Academics and service are hallmarks of Notre Dame's latest class of graduates.
One hundred eighty seniors walked across the stage Sunday, May 22, and received their diplomas after four years at Notre Dame's upper division. Not only will the Class of 2016 leave behind a beautiful campus and a very proud faculty and staff, they will leave behind a number of impressive statistics as a group.
According to figures released by Notre Dame Prep’s counseling department, this year’s class of graduating seniors earned an amazing total of $16,099,162 to date in academic scholarships from colleges and universities. That total amount of dollars works out to nearly a $90,000 average for each member of the class, which surpasses the average of two of the last three Notre Dame graduating classes.
In addition, the Class of 2016 averaged 27.2 on the ACT, matching the record set last year by the Class of 2015. Also, the counseling department said this year’s graduates include 56 who scored a 30 or above on the ACT, which was a bigger number than last year’s class, and averaged a 1674 on the SAT. The 2016 grads also finished the year with an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.76.
Sixteen graduates fill out this year’s valedictory court for the class, which also features 31 candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma. In addition, many colleges and universities across the country will welcome these graduates in the fall, including the University of Michigan, Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy.
And finally, perhaps most importantly, this year's graduating class again logged more than 15,000 hours in community service—once again proving that besides turning out "academic scholars," Notre Dame continues to graduate "Christian people and upright citizens."
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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.