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EAST | NORTHEAST SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2013 A COMMUNITY PRESS/RECORDER SPECIAL PUBLICATION

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TABLE OF CONTENTS St. Margaret of York School ...................2 St. Ursula Academy ...................................3 Purcell Marian High School ....................4 Seven Hills School......................................5 La Salle High School..................................6 McAuley High School ...............................7 Cincinnati Country Day............................9

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Good Shepherd Montessori..................10 St. Mary School.........................................11 Mount Notre Dame High School.........12 Summit Country Day School.................13 St. Ursula Villa ..........................................15 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy .....16 St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth School ..........18

McNicholas High School ........................19 Badin High School ...................................19 St. Xavier High School............................20 Ursuline Academy...................................20 Cincinnati Christian Schools..................21 Children’s Meeting House Montessori ................................................22

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DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS Badin High School ...................................19 Cardinal Pacelli School .............................2 Children’s Meeting House Montessori ................................................22 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy .....17 Cincinnati Christian Schools..................21 Cincinnati Country Day............................9 Good Shepherd Montessori..................10

La Salle High School..................................6 McAuley High School ...............................7 McNicholas High School ........................19 Miami Valley Christian Academy ........28 Mount Notre Dame High School.........12 Purcell Marian High School ....................4 St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth School ..........18 St. Margaret of York School ...................2

St. Mary School.........................................11 St. Thomas More High School................8 St. Ursula Academy ...................................3 St. Ursula Villa ..........................................15 St. Xavier High School............................20 Seven Hills School......................................5 Summit Country Day School.................13 Ursuline Academy...................................20

Strength for the Journey

St. Margaret of York Catholic School We are dedicated to:

Spiritual Growth: Serving Christ actively through community service and gospel teachings put into practice Academic Growth: Critical Thinking Skills and Individual Creativity foster a lifelong learning process Personal Growth: Expression of Diverse Ideas through verbal and written communication

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SMOY: Making the world a better place St. Margaret of York Catholic School provides an education and formation that focuses on developing the whole child – spiritually, academically, socially, artistically and physically – thus enabling students to fully utilize their God-given gifts and talents to make the world a better place. This educational approach provides each student with his or her own Strengths for the Journey. For the 2013-14 academic year, the school will be reading “How to Fill Your Bucket,” a book that suggests each has an “invisible bucket” that will either get filled or emptied from the amount of positive or negative experiences and interactions during the day. The book will be shared in all the classrooms as See SMOY, Page 6


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SUA instills values, life skills If you have a daughter looking at high schools, make sure St. Ursula Academy is on her list. A St. Ursula education develops the whole person and guides each student into becoming a confident leader who is ready to achieve her own goals and dreams. Our students learn values, service and life skills so See ST. URSULA, Page 10

Students enjoy the St. Ursula Academy campus during a break from classes. From left, Shannon Markesbery, Priya Ram, MJ Volck, Grace Lietsch and Paige Williams. PROVIDED

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A tradition of rich student life and faith formation

Critical thinkers well-prepared for college

87% of the Class of 2013 earned $20-million in college scholarship offers in Academics, Community Service, Fine Arts or Athletics.

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Purcell Marian High School: A personalized Catholic education Welcome to the Home of the Cavaliers, where personalized scholarship, travel, leadership and athletics give rise to independent, lifelong learning and success.

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Purcell Marian is a Roman Catholic, coed college-preparatory high school rooted in the traditions of the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Charity. With an empha-

sis on a unique, tailormade curriculum for each student, Purcell Marian now offers more than 55 college credit options. From AP and College Prep classes to a personalized Scholars Program for gifted students and Student Support Services targeted toward students with special needs, Cavaliers learn alongside peoSee PURCELL, Page 9

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The Seven Hills School: Dedication to the whole child is intrinsic to school’s culture Young men and women graduate from The Seven Hills School as confident, well-rounded individuals, prepared to be engaged citizens in the global community. Their development into complete human beings – intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially – takes place in every aspect of their Seven Hills education – in and out of the classroom – and this dedication to the whole child is intrinsic to the school’s culture. At Seven Hills, educating the whole child means a curriculum that includes physical education, health and the fine

and performing arts in the daily life of every student. Seven Hills’ Physical Education and Health program, led by experts in their fields, fosters the development of healthy living habits, decisionmaking and time-management skills, and teamwork. The athletics program at Seven Hills is outstanding in both its achievements and its culture. Led by professional coaches, both Middle and Upper School teams earn honors and win championships in the league, city and district. The school’s athletic phi-

losophy supports full participation, and all teams have a no-cut policy. More than 80 percent of students in grades one through 12 participate in a school sport, and by the time they are in Upper School they can join one of 15 teams in 13 different sports. Seven Hills is known for the excellence and breadth of its fine and performing arts program. A defining feature of the Lower School experience is the abundance of opportunities to express oneself though music, art and drama in regular classes and performances. In the Middle

School, courses in visual art, theater and music give students regular opportunities to learn new skills and explore and expand their artistic vision. The Upper School fine and performing arts program offers all students a rich array of courses in the visual arts, from Painting and Pottery to Time-Based Media and Art History. Talented singers perform in the Concert Chorus or Chamber Ensemble, and instrumental musicians can join the Symphonic Ensemble and the Contemporary Ensemble. Theater students can choose to

take varied courses in Acting, Directing or Technical Theater. “As educators, it is our role to help students discover their passions in life, and those passions may lie in a wide range of fields,” said Nick Francis, head of Upper School. “It’s wonderful to see a gifted lacrosse player share his talent as an actor. Our students are encouraged to explore and expand all of their talents and potential.” At Seven Hills, educating the whole child means offering limitless opportunities outside the classSee SEVEN HILLS, Page 6

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one method for students to determine how to make the world a better place simply by beginning with oneself and what he or she chooses to fill their basket. St. Margaret of York students and staff members will be encouraged to affirm each other in order to fill their own bucket and to fill the buckets of others. Research shows that children (and adults) achieve at higher levels and are more likely to be

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engaged if their bucket is filled. Conversely, a “dipper” (someone who may not look out for others, or who says or does mean things) will typically have an empty bucket and not feel good about himself/herself and, consequently, have lower levels of achievement. Throughout the school year, numerous traits and values will be studied. Each month a new trait will be discussed and practiced. At the start of school through September, respect will be the first trait or value that will be explored. Subsequent months will

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focus on the following: practicing kindness; gratitude; acceptance; optimism; honesty; compassion; responsibility; and stewardship. Our Catholic faith is a very important part of the everyday interaction with one another as well as the education process. Students attend weekly Mass and practice their faith through outreach projects that make a positive impact on the parish and local community. Our students in kindergarten through eighth grade learn Spanish and benefit from technology which is integrated into all curricular areas. Learning is extended through numerous after-school activities. This year, students in grades six, seven and eight will have a new

one-to-one tablet program. St. Margaret of York is located amid the Loveland, Mason and Maineville areas. The school provides a latchkey program for students who need to remain at school after normal classroom hours. In addition, St. Margaret of York offers an opportunity for students to earn scholarships to area Catholic high schools, offering eight “in house” scholarships for excellent academic achievement. You are invited to see for yourself during a Visitor Orientation session or schedule a personal visit by calling Mrs. McNamara at 513-683-9793, ext. 222. For more information, please visit smoyschool.com. m

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room for participation, initiative and community engagement. Lower School students begin community and global support activities in PreKindergarten. Middle and Upper School students can hone their leadership skills in a wide array of extracurricular clubs and community service opportunities. “Our students thrive in a community in which all individuals are wellknown and celebrated for their unique gifts and contributions to our school family,” said Head of School Chris Garten. “We strive to help our students become the best individuals they can be – in mind, body and heart.” m

La Salle brotherhood: Transformation, faith and achievement combine

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We learn early on in the Gospel of Mark of the importance of transformation in the lives of the Christian community. As it states, “The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” The term repent, or metanoia, means a heartfelt transformation. Jesus the Christ wants us to understand early in his earthly ministry of God’s will for us to give witness to life-giving transformation. As a graduate of La Salle High School, I know that my life is for-

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ever transformed as a result of my Lasallian education. In the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of all educators, we continue to intentionally place students and their respective needs at the center of the educational environment. As a Lasallian educator, I join with my fellow colleagues and continue to witness the daily transformation of the young men entrusted to our care. These young men learn and live the Lasallian values of being a brother to one another and to all of creation.

At La Salle High School, we continue to teach that a Lasallian brother is someone who places God at the center of his life, seeking God’s truth in his relationships, maximizing his Godgiven gifts and talents in the servant leadership of himself and others. La Salle High School is a Catholic school community where achievement, transformation and faith come together through brotherhood and gives way to new and vital ways of living.

Chris Winiarski is the director of Campus Ministry, Mission and Formation at La Salle High School.


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McAuley’s ‘Women In’ launches careers McAuley High School is a Catholic school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. McAuley has a history of academic excellence, and students exemplify the “Brilliance of Balance” in and out of school. One of McAuley’s programs, Women In, offers groundbreaking opportunities through exposure to careers in medicine, engineering and law. This nationally recognized program involves monthly seminars, discussions, hands-on activities and volunteer opportunities. Incoming freshmen who score 85 percent or higher on the McAuley High School students in the library during book club. PROVIDED

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High School Placement Test are invited to apply to Women In. Once accepted, students are required to maintain high GPAs in Honors, Advanced Placement and Advanced College Prep classes along with participating in the program’s activities. At the end of freshman year, each student selects her area of study to follow for the next three years, and the group divides into medicine, law or engineering. Upon

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Women in Medicine graduates are currently pre-med students with majors in biology and zoology. Others are studying pharmacy, speech and hearing sciences, and physical therapy. Elizabeth Brock (’11), graduated in the first Women in Medicine class. She currently attends the University of Cincinnati as a nursing major. Elizabeth says: “Women in Medicine

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showed me a huge variety of careers available in the medical field and helped me determine which one would best suit my lifestyle and goals. I found that nursing was the best job for me, primarily because of direct patient interaction. I really enjoyed the monthly meetings that gave us an upclose and personal look into the lives of different medical professionals.” Elizabeth found attending field trips, such as visiting a cadaver lab and being in the operating room at Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital to watch a surgery, to be the most valuable. “I still keep in contact with some of the staff at Mercy Hospital from my volunteering days with Women in Medicine. Being a part of this program was an awesome experience that really showed me what it’s like to work in health care.”

Exploring facets of engineering, law

Annie Helpling (’14) and Malina Creighton (’15) are current students in the Women in Engineering and Women in Law programs, respectively. Annie says: “Women in Engineering has been beneficial because it has exposed us to different fields of engineering and how they

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could be put to use in different careers. I have found subjects, like chemical engineering, that are interesting to me and I would consider as a major.” Annie enjoyed visiting P&G and Smucker’s as well as the opportunity to work on a 3-D printer. To anyone considering a career in engineering, Annie says, “Women in Engineering will educate you on the different types of engineering and can help you find the best fit for your future. In addition, it’s great to have on a résumé and college application for competitive engineering schools.” Malina has had a similar experience in Women in Law. She participates in the Mock Trial Program, which has given her insight into the field and what goes on in a courtroom. Malina says: “I have found the Women in Law Program beneficial because I am not only learning court room procedures, but also participating in hands-on experience in the field of law.” Malina adds, “My favorite experience so far has been visiting the Police Academy and testing the gun simulator. Being part of this program has given me advanced knowledge of the law field and has definitely opened my eyes to a ca-

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Enter college knowing what you want to do There are so many benefits to being a part of McAuley’s Women In Program. The careerexploration opportunities offer high-achieving students advantages: » Enter college knowing what they want to do. » They are less likely to switch majors and waste valuable college credit hours. » They are awarded credit on their high school transcripts, showing competitive universities that their experiences in the program exceed the typical extracurricular activities offered in high schools. Additionally, our students are mentored by professionals in their future fields, making it easier to obtain muchneeded letters of recommendation for professional schools as well as a foot in the door when it comes time to fulfill residency and internship requirements. This one-of-a-kind program gives McAuley students advantages in competitive fields that are in need of women leaders ready to meet the needs of today’s global society. m


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Cincinnati Country Day students discover their interests and find success in any world Our world is changing rapidly, and students must be prepared for the future. Country Day students are uniquely prepared for tomorrow through our rigorous academic program, the support of our inclusive and engaged community, and the freedom to explore and discover their interests. Learning is more of a “want to” than a “have to.” At Country Day, students are learning to think, learning to stretch, and learning to learn. Since 1926, CCDS has offered a superior collegepreparatory program. Small class sizes of ap-

proximately 15 students allow our outstanding faculty to focus on individual learning styles. The school is also known as an international leader in technology integration. Every student in grades five through 12 is equipped with his or her own tablet PC, effectively blending both traditional and innovative teaching. To do well, students need a safe, loving environment. To excel, students need to broaden their perspectives. The community of Country Day is what sets it apart from similar schools. The campus is situated on 62 beautiful acres in a safe,

suburban neighborhood. Children 18 months to 18 years of age come together in close-knit relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni. Modern classrooms, labs, studios, athletic fields, playgrounds, observatory, and a natural pond with its own mini-habitat allow students to actively connect learning with doing. To find your true talents, you must try many things. Country Day makes it possibly to discover your talents through a wide variety of cocurricular opportunities. Athletic and arts programs are open to all students. Every

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tion (OHSAA), Purcell Marian’s proud athletic tradition traces back more than 80 years and includes six team state titles, two individual state titles, and multiple AllAmerican and professional athletes. The school’s smaller size allows more playing time, individualized coaching and collegiate recruitment exposure.

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ple of all backgrounds in an academically challenging environment. The rigorous curriculum has proven successful; students at all levels of entry experience greater academic gains over the four years than their peers, as evidenced by performance on standardized tests. New this year, the Purcell Marian Blended Learning Program in math expands the range of educational tools even further for math students, encouraging interactivity and independence, as well as allowing students to control the pace of their learning. Math has become the No. 1 subject that acts as indicator for success in college, and Blended Learning allows math students to learn to balance demands they will

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Purcell Marian offers opportunities for travel, through our Intersession Program. Designed to complement each student’s education, Intersession provides opportunities to engage in learning in real-world settings such as El Salvador, Rome, Greece, Ireland and Hawaii. Closer to home and in cities such as Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., others have experienced local history, architecture and cinema, engaged in service learning, or developed a greater appreciation for fine arts.

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Purcell Marian pushes each student to cultivate and utilize a positive set of leadership skills through cocurricular clubs and activities. The small-school feel provides a wider range of opportunities for each student and the flexibility to add activities to meet emerging student interests. For more information about Purcell Marian’s unique opportunities for self-discovery, visit www.purcellmarian.org. Or call 513-487-3133. m

student participates in service learning. Students are active in more than 50 organizations, and they are welcome to take on the challenge of starting a new group or club. CCDS applauds student involvement as much as student achievement. At Country Day, students learn to seek answers, to invest in their communities, and to find their passions. As they

develop academically, physically, socially and emotionally, students will grow in confidence and in character. They are ready for the next chapter, the next challenge and the next year. What tomorrow’s world holds is uncertain. But we know that navigating it will take an inventive, insightful mind. Country Day students are ready for any possible future. m

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that when they graduate they are women of faith, integrity and courage committed, to building a better world. It is the mission of St. Ursula to nurture and educate every student with the values that she will carry with her for a lifetime and will forever connect her to the St. Ursula community. It’s the reason students come from more than 90 grade schools in three states to attend St. Ursula Academy. St. Ursula Academy is considered a premier private girls’ high school in Greater Cincinnati. For more than 100 years, St. Ursula has been committed to academic excellence, character building and service rooted in Catholic values.

Ask a student or come experience for yourself what makes St. Ursula so special and extraordinary. There are many opportunities to experience our friendly, family atmosphere firsthand – you’ll never forget that unforgettable feeling you get when you walk in the door. St. Ursula Academy students develop friendships that last a lifetime. Whether they know other girls on their first day or not, it doesn’t take long for new and lasting friendships to form. Our students become part of our family and feel nurtured by their caring teachers. St. Ursula Academy believes balance is important. Students find they can pursue many interests at SUA beyond the classroom. There are more than 40 student clubs and organizations

that include hobbies, fine arts, honor societies, community service and much more. There are also several teams in 12 sports. There truly is something for everyone at SUA. Upon graduation, students tell us they feel prepared for college. St. Ursula students are educated to be open-minded critical thinkers and lifelong learners who study all aspects of an issue and form opinions based upon inquiry and analysis. These skills give them self-confidence, high self-esteem and integrity. SUA graduates are aware of their own unique gifts and the responsibility they have to use these gifts to benefit themselves and others. For information or opportunities to visit SUA, please visit www.saintursula.org or call 513-961-3410. m

GSCM: The curriculum is rich and students thrive

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Walk into any classroom at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori and the first thing you’ll notice is how busy all the students are. From preschoolers through eighth-grade teens, the students at this school (located one-quarter mile north of Mariemont Square) enjoy their work. “Self-discipline and self-directed learning are hallmarks of the Montessori method,” explains school founder and principal, Dan Teller. “With the freedom to move about the classroom and work at their own pace, our students develop a love of learning that you just don’t

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see in every traditional classroom.” And with the eighth-grade class scoring above the 70th and 80th national percentile on high school entrance exams, that love of learning translates into academic success even after Good Shepherd students graduate. In addition to outstanding academics, The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori is the only school in the area to offer The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This hands-on, Christ-centered curriculum helps children develop a deeply personal, joyful relationship with God. A Catholic education like no other, The Catechesis

of the Good Shepherd is tailored to meet the specific needs of the students as they grow. (Twenty-five percent of Good Shepherd’s students are non-Catholic, so all faiths are welcome.) Set on a beautiful, wooded 13-acre campus, GSCM offers an “outdoor education” as well. Part of the Middle Schoolers’ rich curriculum includes the creation and upkeep of their own garden. By selling their produce, the students raise money for their Civil Rights and Washington, D.C., peace curriculum field trips. For more information, call 513-271-4171 or visit gscmontessori.org. m


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106 years of excellence continues at St. Mary St. Mary School, located in the heart of Hyde Park, enters its 106th year of educating students in kindergarten through grade eight. A highly successful academic climate has earned St. Mary School three U.S. Department of Education National School of Excellence Blue Ribbon Awards, and it continues today. St. Mary School offers excellence in education along with daily opportunities for spiritual growth. Students attend weekly liturgies and participate in various community service programs. Teachers impart productive thinking, communication and decision-making skills to their students in part through the Talents Unlimited Program.

A state-of-the-art computer lab, wireless laptop computer carts and touch-screen computers help the school provide cutting-edge technology that prepares graduates for a tech-savvy world. Weekly Spanish classes in kindergarten through eighth grade, Math Enrichment, Honors Algebra, ISSE Foreign Exchange Program, Junior High Elective Program, and an emphasis on Fine Arts round out the distinctive offerings at SMS. St. Mary School administration and staff would delight in sharing their forward-thinking school with you as you plan your child’s future. Please call us at 513-321-0703 for a personal tour. m

St. Mary Grade School in Hyde Park opened in 1908 with 100 students and is still a parish school family who prays and learns together. St. Mary offers a climate of engaging academic excellence and “Love Spoken Here” in action. PROVIDED

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Find it all at Mount Notre Dame If you’re looking for a quality education that offers challenges and rewards within the framework of Catholic values, the search ends at Mount Notre Dame. Mount Notre Dame High School, or MND, offers many academic programs to broaden the minds and expand the horizons of its students, grades nine through 12. Among these are 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 22 Honors courses. Their comprehensive, challenging curriculum provides the opportunity for students to get AP credit as early

as their freshman year. In addition to a strong AP program, MND offers five Dual Credit opportunities, partnered with the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and the College of Mount St. Joseph, in which an MND student can earn transferable college credit while taking high school courses. Another notable program is My Action Plan (MAP). The MAP program is a unique, fouryear journey designed to engage the MND student in experiences that will See MND, Page 14

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Colleges see ‘wow factor’ in Summit Country Day graduates

Summit 2013 graduates included, from left, Dale Lakes, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Rhetta Maynard, University of Notre Dame; Isabelle Saldana, Emory University; Meg Mathile, Yale University; Adam Chow, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Izzie Englehart, U.S. Air Force Academy. PROVIDED

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The 97 members of the Class of 2013 had 513 acceptances, including six Ivy League schools. They will attend 55 schools across the country. One student was offered nearly $1 million in scholarship offers from various colleges and six others were each offered $500,000. Thirteen uniSee THE SUMMIT, Page 14

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empower her in all areas of life. This program has been sought after by many other schools and has been recognized for the personal and academic development that the students experience as a part of the program. Technology also plays an important role in the MND learning experience. Every student at MND has a tablet PC that is used in the classroom, and this seamless partnership between curriculum, technology and critical thinking prepares MND students for suc-

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MND experience is characterized by academic excellence; a warm, community spirit; and strong, Catholic values. With 710

students and 60 teachers, the school has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 19, which is appealing to potential students who desire a personal connection with their instructors. Strong academic programs target educational development, while MND’s wide array of athletics offer physical development. MND’s athletic department offers 24 teams competing across 13 varsity, junior varsity and freshman sports, with 46 percent of students participating in one or more of these sports. And MND teams have won 15 state championships since 1995.

Colleges know that once our students are at their schools, our students are successful. They know they are excellent writers. They know they can handle the workload and be active on campus.” Topping the list of what colleges want are a strong high school curriculum, an upward trend in grades and solid scores on standardized tests. Among the 97 graduates, 92 percent of the class had taken collegelevel classes through the College Board Advanced

Placement Program because Summit’s faculty has the expertise to offer these courses in 20 subject areas. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognized 19 percent of the senior class, and colleges offered 83 percent of them merit scholarship awards. Colleges want academically strong students who are wellrounded. The Summit’s five-pillars approach to education guarantees students are challenged

academically, physically, artistically, spiritually and socially. Distinctive talents, abilities and passion create an extra “wow” factor. West Point saw leadership potential in an Eagle Scout. Yale’s top-ranked art school was wowed by a Merit Scholar finalist who sang opera on the side. Columbia found a fit with a senior who was active in Mock Trial and Diversity & Inclusion. The 2013 graduates performed an average of 103 service hours each –

SOME OF MOUNT NOTRE DAME’S MOST RECENT HONORS In its more than 150 years of existence, the honors MND has accumulated are truly too numerous to mention, but here are some of its most recent accomplishments: » Sixty-five MND graduates and current students were recognized as 2013 Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board. » MND’s varsity volleyball team was inducted into the Sports Faith International All-Star Catholic High School Hall of Fame in Chicago as the 2012 National Female Team of the Year. » Three MND faculty members (Mrs. Kathy Louder, Mrs. Liz Schlater and Mr. Benn VanOudenallen) were recognized as Cincinnati’s Outstanding Educators of 2013 by Cincy Magazine.

In keeping with its holistic approach to education, MND also offers 48 extracurricular activities, including theater, dance and band. MND Theater’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” received 14 nominations in the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Cappies awards competition, including Best Musical. A wide variety of philanthropic and community service opportunities are available to students regularly, as well. To learn more about Mount Notre Dame, visit www.mndhs.org. Or call 513-821-3044. Mount Notre Dame is located at 711 East Columbia Ave. in Reading, Ohio. m

double what is required. “What’s beautiful about the community service component is our students are looking for colleges where they can continue giving back,” says Ms. Ferrell. “It just doesn’t stop here in Cincinnati. Students are taking their enthusiasm for The Summit’s Character Education Program with them to college. We are planting seeds so they fulfill the ultimate goal in The Summit’s mission to improve the world they inherit.” m

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versities offered their highest-level scholarship and 21 full-tuition scholarships were awarded. Those are indicators of how well-regarded Summit graduates are, says Maureen Ferrell, director of College Counseling. “More than 125 colleges asked if they could come here to meet with our students,’’ she says. “They know our record.

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Excitement is building at St. Ursula Villa For more than 50 years, St. Ursula Villa has educated children in a vibrant community of academic excellence, active parental involvement and timeless Ursuline values. St. Ursula Villa has grown and prospered over the years, with an ongoing commitment to teaching and nurturing children into responsible, respectful, academically prepared young adults. Looking toward an equally impressive and exciting future, St. Ursula Villa is embarking on a building project which will enhance the academic experience and ensure the best possible education of every Villa student. On its lovely 21-acre campus, the Villa has

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begun construction of state-of-the-art classrooms for its popular Early Childhood Programs. The new classrooms will be added to the iconic Manor House, with its extraordinary spaces returned to their original uses as a Chapel for all students and Early Childhood dining area.

Students will be welcomed into this exciting new space in the 2014-15 academic year. Montessori classes for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds and Traditional preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds will benefit from: new builtto-suit, large classrooms with private bathrooms; dedicated lunch and nap

rooms; brightly lit spaces for Early Childhood Music and Art classes; and indoor constructive-play space. Recent developments on the Villa campus have already enhanced the school in many ways. The “Villa Way” plaza, completed in ’09, connects elements of the campus into a village-like environment providing safer carpool venue, recess and play space, outdoor educational experiences and special-events areas. Kindergarten to junior high students will benefit from increased classroom space with enhanced educational opportunities such as: spaces for collaborative group work, student presentations and tech-

nology; renovated, larger and more functional rooms for primary and intermediate students; dedicated Foreign Language classrooms; relocation of the Music program from a temporary modular trailer into the Main School building; grade-level Masses in the Manor House’s original high-beamed, stained glass chapel; additional space to expand enrichment programs; and a new Junior High addition, including enhanced technology and science lab. St. Ursula Villa invites you to Informational Coffees to learn more about the Villa. Visit www.stursulavilla.org, or contact Marta Runnels, 513-871-7218, ext. 2101. m

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Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy: Students lean into life, seek solutions At Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, we make it our mission to help students discover, hone and steward their God-given talents so they will love, engage and make their mark on the world. All over the globe and right here in Cincinnati our students and alumni challenge assumptions, expand their potential and seek solutions. Where others may pull back, CHCA students lean into life. How do we help them do that? Beginning with the end in mind, a CHCA education builds resilience for lifelong faith and lifelong learning. At CHCA, learning and faith inspire and reinforce each other. Here, faith is a journey of learning, learning is an ongoing act of faith, and questions pave the way to lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth. Guided by expert Christian faculty members, students at every grade level engage with increasingly complex, timeless, essential questions. By learning to embrace difficulty and uncertainty, CHCA students strengthen their minds and their faith.

HOW TO PLAN A CAMPUS VISIT, SCHEDULE A SHADOW OR ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE AT CHCA » Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., All Campus » Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 6-8 p.m., North Campus » Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., All Campus

Hands-on learning in the Science Lab at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Edyth B. Lindner Elementary School.

Like their teachers, they never stop inquiring. » Academics: In every grade, CHCA’s intentionally designed, college-preparatory curriculum sparks curiosity and fuels expertise. Offering 18 Advanced Placement courses, our culture of vigorous inquiry and persistent effort, combined with loving attention to individual gifts, develops agile, innovative thinkers eager to take on profound intellectual challenges. As students learn to pose

insightful questions and employ a range of critical methods to answer them, we prepare them to thrive in the college and profession of their choice. » Spiritual Life: At CHCA, learning and faith inspire and reinforce each other. Our curriculum carefully integrates meaningful reflections upon Christian faith into every discipline, as our quest for God fuels intellectual curiosity and our academic pursuits teach us more about God’s

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world. Students and teachers worship, contemplate and rejoice alongside one another at weekly chapel services. CHCA welcomes students from more than 160 churches into our vibrant, multi-denominational, learning family. » Global Engagement: Through global engagement, students challenge “local” paradigms and expand their abilities to learn from each other, consider differing points of view and collaborate across cul-

tures. CHCA high school students travel far and wide on experiential learning trips. At the same time, we welcome 30 international students into our student body. To date, our students have made meaningful, lasting connections in more than 28 countries. » The Arts: Expressing Exuberance. Our renowned visual and performing arts programs inspire even our youngest students to discover, deepen and share their creativity. Amazing facilities complement the programs – from band rooms equipped with state-ofthe-art sound attenuation to a high school art room that would make Michelangelo jealous. Our students and faculty have the best spaces possible to get the most out of their fine arts education. » Athletics: Winning Twice. Offering 17 competitive varsity sports, 65 sports teams grades seven through 12, and a robust youth sports program, CHCA’s athletics teaches students to win twice – on the scoreboard See CHCA, Page 22


Refreshingly insightful At Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, our collegeprep curriculum sparks creativity and fuels mastery. CHCA’s culture of vigorous inquiry, persistent effort, and thoughtful attention

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SESEAS gives its students the foundation and values they need to succeed in life St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School is growing. The 2013-14 school year welcomes 26 new students, grades one through eight, and 53 new kindergartners. Additionally, several exciting new programs have been integrated throughout the classrooms, emphasizing SASEAS School’s commitment to strong academics. The year begins with a 1:1 iPad pilot program in grades one through three. iPad apps are used in conjunction with classroom curriculum, providing a more interactive and hands-on approach to learning. Apps are used

to engage students with their lessons and to seamlessly integrate crosscurricular teaching. Teachers are able to quickly and easily assess their students by tracking and monitoring their progress. Students at the St. Andrew Campus (grades six through eight) are using Chrome Books with Google-based apps in the classroom. This technology allows students to work collaboratively and collectively. By using Google Apps, students can access documents through the “cloud” wherever they have Internet and teachers are able to

check homework and track progress on projects and assignments. Integration of this technology improves the teaching and learning process, as well as prepares students for high school. This year, SASEAS School is offering Spanish in kindergarten through eighth grade. Exposure to a foreign language provides students with a better appreciation of cultural differences, further improves their own language and learning process, and helps prepare them for the diversity of our world. SASEAS School con-

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tinues to build their Professional Learning Communities (PLC). PLCs are an on-going process in which teachers work collaboratively to improve student learning. Teachers work together to identify essential skills for students to learn, determine if students are learning the skills, find a solution if students have not achieved mastery, and provide alternatives if they already know the skill. PLCs transform the way students are assessed and allows for continuous intervention, enrichment and further practice. Education at SASEAS

School goes far beyond academics. Instilling virtues and values is a big part of the daily activities. SASEAS School believes the integration and development of faith, humility, obedience, compassion and service is most important in the development of each child’s character. Students share Christ’s love by celebrating weekly Mass/Adoration together and serving their community. From everyday activities to scheduled events, they are committed to service not just in their school and parishes, but in the community and around the world. m


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McNicholas inspires mind, heart and spirit Since 1951, Archbishop McNicholas High School has been engaging the mind, heart and spirit of future generations. Founded on the principles of the Sisters of St. Joseph, McNicholas is the premier Archdiocesan coed, Catholic high school on Cincinnati’s East Side. Through our rigorous academic curriculum, sophisticated arts program, extensive extracurricular choices, competitive athletic teams, and fully developed service program, our students grow into healthy, vibrant, and passionate young men and women. As part of the Rocket family, you are appreciated for your unique Godgiven strengths, encouraged to excel both inside and outside of the classroom, and supported to become all that Christ intended for you to be. McNicholas is committed to preparing our students as 21st century learners. Every student is equipped with a tablet PC and our faculty completes ongoing professional development in strategies using technology to enhance curriculum. Our extracurricular offerings build spirit, and every student can find his or her place with more than 30 clubs/organizations and over 40 athletic teams. McNicholas now has a home-field advantage, due to the generosity of friends, current families and alumni who have made our athletic complex, Penn Station Stadium, a reality. See MCNICHOLAS, Page 22

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Badin students serve, lead, maximize potential in family-friendly setting How do you spell high school success? B-a-d-i-n, in a vibrant, coed community that is on the cutting edge of 21st century opportunity. Badin High School’s vision will prepare our students to think, achieve, serve and lead as we provide an environment that allows students to maximize their potential in a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere.

Right-sized classes, numerous elective offerings, outstanding facilities and strong extracurricular activities make Badin the model for Catholic education in Southwestern Ohio. Our excellent collegepreparatory program gives students the right stuff for life after Badin, while our smaller-school experience makes Badin the right place to have a memorable high school

career. We do all of this in a supportive coed community that underlines the point, “You’re going to deal with men and women your whole life ... you should do that in high school as well.” All students are welcome at Badin. They come to us from nearly 30 junior high schools in the Butler County and northern Cincinnati area, encompassing some 23 ZIP codes. All students

use iPad tablet computers throughout their academic program and are well-versed in the value of technology. Our students learn how to think for themselves, how to achieve success in all walks of life, how to serve the community around them, and how to lead the way not just in high school but in the future beyond Badin. That’s what Badin is all about. m

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St. Xavier students Men for Others St. Xavier High School’s educational heritage stretches back more than 180 years – inspired by more than 450 years of Jesuit tradition – and is home to a warm, welcoming atmosphere of learning, friendship and spiritual affirmation. Boys from more than 100 grade schools across Greater Cincinnati come to St. X’s 110-acre campus and leave as men to populate the world with a genuine sense of purpose and belonging.

St. Xavier is a collegepreparatory school. Each year more than 99 percent of its graduates matriculate to four-year colleges and universities. Eighty-four percent of the class of 2013 left with a college scholarship. The school offers 24 Advanced Placement courses in seven subject areas. Grounded in its Roman Catholic faith and Jesuit mission, St. Xavier calls its students to serve as Men for Others. Community service is

not mandatory, yet more than 80 percent of the student body participates in some type of service program through the school. Students also participate in one of nine summer mission trips and five retreat programs over the course of their four years at St. X. St. Xavier boasts an impressive array of cocurricular activities, including 17 interscholastic varsity athletic teams, a variety of intramural sports and more than 110 clubs. The arts

are a vital part of the St. Xavier education too, and the school features a fine arts wing with ample space to provide a full arts curriculum and cocurricular programs. St. Xavier High School is the current choice of 1,580 young men and more than 18,000 living alumni known as The Long Blue Line. To learn more about the St. Xavier Advantage, contact the Office of Enrollment at 513-761-7600, ext. 106. Or visit stxavier.org. m

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At Ursuline, girls are empowered Ursuline Academy is a Catholic, independent college-preparatory high school for girls that empowers each young woman to find her voice, define her values and live her vision. In the mission of its foundress, St. Angela Merici, Ursuline’s challenging academic program provides students with the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond. The school’s course of study is taught by an outstanding faculty, of which 75 percent hold doctoral or master’s degrees. The 14:1 student-tofaculty ratio makes individual attention a key component of an Ursuline education; teachers serve as caring guides to knowledge, excellence, and the achievement of the student’s personal best. Ninety-one percent of the Class of 2013 earned more than $24.7 million in college scholarships. Started 117 years ago in Cincinnati, the school moved to a beautiful campus in Blue Ash in 1970 and draws students from more than 50 different grade schools. As a premier all-girls Catholic high school, Ursuline’s academic achievements, athletic awards, fine arts and performing arts accomplishments have been highly profiled. In addition, Ursuline is deeply committed to perpetuating strong values, faith, spirituality and commitment to service. About 95 percent of the student body voluntarily participate in some form of community service, and throughout the year all students attend prayer See URSULINE, Page 22


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Christian education for the 21st century Since 1971, Cincinnati Christian Schools has been committed to excellence in Christian education, preparing its students for life through a rigorous academic program rooted in biblical truths. At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year they strengthened that preparation through the implementation of a digital conversion – a 21st century learning initiative. “The biggest change we are championing is our commitment to Christ-centered, 21st century education,” says Mark Phair, public relations director for the schools. “What we mean by that is we are a traditional, conservative, pri-

vate Christian school that is also embracing technological and educational methods that will prepare our students for the 21st century. Digital conversion is an attempt to revolutionize how we educate our students.” Following two years of research, Cincinnati Christian Schools began using MacBook Air laptops for grades nine through 12. This school year the initiative expands to seventh and eighth grades. Even younger students will use the technology by the 2015-16 school year. “This will eventually encompass every one of our classrooms, with the laptop-based instruction program for students as

early as the fourth grade,” Phair says. “This is not technology for technology’s sake. It really is a learning and educational change we’ve made.” A parent suggested Cincinnati Christian Schools consider digital conversion, citing the dramatic improvements it caused in test scores at the Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, N.C. (located just north of Charlotte). “We went down to do our research,” Phair says. “We took several parents and teachers to see if this is something that would serve our students well or if it would just put laptop computers in our students’ hands.”

The research convinced Cincinnati Christian Schools of the value of digital conversion. “The reason they got these computers was to get away from traditional methods of rote memorization and lecture by teachers, where students have to memorize information,” Phair says. “We shifted our focus to teaching to multiple intelligences, where every student learns in his or her own way. Students have different learning styles.” Some students are “visual learners,” for example. They can augment classroom presentations by watching videos on their laptops, enhancing their understanding

and retention of a subject. The change in approach also emphasizes more hands-on learning and group projects. “The idea is we are trying to tailor-make our learning for our students,” Phair says. “It takes the teacher away from being just a conduit of information. They still are very much experts in their field but now they become academic coaches, giving students a little more freedom to explore.” By implementing the digital conversion through a careful collaboration between faculty and parents, Cincinnati Christian Schools has See CCS, Page 27

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We understand that each student is uniquely and wonderfully made, from the precocious preschooler to the discerning senior. With Christ as the common bond, our differences— the unique God-given passions and talents—find room to grow and develop. Our small size and attentive personal approach opens doors to opportunities not available in other schools or programs.

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At Cincinnati Christian Schools we create lifelong learners, creative thinkers, passionate disciples, and visionary leaders. Our graduates are welcomed at a variety of universities and other institutes of higher learning because they’ve become the natural learners and inquisitive students of life God created them to be. Join us at an upcoming Open House! Sunday, November 3rd 2-4:00 p.m. Both campuses in Fairfield

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and by honoring God through good sportsmanship. As a CHCA athlete, your student joins countless others who have grown in character, discipline and perseverance through participation in CHCA’s program, including many who go on to pursue collegiate-level play. » Opportunities: As we help all our students prepare for the nation’s most selective colleges, we offer challenges and incentives for top achiev-

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The Service Club and the Service Learning Program are two of McNicholas’ proudest attributes. Students are required to serve for 40 hours prior to graduation, but most far exceed that requirement. Many surpass 100 hours, earning them a spot in the Century Club. The Class of 2013 graduated with more than 20,000 combined service hours. For seniors, service opportunities can include immersion trips to Nicaragua and Lewis County, Ky. Another way students of service are recognized is at the annual Mardi Gras Pag-

eant and Ball. Unique to McNicholas, this tradition was started in 1952. The students chosen to the Court and Honor Guard are students who have been committed to selflessly serving McNicholas and others. Serving God through serving others is an integral part of who we are at McNicholas. “I want our students to be inspired to see their own leadership capabilities in doing really valuable work, especially in a Catholic school where we’re called to love our neighbors and follow Matthew 25,” said Service Coordinator Sam Roflow. For more information on how McNicholas inspires mind, heart and spirit, visit www.mcnhs.org. m

CMH Montessori students work at a pace conducive to their best learning Settled up on the hill where Loveland meets Clermont County is Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. Children’s Meeting House (CMH) is not just any ordinary school. Resting on eight bucolic acres and surrounded by more than 300 acres of varied and unspoiled natural landscapes, CMH has offered the very best of Montessori education to children ages 3-12 for more than 40 years. CMH is 10 minutes from Montgomery and 15 minutes from Blue Ash and Kenwood. Montessori education is known for its strength of hands-on learning that focuses on the whole

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child. Dr. Montessori researched child development to determine optimal learning for all students. Considered the education for the 21st century, Montessori provides students not only with excellent academics but also life skills in communication, problem solving and collaboration. At CMH, families will find in each classroom a partnership of experienced, treasured Montessori teachers and multiage communities that enable students to work at a pace conducive to their best learning. The curriculum extends indepth beyond the ages represented in each classroom. And CMH offers

specials in Spanish, Outdoor Education, music, physical fitness and wellness and yoga, as well as extracurricular activities that provide a natural complement to the instructional day. CMH begins accepting applications for open registration in late February for the following school year in all of its programs, from preschool through sixth grade. Every child deserves the gift of a Montessori education. To learn more, call 513-6834757 to schedule a tour or to attend one of our open houses at 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 or Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Visit us at www.cmhschool.com. m


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PRIVATE SCHOOLS DIRECTORY ALL SAINTS

8939 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, 513-792-4732 www.allsaints.cc Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 435 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: (2012-2013) $3,775 for 1st child, $200 discount for 2nd child, $750 discount for 3rd child, $1,850 discount for 4th child, $2,830 discount for 5th child » Financial Assistance: Yes.

ANNUNCIATION SCHOOL

3545 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, 513-231-1230 annunciationcincinnati.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 160 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Tuition: (2012-13) K-8, $4,500; PK, $3,450 (half day) / $5,925 (full day) » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:17 » Highlights: The school is located in the heart of Clifton’s Gaslight District within walking distance to the University of Cincinnati and area hospitals. The multicultured student body is prepared to confidently meet life’s future challenges in a way that upholds the teachings of Jesus through service to the church, community and the world.

ARCHBISHOP MCNICHOLAS HIGH SCHOOL

6536 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati 513-231-3500 www.mcnhs.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 640 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: $9,300 (2013-14) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance : Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:18 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 99 » Highlights: McNicholas is committed to preparing students for the 21st century. Since 1951, McNicholas has been engaging the mind, heart and spirit of future generations. Founded on the principles of the Sisters of St. Joseph, McNicholas High School is the premier Archdiocesan coed, Catholic high school on Cincinnati’s East Side.

ARCHBISHOP MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL

9001 Montgomery Road Montgomery, 513-791-1680 www.moeller.org Grades nine through 12 (all male) » Enrollment: 925 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic/The Society of Mary (The Marianists) » Tuition: $11,600 (2013-14) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance : Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15/Average class size: 21 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 98 » Highlights: Emphasis on the development of the whole person. The innovative House System provides a system of pastoral care and leadership development for all students. Student-support services program for reading and math. Moeller is in its 13th year of a one-to-one laptop program, with each student using a tablet computer with touch screen. Opportunities for global education are available to all students through service trips, exchange programs, and a number of other travel abroad programs.

BADIN HIGH SCHOOL

571 New London Road Hamilton, 513-863-3993 www.badinhs.org » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: $8,200, $250 technology fee (2013-14) » Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 96 » Highlights: Badin High School is the only Catholic high school in Butler County and serves a variety of suburbs in northern Cincinnati, West Chester, Fairfield, Hamilton, Ross, Oxford and more. Badin is committed to tailoring an academic program that maximizes the personal success of each student. Badin uses 1:1 iPad technology, continuing to lead the way in technology innovation.

BETHANY

555 Albion Avenue Glendale, 513-771-7462 www.bethanyschool.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 250 » Religious Affiliation: Episcopal » Tuition: $8,950, plus fees:

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BISHOP FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL

4855 St. Rt. 122 Franklin, 513-423-0723 www.fenwickfalcons.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 550 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: (2012-13) parishioner, $7,700; non-parishioner, $8,400 » Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:14 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 99 » Highlights: Block scheduling, engineering STEM curriculum through Project Lead the Way, technology in the classroom via iPads, Kindles, laptop computers and smartboards. Faith experience supported by two priests and one Sister of Charity on staff teaching religion courses, offering weekly all-school Mass and Kairos. Extracurricular activities include athletic competitiveness in the GCL/GGCL and 30+ clubs.

CALVARY ACADEMY

11970 Kenn Road Springdale, 513-674-9600 www.thecalvarychurch.org K-4 through grade 12 » Enrollment: 100 » Religious Affiliation: United Pentecostal

CARDINAL PACELLI SCHOOL

927 Ellison Avenue Mount Lookout

513-321-1048 www.cardinalpacelli.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 370 » Religious Affiliation: Parish school of Our Lord Christ the King Church (Catholic) » Tuition: $3,765 (in Parish), grades 1-8 (2013-14) » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:20 » Highlights: Recognizes the great potential for growth in each child by fostering a learning environment where high expectations, extracurricular opportunities and spirited traditions complement one another. Foreign language in grades K-8; integrated technology; and a great community atmosphere. National Blue Ribbon School.

CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

927 O’Bannonville Road Loveland, 513-683-4757 childrensmeetinghousemontessori.com Pre-K through grade 12 » Religious Affiliation: None

CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

6905 Given Road Indian Hill, 513-979-0220 www.countryday.net Age 18 months through grade 12 » Enrollment: 850 » Religious Affiliation: None » Tuition: $6,035-$22,750 (201314) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Over $4.3 million available in need- and merit-based assistance » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:9 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 100, to 4-year colleges » Highlights: Country Day is a coeducational, college-preparatory school. Since 1926, we’ve been focused on providing innovative preparation to our students so they are ready to achieve success in college and in

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life. Rigorous preparation. A joyful environment. Students who find success in any world.

CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

11525 Snider Road Sycamore Township, 513-247-0900 www.chca-oh.org Preschool 3 through grade 12 » Enrollment: 1,500 (Uniforms required, elementary and middle school) » Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1 » Tuition: $5,495-$13,595 (201314 school year) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Merit Scholarships: Cum Laude Scholarships are available to academically gifted high school students with proven achievement. Awards are renewable and equal 75-90 percent of high school tuition. Learn, Lead & Serve Scholarships recognize incoming freshman who embody CHCA’s mission. Awards range from $4.00010,000 over four years. Needbased scholarships available to families with demonstrated financial need. » Graduation Rate: 100 percent » Highlights: Rated one of Cincinnati’s Best Private High Schools, Cincinnati Magazine; U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence (four times); and accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

DEPAUL CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL

1133 Clifton Hills Avenue Clifton, 513-861-0600 Grades nine through 12 (by 2014) www.depaulcristorey.org » Enrollment: 150 (freshmen and sophomores); will add a grade level each year to reach 400 students by 2017 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity » Tuition: Sliding scale based on family need, from $500 to $5,000 » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes, for every student; EdChoice accepted » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 100 percent collegeacceptance rate across the Cristo Rey network » Highlights: DPCR has an innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) in which all students work five days a

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ELDER HIGH SCHOOL

3900 Vincent Avenue Price Hill, 513-921-3744 www.elderhs.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 935 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Tuition: (2013-14) $9,800 (includes laptop fee) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:13 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 96 percent to 4-year or 2-year colleges and 4 percent to armed services or full-time work. » Highlights: Elder High School prides itself in providing an exceptional comprehensive education for students with a variety of abilities and talents. Firmly rooted in tradition, Elder alumni and friends strongly support the school, making it possible for young men desiring a Catholic education to attend. Elder also has a unique Honors Program that not only focuses on academics but leadership development and community service as well.

GARDEN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

1318 Nagel Road Anderson Township 513-474-4933 www.gardenmontessori.com Age 3 through kindergarten » Enrollment: 47 » Religious Affiliation: None

GUARDIAN ANGELS SCHOOL

6539 Beechmont Avenue Mount Washington 513-624-3141 Kindergarten through eighth grade www.gaschool.org » Enrollment: 545 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

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» Tuition: Grades 1-8: $3,757 active parishioners; $5,477, non-parishioner. Kindergarten: $4,090 active parishioner; $5,662 non-parishioner (2012-13) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes, multiple-child discounts » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:21 » Highlights: In partnership with the students’ parents, the goal of the Guardian Angels’ administration and teaching staff is to establish an educational environment in which students are able to maximize their spiritual, academic, social and physical potentials. Technology is integrated into every level and subject including a 1:1 tablet PC program in grades 6, 7 and 8.

HILLSIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

5554 Muddy Creek Road Western Hills, 513-451-3777 4255 Ashland Avenue Norwood, 513-451-3777 K-3 through grade 12 » Religious Affiliation: Baptist

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC

7800 Beechmont Avenue Anderson Township 513-388-4086 www.ihomschool.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 705, plus 75 preschool » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Grades 1-8 parishioner $3,786, out-of-parish, $6,556; kindergarten parishioner $4,056, out-of-parish $6,556 (2012-13) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes, multiple-child discount for parishioners with students in grades 1-8 and financial grants for parishioners in need » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:22 » Highlights: Preschool for ages 3-5 offering full- and part-time classes as well as enrichment classes. We provide excellence through an integrated curriculum based on the gospel values of Jesus Christ and educational practices that include activities suited to a variety of learning styles. 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. One of 12 school nationwide to be named 2010 Catholic School for Tomorrow in the award category Curriculum and Instruction.

LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL

3091 North Bend Road White Oak, 513-741-3000 www.lasallehs.net

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Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 725 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: (2013-14) $9,650, plus Tablet fee ($500) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/student ratio: 1:14 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 96 » Highlights: La Salle is a college-preparatory Catholic institution rooted in the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Affiliated with Christian Brothers’ Lasallian education network that teaches more precollege students than any religious order in the U.S. and the world. Provides a range of academic programs, from Lasallian Scholars Institute to individualized education programs. Every student participates in the De La Salle Signum Fidei fouryear leadership development program to become a servant leader equipped with experience and confidence to lead ethically in a 21st century environment. Students serve those in need locally and through immersion trips in the U.S. and Central America. La Salle’s co-curricular programs include athletics, fine arts and a variety of clubs.

LIBERTY BIBLE ACADEMY

4900 Old Irwin-Simpson Road Mason, 513-754-1234 Preschool through grade eight www.lbatoday.org » Enrollment: 150 » Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational

MARS HILL ACADEMY

4230 Aero Drive Mason, 513-770-3223 www.marshill.edu Kindergarten through grade 12 » Enrollment: 270 » Religious Affiliation: Protestant

MARVA COLLINS PREP SCHOOL 7855 Dawn Road Roselawn, 513-761-6609 Pre-K through grade eight » Enrollment: 60

MCAULEY HIGH SCHOOL

6000 Oakwood Avenue College Hill, 513-681-1800 www.mcauleyhs.net Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 550 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic, Sisters of Mercy

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» Tuition: $9,850 (2013-14) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:14 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 99 » Highlights: McAuley’s nationally recognized “Women In” Program prepares high-achieving students for careers in medicine, law and engineering. We are technology leaders; our tablets improve the learning experience and connect our students to valuable resources inside the classroom and beyond. Because of McAuley’s central location, our student population comprises young women from 76 different elementary schools. Our students achieve the Brilliance of Balance by taking advantage of more than 25 student organizations, 12 sports and a variety of elective courses, including forensic science, psychology, performing arts, creative writing and more.

MERCY MONTESSORI CENTER

2335 Grandview Avenue East Walnut Hills 513-475-6700 www.mercymontessori.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 250 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

MIAMI VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

6830 School Street Newtown, 513-272-6822 www.mvca-oh.com Preschool through grade 12 » Enrollment: 350 » Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational » Tuition: $1,420-$8,795 (201314) » Financial Assistance: Yes » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 98 » Highlights: Immersed in a Christ-centered environment, students not only master the rigors of engaging academics but will explore and express their faith in Jesus Christ. Fine arts, athletics and other cocurricular programs complement college-prep curriculum. Graduates are prepared academically and spiritually to succeed at any college or university, and to be Christian leaders in their home, community and chosen profession.

MILFORD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

1365 Woodville Pike Milford, 513-575-1708

www.mcabulldogs.org K-3 through grade 12 » Enrollment: 234 » Religious Affiliation: Baptist

MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI & THE CHILD’S PLACE OF CINCINNATI

8293 Duke Boulevard Mason, 513-398-7773 www.montacademy.org Age 3 through 8 » Enrollment: 300 » Religious Affiliation: None

MOTHER TERESA CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY

7197 Mother Teresa Lane Liberty Township, 513-779-6585 www.mtces.org Kindergarten through grade 8 » Enrollment: 460 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: $3,900 (2012-13) » Financial Assistance: Yes » Highlights: Established in the Spirit of Mother Teresa to nurture the growth of every student spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Nurture spiritual formation of the children by encouraging them to become one with God. Focus is on academic excellence and a commitment to serve while instilling the formal teachings of the Catholic faith and building values that last a lifetime.

MOUNT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL

711 E. Columbia Avenue Reading, 513-821-3044 www.mndhs.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 688 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Tuition: $10,000, plus tablet PC (2013-14) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 99 » Highlights: Mount Notre Dame offers a unique and complete college-preparatory experience. With state-of-theart facilities, a leadership development program and state championship athletics, MND graduates empowered young women. MND has strong programs in the humanities, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) dis-

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NATIVITY SCHOOL

5936 Ridge Avenue Cincinnati, 513-458-6767 www.nativity-cincinnati.org/ school Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 425 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Base $3,150, parish; $4,600, community (2012-13) » Financial Assistance: EdChoice scholarships, alumni scholarships » Highlights: Emphasis on global education provides for instruction in Chinese and Spanish (K-8) and Latin (7-8). There is an emphasis on the arts as well as physical and political geography. The Student Exchange Program impacts the entire student body and provides students in grades 5 through 8 the opportunity to travel abroad. Nativity is a National Blue Ribbon School.

NEW SCHOOL MONTESSORI

3 Burton Woods Lane Cincinnati, 513-281-7999 www.newschoolmontessoir.com 3-year-olds through grade 6 Enrollment: 150 (2013-14) Religious Affiliation: None Highlights: Nestled among homes in North Avondale, The New School Montessori has served the neighborhoods of the Greater Cincinnati area for forty-three years. Dance, art, drama, music and other enrichment opportunities abound with the addition of the Enrichment Center to TNSM’s campus. The excellent teaching staff, diverse and caring community, home-cooked lunches and wooded playgrounds provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. TNSM

graduates excel academically and are empowered as citizens of our global community. Located minutes from downtown, I-71 and I-75. On-site beforeand after-school care is available daily. Accredited by AMS and ISACS.

PURCELL MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL

2935 Hackberry Street East Walnut Hills 513-751-1230 www.purcellmarian.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 430 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Scholarships/Financial Assistance : Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:13 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 95 » Highlights: Committed to offering a high-quality program of faith, development, academic and extracurricular activities for each of our students, with caring Catholic Christian inclusive environment.

QUEEN OF ANGELS MONTESSORI

4460 Berwick Street Madison Place, 513-271-4171 www.qams.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 185 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

RENAISSANCE MONTESSORI SCHOOL 9994 Zig Zag Road Montgomery, 513-234-5821 Toddler through first grade

ROCKWERN ACADEMY

8401 Montgomery Road Kenwood, 513-984-3770 www.rockwernacademy.org Pre-2 through grade eight » Enrollment: 153 (2013-14) » Religious Affiliation: Jewish Day School

ROGER BACON HIGH SCHOOL

4320 Vine Street St. Bernard, 513-641-1300 www.rogerbacon.org Grades nine through 12, coeducational » Enrollment: 418 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Parish, $8,100; out-ofparish, $8,600 (2013-14)

ROYALMONT ACADEMY

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www.royalmont.com Pre-K3 through grade eight, including full-day kindergarten. Addition of grades nine through 12 in 2014-15 school year. » Enrollment: 200+ » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Highlights: Royalmont Academy is a private, Catholic school of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati offering an education rich in the Catholic faith. Royalmont’s program of Integral Formation forms the whole person and includes intellectual, spiritual, human and apostolic.

SCHILLING SCHOOL FOR GIFTED CHILDREN

8100 Cornell Road Montgomery, 513-489-8940 www.schillingschool.org Kindergarten through grade 12 » Enrollment: 47 » Religious Affiliation: None » Tuition: $14,250 (2013-14) » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 100 » Highlights: Schilling has an admission criterion of 130 IQ or higher.

SEVEN HILLS SCHOOL

5400 Red Bank Road Madisonville Pre-K through grade 12 and 2726 Johnstone Place, East Walnut Hills area 2-year-old pre-K through grade 5 513-728-2400 www.7hills.org 2-year-old pre-K through grade 12 (two campuses) » Enrollment: 1,027 » Religious Affiliation: None » Tuition: $6,000-$21,565 (201314) » Scholarships/Financial Assistance: Over $3 million in financial assistance available through merit- or need-based awards. » Teacher/Student Ratio: Pre-K/K 1:10-12; Grades 1-5 1:15, Grades 6-12 1:15 (classrooms) » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 100 » Highlights: The Seven Hills School is a highly personalized learning community that prepares students for college and life beyond. 21st century curriculum, taught by teacher experts, combines with 21st century technology. Seven Hills engages hearts and minds, challenging students to develop their unique capabilities and preparing each for a meaningful role in a rapidly changing world.

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2121 Madison Road Hyde Park, 513-871-6080 www.springer-ld.org First through grade eight » Enrollment: 200 » Religious Affiliation: None » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:8 » Tuition: Grades 1-6: $21,380; grades 7-8: $22,130 (2013-14) » Scholarships/Financial Assistance: Financial aid is available, and the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship may apply for Ohio families. » Highlights: Springer’s day school is the only school in the region dedicated to educating children with learning disabilities. Springer’s specialized research-based curriculum and support strategies help students with learning disabilities build the educational, emotional and social skills needed for success in the classroom and everywhere else. Based on readiness and individual needs, a comprehensive academic program is designed for each student. It includes instruction in art, music and physical education, and access to numerous extracurricular activities. Language, motor and psychological services are available as needed. Technology is integrated throughout the school, and a one-to-one laptop program for older students prepares them for high school. Accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States.

SPRINGS EAST MONTESSORI SCHOOL 9429 Loveland-Madeira Road Loveland, 513-793-7877 www.springseast.com Preschool and kindergarten through grade three » Enrollment: 75 » Religious Affiliation: None

ST. ANDREW-ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CATHOLIC SCHOOL

5900 Buckwheat Road Milford, 513-575-0093 www.saseasschool.org Preschool through grade 8 » Enrollment: 555 (2013-14) » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Highlights: St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School is the only two-parish, two-campus Catholic school in the Cincinnati Archdiocese. This allows us to operate as both an elementary school and a true junior high school. Each campus is able to customize enrichment activities, communications and educational themes to the appropriate age level. We are

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ST. ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL

13064 Pleasant Ave. Hamilton, 513-853-0604 www.stannhamilton.net Kindergarten through eighth grade » Enrollment: 140 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Parish: $2,760 for one child; $4,560 for two; $6,600 for three or more. Non-parish: $3,900 per student (2012-13) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: For parishioners » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 » Highlights: More than a 100-year heritage of building community and families in our faith. All-day kindergarten program; smartboards in every classroom; up-to-date computer lab; a technology teacher who works with the classroom teacher to assure integration of technology into the curriculum; and bus service from Hamilton, Fairfield and Lakota districts.

ST. BERNADETTE SCHOOL

1453 Locust Lake Road Amelia, 513-753-4744 www.stbernadetteamelia.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 200 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Tuition: (2012-13) K-8 inparish: $4,125; out-of-parish: $4,125 (preschool varies from $1,900-$2,300) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Limited assistance is available based on need » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:16 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 95 » Highlights: Values-based, academically rigorous, smallschool family spirit. Exceptional parental involvement and support. Tradition of excellence for over 65 years. Core curriculum plus art, music, phys-ed, Spanish and computer training. Students learn 21st century problem solving and higherorder thinking skills (communication, collaboration and creativity).

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ST. CECILIA SCHOOL

4115 Taylor Ave. Oakley, 513-533-6060 www.stceciliacinti.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 190 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Tuition: In-parish, $2,800; out-of-parish, $4,800 (2012-13) » Financial Assistance: Scholarship opportunities available » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:18 » Highlights: Located in a vibrant and growing neighborhood, St. Cecilia School has been educating children for close to 100 years. Dedicated to creating and sustaining a “culture of excellence” across the educational spectrum so that students can grow spiritually and gain the necessary knowledge, skills and habits of mind to lead productive and happy lives.

ST. COLUMBAN

896 Oakland Road Loveland, 513-683-7903 www.saintcolumban school.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 698 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Active parishioners, $3,535 for one child, with discounts for multiple children in the same family; non-parishioners, $5,135. Kindergarten, $2,600 for parishioners; $2,800, nonparishioners (2012-13) » Financial Assistance: Limited amount by application, needbased only » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:28, with teacher-aide assistance

ST. EDMUND CAMPION ACADEMY

4100 Taylor Avenue Oakley, 513-871-0331 www.stedmundcampion.org Grades one through 12 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL

20 A DeSales Avenue Lebanon, 513-933-6501 www.stfrancisdesales-lebanon.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 181 » Religious Affiliation: Roman

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ST. GABRIEL CONSOLIDATED

18 West Sharon Road Glendale, 513-771-5220 www.stgabeschool.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 448 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Tuition: (2012-2013) Registration fee $175/family. Tuition for parish students of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John West Chester, St. Gabriel and St. Matthias parishes: $3,400 for grades 1-8, $3,500 for kindergarten; non-parish students: $3,800 for grades 1-8; $3,900 for kindergarten » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:24 » Highlights: 2010 Blue Ribbon School. Together with the parishes, we assist parents in the Christian formation of our students. All-day kindergarten program, after-school latchkey program, advanced technology (including smartboards), daily hot lunch program and Spanish.

ST. GERTRUDE

6543 Miami Ave. Madeira, 513-561-8020 www.stgertrudesch.org P-4 through grade eight » Enrollment: 460 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Highlights: Differentiated instruction; availability of reading, math, speech and intervention specialists for students with exceptional gifts or needs; vibrant liturgical and sacramental life; well-developed art, music, foreign language, and PE classes, along with a variety of junior high electives; state-ofthe-art school facility filled with classical Catholic art.

ST. LOUIS SCHOOL

250 North Broadway Owensville, 513-732-0636 www.stlparish.org

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Pre-kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 170 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Call school » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:16 » Highlights: The small-family atmosphere provides the opportunity for individual attention within a challenging curriculum to optimize student achievement, growth of leadership capabilities and a spirit of servitude. Technology in classrooms (smartboards and desktops) and a 35-person computer lab; software for language curriculum, math, reading, writing, grading and assignments; resources to assist students with learning differences; and extracurricular First LEGO Robotics Team(s).

ST. MARGARET OF YORK

9495 Columbia Road Loveland, 513-683-9793 http:www.smoyschool.com Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 710 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Yes » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Financial assistance for parish families » Teacher/Student ratio: 1:18 » Highlights: Curriculum based on Archdiocese of Cincinnatigraded courses of study. All students are taught Spanish, and benefit from technology that is integrated into all curricular areas. Within an environment of educational excellence, we strive to support and encourage each other to be active and responsible members of the Body of Christ and the global community.

ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN SCHOOL

5849 Buckwheat Road Milford, 513-575-3354 www.stmarksmilford.org Pre-2 through grade eight » Enrollment: 141 (2013-14) » Religious Affiliation: Lutheran

ST. MARY SCHOOL

2845 Erie Ave. Hyde Park, 513-321-0703 www.smshp.com Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 500 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

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» Tuition: (2013-14) Grades 1 through 8 in-parish, $3,350; out-of-parish, $6,050 » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:17; 1:15, Kindergarten » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Available to active parishioners » Highlights: Three-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence that offers: Talents Unlimited Program throughout the curriculum, state-of-the-art computer lab, wireless laptop computer carts, touch-screen computers in the classroom, Spanish in K-8, Math Enrichment, Honors Algebra, ISSE Foreign Exchange Program, Junior High Elective Program and emphasis on the Fine Arts.

ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL

11136 Oak Street Sharonville, 513-554-3555 www.stmichaelsharonville.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 420 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: $3,120 parishioner, $4,400 non-parishioner (2012-13) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Need-based financial assistance available to parishioners » Highlights: 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. All-day and half-day kindergarten. Extended Day Program available. Many extracurricular activities offered, including Scouts, band, student government, sports, and art and science after-school activities. The school districts of Princeton, Lakota and Sycamore provide bus service to and from our school.

ST. NICHOLAS ACADEMY

170 Siebenthaler Avenue Reading, 513-686-2727 www.stnacademy.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 238 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic. All are welcome » Tuition: (2013-14) Catholic in parish, $3,300; Catholic nonmember, $4,120; non-Catholic non-member, $5,410. Discount for multiple children. Tuition assistance available to parishioners of St. John the Evangelist (Deer Park), Holy Trinity (Norwood) and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Reading). EdChoice vouchers are accepted » Teacher/Student Ratio: On average, 1:20 (Art, Music, Physical Education taught by certified specialist)

» Highlights: St. Nicholas Academy is a regional elementary school providing high-quality Catholic education to students from more than six different communities and 24 Zip codes. In addition to the Archdiocesangraded course of study, our expanded curriculum includes programs in foreign language, computer technology, Seeds of Service volunteerism, and Christian outreach. On-site beforeand after-school care is available daily.

ST. PETER CLAVER LATIN SCHOOL FOR BOYS

121 East 13th Street Cincinnati, 513-929-9164 www.stpeterclaver.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 36 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Highlights: Students are classically trained in Latin, and we offer a full curriculum. The late Fr. Al Lauer founded the school in 2001 to provide guidance and hope to boys and their families in the inner city. The school is located in Over-theRhine, and our students live throughout the Cincinnati core, from Price Hill to Avondale to the East End.

SAINTS PETER AND PAUL ACADEMY

231 Clark Road Reading, 513-761-7772 sppacademy.org Kindergarten through eighth grade » Enrollment: 88 » Tuition: (2012-13) $2,190, plus $100 book fee » Highlights: We enhance student learning with programs such as accelerated math, accelerated reader, computer and science labs and smartboards throughout the building.

ST. RITA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

1720 Glendale-Milford Road Cincinnati, 513-771-7600 www.srsdeaf.org Daycare through grade 12 » Enrollment: 180 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

ST. SUSANNA

500 Reading Road Mason, 513-398-3821 www.stsusanna.org Kindergarten through eighth

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ST. THOMAS MORE SCHOOL

788 Ohio Pike Cincinnati, 513-753-2540 www.sttmschool.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 275 » Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic » Highlights: St. Thomas More School creates a bond among the students, the home, the school, the Church to form a strong sense of community for all students and parents. STM has a strong commitment to using the latest technology as a tool for learning. Students have access to classroom sets of netbooks, iPads, a computer lab, and interactive white boards in each classroom. St. Thomas More School offers individual attention with low class sizes and provides a disciplined atmosphere that offers safety and order to enhance students’ learning. All students have the opportunity to participate in music, art, physical education classes on a weekly basis. Junior High students also learn Spanish in the language lab.

ST. URSULA ACADEMY

1339 E.McMillan Street East Walnut Hills, 513-961-3410 www.saintursula.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 656 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: $11,890 (2013-14) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 100

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been able to take advantage of what modern technology and timeless principles can offer students. “We are able to embrace all the positives without compromising

» Highlights: St. Ursula Academy, 103 years strong in tradition, is known best for: academic excellence; faith-based education; technology; and a balanced high school experience with more than 40 student clubs and organizations. St. Ursula empowers each student to become a woman of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world.

ST. URSULA VILLA

3660 Vineyard Place Mount Lookout, 513-871-7218 www.stursulavilla.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 460 » Religious Affiliation: Independent Catholic » Tuition: (2013-14) Ranges from $2,387 (3-day preschool) to $10,032 (junior high) » Financial Assistance: Yes » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:11, on average » Highlights: Focuses on the individual; dynamic, nurturing teachers; small classes; familycentered community. Outstanding high school preparation, acceptance and placement.

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» Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 » Highlights: As true partners in the education of each child, teachers and parents strive to provide the greatest amount of enrichment with the most current research-based methodology of education, through which the Archdiocese’s curriculum is brought alive within our classrooms and the various educational trips. Standardized test scores in the top 15 percent in the nation. High school placement is often in the best high schools in the region. Before- and after-school programs.

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servant leaders – locally, regionally and even internationally – by way of several community service and mission trip opportunities.

SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

2161 Grandin Road Hyde Park, 513-871-4700 www.summitcds.org Age 2 through grade 12 » Enrollment: 1,030 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic, Independent, all welcome » Tuition: $3,900-$19,950 (201314) » Scholarships/Financial Assistance: For qualified families PreK-12, and merit scholarships for grades 7-12 » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:9 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 100, since 1890 » Highlights: The Summit combines the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier independent school with the servant leadership and character-building environment that are hallmarks of a Catholic education. New this fall: World Language begins at age 2 in the toddler program.

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Cincinnati area, based on its academic achievements, athletic awards, fine arts and performing arts accomplishments. Ninety-one percent of the Class of 2013 collectively earned more than $24.7 million in college scholarships. Ursuline is deeply committed to perpetuating strong values, faith, spirituality and service. About 95 percent of the student body participates in some form of community service, and throughout the year all students attend prayer services, Masses and spiritual retreats. A well-rounded education is key, and with numerous clubs and activities there is a place for every student in Ursuline’s nurturing environment. Fully prepared for college and beyond, the successful alumnae have taken the lead in the fields of medicine, law, science, education, journalism, motherhood and other areas important to society.

7754 Montgomery Road Kenwood, 513-791-6320 www.svf-school.org Kindergarten through grade eight » Enrollment: 165 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: Registration fee: $125; tuition, Catholic, $3,700; nonCatholic, $4,950 (2012-13) » Financial Assistance: Yes

600 W. North Bend Road Springfield Township 513-761-7600 www.stxavier.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 1,580 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic/Jesuit » Tuition: (2013-14) $12,350 » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: Yes, more than $3.2 million was disbursed for the 2013-14 school year for tuition assistance. » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15 Percent of Graduates Going to College: 99+ » Highlights: St. X offers a well-rounded, diverse educational opportunity. Not only will your son will grow academically at St. X, but also spiritually, physically, inter-personally and expressively. More than 99 percent of our graduates go on to a four-year college or university; in the Class of 2013, 84 percent of those students matriculated with a combined $49 million in scholarship opportunities. Eighty-two percent of the Class of 2013 were admitted to their first-choice college. Men for Others, the school motto, is one not just said, but also put into practice. Students have myriad opportunities to become

5535 Pfeiffer Road Blue Ash, 513-791-5791 www.ursulineacademy.org Grades nine through 12 » Enrollment: 695 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic » Tuition: $12,050 (2013-14) » Scholarship/Financial Assistance: For the 2013-14 school year, about 33 percent of Ursuline’s students are receiving either scholarships or financial assistance totaling more than $1 million. » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:14 » Percent of Graduates Going to College: 99+ » Highlights: Ursuline has a long-standing reputation as one of the premier all-girls Catholic high schools in the Greater

4581 Long Spurling Road Pleasant Plain, 513-877-2125 Grades 4 through 12 www.vcs-tesc.org » Enrollment: 30-35. Our students might exhibit one or more of the following: poor school performance, adoption/divorce/ family issues, oppositional defiant disorder, poor peer relationships, mood difficulties, low self-esteem, ADD/AHHD, addictions, bi-polar disorder and more. » Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ » Tuition: (2012-13) $11,850 » Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:4 » Highlights: We value each student and understand the challenges that families may face when a child struggles in school. Our teachers are considered Highly Qualified in each of the core subject areas through the Department of Education. m

our Christian values,” Phair says. Now the hope is to share the benefits of digital conversion with other educators. “Our goal is to be an example not only to other Christian schools but also to all schools who wish to execute a digital conversion,” Phair says. Rooted in a commit-

ment made over 40 years ago by a group of pastors, Christian business leaders and educators to create Greater Cincinnati Christian High School, Cincinnati Christian Schools, Inc. became an independent nonprofit corporation in 1975. Today the schools serve about 700 students per year.

The Elementary Campus (513-874-8500), serving pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, is in the city of Fairfield. The Junior/Senior High Campus (513-892-8500), for grades seven through 12, is in Fairfield Township. Cincinnati Christian Schools is not affiliated with a particular congregation or denomination.

Students come from families who belong to over 150 different congregations. “We have families from all over Greater Cincinnati,” Phair says. “We are 100 percent independent. We view our school as a way to partner with our families on their personal Christian walk.” Visit cincinnatichristian.org. m

ST. VERONICA SCHOOL

4475 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road Mount Carmel, 513-528-0442 www.stveronica.org Preschool through grade eight » Enrollment: 484 » Religious Affiliation: Catholic

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