Admission is determined by five basic indicators of the student's potential for success:
- Test scores (HSPT or ISEE acceptable)
- Scholastic achievement and conduct in grades 6, 7, and 8
- Recommendations from 8th grade teachers and principal or advisor
- Results of standardized testing in grades 6, 7 and 8
In addition, applicants are required to attend one admissions reception on campus. We no longer require formal interviews. Our admissions receptions are a great opportunity for us to get to know applicants and their families. Families are welcome to attend as many receptions as they'd like.
A student with a grade of D or F in grades 6, 7 or 8 will not ordinarily be considered for admission. In addition, a student is expected to maintain her level of performance through the completion of grade eight. A significant drop in academic or behavior grades may jeopardize a student’s admittance. Notre Dame Academy will finalize acceptance upon review of the student’s final June report card, financial clearance by the elementary school and the completion of all paperwork.
All test scores become part of the student’s permanent file and will be accessible to the student upon admission to Notre Dame Academy. This policy is consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 which guarantees the right of access to the permanent file only upon admission as a student. Recommendation letters do not become part of the applicant’s permanent file and therefore are not open for review.
Policy of Non-Discrimination
Notre Dame Academy, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at the school.
Notre Dame Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation.
As a Catholic school, every attempt is made to serve students whose parents desire a Catholic education for them. While the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based on the student’s emotional, academic and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.
Honors at Entrance
Honors at Entrance is awarded to the top 10% of entering ninth grade students based on test scores, grades and recommendations. Placement in honors courses, however, is determined separately.
Transfer students are accepted after a personal interview and careful consideration of the scholastic record, standardized test results and recommendations from the student’s current principal, math teacher and English teacher. Notre Dame Academy maintains an open enrollment policy in concert with the California Interscholastic Federation State Federated State Bylaws: Article 2, Section 222.