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. MND will receive student records from each applicant’s current school. 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. MND will also receive each applicant’s High School Placement Test scores.
High School Placement Test Registration
Parents of eighth graders can register their daughter to take the placement test through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. MND is a school testing site option and our next make-up testing date is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. CLICK HERE to register. The test begins at 8:15 AM so testers can arrive at MND (main office) as early as 8:00 AM.
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 requested.
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 at this time. Registration for the Class of 2026 will take place on January 26, 2022. A tuition deposit is due at the time of registration.
Scholarships, Awards and Tuition Assistance for the Class of 2026
Mount Notre Dame is committed to partnering with families to help them realize their desire for an MND education by offering academic scholarships, merit-based awards and legacy awards to our students. Tuition assistance is also available through financial aid and named scholarships. More than one million dollars is awarded annually through the support of generous benefactors. MND accepts the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship.
Academic Excellence Scholarships
MND offers academic scholarships to select students. There is no application for this scholarship. To be eligible, the applying student must send her test scores to MND and take the HSPT on the November test date or the first make-up test date. Academic scholarships may be renewable or nonrenewable and vary in award amount.
Billiart Scholar Program
This academic program is named after St. Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and honors our brightest students with academic and experiential learning opportunities, as well as a monetary scholarship. The invitation for this program is offered to qualifying incoming freshmen based on a review of each applicant’s academic records. Scoring in the 90th percentile or above, or a CSQ of 125 or above on the High School Placement Test ensures an invitation to this program. There is no application for this scholarship. 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.
“Just as the sunflower follows the sun, so should we follow God.”’ Mindful of the words of St. Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, MND recognizes students with Sunflower Awards. These $500 non-renewable awards are earned through the demonstration of excellence in a particular area (Special Academic Interest, Leadership, Community Involvement). MND encourages growth in these areas and has modeled these awards after our three pillars of Academic, Student and Spiritual Development. The application deadline for a Sunflower Award was November 22, 2021. This scholarship does NOT require completion of a FACTS financial aid application.
Kathleen Kelley ’91 Memorial Art Scholarship
This scholarship, established by Kathleen’s family in her loving memory, recognizes Kathleen’s love of the arts. This $1,400 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman. The application deadline for the Kathleen Kelley ’91 Memorial Scholarship was November 22, 2021.
Alumnae Legacy Awards
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 by the applicant within the Application for Admission.
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. There is a $30 fee payable to FACTS at the time of completing the application. CLICK HERE for the FACTS application. Parents are notified of awards in the mid-January admissions mailing.
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. Parents and students are notified of scholarships in the mid-January admissions mailing.
Through the generosity of our benefactors, MND offers several need-based scholarships for incoming freshmen. To be considered for named scholarships, a completed application was due on November 22, 2021. To be eligible for the majority of these scholarships, a parent/guardian must complete a FACTS application and qualify for financial assistance. Parents and students are notified of named scholarships in the mid-January admissions mailing.
Ohio EdChoice Scholarship
MND Accepts the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship – both Traditional and Expansion Programs. Eligibility for the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship is based on a student’s assigned public high school associated with a parent/guardian’s home address and currently provides the non-public high school of each qualifying student with a $7,500 tuition scholarship for each school year. Eligibility for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship is based on income guidelines. For additional information contact MND’s Admissions Office and/or the Ohio Department of Education EdChoice website: EdChoice Scholarship Program | Ohio Department of Education
Additional Tuition Assistance and Scholarship Opportunities
(for families to explore outside MND)
- Knights of Columbus kofcohio.org
- Catholic Daughters of America catholicdaughters.org
- Karen Carns Foundation karencarnsfoundation.org
- Catholic Inner-City Schools – CISE (513.421.3131 x 2751)
- The Aubrey Rose Foundation Scholarship aubreyrose.org
Please contact us with any questions:
Donna Groene, Director of Admissions 513.821-3044 ext. 164
Terri Miller, Admissions Coordinator 513.821.3044 ext. 124
Diane Barney, Director of Finance, HR & Operations 513.821.3044 ext. 104
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.