Event for the Class of 2027 REGISTER
  • Financial Aid and Merit and Talent Awards

    NDP offers two types of monies to incoming freshmen: 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. 
    • Need-based financial aid is called grants and scholarships. FACTS applications for current families, which includes NDP 8th graders (and any siblings who are applicants/prospective students) must be completed between October 15-December 15. The FACTS link can be found HERE
      • NDP does not list its available scholarships, as they change from year to year. The financial aid committee designates named scholarships to recipients based on demonstrated need and scholarship criteria. 
    • Merit and Talent Awards  are also available to incoming 9th graders. These are no-need monies are earned through academic criteria or talent-based auditions. 
      • The Gateway Academic Achievement Award is a merit-based financial award that recognizes the academic success of incoming freshmen. It is a quarter-scholarship that follows the increase in tuition annually. The criteria are firm and any incoming 9th grader who meets the full criteria will automatically receive the Gateway merit award. 
        • An A on first quarter/trimester 8th-grade report card in English/Reading/Language Arts and Math
        • 90% or higher on the October 2022 Scantron test in:
          • Reading
          • Language Arts
          • Math
        • 90% or higher on the HSPT in each of the following categories
          • Reading
          • Language
          • Math
      • There is no application for this merit award. The admissions office flags the recipients based on each student’s academic profile. 
      • Any 8th grader who meets the full criteria is awarded this at re-enrollment time. 
      • Talent Awards are available in areas of performing arts, STEAM, and athletics. They are earned through an audition-based process for 9th-grade applicants. 
          • Each talent award carries a $3,000 value and any recipient who earns a talent and enrolls at NDP must make that her elective all 4 years she attends NDP to retain the award. 
        • An applicant may apply and audition for more than one talent award. 
        • There talent awards available in the following areas: art, band, chorus, dance, orchestra, STEAM, and theatre. There are also talent awards in athletics available in the following sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.
    • It is possible to receive financial aid and a merit and/or talent award. Earning/receiving one does not negate receiving another type of money. 

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