Steps to Admission at Mount Notre Dame – Class of 2025
Mount Notre Dame – an exceptional Catholic, college-preparatory high school – embraces the gift of diversity in our students’ academic levels, as well as ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our hope is to welcome every young woman who desires a Mount Notre Dame education. Admission acceptance is determined by a committee of administrators, guidance counselors, interventionists and admission staff who carefully review each application. Special admission consideration is given to granddaughters, daughters and sisters of MND alumnae, and sisters of current students.
MND’s admission process includes an online application: CLICK HERE. MND will request school records from each applicant’s current school to be received no later than December 1, 2020. School records typically include grade reports from 6th, 7th and first quarter/trimester of 8th grade, prior standardized test scores, and copies of any IEP/Accommodation plans.
The Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has waived the fall entrance and placement test for the Class of 2025 due to concerns of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of future restrictions placed upon our schools and communities. Therefore, there is no entrance/placement test for current eighth graders (Class of 2025).
When school records and recommendations indicate that further dialogue would be helpful in determining the student’s success at MND, an admission discussion with an administrator and intervention staff member and/or guidance counselor will be required.
In mid-January, MND will mail a full enrollment packet to admitted applicants, containing registration information and notification of any awards (see below). Parents/guardians will also receive an email with admission status. Registration for the Class of 2025 will take place on January 27, 2021. A tuition deposit is due at the time of registration.
Awards & Scholarships
Mount Notre Dame offers academic scholarships, merit-based awards and alumnae legacy awards for our students. There are varying requirements for each type. A Tuition Assistance & Scholarship Meeting is planned for Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 PM for interested parents/guardians. Please CLICK HERE to let us know you are coming.
♦ Billiart Scholar Honors Program Scholarships. This academic program is named after Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and honors our brightest students with academic and experiential learning opportunities and a monetary scholarship. NOTE: Since there is no High School Placement Test this fall, the invitation for this program is based on a review of the applicant’s academic records. Accepting the invitation to be a Billiart Scholar includes enrolling in Honors English, Honors Math, Honors Biology, and AP Human Geography – the core coursework that will engage these academically talented students as they begin high school. Additionally, for elective courses, students are expected to enter at the recommended level for each course. At the end of the freshman year, Billiart Scholars can apply to continue in the Billiart Select Scholar Program during their sophomore and junior years.
♦ Alumnae Legacy Award. MND is proud of its legacy connections. A $500 non-renewable legacy award is offered to all incoming freshmen who have mothers, grandmothers and/or great-grandmothers who graduated from Mount Notre Dame High School or Mount Notre Dame Academy, Reading, OH. There is not an application for this award; legacy information is provided to MND by the applicant within the Application for Admission.
♦ Sunflower Awards. “Just as the sunflower follows the sun, so should we follow God.” Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. These $500 non-renewable awards are earned by incoming freshmen for the demonstration of excellence in a particular interest (Special Academic Interest, Leadership, Community Involvement). Mount Notre Dame encourages growth in these areas and has modeled the Sunflower Awards after our three pillars of Academic, Student and Spiritual Development. To be considered for a Sunflower Award, the student must complete this online application: CLICK HERE. The application deadline is November 23, 2020.
♦ Kathleen Kelley ’91 Memorial Art Scholarship. This scholarship has been established by Kathleen’s family in her loving memory and recognizes Kathleen’s interest in art. This $1,400 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman who has a strong interest in pursuing an art career. To be eligible, the student should complete this online application: CLICK HERE. She will submit three pieces of artwork as described in the application and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher. The student must agree to enroll in an art class her freshman year at MND. All components of this application must be received by the Admissions Office no later than November 23, 2020. This scholarship does NOT require completion of a FACTS financial aid application.
Tuition Assistance Options
Mount Notre Dame is committed to partnering with families to help them realize their desire for an MND education. More than one million dollars is awarded annually through the support of generous benefactors. Tuition assistance is provided for many of our families through financial aid and named scholarships. There are varying requirements for each type. Please review the information below carefully. The deadline for the financial assistance and scholarship/award applications is November 23, 2020. Parents are notified of awards, grants and scholarships in the mid-January admissions mailing. A Tuition Assistance & Scholarship Meeting is planned for Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 PM for interested parents/guardians. Please CLICK HERE to let us know you are coming.
♦ Financial Aid. A FACTS Student Aid Form must be completed to be eligible for Mount Notre Dame Tuition Assistance (financial aid). FACTS, a third-party vendor, evaluates all applications and establishes each family’s financial need. MND uses this information to determine tuition assistance award amounts for qualifying families. Parents must complete the online FACTS form by November 23, 2020. There is a $30 fee payable to FACTS at the time of completing the application. The FACTS application is available at factsmgt.com.
♦ SNDdeN Endowed Scholarships. These renewable scholarships have been made possible by the generous support of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, our largest benefactor. Special consideration is given to applicants demonstrating financial need and a keen desire to attend MND. A completed and qualifying FACTS application is the only requirement.
♦ Named Scholarships. Through the generosity of our benefactors, MND offers several need-based scholarships for incoming freshmen. To be considered for named scholarships, students must complete the online application, which will be available mid-September. To be eligible for the majority of these scholarships, a parent/guardian must complete a FACTS application factsmgt.com and qualify for financial assistance. Please note that scholarship recipients will be required to write thank you notes to the benefactor who established the scholarship and be willing to meet the benefactor if applicable. All scholarship applications are due by November 23, 2020. CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION
♦ Ohio EdChoice Scholarship. MND Accepts the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship – both the Traditional and Expansion Programs. The Traditional EdChoice Scholarship is based on a student’s public school district associated with a parent/guardian’s home address. The Traditional EdChoice Scholarship currently provides the non-public school of each qualifying high school student with a $6,000 tuition scholarship for each school year if the student could attend a public high school that is included on the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 designated schools list. To be eligible for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship, the student’s parents/guardian must meet income guidelines, but is not limited by the designated schools list. For additional information contact MND’s Admissions Office and/or the Ohio Department of Education EdChoice website: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/EdChoice-Scholarship-Program
We are excited about your interest in joining the Mount Notre Dame community and hope that the above information is helpful as you begin the process of considering high schools. At any time through the admission process you have questions, please reach out to the MND Admissions Office.
You are also encouraged to Explore MND through attendance at our Information Nights (two on-campus events and one virtual event) and Open House. All eighth graders are also invited to visit the school through three different programs: Future Cougar & Parent Campus Visit, Virtual Visit (Unique Peek), and Virtual Visit (Blue Crew View).
Mrs. Donna Groene
Director of Admissions
513.821.3044 ext. 164
Mrs. Terri McMillen Miller ‘81
513.821.3044 ext. 124