Blue Ribbon

NDA at a Glance

2017-18 SCHOOL PROFILE



1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011
Phone: 859-261-4300 Fax: 859-292-7722
CEEB Code: 180575

webpage: www.ndapandas.org

President:  Laura Koehl, Ed.D.

Principal: Jack VonHandorf

Assistant Principal: Amber Grayson, M.S.
School Counselors: Kelly Burgei, M.A., Academic Counselor
Christine Monohan, M.Ed., Academic Counselor 
Kathy Hildreth, M.A., Personal Counselor
Erin Maggard, M.A., Personal Counselor

Introduction

Notre Dame Academy provides an excellent environment for young women growing into adulthood. They are given a strong spiritual and academic foundation, enhanced by an array of extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.  Notre Dame prepares its students for the demands and challenges they will face in the future.  Some fo the academic advantages at Notre Dame Academy include:
 
United States Blue Ribbon School of Excellence: 1996, 2012
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council: 2013-2018


Profile

  • Single-gender college preparatory school (9th-12th grades)
  • Approximately 575 students 
  • 14:1 Student-Teacher ratio
  • 45 Faculty and 72 Staff Members (88% have a Masters degree or higher)
  • 1 Campus Minister and 1 Chaplain
  • 2 full-time Academic Counselors and 2 part-time Personal Counselors
  • 1 full-time Intervention Specialist
  • 1-to-1 Computing and flipped classroom instruction
  • 8 Dual-Credit Courses taught at NDA by our own teachers (Partner colleges: Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati)
  • AP Courses Offered: 13 
    Generally,​ ​students​ ​can​ ​take​ ​no​ ​more​ ​than​ ​8​ ​AP​ ​courses​ ​in​ ​four​ ​years​ ​due​ ​to​ ​scheduling​ ​constraints
    AP Courses Offered:
    Biology*, Calculus​ ​AB, Chemistry, English​ ​Language, English Literature, European​ ​History, French​ Language​ ​&​ ​Culture, Physics​ ​1*, Physics​ ​2*, Spanish Language & Culture, Studio​ ​Art, United​ ​States​ ​History, World​ ​History  
*Course​ ​Requires​ ​1​ ​Lab​ ​period​ ​per​ ​week​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​5​ ​Lecture​ ​periods​ ​per​ ​week


Class of 2017 Statistics

  • Students in Notre Dame Academy’s Class of 2017: 157 Students
  • Graduation Rate: 100%
  • The Class of 2017 performed over 11,000 hours of service in four years at NDA
  • Enrolled​ ​in​ ​4-year​ ​College/University:​ ​​150​ ​​(95.5%​ ​of​ ​Class)
  • Enrolled​ ​in​ ​2-year​ ​College:​ ​​6​ ​​(3.8%​ ​of​ ​Class)
  • Graduates​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​Kentucky​ ​Colleges/Universities:​ ​​86​ ​​ ​​(55%​ ​of​ ​Class)
  • Graduates​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​out-of-state​ ​colleges​ ​or​ ​universities:​ ​​71​ ​​(45%​ ​of​ ​Class)
  • Average​ ​Cumulative​ ​Weighted​ ​GPA:​ ​​3.533
  • Average​ ​Cumulative​ ​Unweighted​ ​GPA:​ ​​3.382
  • 549​ ​​Scholarships​ ​​offered​​ ​​to​ ​​154​ ​​seniors​ ​​(98%​ ​of​ ​Class)​,​ ​valued​ ​at​ ​over​ ​$​15.1​​ ​​million​​ ​(including​ ​KEES​ ​Scholarships)
  • 241​​ ​Scholarships​ ​​accepted​​ ​by​ ​​133​ ​​seniors​ ​(85%​ ​of​ ​Class),​​ ​valued​ ​at​ ​$​5.9​ ​million​ ​​​ ​(including​ ​KEES​ ​Scholarships)
  • Average​ ​ACT​ ​Composite:​ ​​25.6​​ ​​ ​​(2016​ ​National​ ​Average:​ ​20.8)
  • National​ ​Merit​ ​Finalists:​ ​​3
  • National​ ​Merit​ ​Semi-Finalist:​ ​​1
  • National​ ​Merit​ ​Commended​ ​Students:​ ​​4
  • AP​ ​Scholar:​ ​​3​​ ​​(Scored​ ​3​ ​or​ ​higher​ ​on​ ​three​ ​or​ ​more​ ​AP​ ​Exams)
  • AP​ ​Scholars​ ​with​ ​Honors:​ ​​8​​ ​​(Received​ ​an​ ​average​ ​score​ ​of​ ​at​ ​least​ ​3.25​ ​or​ ​higher​ ​on​ ​all​ ​AP​ ​Exams​ ​taken,​ ​&​ ​scores​ ​of​ ​3​ ​or​ ​higher​ ​on​ ​4​ ​or​ ​more​ ​exams)
  • AP​ ​Scholars​ ​with​ ​Distinction:​ ​​8​ ​​(Received​ ​an​ ​average​ ​score​ ​of​ ​at​ ​least​ ​3.5​ ​on​ ​all​ ​AP​ ​Exams​ ​taken,​ ​and​ ​scores​ ​of​ ​3​ ​or​ ​higher​ ​on​ five​ ​or​ ​more​ ​of​ ​these​ ​exams) National​ ​AP​ ​Scholars:​ ​​1​ ​​(Granted​ ​to​ ​students​ ​who​ ​receive​ ​an​ ​average​ ​score​ ​of​ ​at​ ​least​ ​4​ ​on​ ​all​ 
  • AP​ ​Exams​ ​taken,​ ​and​ ​scores​ ​of​ ​4​ ​or​ ​higher​ ​on​ ​eight​ ​or​ ​more​ ​of​ ​these​ ​exams) Kentucky​ ​Governor’s​ ​Scholar​ ​Recipients:​ ​​5
  • Kentucky​ ​Governor’s​ ​School​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Arts​ ​Recipients:​ ​​5
  • Kentucky​ ​Governor's​ ​School​ ​for​ ​Entrepreneurs​ ​Recipients:​ ​​1


Academic Curriculum Guide

The core program required of each student and the electives offered on the various grade levels are listed below. Twenty-six credits are required for graduation from Notre Dame Academy. The courses consist of the following:

  • Religion………………………….4 credits
  • English …………………………..4 credits
  • Mathematics ……………...…….3 ½ - 4 credits 
  • Science……………………...…..3 credits
  • Social Studies…………….....….3 credits
  • World Language…………...……2 credits
  • Visual and Performing Arts…....1 credit
  • Technology…..................…...…1 credit
  • Health……………………………1/2 credit
  • Physical Education ………….....1/2 credit
  • Electives…………………………3 ½ - 4 credits

GPA Scales

NDA GPA Scale Level 3
College Prep Level:
95 -100% 4.00
92 - 94% 3.67
89 - 91% 3.33
86 - 88% 3.00
83 - 85% 2.67
80 - 82% 2.33
77 - 79% 2.00
74 - 76% 1.67
70 - 73% 1.00
< 70% 0.00


NDA GPA Scale Level 4
Honors Level:
95 -100% 4.50
92 - 94% 4.17
89 - 91% 3.83
86 - 88% 3.50
83 - 85% 3.17
80 - 82% 2.83
77 - 79% 2.50
74 - 76% 2.17
70 - 73% 1.53
< 70% 0.00


NDA GPA Scale Level 5
College / AP Level:
95 -100% 5.00
92 - 94% 4.67
89 - 91% 4.33
86 - 88% 4.00
83 - 85% 3.67
80 - 82% 3.33
77 - 79% 3.00
74 - 76% 2.67
70 - 73% 2.00
< 70% 0.00


A Notre Dame Education

INSTRUCTIONAL LEVELS OFFERED at NDA: College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual-Credit

Work Study Program / Financial Assistance: Notre Dame’s Work Study Program makes it possible for families to receive Financial Assistance to subsidize their tuition.  Eligible families are assigned jobs to assist in the cleaning of our school.  Participation in work-study can reduce a student’s tuition significantly.  Currently, 1 out of 6 families participate in the Work Study Program.


Science Research: Science Research is a ½ credit elective that takes place outside of school hours.  Students conduct independent science projects and present at regional, national, and international competitions.  Students are required to log 144 hours of work per school year.


Academic Enrichment & Fine Arts Opportunities:

  • Language Immersion Study Abroad Trips

  • Domestic and Abroad Mission Trips

  • Academic Team

  • Speech and Drama Team

  • Foreign Language Festival Competitions

  • Visual Art Shows

  • Theatre / Performing Arts Program

  • Marching Band, Pep Band, and Orchestra


Athletics: Notre Dame offers 13 sports (Archery, basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball)


Service: Notre Dame encourages students to make a difference through giving of themselves in service to others. Through our Junior Service Program, juniors spend an hour a week of second semester serving in our community.



  • 1 Campus Minister and 1 Chaplain