Advanced studies

Notre Dame Academy offers MORE ways to earn college credit!

As northwest Ohio’s only International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) school, you have more ways to earn college credit in high school than at any other school in Northwest Ohio. Along with college courses and College Credit Plus, you could earn a semester or more of college credits during our time at NDA.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

We are the only school in northwest Ohio to offer the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. IB recognizes that in a world where knowledge is at everyone’s fingertips, knowing how to ask the right questions and get insightful answers is the key to using that knowledge. In this advanced program of study, you’ll learn to be:

  • An inquirer
  • Knowledgeable
  • A thinker
  • A communicator
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • A risk-taker
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Our juniors and seniors can choose to earn an IB diploma or earn a certificate in one of six IB core areas of study: Language A1 (English), Individuals and Societies (History), Mathematics, The Arts (Theatre Arts), Experimental Sciences (Biology), and Second Language (Spanish). Core courses are offered in Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL). All HL courses run over two years. SL courses may run over one or two years. For more on Notre Dame Academy’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and coursework, visit NDA’s IB page or contact IB Coordinator, Angie Joseph at

Advanced Placement (AP)

In Advanced Placement Courses (AP) courses are college-level classes that a student can take in high school. These course curricula are rigorous in that they are in fact, college courses. AP courses conclude with tests given in the spring. Although college credit may be earned on the strength of the test score, not all colleges grant college credit for AP courses.  For more information on AP courses contact one if the following NDA counselors:

Lauren Boyles-Brewitt
Last names A through Jen

Adrian Meier
Last names Jeo through L

Kristin Schank
Last names M through Z

NDA offers the following AP courses:

Language Arts
English AP

Calculus AB AP
Calculus BC AP

Fine & Performing Arts
Art History AP (independent study)
Music Theory AP

Biology II AP
Chemistry II AP
Environmental Science AP

Social Studies
United States Government & Politics AP
Psychology AP


In Honors Courses (H), students move at a faster pace, study concepts on a deeper level, spend little time on review, and may have more homework requirements than students in regular courses.  For more information on AP courses contact one if the following NDA counselors:

Lauren Boyles-Brewitt
Last names A through Jen

Adrian Meier
Last names Jeo through L

Kristin Schank
Last names M through Z

NDA offers the following honors courses:

Language Arts
English I Honors
English II Honors
English III Honors
English IV Honors

Math I Honors
Math II Honors
Math III Honors

Fine & Performing Arts
Art III Honors
Art IV Honors
Chorus Honors
Orchestra Honors

Foreign Language
Chinese I Honors
Chinese II Honors
Chinese III Honors
Chinese IV Honors
French I Honors
French II Honors
French III Honors
French IV Honors
Spanish I Honors
Spanish II Honors
Spanish III Honors
Spanish IV Honors
Latin I Honors
Latin II Honors
Latin III Honors
Latin IV Honors

Biology I Honors
Chemistry I Honors
Organic Chemistry Honors
Anatomy/Physiology Honors
Physics Honors
Molecular Genetics Honors
Comparative Animal Physiology Honors
Engineering Honors

Social Studies
World History Honors
Psychology Honors

Bioethics Honors

Fitness and Nutrition

Credit Flex

Click on links below for more information:

Online Course Options for the University of Toledo for Notre Dame Academy as part of College Credit Plus program

Brigham Young University (BYU) High School Online Options 

Supplemental Information for Students enrolling in BYU classes

Owens Community College option $41.56 per credit hour for Catholic high school students only (plus cost of textbooks)

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a program sponsored by the state of Ohio for high school students who are U.S. Citizens and OHIO RESIDENTS in grades 7-12. Through the CCP program, NDA students are permitted to apply for participation in early college course options by taking coursework from colleges located within a 30- mile radius of the NDA campus.

Notre Dame Academy partners with the University of Toledo and Owens Community College to provide the majority of CCP courses. However, students do take courses from other higher educational providers in the Northwest Ohio region.

Students who wish to participate in College Credit Plus (CCP) early college options must attend a mandatory student & parent meeting in January and complete an Intent to Participate form. The Intent to Participate form must be submitted to Mrs. Desmond no later than April 1st. Students are also responsible for creating a SAFE Account through the Ohio Department of Education and must complete all accompanying application forms, attend meetings and registration training sessions. Additionally, students are subject to admission guidelines established by each participating college or university. Failure to meet deadlines will disqualify any student from participating in the CCP program.

Students who opt to take CCP courses are encouraged to take 100% asynchronous on- line courses that occur during the school day to allow students maximum flexibility with their scheduling needs, but also allow them the benefit of enjoying their high school experience. Students’ grades are weighted 1.0 and applied to their G.P.A. College Credit Plus participation and course selections are not guaranteed. For more information and possible pathways, please reference college CCP websites.

College Credit Plus Information from the Ohio Department of Education–(hover over each link below and click for info)

Ohio Higher Ed CCP Information for Student and Families

Ohio Department of Education CCP Information for Non- Public School Families

College Credit Plus At Notre Dame Academy  

College Credit Plus Parent Meeting Presentation

NDA College Credit Plus Procedure Checklist

NDA CCP Checklist

College Credit Plus Intent to Participate (Must be submitted by April 1st)

Intent to Participate -(Due no later than April 1, 2019 @ 3:00 PM)

College Credit Plus SAFE Account Set-up Instructions

College Credit Plus SAFE Account Set-up Instructions (Must be completed by April 12th @ 5:00 PM)

 College Credit Plus Partners

University of Toledo College Credit Plus Website

Owens College Credit Plus Website

College Credit Plus Course Options

University of Toledo College Credit Plus Courses

Owens Class Schedule Courses

Misc College Credit Plus Info

Student Eligibility Flowchart

Student Eligibility by Assessment Scores

Guidelines for Student Athletic Eligibility

Student Probation and Dismissal Chart

Lourdes Scholars

Notre Dame is proud to present the return of the Lourdes Scholars program. Through this program, NDA teachers with advanced degrees are recognized by Lourdes University to teach approved DUAL ENROLLMENT courses on the NDA campus. Dual enrollment courses are content area courses that meet criteria established by Lourdes in which students can earn high school and college credit at the same time. Students who wish to receive college credit may do so by enrolling in the Lourdes Scholars program and paying an additional fee. Minumum test scores and GPA may be required for participation in the Lourdes Scholars program. Courses will be announced at the start of each school year.
  • We will be offering the following courses for the 2018-19 school year:
    • Lourdes Scholars Honors Physics =PHS 201 College Physics for $225.00
    • Lourdes Scholars Honors Psychology= PSY 110 College Intro to Psych for $225.00