...and we in the NDP community couldn’t be happier!!
It is our sincere hope that once a student is accepted to Notre Dame Preparatory School in the Middle Level, they choose to stay through to experience high school life. We will never take this for granted and are here to ensure and support that what each student was promised upon admission has been delivered. This is why we encourage open dialogue with our families and our faculty as each student moves through her years at NDP. We want to make the transition to the Upper Level as smooth as possible for families. Be sure to check back here and watch your email for important updates and information on the re-enrollment process.
NDP 8th grade families re-enroll throughout their Middle Level years. There is NO additional application. The online application is for new families only.
Parents will be invited to join the admissions team at one of three, morning information sessions on the day their daughter shadows in the Upper Level. They are scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
HSPT—the High School Placement test results will be used for placement and phasing purposes for our 8th graders. The test is administered during a special schedule on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. More information to follow.
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 of 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.
NDP offers two types of financial aid to incoming freshmen: need-based and merit and talent awards which are not based on need.
Need-based financial aid is considered 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 scholarships 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 2023 Scantron or MAP test in:
90% or higher on the HSPT in each of the following categories
There is no application for this merit award. The admissions office determines eligibility through reported test scores and transcripts.
Any current NDP 8th grader who meets the full criteria is awarded 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. Any recipient who earns a talent award 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.
Talent awards are available in the following areas: art, band, chorus, dance, orchestra, STEAM.
Athletic Talent Awards are available in 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 scholarship.