Nacel International School System

The Nacel International School System


The Nacel International School System (NISS) is based on an American curriculum leading to a US High School Diploma. Students may enroll in a full course of study or participate in a dual diploma program, in which they take their standard country courses and supplement that course of study with key subjects from the American core curriculum.
Local schools may offer various study program: the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement programs or STEM diploma.

Notre-Dame International High School is the Nacel International School in France.
The school welcomes students from Grade 10 to 12 and offers students to prepare their IB Diploma Programme in France. The school is an international boarding school in Europe.




Nacel International School opened in St Paul, USA, in September 2003, with 24 students from 10 different countries. Since then, our NISS student population has grown to more than 800 students representing more than 30 countries worldwide. The school was created with the purpose of bringing students together from around the globe for a unique and challenging educational experience. The mother school itself, Nacel International School, was renamed St Paul Preparatory School (SPPS) and had a population of more than 150 students. The program relocated to Hill Murray campus in St Paul since 2017 in order to offer a complete US High School experience to our international students.


Educative mission and beliefs

Our American High School's curriculum provides students with quality, college preparatory academics and enrichment through the arts and physical education. Our classes are taught from a culturally relativistic perspective and take advantage of the wealth of diversity within our student body. Through our course offerings, we meet the educational needs of a wide range of students, from those with limited English ability to those requiring substantial academic rigor.

NISS teachers share a passion for working with students from around the world. The majority of our faculty members hold a Master's degree or higher, and many have professional career experience beyond the classroom. We truly care about the well-being of our students and offer them a safe, supportive and nurturing environment in which to learn.

We aim at providing students with opportunities for the development of self-awareness, social consciousness, leadership skills and creativity through our enrichment activities, clubs and study abroad program. We also recognize the importance of providing our students with an enjoyable and memorable high school experience, and promote positive interaction through field trips, dances and other social events. Students are encouraged to take an active role in shaping the culture and climate of this international school in Paris, ensuring that it is a comfortable place to grow and learn.

NISS schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, creed, religion, national, or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or disability in administration of its, admissions and scholarship programs, the administration of its educational, athletic, or other school programs, or its employment practices.



Useful information to download: US High School diploma and University Admission

More than 90 percent of St Paul Preparatory students matriculate to American or international colleges and, universities upon graduation. St. Paul Preparatory School graduates have been accepted into and/or have attended, the following institutions:

American University, Washington D.C., American University of Central Asia, Augsburg College, Baylor University, Bethany Lutheran College, California State University Northridge, Clark University, College of St. Benedict, College of St. Scholastica, Cornell University, DePauw University, Drake University, Drexel ,University, Elmira College, Fisher College, Gran View College, Hamline University, Iowa State University, International University of Monaco, James Madison, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Loyola University, Luther College, Macalester College, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Metropolitan State University, Michigan State University, New York University, Northeastern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Pennsylvania State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Francisco State University, St. Norbert College, St. John's University, MN, St. John's University, NY, St. Olaf College, Truman State University, University of Annaba School of Medicine, Algeria University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of California Davis, University of Indiana, University of Kazakhstan, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business, University of Missouri, University of Monterrey School of Medicine, Mexico, University of Montevideo School of Veterinary Medicine, Uruguay, University of San Francisco, University of St. Thomas, University of Southern California, Villanova University, Wartburg College.


An international educational network

In Nacel's vision of bringing its own brand of international education to other countries, it has developed a model high school in the United States. As part of its second and third phases of development, Nacel has established schools in South Korea, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and a sister school in Poland along with France. The NISS allows international students to complete the academic cycle while studying in various countries (USA, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and France so far) and get a recognized US High School diploma.