Better Opportunities For A Brighter Future

Now Accepting Applications For A Lifetime Of Opportunity.

We know that choosing the right school for your children takes time to allow for careful consideration. However, once your decision has been made – we think the admissions process should be easy to complete without too much time spent. There are three steps:

Tour Campus And Meet With Principal

Tour requests may be submitted through this website or by calling our school office, (858)509-2300

Submit Application And Birth Certificate Copy

There is a one time application fee and completion of this step reserves a spot in Notre Dame Academy

Submit Registration Packet And Registration Fee (Annual Fee)

Once step three is completed, the student is officially enrolled.



Thank you for touring our school and meeting with our Principal. The formal application process begins with the receipt of an application form, non-refundable check payable to “Notre Dame Academy” in the amount indicated in the current admission application, and a copy of your child’s birth certificate. All forms may be brought to the office or mailed to:

Notre Dame Academy
4345 Del Mar Trails Road
San Diego CA 92130

Upon notification of that the application was received, parents will complete and submit the registration forms, which are available below in the registration section or at the school office. Completed registration forms should be submitted or mailed to the Notre Dame Academy Administration office as soon as possible, along with a non-refundable registration fee indicated in the registration forms. For more application information please see the Application Process document.

Student Application 2019-2020

General Admission Policy

To be admitted, the student and his/her parent must subscribe to the school philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of Notre Dame Academy (NDA) and the Diocese of San Diego. Admittance is under the discretion of Administration on an individual basis.

  • Preschool students must be toilet-trained and 3 years of age by September 1st of the school year
  • Kinder Prep students must be 4 years of age by September 1st of the school year
  • Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by September 1st of the school year
  • First grade students must be 6 years of age by September 1st of the school year

Development readiness is determined, by the school, using standardized screening processes. In an effort to promote cultural awareness and diversity, we accept international students in grades K-8 that have English proficiency at their grade level.

International Student Guidelines

Order of Student Acceptance

  1. Returning students of families and their siblings, provided all tuition and fees from the previous year have been paid.
  2. Families involved and actively supporting of St. Therese of Carmel through weekly envelopes
  3. Catholic school transfers
  4. Catholic families from other parishes
  5. Other interested students who, by their behavior and attitude, demonstrate a desire to attend Notre Dame Academy

Class Placement Procedure

Students are placed with teachers based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Student conduct
  3. Gender ratio
  4. Class size


At Notre Dame Academy, our tuition is a result of the goal we have for your child – to have a dynamic Catholic education.
Our Staff consists of highly motivated credentialed teachers, providing each student with 21st century readiness in conjunction with Catholic values. We map our Curriculum to allow for the high achievement of all students through a variety of instructional methodologies by using state and diocesan standards to guide our core curricula decisions as well as adding in foreign language, music, art and STEAM classes. As a critical component of our education program, our Technology is continually updated to keep up with today’s latest innovation.
Our tuition covers the high standards and goals we have set for your children. We provide an all-inclusive education and work with you to pick the best payment option. Choose one of three available payment plans. For Tuition Rates and Prices Download the Tuition Information PDF.

Tuition Information 2019-2020

Annual Payment
  • Full payment due on or before the first Monday in July.
  • A 2% discount may be taken, if paid by the first Monday in July, by check, money order, or cashier’s check.
  • No discount is offered on credit card payments – Visa and MasterCard accepted.
Semi-Annual Payment
  • 1st payment due on or before the first Monday in July; Visa and MasterCard accepted.
  • 2nd payment due on or before the first Monday in January; Visa and MasterCard accepted.
Monthly Payment
    • 1st payment on July 1, 2018 with two (2) payments due; payments are made using FACTS Management Company.
    • Continuous monthly payment due each month August – March.
We are pleased to offer FACTS Payment Plans and Grant & Aid Financial Needs Assessment on the same platform.

Please click below to set up payment plan or to apply for financial aid.

FACTS Payment Plan

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Tuition Assistance Fund of NDA

Notre Dame Academy’s OLP-TAF has limited funds available to assist families in need of financial assistance for tuition. The OLP-TAF Committee will grant awards after careful review of all applications. Confidential financial documents, such as tax returns, will be submitted for review by FACTS, a third party not related to the OLP-TAF, the school, the parish, or the immediate community. A small number of awards will be made for each school year.

These funds can only be allocated to families who meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Members of St. Therese of Carmel Parish.
  • No student shall be given a full tuition grant. NDA expects some contribution from the student’s family.
  • This tuition assistance is for existing students or prospective students who have been accepted for admission to NDA.
  • Tuition assistance is granted for basic tuition only. Preschool or Kinder Prep students are not eligible for tuition assistance.
  • Note: Families who have received tuition assistance in previous years are not guaranteed continued funds, nor are given any preference. A new application must be submitted every year.
  • Once all criteria have been met, please request information on the application process at the school’s offices.
We are pleased to offer Grant & Aid Financial Needs Assessment through FACTS.

Apply For Financial Aid

Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program

The Diocese of San Diego has a rich tradition of educating the next generation of Catholics in our local parishes and schools. We are the largest private school system encompassing 49 schools in two counties, San Diego and Imperial, and impacting the lives of approximately 17,000 children in our elementary and high schools. The potential for growing our impact is unparalleled in this region, and that is why supporting Catholic education is vital to building the future of our local Church.

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the diocese is very pleased to announce that it will be launching the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program to provide annual K-12 tuition assistance totaling $1,000,000.00 for children in need to attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Diego. We believe that Catholic education should be both affordable and accessible to every child and family who desires it regardless of their background, neighborhood, family income, or culture.

Our mission is to develop sustainable financial partnerships with low and middle-income families who are invested in Catholic Education. These partnerships are critical to the success of our Catholic schools, and without them, we will not be viable. In addition to providing a quality Catholic education for San Diego and Imperial County children, our schools provide a character formation education where children are instilled with Catholic values, so that one-day they may contribute to society as globally aware and productive citizens.

For information on eligibility, deadlines, applicant qualifications, award distributions, costs, recipient responsibilities and other facts, please visit the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program website at

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program. You are directly supporting Bishop Flores’ vision for the total mission of our schools:Not only will these children become the Church of tomorrow, but they will also fill the most important roles in leadership and ministry as the Church reaches out to the world.


A reservation for the student is made upon submission of the completed application form and student’s birth certificate, to the Notre Dame Academy Administration Office, with a non-refundable check payable to “Notre Dame Academy” in the amount indicated on the application. Forms may also be mailed to:

Notre Dame Academy
4345 Del Mar Trails Road
San Diego CA 92130

You will be notified if/when your application is approved, at which point, you should complete all registration forms for submission to the Notre Dame Academy Administration Office as soon as possible.

Upon review and acceptance of the student’s application, the second step of the admissions process begins, Registration. Parents will complete and submit the registration forms, available by clicking the form links below. Open and print out each form. If you are unable to print, pick up a registration packet from the Notre Dame Academy Administration Office.

Non Discriminatory Policy

Notre Dame Academy Private School in the Diocese of San Diego, mindful of our mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admit students of any race, color, national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Notre Dame Academy Private School in the Diocese of San Diego does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in the administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. (California Catholic Conference, March 1994; revised January 1997)

Kind Words About Us
  • Blessed To Be A Part Of The NDA Family...
    "“During the last 11 years our three children have been blessed to be a part of the NDA family and all consider NDA to be their home away from home. The fact that the school is led by the Sisters of L’Union-Chrétienne de Saint Chaumond has provided our children with a unique experience in which the Sisters and teaching staff strive to challenge them academically, and expose them to various languages, all the while strengthening their Catholic Faith and character development”"
    Veronica and Jeff K. – Parents,
  • A Strong Moral Foundation For Our Kids...
    "At NDA, we sincerely feel we are part of a larger family! In addition to the Catholic education with the lovely Sisters that help create a strong moral foundation for our kids, we love that the teachers and staff care about not only educating our kids scholastically, but are also sincerely intent on motivating our kids to be the best version of themselves in a variety of important ways, such as socially and benevolently."
    G.G. B. – Parent,
  • NDA Is Not Just A School, It’s A Place To Grow...
    "NDA is not just a school, it’s a place to grow and experience the world around you with not just your classmates, but with your “family” that has good Catholic values instilled in them."
    Sal S. – Alumni Class of 2015,
  • NDA Is My Second Family...
    "NDA is my second family, a community where I have developed lifelong friendships and learned invaluable lessons from mentors that will forever guide me into my future endeavors."
    Isabella R. – Alumni Class of 2018,
  • Dedicated Teachers And Staff...
    "We chose NDA because of its French program. Little did we know that we were picking a home away from home. Dedicated teachers and staff, a strong academic program, a safe environment, and a close group of friends make NDA a great school! "
    Robbie B. – Parent,