Academics and service again are hallmarks of Notre Dame's graduating class after Sunday's Baccalaureate Mass and commencement; record number of IB Diploma candidates.
One hundred ninety five seniors walked across the stage Sunday, May 20, and received their diplomas after four years at Notre Dame's upper school. Not only did Notre Dame Prep's 24th graduating class leave behind a beautiful campus, a very proud faculty and staff, and the state's number-one Catholic high school, they are leaving behind a number of impressive statistics as a group.
Check out a photo gallery of the NDP Class of 2018 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement held at NDPMA.
According to figures released by Notre Dame Prep’s counseling department, this year’s class of graduating seniors earned more than $16 million to date in academic merit scholarships from colleges and universities (this number will go up as graduates continue to receive scholarship offers in the days and weeks ahead). That total amount of dollars works out to more than an $82,000 average for each member of the class.
In addition, the Class of 2018 averaged 26.9 on the ACT and includes 61 students who scored a 30 or above on the test. Also, Notre Dame's graduating seniors averaged 1346 on the SAT and will finish the year with an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.76, matching the 2016 class average.
Twenty-two graduates fill out this year’s valedictory court for the class, which also features 66 candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma, a record for the school. In addition, many of the finest colleges and universities across the country have accepted graduates in the Class of 2018, including the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame and Cornell.
And finally, perhaps most important, each of this year's graduating seniors spent increasingly significant amounts of time on leadership-level projects as part of their service requirements — 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. Notre Dame's upper school 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 schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools 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.