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International Student Program

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 from around the globe. 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.

Our 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.

International Student Admissions Process

Step 1: Submit an inquiry.

Step 2: Wait for Notre Dame to contact you.

Step 3: Complete the online application ($200 fee required).

Step 4: Submit all required documents:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • 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.) if available.
  • Copy of current passport
  • Medical/immunization records; must have an English translation.


Step 5: Schedule an interview (in-person or online).

Step 6: If accepted, students 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.



The tuition and fees include:

  • The tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $41,900.00.
  • If you need a host family, the host family fee is $15,000.00 for one school year (10 months).
  • A full schedule of college preparatory classes, including honors and AP courses (if eligible).
  • 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.
  • Uniform, athletic and class fees 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 compensation.

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 (if needed) and provide ongoing support for the student and her family over the course of the school year.


Spring Immersion Program

JANUARY 4, 2019–MAY 31, 2019
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 the Director of International Students, Raena Mullan at