When can I see Notre Dame College Prep?
Notre Dame's doors are always open. Simply go to the front desk, tell them you are interested in Notre Dame, and an enrollment representative will give you a tour of the school, answer any questions you have and hand you an application.
When can I "Shadow"?
All interested eighth grade students are welcome to "Shadow" at Notre Dame. Please call Mrs. LaVerne Bontempo at 847.779.8615 to schedule your "Shadow Day". You will be partnered with a current student of similar academic standing and interests. Please dress in Notre Dame uniform code: solid color polo shirt and solid color "Docker" style khakis. You do not need to be bring a lunch as lunch vouchers will be provided.
Students should get permission from their grade schools and see if a group "Shadow Day" has already been arranged. Click here to access the Shadow Day permission form.
When are the Open Houses?
Everyone is welcome to attend Notre Dame's Open Houses on:
- Sunday, October 14th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
- Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
What do I need to do to apply?
All interested eighth grade students should take our placement exam on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:00 am. Students may only take one Catholic High School entrance exam. There is no preregistration for the entrance exam, but there is a $25.00 exam fee.
How can a student prepare for the entrance exam?
There are no miraculous books or strategies to performing well on our placement exam. We ask students to study hard during junior high and get a good night's sleep.
What entrance exam does Notre Dame offer?
Notre Dame offers the High School Placement Test (HSPT).
What criteria are used to select Notre Dame students?
While the entrance exam is an important tool for us in reviewing applicants, we look at the student as a whole. We use a pre-admission form that we receive from grade schools that indicates 7th and 8th grade grades, attendance, previous standardized testing, and discipline. It is also important to see how a student has been involved at his school and in his community. Notre Dame admits students without regard to race, color, and/or country of national origin.
Do you offer scholarships?
Students who test in the top five percent of the placement exam do receive a monetary scholarship. We do have a need-based Financial Aid Program. All families are invited to apply. Please note, no Catholic high schools can offer athletic scholarships.
How can I get into honors classes my freshman year?
We offer advanced placement exams for math, English, foreign language and technology in May 2012 (TBD).
What type of academic tracks does Notre Dame offer?
Notre Dame offers the following academic tracks (please click on to get more info):
The Hesburgh Scholar Program, Regular College Prep and Br. Andre Scholar Program are ALL COLLEGE PREP. The Burke Scholar Program is for students with mild to moderate cognitive learning difficulties. Notre Dame College Prep is the first Catholic high school in Illinois to offer a special education program.
What type of Counseling Program does Notre Dame offer?
Please click here for more information about Notre Dame's Counseling Department.
What is the tuition at Notre Dame?
Tuition, not including fees, for the 2012-2013 school year is $9,700.00.
The following tuition discounts will be offered to a family with more than one son attending Notre Dame at the same time: 2nd Son - $850.00, 3rd Son - $1,850.00, 4th Son – entire tuition excluding fees.
Fees are charged for student activities, Parents’ Association, technology, student insurance, retreats, graduation and overall school development. All fees are itemized on the tuition statement. For example, the 2012-2013 fees for freshmen, sophomores and juniors total $550.00. The total for seniors, including a $150.00 graduation fee, is $700.00.
How do students get involved at Notre Dame?
Over 50 percent of our student body plays one of the 14 IHSA sponsored sports. Nearly 100 percent of students join one of our nearly 40 clubs.
Origin of the Dons
People often ask, "Why are the students of Notre Dame College Prep nicknamed the Dons?" The answer is simple. In an attempt to avoid an animal nickname, Notre Dame College Prep's first principal, the Reverend James d'Autremont, CSC, chose the nickname "Dons" because of its Spanish translation of "gentleman". Fr. d'Autremont preferred the students to be referred to as the Dons of Notre Dame, or " Gentlemen of Mary."