Events & Opportunities


On-Campus Opportunities

Shadowing Program
Shadowing invites eighth graders to observe a typical school day at Notre Dame High School.  The day includes going to classes with a freshman hostess, lunch from our daily food provider, and social time chatting with currents students at break and lunch.  The program is filled on a first-come-first serve basis and registrations are made online and runs from September-January .  

Open House
Notre Dame's Open House will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 11am-2pm.  

When families arrive on campus, they will register at the tent in Pardini Park where they are assigned to a student-led tour.  While at Notre Dame, families learn more about our academic programs and meet faculty in Julie Billiart Hall.  In Pardini Park, our co-curriculum program directors and student clubs happily answer questions about opportunities available to students.  Additionally, families participate in hands-on sessions offered throughout the day - ranging from science labs with students to a Comedy Sportz performance in the Student Life Center.  Everyone has the opportunity to grow in understanding of Notre Dame's compelling mission and program.

Eighth Grade Day
Notre Dame's Eighth Grade Day will be on Monday, November 10, 2014.  Registration begins at 8am and the event concludes at 12:30pm.

Every November, Notre Dame hosts a special day just for eighth graders.  The event is organized and implemented by our current sophomore class, who will be "big sisters" to the incoming class.  Students experience a day personalized for eighth graders to expose them to "life at ND" - which includes an assembly, three short classes, lunch, and a closing rally.  This event gives applicants an insight into Notre Dame and a concurrent parent program was offered as well.  This event is strongly encouraged for students interested in applying to Notre Dame High School.

Accelerated Pathway Afternoon:
Prospective students and parents come to campus in January to learn more about our Accelerated Pathway, which consists of the 30 Advanced Placement and honors courses offered at Notre Dame.  Students and parents discover how our program is distinct from other schools and how this pathway cultivates critical thinking and curiosity in addition to transferable college credits.  

More information about our Pathways for Learning is available through our brochure.

Notre Dame Presentations in the Community

High School Information Nights
During September, Notre Dame participates in the High School Information Nights with the Diocese of San Jose.  Families are invited to attend any one of the six evening presentations for more information about our school, student achievements, and application process.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at St. Simon School
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at St. Lucy School
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at St. John Vianney School
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at St. Catherine School
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at Holy Spirit School in San Jose
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at Queen of Apostles

Class Visits
Notre Dame students and the Admissions Team give presentations during the school day at local middle schools from September-December.  Students will share first-hand experiences at Notre Dame and leave participants with helpful information about the admissions process and transitioning to high school.  Ask your teacher when we are coming to your school!

Preparing to Apply

High School Placement Test
Every applicant is required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) to be considered for admission to Notre Dame High School.  It is a standardized test that every high school in the San Jose Diocese uses when considering applicants.  The test can only be taken once, and no calculators are allowed.

We offer the test on our campus on two Saturdays in January.  We strongly encourage students to take the test on our campus if Notre Dame is their first choice school.  Students who do not test on our campus, but send us our HSPT scores, will still be considered. 

Application Process

Students begin submitting applications as early as November and are encouraged to complete the process before the deadline in January.  The steps to the application process are listed on our Application page.

There are many factors considered in the application process to find the "best fit" for students to admit to our community.  Students who are considering Notre Dame are strongly encouraged to demonstrate their interest by participating in the events and opportunities described on this page.  



  Save the Date for 2014-2015:     

Online registration
opens on
Friday, August 29, 2014

Open House
will be on
Saturday, October 18, 2014
from 11am-2pm

Eighth Grade Day 2014
will be on
Monday, November 10, 2014
registration from 8-8:30am
event concludes at 12:30pm


Transfer Student Applications:

on a rolling basis

Please contact
Susana Garcia
for information about transferring


The Admissions Office is ready to assist you with any questions you may have. On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, we look forward to seeing you on campus!

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