NDP ranked No. 1 in the state

Notre Dame named the top Catholic high school in the state for the fourth time in five years.

Notre Dame Preparatory School was named the top Catholic high school in Michigan for 2020, marking the fourth time in five years the school has earned the ranking according to Niche, a national organization that annually ranks colleges and K-12 schools across the country.

Niche previously ranked NDP the state's #1 Catholic high school in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Niche also rated Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy the No. 3-ranked private K-12 schools in the state, religious or non-religious, on a list that included Cranbrook, Detroit Country Day and University Liggett.

According to Niche, the 2019 Best Catholic High Schools ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at a Catholic high school. The ranking 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.


Other 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 rates, which are the percentages 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. Much of the data and statistics are obtained by the U.S. Department of Education, says Niche.

More 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 CollegeProwler.com, 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.

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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