Departments & Courses
NDP's college preparatory curriculum is carefully designed to prepare students for success at the finest universities in the country. Students and teachers benefit from sound pedagogical design, the extensive use of interdisciplinary strategies and the integration of technology in the classroom.
See our Academic Departments and the 2018-19 Course Description Guide.
English, fine arts, theology and world language courses are numbered sequentially. For example, English 1, English 2, English 3 and English 4.
Math Sequence The math sequence is: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus and Calculus. Students may accelerate through the program by taking summer school.
Physical Education Sequence
The physical education sequence is Physical Education and Health.
The science sequence is as follows:
- Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry, plus an elective.
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics, plus an elective.
Different levels are available and students may accelerate through the program by taking summer school or placing into higher levels by standardized test scores.
The social studies sequence is: World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government and Economics. Different levels are available.
The English Department incorporates critical and analytical thinking skills into the study of various forms of literature, focusing specifically on the historical and social contexts of the stories. In addition, we strive to help students develop clarity in their speaking and writing so that they can be successful and insightful leaders of their post- secondary communities.
The goals of the English department are to focus on the development of the whole student by encouraging a lifelong love of reading, developing excellent writing skills in a variety of situations and producing confident and effective speakers.
The Fine Arts Department offers a variety of courses in both the visual and performing arts. All classes have at least beginning and advanced levels, and may also go beyond to even more advanced levels. The Fine Arts classes allow a student who has a genuine desire or talent to continue taking classes until graduation. It is the goal of the fine arts department to find the hidden talents of all students.
Each instructor is an expert in his/her field. All classes of each medium are taught by one person only, so there is continuity of instruction from the beginning classes, through the intermediate classes and ending with the advanced classes.
At Notre Dame Prep, we believe science should enhance the understanding of the universe both physical and metaphysical. Through this knowledge, students will develop an appreciation for their physical and spiritual place in God's world. Students are taught to appreciate the contributions of scientific research and the impact advancements can have on moral values. Students will demonstrate personal, social, and moral responsibility for the stewardship of the environment and scientific advancements.
The Technology Department at Notre Dame Preparatory equips students with the knowledge, creativity and ethics necessary to navigate the technological revolution taking place in the world. With an emphasis on developing 21st century skills, students develop a broad view of technology and its potential uses. Critical thinking is developed as students face real world problems, developing technological solutions to solve them. The Technology curriculum at Notre Dame Prep prepares students for a future of technological expertise.