Notre Dame High School offers a distinctive Catholic, college-preparatory education for young women and has been located in the heart of downtown San Jose since 1851. Our school considers female applicants who would benefit from an all-girls environment that promotes academic, personal and spiritual leadership. 

Notre Dame High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of education policies, admission policies, scholarships, loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.

Notre Dame does not have a program for international students and does not consider international applicants for admission to our school.

Eighth grade applicants for the Class of 2024 will receive decision notification emails at 5pm on Friday, March 13, 2020.  

The application portal will open for transfer students and for any late freshman applicants on Monday, April 20, 2020.  We will review transfer applications and late freshman applications in the spring and summer as space is available.

Eighth grade candidates applying for the Class of 2024 must submit:

       1. A complete online application 
       2. The $75 application fee 
       3. Student essays that respond to the provided prompts
       4. One academic letter of recommendation from a middle school representative 
       5. Complete middle school transcripts
       6. A parent statement


Notre Dame considers transfer applicants for 9th, 10th , and 11th grade. If you are interested in transferring to Notre Dame High School, please contact Susana Garcia, vice principal of enrollment, at or by phone 408-294-1113 ext 2159.

Transfer Student Requirements:

  • A's and B's on transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from a math teacher
  • Letter of recommendation from an English teacher
  • Graded writing sample
  • Interview

Thank you for your interest in Notre Dame High School!  The following are responses to frequently asked questions from applicants.

When should I start the application process?

Students applying to enter as freshmen should submit their application between August and the January deadline during their eighth grade year.  For the Class of 2024, the deadline is Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Transfer students typically apply between February and May, however transferring to Notre Dame is subject to available openings.  Interested students should contact Ms. Susana Garcia, Vice Principle of Enrollment and Public Relations, to inquire about the possibility of transferring.

Why are there two parts to the application?

The first part of the online application involves basic demographic information.  Once that "cover sheet" of the application and fee are submitted, students will be able to access the additional links needed for the application including:

  • ​the essay prompts
  • ​the link to request an academic letter of recommendation
  • the form to request transcripts
  • the parent statement prompt

Students should see the updated checklist and links within 24 hours of submitting the first portion of the online application.

Does Notre Dame require an interview as part of the application process?

Getting to know our applicants is important to the admissions team!  For this reason, demonstrating interest in Notre Dame and attending admissions events is an important consideration for us in the admissions process.  Admissions team members and staff actively engage prospective students in conversation to get to know them!

​We do not, however, have a separate process where applicants come to campus exclusively for a short interview with a staff member.​

Can I submit more than one letter of recommendation?

​To complete the application, a student only needs to submit an academic letter of recommendation:

  • ​for eighth graders, the letter should be from a middle school representative (teacher, counselor or principal) who can speak to the applicant as a student
  • for transfer students, a letter of recommendation is required from an English teacher as well as from a math teacher

​Should a student wish to submit supplementary letters of recommendation, the person writing the recommendation should mail them directly to Notre Dame or email them to​.  We will add supplementary letters to the student's application file.  Please click here for school admin portal to begin the letter of recommendation process. Please click here for PDF  version of recommendation request form.

Why can't I select Notre Dame as an option on Ravenna?

Each school uses their own systems to support the admissions process.  Notre Dame currently uses an outstanding product through SchoolAdmin for both the admissions of incoming students and the enrollment of returning students.  This decision was made to benefit the overall needs of our learning community.

Notre Dame uses the same form for the letter of recommendation as the other high schools in the diocese of San Jose and aligns with the same admissions deadlines.

Where should I take the High School Placement Test?

Eighth graders take the High School Placement Test in January and are encouraged to test at their preferred high school site.  

While taking the test at Notre Dame is a clear indicator of preference to our admissions team, we also welcome the applications and results of students testing at other schools.  There are many good high school choices and we recognize that students may still be undecided in the middle of their eighth grade year.

When will I get my High School Placement Test results? 

​When taking the test, students designate which schools they would like to receive the results.  The high schools receive those results directly from the Scholastic Testing Service and use the results as one academic indicator when considering applicants.​  

Notre Dame sends a summary of results by postal mail to families with the admissions decisions in March.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

​Notre Dame sends admissions decisions to applicants by email in March.  For the Class of 2024, the notification will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 after 5pm.  Additionally, a letter formalizing the admissions decision is sent by postal mail.

Will applying for tuition assistance affect my admission?

No.  We are committed to admitting mission-aligned young women who will be academically successful at Notre Dame.  

  • The application process​ and decisions​ for admission to the school ​are​ managed by the admissions department.​
  • ​The application process and offer of tuition assistance are managed by the business office.  Please visit the tuition assistance page for information regarding process and deadlines.​

Eighth graders applying to Notre Dame must submit one academic letter of recommendation with her application. Recommendation forms for the Class of 2024 are due by February 3, 2020.

Requesting a letter

Preferred Method

After submitting the application cover sheet, the application portal will allow students to digitally request a letter of recommendation from a teacher using a personalized window.

Alternative Method

Students may print and request a letter of recommendation in hard copy by using this PDF form

Submitting a letter

Preferred Method

When a student sends an email request for a letter of recommendation from you, please use the personalized link in the email to send the letter directly into her school admin file. You wil have the option to complete the form online or upload a PDF form. Once you submit the recommendation, this required item will be marked as received on the student's application portal.

Alternative Method

Please send recommendation forms digitally to or by mail to:

Notre Dame High School
Admissions Department 
596 South Second Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Recommendation forms received by an alternative method may not be marked as received on the application portal.


* Once the application cover sheet is submitted and fee paid, the application portal checklist should update within 24 hours and provide access to the complete application and required forms.


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