Notre Dame: Preparing Young Women for College

Notre Dame High School, Belmont is an independent Catholic college preparatory school located in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula between the City of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California, USA.

Notre Dame is a community of parents, teachers, staff, and alumni who are dedicated to providing the best possible high school experience for young women from around the globe. More than just an outstanding Catholic college preparatory school, Notre Dame is a place where classmates become sisters, teachers become mentors, and ordinary moments become extraordinary experiences. 

If yourself, your daughter, sister, niece or granddaughter are aiming for an American education, then consider Notre Dame High School, Belmont, with its safe and exceptional record for producing young, talented women.

To find out more and directly contact a representative from Notre Dame, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

Notre Dame High School, Belmont

Notre Dame High School, Belmont is a Catholic college prep school dedicated to the mission of St. Julie Billiart. It was established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and moved to the historic William Ralston Estate in 1923. The school is located on 10.6 acres in Belmont, California, a professional suburban community located midway between San Francisco and San Jose. 

Notre Dame High School, Belmont

Fast Facts:

  • Average class size of 19
  • 7:1 Students to faculty/staff
  • 5% international enrollment
  • 40%+ non-Catholic
  • 14 sports
  • 90% Faculty with Advanced Degrees
  • 30+ clubs and societies
  • Top 5% Average 30.80 ACT score
  • Top 5% Average 1516 SAT score
  • 100% Accepted to 4-year universities

Notre Dame is a caring and compassionate community committed to promoting justice and peace while developing responsible young women of active faith, strong intellect, and Christian leadership. The school develops the gifts and talents of each student and fosters Gospel values in an environment of academic excellence and mutual respect. Families of the school reflect a middle to upper middle class economic background. 

Notre Dame’s sports program

Notre Dame High School offers a strong interscholastic sports program including cross-country, tennis, golf, volleyball, water polo, basketball, soccer, swimming, softball, and track and field. Cheerleading is part of the program as it competes in regional and national competitions each year. Other activities include associated student body, student council, California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, two school publications (The Catalyst, and yearbook), and clubs and organizations.

Notre Dame’s International Program

Notre Dame offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, including a rich diversity of classes and an extensive array of Advanced Placement and Honors courses. The curriculum ensures that all graduates meet University of California and California State University requirements. The Advanced Placement pass rate is far above the national average, and 100 percent of graduates go on to college.

The Library

At Notre Dame you will find classmates, teachers, and staff who will help you to explore your talents and to achieve success in a variety of places - academics, the arts, athletics, clubs and community service. Most importantly, Notre Dame faculty and staff model values that will inspire you to be a confident woman who will make a difference in the 21st century.

Notre Dame Fully Accommodates International Students

When travelling abroad for an extended period of time, one of the foremost considerations should be safety, both in real-terms and feeling like you are safe too. While San Mateo County is incredibly safe, Notre Dame High School also does the utmost to make every student feel welcome and accommodated.

Immersion Program

The Immersion Program at Notre Dame offers girls entering grades 9-11 the opportunity to work on their English language proficiency while simultaneously immersing themselves in the American high school experience. Students in this program attend classes with domestic students and can earn credits in some classes if attending for one or two complete semesters.

Students are also supported by three full-time support staff, English Language acquisition study skills course including TOEFL Prep, An after school study table, Peer Tutoring and College Counseling.


Orientation is a cultural exchange event with students, staff, and host families and an opportunity to meet with current Notre Dame students who will welcome international students and help them acclimate to their new school. This includes local area excursions to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and other points of interest.

Notre Dame’s students

Home Stay

While you are a student at Notre Dame, the school places a high priority on finding you a safe, comfortable environment where you will have the support of a family. Living with a host family encourages the continued use of English skills and provides academic and social guidance. Students are provided with a private or shared room in the family home and all their meals. 

Once students have been accepted to Notre Dame, the International Student Program Director will work to place the student with a host family (if needed) and provide ongoing support for the student and her family over the course of the school year. 


To find out more and directly contact a representative from Notre Dame, please fill in the form below.