College Preparatory Curriculum

Notre Dame High School offers an unparalleled college preparatory curriculum designed to allow students to achieve at their highest level. We recognize that students have varying strengths, interests and abilities, and we strive to address these differences to maximize student success. We have developed a variety of college preparatory courses that encourage mastery across a wide range of disciplines and within the requirements of the best American universities and colleges, especially those of the University of California and California State University systems.

Notre Dame’s religion curriculum is designed with the standards of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Congregation on Catholic Education. Notre Dame’s curriculum represents a planned course of studies deliberately intended to produce a young person who is ready academically, spiritually, and emotionally, to succeed in college and in a life of generous, competent service.

College Preparatory Courses

College preparatory courses at Notre Dame meet the University of California A to G requirements. These courses prepare students across many disciplines for college admission and provide a superior foundation for the successful completion of college course work.

Honors Courses

Honors courses are college preparatory courses designed for students with a specific aptitude in a particular content area. Courses approach content at a faster pace and greater depth than traditional college preparatory courses. Students are typically recommended for admission based on academic performance, but they may also petition a counselor or administrator for placement. Decisions are based on the student’s potential for succeeding in the desired course.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Advanced Placement courses are instructed on a college level, and students, after successfully passing the standardized AP exam, receive college credit upon admission to participating universities. The students must meet course entrance requirements and successfully complete summer work.

Students with Disabilities

Otherwise qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable accommodation within the school’s resources. Reasonable accommodations that exceed school resources can be provided at the expense of the parent. Modifications to the curriculum that will alter the school’s mission as a Catholic, college-preparatory school cannot be offered. Students with learning disabilities will be assisted in obtaining the appropriate Individualized Education Program so the student’s progress will not be compromised, and so that every possible effort is made to maximize the student’s potential.
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