High School

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Welcome to the admissions process at Nardin Academy High School!

Applying to a new school can be overwhelming. The admissions team at Nardin is here to help make the application process as easy as possible. Use the following timeline to help guide you.


Applications must be filled out through Catholic High Schools of Western New York. 

Freshman Application

Start Your Application File

The following items must be completed by December 13, 2019.

The curriculum at Nardin is focused on your success, and your transcripts provide us with greater insight on your future as a Nardin student. The transcripts should come from your current school and contain a minimum of two complete years (6th and 7th grade) as well as the first quarter of your courses of the current academic year (8th grade). Please print your application, sign, and submit to your current school's office so that they can mail the transcripts to Nardin.

Letter of Recommendation
Nardin requires one letter of recommendation, either academic or from a non-academic person in your life such as a coach, dance teacher, music instructor, troop leader, or from community leaders where you perform service. We look forward to learning about your character, sportsmanship, leadership, work ethic, compassion, and any other traits that help us learn more about who you are.

Please forward Letters of Recommendation to:
Nardin Academy Admissions Office
135 Cleveland Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Fax: 716.881.0086
Email: ckiefer@nardin.org

Letter of Recommendation Form

Variable Tuition Application
For information about Variable Tuition and how to apply, click the link below. Please note this program is only available for students who identify Nardin Academy as their first choice school. The Variable Tuition application for 2020-2021 is due December 13, 2019.

Variable Tuition 

Campus Visit

At Nardin Academy High School, exceptional experiences extend beyond the walls of the classroom. We encourage you to discover our community by experiencing Nardin in person. Visiting Nardin allows you to connect with current students, who together represent towns and cities from 27 different districts across the Western New York and Southern Ontario community, meet with our outstanding faculty and staff, and experience our community firsthand.

Opportunities include:

  • Open House Dates:
    Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Monday, September 30, 5 - 7 p.m.


  • Shadow Days:
    Throughout the fall, we welcome any 8th grade girl to our campus to shadow a current student. You will observe classes, eat in the dining hall, and connect with the students who call Nardin home. Call Admissions at 716-881-6262 x1030 to set up a Shadow Day.
  • Personal Tour:
    Call Admissions at 716-881-6262 x1030 to schedule a tour.
Entrance Exam Prep

While we look at much more than test scores when selecting our future Nardin girls, standardized tests help us learn more about each girl’s academic background. In preparation for the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic High School Entrance Exam, Nardin offers several opportunities to help each student achieve her potential on the exam.

Nardin offers an Entrance Exam Review Course for 8th grade students from 9 - 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • October 26 
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16

Entrance Exam Review Course Registration


Merit Scholarships:

Nardin Academy offers scholarships to qualified incoming 9th grade students based on the national entrance and scholarship examination results. Click for more information.  

Class of 2024 Scholarships

Reflecting our commitment to maximizing student potential, Nardin Academy offers six 1-year scholarships to celebrate student talent and passion. Click for more information and for application forms.

  • Art Scholarship: $500
  • Band Scholarship: $500
  • Leadership Scholarship: $500
  • Orchestra Scholarship: $500
  • Service Scholarship: $500
  • Vocal Performance Scholarship: $500
Entrance and Scholarship Exam

The exam will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. It will last approximately 3 hours and there is a $20 fee. Girls should sit for the exam at their first choice school.

Exam Registration

Variable Tuition Application Deadline

All paperwork for Variable Tuition must be submitted by Friday, December 13, 2019.

File Completion Deadline

Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, and Class of 2024 Scholarship applications are due to the Admissions Office by Friday, December 13.

Decision Letters

Decision Letters from the Catholic High Schools will be mailed January 23, 2020.

Late Applicants

Decisions are made on a rolling admission basis. As a completed application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and a decision rendered. Late applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office directly to check on the availability of spaces.

For more information contact Danielle Dodman, Director of Admissions, at (716) 881-6262 x1030 or ddodman@nardin.org.


Practice Exams will be held for 7th grade students on March 28 & June 6, 2020.

July 2020

SAVE THE DATE! Experience Nardin Summer Camp will be held July 6-13, 2020. 

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Monday - Thursday with optional Fun Friday
For girls entering 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades

Enjoy a glimpse into Nardin during two weeks of summer fun with morning workshops that include:
  • Art: Explore your artistic side in Nardin's beautiful and spacious art studios!
  • Creative Writing: Develop the art of storytelling and find your voice.
  • Theatre: Refine your skills as an actress through fun improv games, learning audition techniques and more!
  • Real Life Math/Science/Technology: Expand your culinary skills and discover how math and science relate to baking and cooking.
  • Photography: Explore the Elmwood Village and discover the magic of film photography and darkroom printing.
And that's just in the morning! Spend the afternoon exploring your passions by creating your own workshop based on your interests and talents.

Optional Fun Fridays include trips off-campus to build camaraderie and make new friends. Past Fun Fridays include trips to Darien Lake, Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls State Park, and Rainbow Skate Land in Lockport.


Did you know?

  • Nardin offers scholarships based on the Catholic High School Entrance Exam scores ranging from $4,000 - $10,800 over four years.
  • Nardin Academy offers six $500, 1-year scholarships to celebrate student talent and passion.
  • There is an opportunity for an Alumnae Scholarship of $1,500 per year for a student with an alumnae mother, grandmother or aunt.
  • The Diocese of Buffalo Catholic High School Entrance Exam for students entering in the Fall of 2020 will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
  • Nardin girls travel to school from 27 different districts all across Western New York and Southern Ontario.
  • The Classes of 2017 & 2018 earned an average of $30 million in scholarships and grants to top colleges across the country.