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July 24, 2021

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Notre Dame's lower school to start fall term with highest number of students; most in middle school since 2018. Upper school diversifies feeder-school mix.

Notre Dame will start the fall term with more than 1,000 students.

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy will open the new school year with significant increases in enrollment, including the most incoming PK-5 students in the lower school on record. NDPMA's upper school also will start the year with more students in the freshman class than last year's class.

"As of yesterday, we have more students enrolled in the ninth grade than we had on the first day of school in 2020," said Kathleen Offer, Notre Dame's director of enrollment management. "And we still have about four weeks to go."

According to figures released this week by the school's registrar, Notre Dame's lower school will have more students under its roof than ever at 215, and the middle school enrollment number is higher that at any time since 2018, again with a few weeks of admissions activity to go. 

Officials at Notre Dame also said it will start the school year with more than 1,000 students, the first time that has happened since 2017.

"We are, of course, pleased with the numbers at this point," said Andy Guest, head of school. "But what makes it even more special is the fact that we are enrolling new students who will fit in well with our existing upright, scholarly and faith-based student population."

For the 2021-22 school year, Notre Dame's lower school has enrolled more students than ever before.

He added that the school is in a very strong position now because it offers such a great value for families that desire an excellent academic, athletic and extracurricular experience for their children.

"I happen to think that Notre Dame is the greatest school on the planet, so I am delighted more and more families are choosing us at all levels," he said.

Offer said that the incoming freshman class in the upper school includes students from a number of new feeder schools.   

"Ninth graders from six different schools that are new to our campus this year already are enrolled," she said, "We believe this demonstrates that our message and mission resonates with a more diverse mix of middle schools and grade schools."

She said those include Beverly Hills Academy, Cedar Crest Academy (Clarkston), Eppler Junior High School (Utica), St. John Evangelist (Fenton), St. Regis (Bloomfield Hills), U of D Jesuit Academy (Detroit), and Upland Hills School (Oxford). More traditional feeder schools for Notre Dame include Holy Family (Rochester Hills), St. Lawrence (Utica), St. Joseph (Lake Orion) and St. Hugo (Bloomfield Hills).

Offer also noted that the upper school's ninth-grade enrollee yield of 75 percent this year is the highest it’s been in three years. 

"This means we were more successful converting applicants to enrollments with this class compared to the previous two classes," she said.

Notre Dame's lower school's first official day of classes is Aug. 18 and the middle and upper schools start Aug. 19. 

Portable units arrived July 22, 2021, on the LS campus. They will be used to house non-academic and administrative functions to free up needed classroom space for the upcoming school year.

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

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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 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 National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at