Why SJND? | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School


Why Choose SJND?

A dynamic curriculum, including a Biomedical Sciences Program and Engineering Pathway, 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 #1 most diverse private high school in the San Francisco Bay Area and the #3 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 AP Seminar, a multidisciplinary course to prepare you for college cirriculum
  • An Engineering Pathway culminating in a semester-long, project-based course on research, building and design
  • Academic Immersion Trips: Thailand, Greece and Italy, the Galapagos Islands, and more
  • Award-winning music, theater, literary, and visual arts programs
  • 40 AP and Honors courses
  • Sports: 29 teams, 10+ teams go to league playoffs annually, 14 state championship titles including five in Men's Basketball


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 nearly 140 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.

Transportation to SJND

Did you know that more than 50 percent of our student body commutes from locations outside of Alameda? Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School is proud to offer transportation service to and from the San Leandro and Lake Merritt BART stations, providing safe and reliable transportation for SJND students all throughout the Bay Area.

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!