Admissions

How to Apply

For All Prospective Students

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  • Standard Application Online (SAO)

     
    Notre Dame accepts the Standard Application Online (SAO), administered through the Enrollment Management Association. 
    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 609.882.7901 to obtain a waiver code.  

    Prospective students are asked for the following information:
    1. Student Profile and Parent Statement (required before an interview can be scheduled).
    2. Letters of Recommendation from current English and Math teachers. Teacher emails will be entered on the SAO and they will be sent an online form to complete.   Letters from guidance counselors or principals are optional. 
    3. Current and Last Year report cards from current school. Families will enter an email for a current school adminstrator.  An email will be sent to them requesting transcripts. All current year and prior year reports cards must be included.
      For prospective 9th grade students only: standardized test scores (PARCC, Terranova, ERB, PSSA) from middle school, as available.
    4. Essay and Character Skills Snapshot: Please complete the essays and character skills questionnaire online provided by the SAO.
  • Admission Testing

    Placement Test (Prospective Freshmen only)
    Prospective students are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which will be given at Notre Dame. 
    We will also 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.

    Register here for the November 14 HSPT.
    Register here for the January 23 HSPT.
  • Interview

    Interview
    All prospective students are required participate in a virtual interview with a member of our Admission Interview Committee.  You will be contacted via email with further instructions upon submitting your application.  The student and one parent/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

    Our Irish for a Day experience will be held virtually for the Fall 2020 semester.  Please Visit Us after the Open House on October 5, 2020 to register.

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 2025.  In addition, ND will also award one Performing Arts Scholarship to a highly qualified candidate. ND is also pleased to announce the 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 2025.
    Applicants from the Class of 2025 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 85 and above on the SSAT must be submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  
    • Student essays written in response to the prompt below is to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  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 by early March. 
    • 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. Semi-finalists will be identified by Notre Dame and invited to submit an essay by Monday, February 8, 2021.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 5, 2021.
     
  • 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 2025.
    Applicants from the Class of 2025 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 85 and above on the SSAT must be submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  
    • Student essays written in response to the prompt below is to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  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 by early March. 
    • 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. Semi-finalists will be identified by Notre Dame and invited to submit an essay by Monday, February 8, 2021.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 5, 2021.
     
  • President's Merit Scholarships

    The two 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.
    Applicants from the Class of 2025 must complete the following to be considered for either the President or Principal Merit Scholarships:
    • Student scores of 85 and above on the HSPT or 80 and above on the SSAT must be submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  
    • Student essays written in response to the prompt below is to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  They should offer a main idea and support that idea with examples from the student’s life experiences.
    • 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. Semi-finalists will be identified by Notre Dame and invited to submit an essay by Monday, February 8, 2021.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 5, 2021.
     
    No Interviews are required for the President or Principal Merit Scholarships.
     
  • Principal's Merit Scholarships

    The two Principal Merit Scholarships are 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.
    Applicants from the Class of 2025 must complete the following to be considered for either the President or Principal Merit Scholarships:
    • Student scores of 85 and above on the HSPT or 80 and above on the SSAT must be submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  
    • Student essays written in response to the prompt below is to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.  They should offer a main idea and support that idea with examples from the student’s life experiences.
    • 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. Semi-finalists will be identified by Notre Dame and invited to submit an essay by Monday, February 8, 2021.  Essays may be emailed to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 5, 2021.
     
    No Interviews are required for the President or Principal Merit Scholarships.
     
  • The Jack Pinto '85 Performing Arts Scholarship

    The 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.  Please email your submission to PASubmissions@ndnj.org by Monday, February 1, 2021.  Award recipient will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2021.

    Requirements 
    • video may only be taken with an iphone or android
    • submissions must be no longer that 2 minutes and 30 seconds
    • submissions may not be edited in any way
    Submissions not following this criteria will not be considered.
  • Character and Service Awards

    The Character and Service Awards are one time awards 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
     
     

Applications

Early Decision
Application Due: November 20, 2020

HSPT for Early Decision: November 14, 2020
    Register Here
Interviews: December 3-5, 2020
Notification: December 21, 2020  
Tuition Deposit due: January 31 (please visit the FAQs for more details)

Regular Admission
Application Due: January 22, 2021

HSPT for Regular Admission: January 23, 2021
    Register Here
Interviews: February 4-6, 2021
Notification: March 5, 2021
Tuition Deposit: March 16, 2021 (please visit the FAQs for more details)

Class of 2025 Welcome Night (including Course Registration)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
 

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
    609-882-7901
  • Photo of Kristen Brauer

    Kristen Brauer 

    Enrollment Management Coordinator
    609-882-7901

Ask a Parent - Ask a Student

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.

Our Senior Interns in the Admission Office are also ready to answer student questions. Please email us!


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