Frequently Asked Questions | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule a visit?

Get to know the SJND campus and the school community by coming for a Shadow Visit.

During a Shadow Visit, you are paired with an SJND student and have the opportunity to experience a day in the life at the school. Parents are encouraged to stay for a brief presentation and tour of the school on the morning of their student's Shadow Day.

Set up a Shadow Visit

Should I come to Open House if I am already familiar with the school?

Yes! At Open House, you will have the opportunity to meet current SJND students, faculty, coaches, parents and administrators. You will also learn more about our academic programs, clubs and athletic teams. Visitors can also learn first-hand about the SJND student experience.

Does the school have an entrance exam?

Yes. Every incoming freshman must take the High School Placement Test in January. SJND also offers an HSPT Prep Course in October.

What are the graduation requirements?

To graduate from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School a student must complete an academic curriculum composed of a total of 280 semester units. Some of these units are prescribed by the school, while others may be selected by students.

Course credit earned through colleges/universities is noted on the SJND transcript, but grades earned through colleges/universities do not impact a student’s SJND grade point average.

Each student will take seven courses per semester. The following courses are required of all students:

Theology 40 units 4 years
English 40 units 4 years
Mathematics 30 units 3 years
Language Other Than English 20 units* 2 years
Physical Education 20 units 2 years
Social Studies 30 units 3 years
Science 30 units 3 years
Visual and Performing Arts 20 units 2 years
Selectives 50 units  

*30 units (3 years) recommended

Does SJND accommodate students with learning differences?

Yes. SJND has a Learning Services Counselor on staff, and all students with documentation will be provided the accommodations they need.

Is the family interview required?

Yes. The family interview for incoming freshman students enables an SJND teacher or administrator to spend some time talking about a student's goals and expectations for high school. It is also an opportunity to ask questions about the SJND program in a small setting. All applicants must participate in a family interview with at least one parent or guardian. Transfer students may also be asked to come to SJND for a family interview.

Does SJND accept transfer applications?

Yes. SJND accepts transfers at the start of each semester. Contact the Admissions Office for more information on the transfer application process.

Does SJND offer financial aid?

Yes. SJND is committed to providing a quality, Catholic education to as many deserving students as possible and to ensuring a diverse socioeconomic mix of families. Tuition assistance is need-based. All families are eligible to apply, since many different situations are considered. For more information about financial aid, click here.

How is a family's need determined?

All families who would like to be considered for tuition assistance must complete and return the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment form. FACTS is an outside agency that SJND uses to process the information provided by families. For more information about financial aid, click here.