Why SJND? | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

Why SJND?

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Why Choose SJND?

A biomedical sciences program with STEM curriculum, personalized college counseling, a wealth of choices in arts and athletics - all in a welcoming Island community where you strengthen your values, focus, purpose, knowledge and skills for life. Here are just some ways we prepare you for college and life:

  • Talented and skillful teachers who favor inquiry, collaboration and project-based learning
  • Emphasis on critical thinking, complex problem solving and communication skills
  • Safe and welcoming environment home to a diverse community
  • Personalized education tailored to your goals through robust academic, personal and college counseling
  • Service learning that combines service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, strengthen community connection and teach civic responsibility
  • Close-knit family that extends beyond the classroom
  • Deep learning that is facilitated by a block schedule and weekly collaboration period that creates dedicated time to meet with teachers and peer study groups

SJND is proud to be in the top third of all private college prep and Catholic high schools in California according to Niche.com We are also very pleased to be the #2 most diverse private high school in the San Francisco Bay Area and the #6 most diverse private high school in the nation. Niche aggregates education statistics and online reviews from a number of sources to rank K-12 schools across the nation. 

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Program Highlights

  • Four year, project-based Biomedical Sciences Program featuring STEM curricula and applied research
  • New offerings including French 2 (and Honors French 2), Ethnic Studies, Music Appreciation, Conceptual Physics and Creative Writing
  • A Bay Area Marine Ecology course which extends learning to the beaches of Alameda, located in our own backyard
  • Academic Immersion Trips: Thailand, Greece and Italy, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador
  • Award-winning music, theater, literary, and visual arts programs
  • 39 AP and Honors courses
  • Sports: 29 teams, 10+ teams go to league playoffs annually, 14 state championship titles including five in Men's Basketball

Location

The Island Advantage

At SJND, we are proud of our Alameda heritage. Known as “The Island City”, Alameda is an island made up of tree-lined, family-oriented neighborhoods set in the beautiful San Francisco Bay. For 136 years, Alameda has been home to SJND, allowing students a safe, community-focused learning environment, supported by a family of Pilots rooted in faith and tradition. With close proximity to beaches and distinctive geographic attributes, SJND is proud to offer unique programs specific to our island community.

The Freshman Experience

Academic: As a freshman, you will be placed in core courses based on incoming grades and tests, and choose your own arts and language classes. Through intensive skills sessions in year one, you will identify your learning style and learn key strategies for effective test taking, studying and time management. 

Campus Life: LinkCrew (an orientation program led by upper level students) introduces all new students to the SJND experience. A spiritual retreat reinforces the value of team building through service to the community. You will have a dedicated academic counselor who will serve as an ally throughout your first year at SJND. You will build relationships with faculty, administrators, and peers to enhance your learning, build your community, and succeed in college and life.  

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Get Started!

Interested in becoming a Pilot? Use the links below to request more information or plan your visit, or speak with a member of our Admissions Office at admissions@sjnd.org, 510-995-9445.

We look forward to hearing from you!