One hundred seventy six seniors walked across the stage on Sunday, May 21, and received their diplomas after four years at Notre Dame's upper division. Not only does the Class of 2017 leave behind a beautiful campus and a very proud faculty and staff, they leave behind a number of impressive statistics as a group.
Photos from the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremony are availble here.
According to figures released yesterday by Notre Dame Prep’s counseling department, this year’s class of graduating seniors earned an astounding total of $21,842,307 to date in academic scholarships from colleges and universities. That total amount of dollars works out to more than a $124,000 average for each member of the class, surpassing the average of the last two Notre Dame Prep graduating classes.
In addition, the Class of 2017 averaged 27.2 on the ACT, matching the Class of 2016 and several classes before that. (Note: Last year, the average composite ACT score for all Michigan students was 20.3, out of a possible 36.) The counseling department also said that this year’s graduates include 56 who scored a 30 or above on the ACT, which was the same number of last year’s class, and averaged a 1226 on the 1600 SAT. Notre Dame’s 2017 grads finished the year with an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.81, an improvement over last year’s 3.76.
Twenty-eight graduates fill out this year’s valedictory court for the class, which also features 42 candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma. In addition, many of the finest colleges and universities across the country will welcome all of these graduates in the fall, including the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University.
And finally, perhaps most important, this year's graduating class logged more than 14,000 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." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by 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.