Notre Dame Prep gets top STEM ranking for Catholic high schools in Michigan

NDP named as part of Newsweek magazine's annual Top 5,000 STEM High Schools in America list.

Notre Dame Prep was ranked the highest of all Catholic high schools in Michigan for STEM education, according to Newsweek magazine, which, in partnership with, recently released a list of America’s Top 5,000 STEM high schools, public and private. The designation honors excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"This recognition is a testament to Notre Dame Prep's outstanding mission-focused teaching staff, who continue to educate our students within a unique and innovative curriculum that is preparing young men and women at our Catholic school for an increasingly complex world," said Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m., principal of NDP. "It's also further proof that the significant investments we've made in facilities, such as our Timothy J. Easterwood Science, Art and Technology Wing, have been well worth it."

With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with to rank America’s best STEM high schools. The list, which was made public Nov. 8, includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who remain knowledgeable of developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.

“Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students,” said Nancy Cooper, Newsweek global editor in chief. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure Americans’ future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”

The top 5,000 schools were curated from Education Research (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from the second quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in STEM, as defined by the Congressional Research Service, while preparing students for post-secondary outcomes. 

Notre Dame Prep has appeared in other recent rankings, including being named the overall top Catholic high school in Michigan (fourth time in five years) by, which also ranked NDPMA as the third-best private K-12 school in the state.

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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 Preparatory 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 school 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