Notre Dame High School

  • Providing a distinctive Catholic, college-preparatory education for young women in the heart of downtown since 1851.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1851
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students646 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
70%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Notre Dame High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio18:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size24 students
Number of AP Courses29 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10
Admissions DirectorSusana Garcia
Admissions AssociateMaya Courtright

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.47 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Acts of Random Kindness, Alliance, Animal Rights Interest Group, Anime Interest Group, Associated Student Body (ASB), Business Interest Group, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Chess Interest Group, Chinese Cultural Club, Facing History Student Leaders, Fashion Club, Filipino Student Association (FSA), Free The Children, Girls Who Code, Greek Cultural Club, Harry Potter Club, Interact Club, Japan Club, Jewish Cultural Club, Journalism/Newspaper, Latinas Unidas, Lean-In, Lighthouse/Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Math Team, Medical Club, Model United Nations, Movie Interest Group, Music Ministry, Muslim Student Association, National Honor Society (NHS), ND Hackers, Notre Dame Ambassadors, Peer Ministry Leadership Team (PMLT), Quiz Bowl, Red Cross Club, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Science/Environmental Club, Service & Justice, South Asian Student Association (SASA), Speech & Debate, Student Congress, Teaching Advising and Serving the Community (TASC), UNICEF Club, Vegterainiam Interest Group, Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Yearbook

School Notes

For over 165 years Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose has stood as the premier school for young women of the Silicon Valley.  Guided by the wisdom of Saint Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we have provided a relevant and exciting curriculum, teaching young women "what they need to know for life."  Whether for the 1850s or the fast-paced 21st century, our mission does not change: we ensure our students are armed with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate and excel in their rapidly evolving environment.  Prestigious universities and colleges across the nation recruit our graduates smart, sophisticated and savvy young women poised to positively impact their local and global communities.  

Our impressive results stem from an exceptional college preparatory program that: 
  • focuses on personalized support.  Each student is assigned both a personal counselor and faculty mentor to provide academic, social and spiritual advising throughout her four years of high school.  
  • emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration skills.  All courses include group work, project-based learning, and the use of technology as a tool.
  • offers real-world relevance through experiential learning.  From interdisciplinary field trips to internship and travel opportunities, students are guided in learning beyond the walls of the classroom.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Jose
    Presentation High School
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 834 students
    3.2 miles
    2281 Plummer Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95125
    (408) 264-1664
    3.2 9-12
    834
  • Mountain View
    St Francis High School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 1760 students
    11.6 miles
    1885 Miramonte Ave
    Mountain View, CA 94040
    (650) 968-1213
    11.6 9-12
    1760
  • San Jose
    Grades: K-12 | 2799 students
    4.8 miles
    100 Skyway Drive
    San Jose, CA 95111
    (408) 513-2400
    4.8 K-12
    2799
  • Anaheim
    Cornelia Connelly School
    Cornelia Connelly School Photo - Students celebrate after the NHS Induction Ceremony.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 130 students
    326.9 miles
    2323 W Broadway
    Anaheim, CA 92804
    (714) 776-1717
    326.9 9-12
    130
  • Calabasas
    Grades: K-12 | 1236 students
    285.7 miles
    23620 Mulholland Hwy
    Calabasas, CA 91302
    (818) 591-6580
    285.7 K-12
    1236

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The average private school tuition in San Jose, CA is $15,447 for elementary schools and $22,205 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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