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The Admissions Process

Our admissions process gives prospective families the opportunity to learn about NDA and allows us to get to know each applicant. The procedure for applying to Notre Dame Academy includes the following steps:

1. Request Information

Students from our Diocesan feeder schools (Blessed Sacrament, St. Agnes, St. Joseph – Crescent Springs, St. Pius X, and Prince of Peace) will receive NDA admissions mailings based on the information supplied by their principals. All other prospective students interested in learning more about Notre Dame Academy should complete the online Join our Contact List Form or contact our Admissions Office directly to receive correspondence from NDA.

NOTE:  If  your daughter has an IEP or PLAN or receives any type of accommodation in the classroom, please contact Katie Caccavari, Director of Admissions, to set up a meeting to discuss the support services available at NDA.  

2. Visit Notre Dame Academy

Prospective students and their parents are welcome and encouraged to visit NDA!

  • OPEN HOUSE - You are invited to visit our campus during our fall Open House on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • SHADOW EXPERIENCE – Learn what The Notre Dame Life is all about through our Shadow Experience.  Contact the Admissions Office for the shadow date for your school.
  • CAMPUS VISIT – An individual campus visit can be arranged to meet the needs of a student and her parents by contacting our Admissions Office.

3. Take the High School Placement Test (HSPT)

All incoming freshman students interested in attending Notre Dame Academy must take the High School Placement Test. The Diocesan-wide testing date for the HSPT is Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.  Information regarding the HSPT will be mailed to prospective NDA students in November. There is a testing fee of $20.00 that must be paid at the time of test registration.  The deadline for registration is Friday, December 13, 2019.

This test is used for academic placement for the student along with recommendations from elementary school teachers. 

If the test is taken at another location the results can be sent to Notre Dame Academy; however, PRIORITY FOR  ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO TAKE THE HSPT AT NOTRE DAME ACADEMY.  

For more information about enrolling at Notre Dame Academy please contact our Director of Admissions, Katie Caccavari, at (859) 292-1829.

The HSPT Registration Packet is available here:
Letter from Bishop Foys
Letter from Mr. Michael Clines

4. Receive HSPT Scores

Our HSPT Results Meeting for parents and students will be on Monday, January 6, 2020. Test results can be picked up starting at 7:00 p.m. and a brief meeting explaining the test results will follow.  Students who are eligible for academic scholarships based on their HSPT scores will be notified of their eligibility at this meeting. 

5. Submit Online Application for Admission and Registration Fee

The NDA Freshman Priority Application period is from January 6, 2020 – February 14, 2020. If you are interested in applying as an incoming freshman for the 2020-2021 school year, use our Application for Admission beginning on January 6, 2020.  The non-refundable registration fee must be paid online with a credit card in order to complete the Application for Admission.

Students who apply for admission during the Priority Application Period have a better chance of receiving seats in high-demand classes such as Art I and some foreign language classes.  Students who apply during this period are included in a drawing for a free iPad or a $500 tuition voucher.  Incoming freshmen who are eligible for academic scholarships must apply for admission by the priority deadline in order to confirm receipt of their scholarship.

Once you have completed the Online Application for Admission and your registration fee has been received at NDA, your daughter’s application is complete and she will receive an admission confirmation letter along with our Freshman Course Offering Request Form.  Please work with your daughter to complete this form and return it to the NDA Admissions Office.  She will also receive her NDA Student ID Number.  It is important to note that the NDA Student ID Number is a sequential number based on the date and time of the completion of the Application for Admission.  This number will be used in the course assignment process for classes that have limited enrollment and are filled on a "first come, first served" basis (e.g., Art I and some foreign language classes).

6. Attend a Freshman Conference

The admission confirmation letter will contain instructions for scheduling an appointment for a freshman conference in March.  Conferences are held with new students, their parents, and members of our Academic Counseling and Student Support Services Department.  Students will get an overview of the freshman curriculum and will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with our counselors about their individual class schedules. Schoolbelles will also be available to take orders for uniforms and our spirit shop will be open.

7Purchase an iPad through NDA and register for an iPad Orientation session

Every new student must purchase her iPad through NDA and register to attend an iPad Orientation session.  Details about iPads will be available at the Freshman Conferences in March.

8. Take Algebra and/or Foreign Language I Placement Test(s) (optional)

Most freshmen take Algebra I and Level I of French, Spanish, or Latin.  These Placement Tests are optional.  Students who have strong math skills and like math are encouraged to take the placement test for possible placement in Algebra I Honors or Algebra II Honors.  Students who take a high-school level Algebra I class (that qualifies for high school credit) during the 8th grade will be notified if they need to take the placement test prior to being assigned a math class for their freshman year.  Students who have had strong foreign language preparation in grade school are encouraged to take the placement test for possible placement in Level II of their preferred foreign language. 

Students who choose not to take any placement tests will automatically be placed in Level I of Algebra and foreign language.

The Placement Tests will be given on Saturday, May 2, 2020 beginning at 9 a.m.  Students who plan to take both the algebra test and a language test will begin the algebra test at 9 a.m. and take the language test immediately afterward.  Please call the NDA Admissions Office at 859-292-1829 to register for either or both of these tests.  There is no fee for these placement tests.