International Students

Global citizenship starts on campus.

Notre Dame Academy enrolls international students, primarily from China, in grades 9 through 12. International students generally apply to Grade 9 or Grade 10 with plans to enter college in the United States following their graduation.

This program is kept intentionally small, so that the international students become an integral part of our student body, participating in clubs, athletics, academics, and student leadership. They broaden their own perspectives and the perspectives of others by becoming active members of our school community.

Notre Dame Academy is proud to welcome English-proficient applicants who are looking to broaden their horizons in an international educational environment.

Lydia Lu '19 shares her thoughts on what makes NDA the right school for her.

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Applying for International Admission

If you are a student from China
, interested in applying to NDA, please visit our partner organization, The Cambridge Institute of International Education (

You may contact them via email at or phone 781.996.0400, or begin the process with their offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Chungqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, or Zhengzhou. Contact information for their Chinese offices can be found at

If you are from a country other than China and wish to inquire about studying at Notre Dame Academy, please contact Patricia Spatola, Director of Admissions, directly at or 781.749.5930, ext. 2234.

NDA is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. I-20 Visas are secured for students who have completed the admissions process and intend to enroll in the Academy.

Housing for International Students

Our international students generally stay with South Shore-area host families, some of whom are current or former NDA families. This home-stay program allows our international students to experience an authentic American secondary-school life, at home as well as school. It encourages them, too, to fully embrace American language and culture.

Housing for our international students is arranged via gphomestay (, in coordination with our partner organization, The Cambridge Institute.