Academic Opportunities

AP Courses

Notre Dame High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language & Composition,  English Literature & Composition, Government & Politics, Italian, Physics, Spanish, Studio Art and U.S. History. Additional AP courses are also available in the Virtual High School. The Advanced Placement examinations are offered in May by the College Board. Students who do well on these exams may receive college credit from the college they eventually attend. 

College Credit Courses

Albertus Magnus College

The College before College Program at Albertus Magnus College is open to rising seniors who have an overall 88%. Students can take one course each term, including the summer, as long as there are available seats in the class. The College will waive the cost of tuition. 

Gateway Community College

Juniors and Seniors with an overall 85% are eligible to participate in the Gateway CC High School Partnership Program. The College will waive the cost of tuition and fees for students participating in this program. 

University of New Haven

The College before College Program at the University of New Haven offers motivated high school seniors who are interested in taking a college course, a jumpstart on their college career. Students who are selected for this program will take one college course on the UNH campus with UNH faculty and staff. The University will waive the cost of tuition.

Yale-New Haven

For over 30 years, the Yale-New Haven and Area High School Program has enrolled New Haven and area high school students in Yale undergraduate courses. Students are expected to complete all required work and are to be judged by exactly the same standards as a Yale undergraduate. 


Moreau Honors

Named for Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Brothers of Holy Cross, the two-year Moreau Honors Program is for freshmen and sophomores.  This unique program has an emphasis on reading more challenging material and developing 21st century skills including creative problem solving, collaboration, digital literacy and all types of communication.  Religion, English, Technology, and Social Studies are taught in an interdisciplinary format to highlight connections across disciplines and time.

University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE)

UConn Early College Experience (ECE) provides academically motivated students the opportunity to take university courses while still in high school.  These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head start on a college degree.  ECE instructors, who are certified as adjunct professors by UConn faculty, create a classroom environment fostering independent learning, creativity, and critical thinking – all pivotal for success in college.  Notre Dame offers ECE courses in English, Math, Science, and Foreign Language.  To support rigorous learning, University of Connecticut library resources are also available to students.  ECE students must successfully complete the course with a grade of C or better to receive university credit.  University credits are usually transferable to other universities.  Additional information is available at

Virtual High School

Notre Dame High School students are able to take online courses through our partnership with the Virtual High School (VHS).  This provides students with the opportunity to take standards-based, student centered, online courses that expand their educational opportunities and help develop 21st century skills.  There are presently more than 200 courses offered, and they are designed and delivered to promote a high quality collaborative learning environment in which student exchange and interaction is a valued component of the instructional process.  For additional information, please visit