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
  • A risk-taker
  • A thinker
  • A communicator
  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • 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 Programme 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 NDA’s Counseling Department at 419 725.1006.

NDA offers the following AP courses:

Language Arts
English  IV AP

Calculus AB AP

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

Chemistry II AP
Environmental Science AP

Social Studies
United States Government & Politics AP
United States History 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 the counseling department at 419.725.1006.

NDA offers the following honors courses:

English I (Honors)
English II (Honors)
English III (Honors)
English IV (Honors)

Math I (Honors)
Math II (Honors)
Math III (Honors)
Pre-Calculus (Honors)

Biology I (Honors)
Chemistry (Honors)
Organic Chemistry (Honors)
Anatomy/Physiology (Honors)
Physics (Honors)
Molecular Genetics (Honors)

Social Studies
World History (Honors)
U.S. History (Honors)
Psychology (Honors)

Modern & Classical Languages
French II (Honors)
Latin II (Honors)
Spanish I (Honors)
Spanish II (Honors)
Spanish III (Honors)
Spanish IV (Honors)

Fine & Performing Arts
Art III (Honors)
Art IV (Honors)
Honors Choir
Orchestra (Honors)

Fitness & Nutrition (Honors)
Sacred Scripture (Honors)
Spiritual Reflection (Honors)
World Religions (Honors)

Credit Flex

Click on links below for more information:

Credit Flexibility Application

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 Documentation and Forms – 
Click on each document below for more information.  

CCP Information for Student and Families

CCP Information for Non- Public School Families

CCP Parent Meeting Presentation

CCP Letter of Intent to Participate (Must be submitted by April 1st)

CCP SAFE Application Manual (Must be completed by April 1st 

NEW!! Ohio ID Parent Portal

CCP Required Test Scores for Participation

CCP Course Eligibility

CCP Grades and Tuition

CCP Probation

College Credit Plus Partners

University of Toledo – College Credit Plus Website

Owens Community College – College Credit Plus Website

College Credit Plus Course Options

University of Toledo College – Credit Plus Courses

Owens Community College – College Credit Plus Courses

*OHSAA – Guidelines for Student Athletic Eligibility

Lourdes Scholars

NDA 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. Minimum test scores and GPA may be required for participation in the Lourdes Scholars program. Contact Career Counselor, Mrs. Anastasia Desmond at for more information.
2019-2020 Courses:
  • NDA AP Psychology = Lourdes PSY 110
    1.0 weighted GPA, Year-long course
    3 college credits, $225 fee required for credit
  • NDA AP U.S. History = Lourdes HST 121, HST 122
    1.0 weighted GPA, Year-long course
    6 college credits, $225 fee required for credit
  • NDA Physics (Honors) = Lourdes PHS 201
    1.0 weighted GPA, Year-long course
    3 college credits, $225 fee required for credit
  • NDA AP Government = Lourdes PSL 122
    Next offered in 2019/20 School Year
    1.0 weighted GPA, Year-long course
    3 college credits, $225 fee required for credit