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 five steps:

Let us know you are interested in
Notre Dame Academy!

Requests for information and tours may be submitted through our Inquiry Form
or by calling our school office (858)509-2300.

Inquire Now

Submit the Recommendation Form (Students entering 1st-8th)
Letter of Recommendation forms may be completed by an Administrator, or a recent teacher.

Not required for Preschool, Kinder Prep, or Kindergarten. If it is not possible to have the form completed by a current Administrator or teacher, you may submit your student’s transcripts (makes sure to include the most recent grading period) and standardized test scores (when applicable).

Note: if your child receives special services from the previous school or requires an English assessment because English is the student’s second language, your inquiry will be reviewed and a language assessment scheduled once you have submitted transcripts and/or support service documents (IEP, 504 Plans, ESP, psychoeducational assessments, educational evaluations, etc.)

Notre Dame Academy Recommendation Form

Create an account

To complete an online application please click link to button to create an account.

Create An Account

Check Your Email Inbox for link to complete application

Updates and notifications will be sent to you via email once you have completed your online application, and your child's recommendation form (required for students entering 1st-8th)  has been received and approved.

Meet Mrs. Amann, Principal!

Upon your child’s acceptance, if you have not already done so,  you are welcome to schedule a meeting with Mrs. Amann, NDA's Principal. Email to schedule your appointment.

Join Us At An Upcoming Open House

December 8th | 10am-11:30am

Preschool-8th Grade (RSVP’s begin November 1st)

January 26th | 10am-11am


February 6th | 8:30am-10am

Preschool-8th Grade

March 11th | 8:15am-9:30am

Preschool and Kinderprep

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

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 2024-2025

Annual Payment
  • Full payment due on or before July 10th by ACH or Credit Cards.
  • Credit card processing fee 2.95 % (subject to change)
  • FACTS fee is $25
Semi-Annual Payment
  • 1st payment due on or before July 10th , Credit cards or ACH accepted
  • 2nd payment due on or before January 10th, Credit cards or ACH accepted
  • FACTS Fee $25.
  • Credit card processing fee 2.95% (subject to change).
Monthly Payment
    • Tuition is paid over a 10-month period using FACTS.
    • FACTS charges an annual management fee of approximately $55.00.
    • The payment plan begins July 10th,  followed by one monthly payment due each month through April.
    • FACTS payments can be made by ACH or credit card, with a choice of paying on either the 10th or the 20th of the month.
    • Credit card processing fee of 2.95% (subject to change) applies.

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.

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
  • NDA Is Committed To Developing A Well-Rounded, Highly Conscientious And Compassionate Individual...
    "We knew NDA was the school for our daughter when seeing the Sisters interact with the children. Their love and commitment is evident and irrefutable. We love the combination of an academic and a faith focused environment. This loving combination is unmatched. I would tell my friends that NDA is committed to developing a well-rounded, highly conscientious and compassionate individual. The loving staff is focused on developing wonderful human beings."
    Monica & Justin P. – 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,