Notre Dame Prep once again named best Catholic high school in Michigan

Second time in three years at the top; school also earned no. 6 ranking for all private high schools in the state.

For the second time in three years, Notre Dame Preparatory School was named the top Catholic high school in the state of Michigan, according to Niche, a national organization that annually ranks colleges and K-12 schools across the country. Niche also rated Notre Dame Prep the 6th best private high school, religious or non-religious, in the state and 65th best Catholic high school in the entire country.

In 2016, NDP also was named the #1 Catholic high school in Michigan by Niche.

For this latest round of rankings, Niche named Notre Dame Prep #5 of the best college prep high schools in Michigan (public or private).

For K-12 private schools in Michigan, Niche rated NDPMA 3rd best, with Cranbrook and Country Day ranked one and two, respectively, on the list.

According to Niche, the 2018 Best Catholic High Schools ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at a Catholic high school. This grade takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, school culture and diversity, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the school.

“Not only is Notre Dame the #1 best Catholic high school in Michigan, but it's within the top 100 in America (out of over 1,100),” said Jessica Hair, Niche’s marketing outreach coordinator. “Our rankings really strive to capture the entire experience of attending a school, so Notre Dame's great ranking represents excellence among all aspects of the student experience – from great test scores and high college enrollment rates to student and parent satisfaction with the quality of education.”


Factors used in the ranking include average ACT/SAT composite scores; “college scores,” which means the average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend based on Niche’s best overall college rankings; four-year matriculation rate, which is the percentage of seniors who go on to four-year colleges; and student-teacher ratios.

Parent and student surveys of opinions on the overall experience at each school also are part of the rating process.

Data and statistics also obtained by the U.S. Department of Education, says Niche.

From Niche about Niche:
Niche is transforming the way people make big life decisions. By providing reviews and insight from everyday experts, we make choosing a neighborhood, college, or K-12 school a more transparent process. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as, they have since grown into one of the largest content startups in the country. We’re obsessed with providing students, families, and professionals with best-in-class content and deep insight into big life decisions. Every year, we help millions of people find their niche and thrive within it.

Comments or questions?

Follow Notre Dame on Twitter at @NDPMA.

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