Applying to NDA

The Admissions Committee considers many factors when evaluating an application. Our process is about much more than test scores. It’s about taking the time to really get to know your daughter and to understand her potential. NDA students are well-rounded and motivated to be active participants in school and the world around them. Grades count, of course, but so do curious minds and engagement in school and the community.

It's not too late! While this year's application deadlines have passed, we are still considering applications on a space-available basis. We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office directly at 781.749.5930 ext. 2234 or so we can assist you in this process.

If you've already completed an inquiry or started your application, you can go directly to your Ravenna account here. If you're new to the process, just scroll down!

How to Apply

Step 1: Create an Admissions account

NDA uses a system called Ravenna to collect inquiries and manage applications for prospective students. Through this system, families can submit their admissions application, track supplemental documents, register for admissions events, and check the status of their application online. To begin, please complete our Inquiry Form. At the end of the form, be sure to create an account and add a password; this will provide easy access to your account.

Click here to get started!

Step 2: Visit NDA

We are excited to offer many opportunities for you to visit and explore our classrooms, facilities and campus and learn more about our community! We offer a variety of events both on- and off-campus, for prospective families to engage with our faculty, staff, students and their parents.

Click here for more information about visiting NDA.

While interviews are not required for prospective ninth grade students, they are a great way for students to learn more about NDA, and allow us the chance to get to know you. All prospective transfer students are asked to participate in an interview with a member of our admissions team.

Interviews begin in October. To view interview times and schedule your appointment, please log-in to your Ravenna account. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact our Admissions Office via email or by calling 781.749.5930, ext. 2234.

Step 3: Register for an Entrance Exam

Applicants to Grade 7: Prospective 7th graders must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ISEE is offered at a number of locations. To register, please visit the ISEE website

Applicants to Grade 9: NDA requires that prospective 9th grade students take the Archdiocese of Boston High School Placement Test (HSPT) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Please click here to choose a location and register for the SSAT.

*Test Score requirements vary for transfer students. Please email the Admissions Office at for more information on which test scores your daughter may need to submit to be considered as a transfer student applicant.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Through Ravenna, you can submit your admissions application, track the receipt of all required documents, and check the status of your application online. In addition, you can request teacher and guidance counselor recommendations through the Ravenna system. Get started now by completing our inquiry form.

If your family has a previous Ravenna account, or if you've already submitted an inquiry and set up an account and password, you can go directly to Ravenna and login here.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 781.749.5930, ext. 2234 or if you have any questions.

Step 5: Submit Your Transcripts and Recommendation

A completed application should include the prospective student's most up-to-date transcript. You can download and print the transcript request form through the online application accessible via your Ravenna account.

Please be sure to submit this form to your daughter's guidance counselor, teacher, or an administrator at her current school with enough time to meet the appropriate application deadline.

Optional: Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for need-based assistance, families must complete an online financial aid application and submit the required supplemental documents. For more information on financial aid, click here.