Advanced studies

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

We are the only school in northwest Ohio to offer the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) program. 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 IB, see NDA’s IB page.

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.

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.

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

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 $41.50 per credit hour for Catholic high school students only (plus cost of textbooks)