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International Student Program

Notre Dame High School Welcomes
Young Ladies from Around the Globe

Inspired, Empowered, Ready for the World, I am Notre Dame. The spirit behind this statement distinguishes Notre Dame High School, Belmont from all others. Notre Dame is a community of parents, teachers, staff, and alumni who are dedicated to providing the best possible high school experience for young women. We welcome international students to apply to our International Student Program and become a part of the NDB family.

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula, between the City of San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the South Bay, our school is much more than an outstanding Catholic college preparatory. It’s a place where classmates become sisters, teachers become mentors, and ordinary moments become extraordinary experiences. Each student is valued and knows that she truly belongs here.

Notre Dame High School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, including a rich diversity of classes and an extensive array of AP and Honors courses. Our curriculum ensures that all of our graduates meet University of California and California State University requirements.Our AP pass rate is far above the national average, and 100 percent of our graduates go on to college. Our international students will find classmates, teachers, and staff who will help them to explore their talents and to achieve success in a variety of places—academics, the arts, athletics, clubs and Christian service. Most importantly, Notre Dame faculty and staff model values that inspire our students to be confident women who will make a difference in the 21st century.

For More Information

You can learn more about all aspects of Notre Dame High School by perusing our website. For additional information about our International Student Program, please contact the Program Director, Ms. Raena Mullan, by phone at 650-595-1913 x449, or by email at


Admissions Criteria

Notre Dame High School welcomes young women from around the globe to apply for 9th, 10th, or 11th grade with the intention of graduating from Notre Dame. A well-qualified international applicant is a student who has a:

  • strong record of academic achievement
  • high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • keen interest in immersing herself in the NDB community and the American culture
  • genuine desire to live and engage with an American host family


The International Student Admissions Process

Applications for Notre Dame’s International Student Program will be accepted on a rolling basis until the prospective class is full. To initiate the admissions process, applicants will begin by completing an inquiry. You will be contacted by the Director, Raena Mullan, at which time she will address any questions you may have. You will need to submit the following documents to Notre Dame’s International Student Program Director. They can be submitted online or downloaded from the following links.

  • Official academic transcripts representing the student’s three most recent years of school; transcripts must have an English translation
  • English competency test results (SLEP, TOEFL, TOEFL Jr.)
  • Copy of current passport
  • Translated copy of medical/immunization records
  • Application fee of $200

Supporting documents can be sent in PDF format to the following email address: You may also send documents by traditional mail to:

Ms. Raena Mullan, International Student Program Director
Notre Dame High School
1540 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002

Upon receipt and review of the completed application and supporting documents, the program director will contact the applicant directly to set up an interview through SKYPE, by telephone, or in person.

Students who are accepted to Notre Dame High School will be required to secure their place in the program with a deposit of $5,500. Once the deposit has been received, the I-20 can be issued and sent to the student to prepare for the visa interview.



Annual tuition and fees for Notre Dame High School’s International Student Program is $55,400 for the 2016-2017 school year. The tuition and fees include:

  • The Home Stay Program placement with a Notre Dame family for the 10-month school year
  • A full schedule of college preparatory classes, including honors and AP courses
  • Annual yearbook, lock for locker, and graduation fees
  • A designated counselor who provides academic support, mentoring, and advocacy for students
  • The International Student Program Director who provides ongoing support on campus and for Homestay families
  • The international educator who provides academic support, mentoring and advocacy for students.
  • Lunch meal plan at school.
  • Textbooks
  • Athletic fees, class fees, and uniform are additional


Students will be introduced to life as a Tiger with an orientation to the Notre Dame campus and the San Francisco Bay Area. Orientation includes:

  • campus tours, acquisition of textbooks, and a review of the school’s rules, policies, and traditions;
  • a cultural exchange event with Notre Dame students, staff, and host families;
  • local area excursions to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and other points of interest;
  • an opportunity to meet with current Notre Dame students who will welcome international students to NDB and help them to acclimate to their new school;
  • social activities designed to introduce Notre Dame’s international students to other international students attending our brother school, Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, and our sister school, Mercy High School in Burlingame.

Home Stay Program

We believe that a quality international program is one that places our international students in the homes of Notre Dame families, where the girls will have the support and warmth only a family environment can provide. Both the visiting student and the Notre Dame family will embark on an unparalleled, enriching experience - one that will likely create relationships to last a lifetime. Host families encourage the continued use of English skills, provide academic and social guidance, and generally support the student as she immerses into the American culture. Students are provided with a private room in the family home and all her meals. The host family receives an annual stipend (included in the tuition.)

Once students have been accepted to Notre Dame’s program, the International Student Program Director will work to place the student with a host family and provide ongoing support for the student and her family over the course of the school year.


Spring Immersion Program

JANUARY 4, 2018–MAY 21, 2018
The International Immersion Program at NDB offers girls entering grades 9-11 the opportunity to work on their English language proficiency while simultaneously immersing themselves in the American high school experience. Students in this program attend classes with domestic students and are expected to complete all required assignments but do not receive academic credit. Students in the Immersion Program must successfully complete the Immersion Program before they will be considered for regular student status. For more information please contact Raena Mullan.