Both of my kids attend NDPMA and we all love it! This is our fourth year and my kids are getting a great Christian education. The teachers push just enough to produce independent young people. My kids have homework every day, but that is the standard everywhere. The teachers and admin truly care about kids and my children love going to school every day.
NDPMA lives by its mission statement. I can tell you that the athletic department has solid relationships with surrounding schools and has built rapport with the MHSAA. NDPMA follows the rules and as a parent, that is nice to hear.
So far, so good! I have a Freshman and she is having a wonderful experience. I disagree with some of the reviews below about having to be from Holy Family or Marist. She wasn't and she is making some great friends. I think it depends on the child. If they aren't outgoing I would think they would have difficulty at any new school right? I told my child before she made a decision to go to NDP that the HS experience is hers to create. No matter what school she goes to she will get out of it what she puts into it. The communication between the school and the parents in phenomenal. Academics, athletics, and the entire NDP community has been nothing short of fantastic! She has told me multiple times that she feels she made the right decision. We wanted the best for her and I think she got it!
They seem to do very little to "prep" these kids for real life. A large portion of the students are very poorly behaved outside of the school. Kids will be kids and you cannot expect them all to be well adjusted at this age but so many of the students from this school behave so terribly outside of school it makes you wonder what they are prepping these kids for?
If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would not send my children to Notre Dame Preparatory. Our grade school years were very good at Holy Family Regional School, but we should not have followed the crowd of classmates to NDP. Think carefully about where your child will thrive during these very important developmental years and strongly consider other options. Once they start school with their friends, they don't want to transfer, even if they aren't happy. Six years and two graduates later, I can tell you that NDP was a bad experience overall, despite the good friends, high GPA's/honors and prestigious college acceptances they received.
Don't send your child to NDP. Administration is nasty and they don't want to hear about anything that even slightly resembles a problem. They couldn't care less about your child. The powers that be will do anything to avoid or cover up any problems. The local public schools are very good, and you will probably be spared the high brow attitude, so save your money. Go public and your child will fare just as well or better, especially come college acceptance time.