Notre Dame
High School

Lawrenceville, NJ
Admissions

How to Apply

For All Prospective Students

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  • Standard Application Online (SAO)

    Standard Application Online (SAO)
    Notre Dame accepts the Standard Application Online, administered through the Enrollment Management Association. The link for the Standard Application Online for the 2020-2021 school year is now available on the right.
     
    You will be taken to the SSAT website, where you will be required to create a login and select Notre Dame High School (NJ). The application process includes submitting the online SAO and non-refundable $50 fee. This fee is waived for the children of alumni. Please contact the Enrollment Management Office at 609.882.7900, ext. 183 to obtain a waiver code.  
  • Placement Testing

    Placement Test (Prospective Freshmen only)
    Prospective students are asked to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which will be administered at Notre Dame High School. We are also happy to accept the SSAT in lieu of the HSPT. Notre Dame will be listed on the SSAT application for you to select and automatically send us your test scores.

    Testing Information:  Please register at least one week prior to the test.
    Regular Admission: Saturday, February 1.  Please register here.

    Parents are welcome to attend Coffee with Admissions from 8:00am - 10:00am on test days.  You will get more information about the admission process, meet representatives from the ND Community, and will be able to take a private tour with one of our students.
  • Additional Required Information

    Prospective Students are also asked for the following information:
    1. Student Profile and Parent Statement (required before an interview can be scheduled).
    2. Letters of Recommendation are required from current English and Math teachers only. Teacher emails will be entered on the SAO and they will be sent an online form to complete. We do not require any other recommendations.
    3. Transcripts from current school. Families will enter the email of a current school adminstrator on the SAO, requesting current and last year report cards to be uploaded to the application.  For prospective 9th grade students only: standardized test scores (PARCC, Terranova, ERB, PSSA) are required to be uploaded as well, either by a school administrator (included with the report cards) or by applicants on the Notre Dame Supplemental Page of the application.  Applications will not be complete until standardized test scores are provided.
  • Interview

    Interview
    All prospective students are required to come to Notre Dame for an interview with a member of our Admissions Committee.  Upon submitting your application, you will obtain a link to reserve a day and time.  The student and one parent or guardian will need to be present.  The interview is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know each other.  Come dressed to impress and ready to ask questions.  We look forward to meeting you!
  • Irish for a Day

    Don't miss your chance to become Irish for a Day!
    We have several opportunities for students in grades 8 through 11 to come and spend the day at Notre Dame with a Student Ambassador.  Parents are welcome to stay for a one hour Admission Information Session and Tour.  To register, please select one of the following dates:

    October 18, 2019 (session full)

    November 7, 2019 (session full)

    November 22, 2019 (session full)

    December 9, 2019 (includes Liturgy)  (session full)

    January 17, 2020 (session full)

    February 6, 2020 (session full)

    March 11, 2020

    Please contact Kristen Brauer at ext. 183 to inquire about becoming Irish for a Day!

Merit Scholarships

Notre Dame Merit Scholarship Program, Performing Arts Scholarship and Character and Service Awards:
 
Notre Dame offers seven Academic Merit Scholarships for students applying to the Class of 2024.  In addition, ND will also award one Performing Arts Scholarship to a highly qualified candidate. ND is also pleased to announce new Character and Service Awards.
 
Please see below for the listing of the Merit Scholarships, Performing Arts Scholarship and the Character and Service Awards and the criteria for these scholarships.

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  • The Fitzpatrick Family Academic Merit Scholarship

    The Fitzpatrick Family Academic Merit Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship offered to one student in the Notre Dame Class of 2024.
    Applicants from the Class of 2024 must complete the following to be considered for either the Fitzpatrick or Liptak Merit Scholarships:
     
    • Student scores of 90 and above on the HSPT or SSAT must be submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office no later than Saturday, February 1, 2020.  
    • Student essays written in response to the prompts below is to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 3, 2020.  Essays should be approximately four to seven paragraphs in length. They should offer a main idea and support that idea with examples from the student’s life experiences.
    • Student Interviews with Administrators will be conducted with finalists chosen from among those who submit essays. Interviews will be conducted in February. Award winners will be chosen from those interviewed.  
    • Essay Prompt: Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself - John Dewey.
      In no more than 400 words, explain how a Notre Dame education will guide and prepare you for the future. 
    All applicants are eligible and finalists will be invited to submit an essay.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing by Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
     
  • The Mary Ann Liptak Academic Merit Scholarships

    The Mary Ann Liptak Academic Merit Scholarships offers half tuition to two students in the Notre Dame Class of 2024.
    Applicants from the Class of 2024 must complete the following to be considered for either the Fitzpatrick or Liptak Merit Scholarships:
     
    • Student scores of 90 and above on the HSPT or SSAT must be submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office no later than Saturday, February 1, 2020.  
    • Student essays written in response to the prompts below is to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 3, 2020.  Essays should be approximately four to seven paragraphs in length. They should offer a main idea and support that idea with examples from the student’s life experiences.
    • Student Interviews with Administrators will be conducted with finalists chosen from among those who submit essays. Interviews will be conducted in February. Award winners will be chosen from those interviewed.  
    • Essay Prompt: Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself - John Dewey.
    • In no more than 400 words, explain how a Notre Dame education will guide and prepare you for the future. 
    All applicants are eligible and finalists will be invited to submit an essay.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing by Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
     
  • President's Merit Scholarships

    The two new President's Merit Scholarships are awards of $5,000 per year for academically qualified 8th grade students who achieve an 85 or above on their HSPT and 80 or above on the SSAT and submit an essay.
    All applicants are eligible and finalists will be invited to submit an essay.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing by Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    Essay Prompt: 
    Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself - John Dewey.
    In no more than 400 words, explain how a Notre Dame education will guide and prepare you for the future. 

    No Interviews are required for the President or Principal Merit Scholarships.
     
  • Principal's Merit Scholarships

    The two new Principal Merit Scholarshipsare awards of $2,500 per year for academically qualified 8th grade students who achieve an 85 or above on their HSPT and 80 above on SSAT and submit an essay.
    All applicants are eligible and finalists will be invited to submit an essay.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing by Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    Essay Prompt: 
    Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself -John Dewey.
    In no more than 400 words, explain how a Notre Dame education will guide and prepare you for the future. 

    No Interviews are required for the President or Principal Merit Scholarships.
     
  • Performing Arts Scholarship

    The new Performing Arts Scholarship, established by Notre Dame alumnus Jack Pinto ‘85, is an annual $5,000 per year scholarship awarded to an 8th grade student of exceptional talent in the performing arts and who wishes to pursue the study of music or dance.

    A video audition will be required for this scholarship.
  • Character and Service Awards

    The Character and Service Awards are one time scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for 8th grade students who demonstrate exceptional character and service in their local Catholic elementary schools and community.  A student is nominated by their Catholic School Principal and the final decision made by the Scholarship Committee at Notre Dame.

    Criteria includes:
    • Strong academic standing
    • Demonstrated service in their school, parish and/or community
    • Demonstrated character as witnessed by faculty, staff and administration of school
    Decisions will be announced by Tuesday, March 10, 2020. 
     

Important Dates

Early Decision

High School Placement Test: November 9
Application Deadline: December 9
Decision Notification: December 21

Regular Application

High School Placement Test: February 1
Application Deadline: January 31
Decision Notification: March 7

Transfer Students

There is limited availability in grades 10 and 11 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Please submit the online application and you will be contacted by a member of our admission staff.

Notification of Admission Decision

Decisions will be based upon the enrollment availability and "fit" between the school and the applicant. Notre Dame High School welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin in its admission or administrative policies.


Contact Us

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  • Photo of Laura Sarubbi

    Laura Sarubbi 

    Director of Enrollment Management
    609-882-7900, ext. 130
  • Photo of Kristen Brauer

    Kristen Brauer 

    Admissions Assistant
    609-882-7900 ext 183

Ask a Parent

Elena Caccavale P '16, '19, '20 is ready to answer your questions. Simply email your question and she will respond to you as soon as possible.


Eugenia M. Moore, Parent of Alumna

"Spend four years within a community . . . as you learn more about the life God has planned for you."

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.