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St. Julie Scholar Concentration

Beginning sophomore year, the St. Julie Scholar Concentration prepares students for elevated academic performance in college. The St. Julie Scholar Concentration includes an array of AP and Honors courses for students who are looking to exceed the already impressive academic and extracurricular expectations of  an NDB education.

*Students may apply for the St. Julie Scholar Concentration at the end of their freshman year. Applications will be reviewed and students will be chosen by the curriculum council and/or a review board.

Who is a St. Julie Scholar?

A St. Julie Scholar Tiger goes above and beyond to exceed expectations in and out of the classroom. Whether they are conducting an experiment in a stimulating AP or Honors class, participate on an NDB leadership board or are volunteering in their community, a St. Julie Scholar Tiger goes the extra mile to challenge themselves, be a role model for their peers and make a positive impact in their community. A St. Julie Scholar Tiger joins a lineage of powerful women who have left a lasting legacy on NDB and the community at large.

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Courses and Opportunities

AP Honor Roll Gold

NDB has been named to the inaugural 2023 AP School Honor Roll. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit and maximizing college readiness. The AP School Honor Roll offers four levels of distinction: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. NDB has been designated as Gold. With 217 students who took 452 AP exams, 71.43% scored a three or higher on at least one AP exam. We would like to congratulate our Tri-School partners, Serra and Mercy High School, who both earned Silver recognition. Congratulations, Padres and Bears!

AP CSP Female Diversity Award

NDB has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). This award acknowledges 1,127 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2022-23 school year. NDB is one of only 834 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in AP CSP. Learn more.

NHS Induction Ceremony 2023

Students who demonstrate outstanding achievements in academics are indoctrinated into the National Honors Society at the NHS Ceremony each year.
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Student Leadership

NDB offers over 200 leadership positions in student government, boards, and professional clubs and organizations. Roughly half of student leaders are elected into their roles by the student body while the other half are selected based upon an extensive application and interview process.

View Leadership Opportunities