Departments and Courses

Academic Experience

In average class sizes of 20 students, SJND faculty get to know you and guide you to develop both your personal values, academic strengths and rigor. As an SJND graduate, you will be poised to thrive at the college of your choice and to lead a life of passion and purpose.

In your first two years, build foundational skills and knowledge. In junior and senior years, select courses to enhance and deepen your knowledge and skills. SJND offers a rich selection of electives as well as 33 Honors and Advanced Placement courses in a variety of subjects to help you focus on your passions.

In 2015, SJND students took more than 270 AP exams, had a 76% pass rate for all AP exams, with 80% and above in Studio Art, Calculus, English Language, Physics and Spanish Language AP Exams.

We encourage you to take advantage of special programs like Biomedical Sciences; travel and learn through Academic Immersion trips; build leadership skills through spiritual retreatsclubs and student government; and earn credit for college and university courses.

At SJND, you will experience:

  • Talented and skillful teachers who favor inquiry, collaboration and project-based instruction
  • Emphasis on critical thinking, complex problem solving and communication skills
  • Personalized education tailored to your goals through robust academic, personal and college counseling
  • Service learning that combines service with instruction and reflection to enrich your learning experience, community connection and civic responsibility 
  • Strong community relationships in and beyond the classroom
  • Deep learning facilitated by a block schedule and weekly collaboration period that creates dedicated time to meet with teachers and peer study groups
The English Language Arts Department prepares students for the challenge and rigor of college and creates lifelong critical thinkers. Students glean information from the world around them,...
The LOTE (Language Other Than English) Department prepares students with intercultural and language skills necessary to live in a global society. The ability to communicate effectively and...
SJND Mathematics
The Mathematics Department develops students' understanding of mathematics skills and practices to prepare them for college-level courses, future careers, and responsible consumer and civic...
Multi-Disciplinary courses are learning opportunities that are not limited to a single academic department, preparing students for the interdiscplinary thinking and skills required in the 21st...
The Physical Education Department equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become physically active and health-conscious for a lifetime. Instruction in all physical education...
The Science Department inspires students to understand scientific methods of inquiry and prepares them to live in a scientific and technological society.
The purpose of the Social Studies Department is to train students to intelligently participate in public discourse.  Social Studies disciplines teach a wide range of knowledge, critical thinking...
The Theology Department of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School assists in development and education of the soul, the heart, the mind, and the body of our students. As a Catholic institution, our...
The Visual and Performing Arts Department’s goal is to expose students to a breadth of artistic styles and build a solid foundation in a variety of artistic and performance techniques so that...