Scholastic Pathways


What are Academic Concentrations?

Concentrations are similar to a college minor. Notre Dame High School offers concentrations in both Applied Science and Communications. This allows students to focus their course of study to reflect their desired career path.

Students in a concentration will complete 30 credits in concentration, specific courses.

List of 4 items.

  • Program Qualifications

    • Open to the class of 2021 and 2022
    • Overall GPA of 85%
    • 250-500 word essay expressing interest in field of concentration
    • Teacher recommendations
    • Counselor verification
    • Parent signature of approval
  • How to Apply

    1. Applications are available in the College and School Counseling Office and on the Student Resources Board: Downloads
    2. Speak to current or former teachers and ask for a recommendation
    3. Create a thoughtful and well-written essay expressing why he or she wants to pursue a concentration in this field of study
    4. Meet with his or her counselor to review discuss eligibility and scheduling
    5. Applications may begin spring of freshmen year and must be received by September 1 of Junior year (Priority in scheduling will be given to those students who submit an application by May 1.)
    6. Students are eligible to complete ONE concentration during their tenure at Notre Dame
  • Planning Your Schedule

    Graduation Requirements:
    Notre Dame students must complete a minimum of 130 credits to graduate; however, many students graduate with 140-160 credits. Students working in a concentration, will devote 30 of the required 130 credits to courses in their concentration. Students must earn a minimum grade of 80% in order to receive credit toward the concentration.

          Year                     Credits       

         Suggested Applied Science
    Suggested Communications
    Grade 1035-4055-10
    Grade 1135-4015-20120
    Grade 1235-4015-2010-20
  • Recognition

    • Senior Awards Certificate
    • Concentration Transcript
    • Recognition in Graduation Program

Applied Science Sample Courses

AP Biology
AP Chemistry
Anatomy & Physiology
Exercise Physiology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Probability and Statistics
Computer Science

Communications Sample Courses

Introduction to Business
Web Design
Introduction to Mass Communications
AP Language and Composition
AP US Government and Politics
AP Psychology
US History 3

Notre Dame High School

Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.