Applying to NDA

The Admissions Committee considers many factors when evaluating an applicant.

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 a curious mind and active participation in school and the community.

We also want you and your family to get to know us. There are a number of opportunities, both here on campus and in the community, to explore all that NDA has to offer. We hope you will take advantage of a number of the scheduled events and activities. Or just give us a call – we would love to hear from you.

We pride ourselves on giving each family the care and attention they need to make an educated decision. We also want to make the admission process as straightforward and efficient as possible. Below you will find all the steps necessary to apply to Notre Dame Academy.

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 Ravenna to collect inquiries and manage applications for prospective students. Families can submit their application, track supplemental documents, register for admissions events, and check the status of their application online via Ravenna. The first step is to complete our Inquiry Form. At the end of the form, be sure to add a password and create an account; this allows you to come back and use the information you've already entered!

Click here to get started!

Step 2: Visit NDA

We are excited to offer many opportunities for you to visit NDA and learn more about our community! Both on and off campus, our faculty and staff and our students and their parents team up with our Admissions team to give prospective families a sense of what it's like to be part of ours.

Click here for more information about visiting NDA.

While interviews are not required for prospective ninth grade students, they can be a great way to get to know our community while we get to know you. Prospective transfer students will all be asked to sit down for an interview with a member of our Admissions team.

Available interview times will be visible to you via your Ravenna account later in October. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Director of Admissions Patricia Spatola 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). For available dates, please vist the ISEE website.

Applicants to Grade 9: NDA requires that prospective 9th grade students take either the Archdiocese of Boston High School Placement Test (HSPT) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

We are excited to announce that NDA will host an HSPT make-up exam on Friday, January 12 at 8:00 a.m. for prospective students who have not yet taken the entrance exam. The test will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 11:00 a.m. If you are interested in having your daughter take the exam on January 12, please email Patricia Spatola, Director of Admissions, at pspatola@ndahingham.com to reserve your space.


Step 4: Submit Your Application

NDA uses a system called Ravenna to manage the application process. This allows families to track all their required documents and check the status of their application online. You can even send out requests for recommendations via the Ravenna system! You can get things 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.

Deadline for Grade 9 applications: Friday, December 15

Applications received through January 3, 2018 will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Deadline for Grade 7 applications: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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

NDA's Financial Aid program helps ensure a socioeconomically diverse student community, enriching the experience for all of our students. To be considered for need-based assistance, families must complete an online financial aid application and submit the required supplemental documents by December 15, 2017. For more information on financial aid, click here.

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