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Admission Process

If you are applying for the next school year (2018-2019):
The admissions process begins with submitting an inquiry. Within the inquiry form you can schedule a shadow visit or register for any of our admissions events.  We encourage you to attend our general Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 and our more specific Information Night on Thursday, November 16, 2017. We are hosting a 7th and 8th Grade Leadership Summit on March 1, 2018. Our goal is to give you every opportunity to discover Notre Dame for yourself!

When you are ready to apply, please continue to the Application.

If you have documentation related to a learning difference, an appointment with Michelle Bizeau, the Director of the Empowered for Success Program, will be included as part of the admissions process. 

If you are not applying for this year but are interested in learning more: Please complete the online inquiry form and we will keep you posted regarding our events for prospective students and parents.  We are hosting the 7th and 8th Grade Leadership Summit on March 1, 2018, as well as 6th and 7th Grade Day on Thursday, April 19, 2018. You can register for either event on the inquiry form or through your SchoolAdmin portal.


Admission Dates

  • Shadow Visits - September 19, 2017 - November 29, 2017
    8:45 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
  • Open House - October 22, 2017; 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Information Night - November 16, 2017; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Courtesy Online Application Due - December 8, 2017, $75 fee
  • Final Online Application Due - January 12, 2018, $110 fee
  • Financial Aid Application Due - January 12, 2018
  • HSPT - January 13, 2018 and January 20, 2018; 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Applicants only)
  • Family Interview - February 6, February 8, and February 10, 2018 - Schedule online
  • 7th/8th Grade Leadership Summit - March 1, 2018; 3:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Acceptance Letters Mailed - March 15, 2018
    Electronic Notification - March 16, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • New Parent / Student Welcome - Saturday, March 24, 2018; 9:00 a.m.
  • 6th/7th Grade Day - April 19, 2018; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Welcome Dinner - May 3, 2018; 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
  • Uniform Day - June 9, 2018;  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Freshman Orientation and Welcome - August 9-10, 2018
  • New Parent Orientation and BBQ - August 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
  • First Day of School - August 15, 2018 


Admission Checklist

Application Process Checklist for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Complete Notre Dame High School's Online Inquiry Form to schedule a Shadow Visit. If you are ready for the next step, please continue to the application.

  • Complete Notre Dame High School's Online Application
    • Courtesy Application Due Date: Friday, December 8, 2017; Fee: $75 
    • Final Application Due Date: Friday, January 12, 2018; Fee: $110

  • Take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and Writing Sample (required for freshmen).
    • Testing date is on January 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM. with a make-up test date on January 20, 2018. You must have applied to Notre Dame to take the test at Notre Dame.
    • Extended Time for applicants with learning differences is available if current documentation has been submitted prior to the date of the test. To be eligible for the Empowered for Success Program, please submit your current documentation. For extended time on the HSPT, please download the extended time forms in the yellow box and submit with your documentation. Extended time is available on both test dates.
    • Click here to schedule a Parent Information Meeting with Michelle Bizeau, the Director of the Empowered for Success program.
  • Submit the Clergy Recommendation Form to your church/ parish/ faith community if you are actively involved in a faith community or church. This form is not mandatory for the standard application but is required for financial aid applications to the San Francisco Archdiocese. See Financing Options under the Tuition and Fees tab.

  • Submit 4 forms (box to the right) to be completed by the applicant's current teachers and school administration. These can also be found within your SchoolAdmin portal and can be submitted online, or downloaded from our website and submitted in hardcopy form.
    • Transcript Release Form
      • It is important to note that Ds and Fs in 7th and 8th grade do not meet our admissions criteria. Additionally, HSPT results should indicate performance on grade-level. 
    • Current English Teacher Recommendation Form
    • Current Mathematics Teacher Recommendation Form
    • Confidential Recommendation Form
  • Schedule a family interview on February 6, February 8, or February 10, 2018.

  • Admission decision letters mailed Thursday, March 15, 2018.
  • Electronic Notification is sent on Friday, March 16, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Register by March 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. and come to our new Parent/Student Welcome.
    • Math Placement Testing is on March 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Financial aid applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in Fall 2017. 
Contact Information
Cathy Lewis

Director of Admissions

Rachel Shanley
Assistant Director of Admissions
650.595.1913 x370

Raena Mullan
Director of International Students
650.595.1913 x449

Admission Forms

Required Application Forms
Supplemental Application Forms

Complete these if applicable

Supplemental Forms for Students with Learning Differences