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Billiart Scholar Honors Program

Our Billiart Scholar Honors program inspires students to grow academically by engaging them through real-world experiences and challenging them to think beyond the classroom. Incoming freshmen who score a 90 or above or achieve a CSQ score of 125 or higher on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) are invited to join the Billiart Scholar Honors Program (BSHP) and will receive their invitation with their HSPT results.

Billiart Scholar First-Year Experience (9)

In addition to the common benefits (see below), first-year Billiart scholars will engage with MND alumnae or friends of the school about what it means to be an empowered woman. At the end of their first year, students may apply to the advanced Select Scholar program.

Billiart Select Scholar Experience (10, 11)

In addition to the common benefits (see below), students chosen for the Billiart Select Scholar experience will engage in additional activities to develop them inside and outside of the classroom. They will be engaged with alumnae and community members in service and develop ethics and morality positions guided by our Catholic faith.

Billiart Scholar Benefits

  • Honors/Advanced Placement Schedule
    Billiart Scholars will begin in Honors and AP courses as freshmen, and have access to our 18 Advanced Placement courses during their four years.
  • Accelerated Testing Program
    Billiart Scholars participate in a specialized, accelerated standardized testing schedule. The schedule provides accelerated exposure in preparation for the PSAT, ACT and SAT.
  • Scholarship
    Incoming freshmen will be offered a $1,000 scholarship in addition to other scholarships and aid. Students who are chosen for the Billiart Select Scholar experience will be awarded an additional $1,000 applied to their sophomore year tuition.

Who was Saint Julie Billiart?

The Billiart Scholar Honors Program is named in honor of the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Saint Julie Billiart believed that God’s goodness was central to everyday life, proclaiming “how good is the good God!” Saint Julie was known for her charismatic leadership, and belief in a quality education for all. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur continue this mission, through our schools. As Billiart Scholars, students will be pushed to seek God’s goodness in themselves, and in others through the integration of academics with experiential-learning opportunities.

Why a Billiart Scholar?

The Billiart Scholar Honors Program provides an engaging experience in which students are inspired to participate in academics through unique ways. The program is designed to maximize the educational opportunities inside and outside of the classroom throughout the high school experience.

Academically, students are challenged through Advanced Placement and Honors classes and an accelerated standardized testing plan. Outside of class, students experience unique experiential learning and service projects. Students learn critical thinking skills, as well as the how to apply academic knowledge to life situations.

First-year Billiart Scholars will be engaged in a career exploration speaker series where alumnae and friends of MND share their experiences and challenge students to consider future career pathways. Following the first-year, students may apply to become Billiart Select Scholars which extends the program into their sophomore and junior years.

Sophomore Billiart Select Scholars will engage with community members and professionals to improve their communication, collaboration and creative skills through a pairing with a philanthropic organization. Junior Billiart Select Scholars also participate in collegiate style seminars focused upon ethical development. In the junior year, students will establish personal positions regarding ethics and morality while considering real-world scenarios.

Contact Mr. Benn VanOudenallen (bvanoudenallen@mndhs.org) if you have any questions.

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