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9-12
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Scottsdale, AZ

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9701 East Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 634-8200
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September 26, 2014
This school has so much potential with great faculty and administration. Every school has challenges. What makes this school special is the fact that students are driven to their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. It really is a Catholic Christian community.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
I LOVE THE MOMS AND THEIR $100 LULULEMON YOGA PANTS. I ALSO LOVE THEIR SARCASTIC STORIES OF HOW INCREDIBLE STUDENTS ARE

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2014
Notre Dame Preparatory is an awful school. Not only do they worry about dress code over academics, they suck the fun out of high school. If your child is academically gifted, DONT send them here. NDP does not accommodate any one who cannot fit into their "cookie cutter" student. However, if you have money and parents willing to donate, than you're in luck because thats all they care about. NDP does not prepare high schoolers for the basics of life. They baby us and give anyone with money an 'A' or they let them stay in school after they broke their "zero tolerance" drug policy. The only thing this school is good at is prayer. If I had children of my own, I would NOT send them here.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2014
Notre Dame Preparatory is an excellent school. Teachers and staff are not only well prepared, but are truly committed to their students. Academics are challenging but most teachers tried their best to help students who need help. My oldest daughter graduated from NDP and is doing extremely well in college. She got a substantial scholarship to attend an out of state private university. Her graduating class received in excess of eight milion dollars in scholarships. I feel she was well prepared for college. The service oriented program allows students to realize the many opportunities how they can help and impact their community. I feel grateful for NDP's help in educating my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
We will withdraw our child from Notre Dame this year. Our child was sexually harassed and the boy was not permanently punished, although his behavior was ground for expulsion. Other girls were also harassed, and the administration has been aware, but the boy still attends Notre Dame. His behavior was was undeniably, "Behavior unbecoming of a Christian". Several members of the student body are mean and bully non-white students. In one situation a black teen had food thrown at them along with derogatory statements being screamed at them too. Although the school claims they do Good Works, most children do it only to fulfill a credit, not to truly exemplify Christian traits. With all the scandal in the Catholic church, I thought they would handle situations more carefully. The education is not better than the public high school either, yet you'll pay college tuition like fees to attend their school. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
I am a student at Notre Dame Prep. Parents and staff may sell you on the "amazing" school where their child is "thriving" but they do not know what goes on inside of the school. Students enjoy ganging up on people to make them feel weak and no one stands up for them. For the most part, teachers hand out detentions to the same students because they simply think they're doing something wrong when in reality they are not. Over all this school's teachings of Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility, are not represented by the students in any way.

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2013
NDP is AWESOME end of story! We left SCA and couldn't be happier here, our son is thriving at NDP. And I don't have to deal with the inexperienced, inept administration at SCA any longer, that place is going down hill in a hurry.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
Notre Dame Prep is a young school on its way to becoming a great school. The leadership and community is very strong, and what really sets this school apart is its focus on a value-based education. The kids in the school do learn about respect, tolerance and collaboration; therefore, they become good citizens and good students for quality universities and colleges. While no school is perfect, this school has plenty of good teachers, students and family involvement. This school is well on its way to becoming one of the best preparatory high schools in the State of Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I am going into my senior year at NDP & I have loved every second of it! The accusations about the principle & the "real truth about NDP" are false. It's a great school & a huge reason that people are saying that it's not academically challenging is because they are not taking the highest level classes. On that note, I will say that when I came in as a freshman I was not put in honors classes even though my 8th grade teachers gave me outstanding recommendations. That is one thing I would say needs work. If you are in the higher level classes, you will be challenged. That's the thing, you need to challenge yourself. NDP gives you that opportunity. In regards to the strict rules, it's a CATHOLIC SCHOOL, they're notorious for having strict rules that you just have to follow, even if they are pretty ridiculous. But then again, life is ridiculous, so I'd say it's pretty good preparation for the real world. On a final note, NDP is not going to hand you everything on a silver platter, you have to work for it. You have to join clubs, & work your way to the top. If you need help, ask for it. The only way to get anything done for yourself, is to do it yourself, & if you need help, just ask.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2012
To May 16, 2012 Parent: Your condescending attitude toward parents who obviously had different experiences than you with NDP is quite rude. Judge not, lest ye be judged, isn't that what the bible teaches? Notre Dame is a great school in some respects (Theology Dept. is outstanding), but sadly lacking in others. I know this from first hand experience. My son attended NDP for two years, and I worked there during that time (in an area totally unassociated with him, so no, I wasn't a "hovering" parent, just helping out). The discipline doled out IS inconsistent. "Random" drug testing: depending on "who" you are, you get cut some slack and are not held to the same consequences as "average Joe." I know students who have gone on to college from NDP and sadly underachieved. Conversely, I know NDP graduates who fit in quite well at their chosen colleges. NDP does stress good citizenship and values. Yet it is a fact that NDP did not offer much to students who needed extra motivation, tutoring help, nor did they have a program for academically challenged students, students who eventually fall through the cracks. For the tuition paid, NDP should broaden its support system for those students.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
Wow, some very interesting "reviews". I think they show you where some folks heads are at - and it's not on academic excellence, following rules, community service, work ethic, and preparing for college. And having a well-rounded student. The reviews seem to be about making exceptions for me or my kid who's special, the cost, or taking care of parents' needs. NDP tells you from day 1 that they expect the students to be responsible for their own scheduling, academic, classroom, and counseling concerns. They don't want parents running to counselors every week or intervening for their kids. That doesn't teach the kids responsibility or accountability. On the few occasions we've had to ask questions of ANY of the staff, response has been prompt whether we called or emailed. We know a number of NDP grads, and all have "hit the ground running" in college, not only because of raw knowledge, but also being prepared in terms of study habits, organization, and maturity. If your kid isn't up for that, or if you're not supportive of that as a parent...these folks are correct, NDP isn't for you. If you want a college-ready student and can afford it - NDP is an national-class school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
I don't think NDP is a good choice for a child who excels academically. The administration is overly ridgid and is unwilling to take into account any childs previous schooling or classes taken when placing a student in a particular class. Department heads refuse to return phone calls to parents. The counselling department is virtually non-existent and one must call and call to reach a specific advisor. Our assigned advisor had little information about my child and was unable to assist in any way with different class placements. "The rules are the rules at NDP." One size fits all is the order of the day.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2010
I am going into my senior year at NDP, and I could not be happier. It has been an amazing fit for me. The teachers are kind and concerned not only with the education of students, but also with their futures. The principal is very involved, he often asks me how I am doing and asks about my brother, who graduated several years ago. The majority of the students are kind and get along well. The comments about rules being too strictly enforced are ridiculous, Notre Dame prides itself on being a model for education, and if you don't want to follow the rules, don't attend the school. All in all, I have been incredibly happy in my time spent at NDP.

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2010
I sent my son to NDP in 2007 and I have to say that I would not recommend this school. It seems like every second the school is trying to milk more money out of you. If you are not catholic get ready to pay about $3000 more than everyone else, to a grand total of $15,000. In addition to this I have to give my kid $8 per day for lunch money. Seem like allot? I thought so too until I asked the front office for the lunch menu with prices. $3.00 for a PB%J seems like highway robbery to me. The same goes with the $1.75 milk, and $1.50 water. It also costs $100 per year for a parking pass. For all that money the school doesn't seem to be anything special either, my son spent half of his freshman year at Chaparral and likes Chaparal better than NDP.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
Our daughter is graduating from NDP in May 2010 and has loved her experience at this school. She is a free spirit but did not have any problem conforming to the rules, which are a great way to prepare your child for the realities of life. If you want a school that says it is okay for your child to look sloppy and chew gum, this is not the place for you but, really, is that what you wish for your child? I see the principal all over campus interacting with students and at most evening sporting events, which is impressive because he lives quite some distance away. My daughter says the Dean, who appears very strict (as he should be!) is a great guy when you get know him. She has really enjoyed most of her teachers at NDP. Our other 2 children will also attend NDP.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
The Dean overexerts his power to the extent of harming his students wellbeing. There have been multiple reports of assault and no action was taken. The principal will do anything and everything to make sure that his students suffer before the 'great name and reputation' of his school suffers in front of the arizona diocese and board of education. Please, if you care about your children - think twice before sending them here. The teachers are great, (especially the theology department.) But the administration has no compassion or sympathy towards the hardships of adolesence- however drastic they may be. Save both your pocketbook and your child and take them somewhere they will be well cared for, safe, and happy.

- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
NDP is amazing! i love it and your missing out if you dont go to NDP! it is the best school! everyone is so nice and it is such a blast. the acedemics are very tough but it is so worth it!

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August 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
My daughter finished her Freshman year at NDP and is entering as a Sophomore next year. After 5 years in Scottsdale's public schools it was a wonderful change! The kids are so much more respectful, the classrooms are under control, discipline is enforced. She has blossomed and made a lot of friends. The best thing about her friends is that they have mostly the same values and morals that we are desperately trying to instill in our kids in this very secular city. It was the best thing I could have ever done for my child.

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June 22, 2009
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April 29, 2009
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February 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 08, 2009
Someone needs to reveal the truth about NDP. I attended NDP lastyear. The teachers are mostly new, amateurs. I had a few horrendous teachers, one who would often cuss, and had no control of the kids in the class. Eventually he gave up on teaching and sat on ESPN.com all day. Another teacher I had would play games every Friday, just to end the week of no learning with a bang. Often she would play quiet ball and when she wanted everyone to stop, they simply played 'monkey in the middle' with her and didn't listen. Teachers simply have no control at this school. The counseling is truly embarrassing. My counselor ignored me for weeks until my parents stepped in. The Principal emerges from his cave once every year for about a day or two. All idiots are accepted if they have a 12,000$ check. Basically the school is horrible.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
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January 08, 2009
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no rating November 07, 2008
My son is a Junior at NDP and has had a terrific experience. The curriculum is both challenging and demanding. This is the first time in 11 years of his educational experience that I have received phone calls from his teachers just to report what a great job he's doing. I find the educational staff to be highly qualified and caring. The discipline is strict and enforced consistantly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 19, 2008
I just graduated from NDP this year. All four years of my high school experience were spent at this great school. I am saddened by the negative reviews of the school based solely on the rules and supposedly 'unfriendly' front office people. My time spent at NDP begs to differ. Neither accusation is true. There are very strict rules for NDP students. However, the students of NDP have a voice through their Student Council. During my junior year, the Student Council negotiated with the School Administration to allow us to untuck our shirts. Sadly, a lot of students tried to stretch this new freedom. There was a massive increase in gum fines and disiplinary infractions. I believe that this caused the School Administration to force us to tuck in our shirts senior year. I think that students can have more freedom at NDP if they can be responsible.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
Tuition is too expensive. Does not give enough chances for success in the arts. Not run professionally. Students are disrespectful and rude. I am taking my daughter out this year because the other students are so unbearable, I cannot watch her come home crying because of how rude some kids can be.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
Tuition is steep, but I love the fact that NDP random drug tests. Gives kids the excuse so they can avoid peer pressure from other kids. The dicipline is also tough, which I am grateful for. I'd like to see more emphasis on how students can successfully navigate through their relationships with peers (school related issues with other students). I'd like to see more of the psychologist -- involved in educating kids in a proactive manner. Not just after there is trouble, but educate kids on what their boundaries should be with tolerating bullling, passive-aggressive girls, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
Overall, we are very pleased with the tools NDP is providing our child in continuing his Catholic education. Faculty and staff are very engaged. Theology curriculum is fantastic too.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
We have been at NDP for two years and we love it. We have another child attending next year and one the following. I love the academics and the teaching staff is superior. Yes the rules are strict but rules are rules. Follow them and everyone gets along. Keep up the great work.. a NDP Parent

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
My son attends NDP and if we had to do it over again, we wouldn't. We have children also in public high school and we so no big differences other than 12,000/yr and smaller class sizes. They do not hold the kids accountable on homework like they said in orientation freshman year and they are obsessed with rules of which I agree there needs to be some in place but the gum chewing and the tucked in shirt is ridiculous. The teachers are no better than anywhere else; math department is terrible. First impression as you enter the office is a grumpy older woman who has sent several families I know away not wanting to go any further-pretty sad! They also CONSTANTLY are asking for $ in one way or the other.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 15, 2007
What a great place. I was on staff here for a year and everyone including students was helpful, respectful, etc. Discipline is inconsistent. But for private school in phoenix metro. It is just fine.

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2007
I'm a recent graduate from NDP, and transferred to NDP from a prestigious college prep school in Chicago. I really hoped that NDP would academically challenge me and facilitate my getting into a good college, but I was disappointed. For the area, NDP is above par educationally, but by no means do the students receive a high quality, critical-thinking based education. The academics are average. There are some really outstanding teachers (the entire social studies department is great), but there are also truly incompetent ones. Principal leadership is nonexistent. Extracurricular activities are decent, but art and theater clubs are really horrible compared to other high schools (North HS, for example). Parents really get involved with NDP, which is both good and bad--the mothers guild is great with their senior surprises, but parents need to seriously chill out sometimes and give some independence. Discipline is strict, sometimes about dumb things. Basically Mediocre.

- submitted by a former student
October 06, 2007
Notre Dame is an excellent college prep High School, with fairly exacting behavioral requirements. We have two children in the school. Both are very happy. The academic demands are definitely much greater than those of most of the local high schools. As our daughter is now being recruited by top-notch universities, we are thankful for the education at Notre Dame. Our kids would like to see fewer rules that they consider to be arbitrary, but what child wouldn't?

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2007
Why would parents object to a policy of no gum chewing -- and what is so tough about tucking in your shirt? The people who have trouble transitioning to Notre Dame are those whose kids have been in public school where pretty much anything goes. This is about teaching kids respect, responsibility, and a host of other values that I want my kids to embrace.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2007
My son currently attends Notre Dame Preparatory and I am very impressed with the academic standards, faculty and staff. It is quite telling when most of the parents giving the negative reviews on the school's academic standards have spelling and grammatical errors in their reviews!

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September 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2007
This school lacks the great educational experience that they claim to give to their students. My daughter currently attends and we are looking to change her school. They are more concerned about whether or not you tuck in your shirt than their syllabus. I would NEVER recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2007
They strongly enforce the laws instead of enforcing there academics. The staff is very rude and grumpy with both the kids and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2007
They worry too much about the uniforms, and instead should focus that attention on the academics of students. My daughter tells me that she only sees the Princapal during specail occasions, not walking around campus with students.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
This is an environment which plants seeds of Christianity, Morality, Self-Discipline, and a spirit of selflessness...things this country is terribly lacking.God willing, these future adults will be righteous members/leaders of our community. We need schools like Notre Dame that take us back to our creator and accountability!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
We have been very happy with the education our daughter has received from NDP. She has loved her high school experience. Yes, they are tough on discipline. Anything wrong with that? Dress code in itself makes a huge difference in the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
Oppressive! Some of the teachers were top notch and truly cared about the kids. However the administration doesn't care about the feeling of the kids, only looking for things they do wrong, like have the shirt tails out and charges for detention.

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November 15, 2006
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Notre Dame Preparatory
9701 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85260
(480) 634-8200
Last modified Notre Dame Preparatory is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Notre Dame Preparatory Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top