Information and Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome Future Pandas!
On behalf of the entire NDA community, thank you for your interest in Notre Dame Academy.
Our website is designed to help you learn more about The Notre Dame Life and to navigate the admissions process. You can access the Notre Dame Life Magazine and a list of Frequently Asked Questions below to get you started. If you need more information, please feel free to contact me. I am always happy to talk with prospective NDA families.
Director of Admissions
Admissions Office Phone: (859) 292-1829
Fax: (859) 292-7722
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of Notre Dame Academy?
Notre Dame Academy was founded in Covington, KY in 1906 by The Sisters of Notre Dame. The mission, vision, and values of Notre Dame Academy are derived from the Educational Vision and Principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Our mission states: Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic high school dedicated to Mary and committed to academic excellence, exists to educate young women to make a difference in the world.
What are the advantages of an all-girls’ high school?
At an all-girls’ high school, girls are more comfortable being themselves. At NDA, girls are the first ones to raise their hand. Girls are the leaders of the school. Girls plan the masses and service projects. Research shows that students at all-girls’ schools have greater motivation and higher academic self-confidence.
How is the Catholic faith woven into school life?
At Notre Dame Academy we celebrate our Catholic identity every day by living the Gospel message of Jesus through kindness, generosity to others, respect for life, community service, and striving to use our God given gifts.
Prayer opportunities include:
*We begin and end each school day with prayer.
*Mass is celebrated on Mondays at 3:15 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:20 a.m.*We say a decade of the rosary every Monday before school in the chapel.
*We have an all-school mass or a prayer service every month.
Do you have to be a Catholic to attend NDA?
While 91% of NDA students are Catholic, we welcome students of all faith traditions. All students are required to take religion classes and attend the all-school masses, prayer services, service projects, and retreats. It is our goal to provide positive examples of the Catholic faith to our non-Catholic students.
What is the enrollment at NDA?
Notre Dame Academy has 500 students from 53 different elementary/junior high schools.
How challenging is the curriculum at NDA?
Notre Dame Academy is a college preparatory high school. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a positive and successful college experience. Courses are offered on 3 levels of difficulty: College Prep, Honors and Advanced Placement/College Level (Dual Credit). NDA currently offers 15 AP classes and 8 Dual Credit classes. For more information about the NDA curriculum, click HERE to access our Academics page.
What types of academic support are available?
At NDA we are committed to assisting students who struggle at times in various areas of their high school experience. In order to provide support in all areas, NDA employs a full-time Intervention Specialist, 2 full-time academic counselors, and 2 part-time personal counselors. For more information about academic support, click HERE to access our Counseling and Student Services page. Students who have an IEP or PLAN or any type of accommodation in the classroom should contact the Admissions Director to arrange a meeting to discuss the support services available at NDA.
Do I have to take a test to be admitted to NDA?
NDA uses the High School Placement Test (HSPT) as one component of the admission process. All students planning to attend NDA must take the HSPT. This test is given on a Saturday in early December, and the results are shared at our High School Placement Test Results meeting in early January. We offer HSPT Prep classes in November and December. For more information about the HSPT, click HERE to access our Entrance Exam page.
How do I set up a campus visit?
Prospective students should contact the NDA Admissions Office to arrange a shadow day and/or an individual appointment with the Admissions Director. For more information about visiting NDA, click HERE to access our Experience NDA page.
Do NDA students wear uniforms?
Yes. The gray uniform skirt is the “trademark” of the NDA uniform. Gray uniform pants are also acceptable as part of the uniform. Students must wear the official NDA uniform shirt. All uniform pieces must be purchased through SchoolBelles Uniform Store. Spirit wear can be purchased through the Spirit Shop on campus, the Bambootique. Spirit wear tops can be worn with the uniform skirt or pants every Friday (except any Friday when mass will be celebrated). Freshmen must purchase NDA gym shorts for PE class.
What time does school start and end?
For the 2022-23 school year, the school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and our staggered dismissal process begins at 2:59 p.m. There is a late start time every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. School still dismisses on Wednesdays beginning at 2:59 p.m.
Are Scholarships and other types of Financial Assistance available?
Notre Dame Academy is committed to working with any family whose daughter could benefit from a Notre Dame education. NDA awarded $869,409.00 in Financial Aid and Scholarships for the 2021-22 school year. Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on their High School Placement Test scores. Additional scholarships and grants are available for the sophomore through senior years. Need-based financial assistance and work-study jobs are also available. Families must apply for need-based aid by completing the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Application and the NDA Work-Study Application (for families interested in a school job). For more information, please click HERE to access the Financial Assistance page and click HERE to access the Scholarships page.
What is the average class size at NDA?
The average class size is 25.
What type of technology is used in the classroom?
The 2022-23 school year marks the 11th year of NDA’s 1:1 iPad program. Every student uses an iPad to enhance learning. Each new student must lease an iPad package through NDA prior to starting school. An annual technology fee will be assessed to each student, and families will pay this fee as a part of tuition-either in one full payment or billed over 10 months through the FACTS system. Technology has become increasingly integrated into the NDA curriculum, and students have many opportunities to use their technology skills in other classes.
Does NDA offer sports?
**It is possible that other sports will not cut players. These decisions are made at the time of tryouts. You can access our Athletics page HERE.
Does NDA offer Fine Arts?
NDA has a thriving Fine Arts program including theater, band, art, chorus, and dance team. Click HERE to access our Arts page.
Does NDA offer clubs and extracurricular activities?
Yes! NDA offers a wide variety of clubs and activities. Click HERE to see our list of clubs and organizations.
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