GILMOUR ACADEMY Admission | Tudor House 34001 Cedar Road
Lower School 35001 Cedar Road
Middle School & Upper School, Athletics, Ice Arena and Natatorium 2045 S.O.M. Center Road
School Mailing Address 34001 Cedar Road Gates Mills, OH 44040
Admission Office Phone: 440 | 473 | 8050 email: email@example.com
“To develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society.”
Independent means smaller class sizes and student-teacher ratios, allowing students to attain a higher level of academic rigor by writing more, discussing more and developing their own ideas more.
Catholic means students learn in an environment that is inclusive, thoughtprovoking and rooted in the Holy Cross tradition. This gives them the strength to see how they can make a difference in the world.
If you educate the mind and empower the heart, students do more than succeed- they thrive.
THE SUCCESS OF EVERY CHILD IS NOT JUST A GOAL - IT’S OUR MISSION. As an independent, Catholic, coed school, Gilmour Academy stands alone in its ability to prepare students who thrive. Our mission is rooted in educating the mind and empowering the heart, ensuring that all students develop to their fullest potential. From 18 months to 18 years, everything at Gilmour – from the curriculum to the academic extension programs to the extracurriculars – is focused on the four enduring competencies that are most important to developing students as leaders of their generation effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility. These enduring competencies are introduced in the Montessori toddler and preschool programs, then expanded upon and developed through both the academic rigor and personalized instruction in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Gilmour graduates emerge poised to excel at the next level and confident in their ability to make the world a better place. It’s the advantage of being independent and Catholic.
The benefits of being both independent and Catholic can be seen every day at every grade level as Gilmour students develop enduring competencies.
OUR MISSION All School
Effective Communication Gilmour students learn how to be effective communicators, continuously honing their ability to listen, as well as to speak and write creatively, informatively and persuasively to a variety of audiences across a variety of platforms.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Understanding a problem is one thing. But fully embracing the challenge and finding the best solution among many possibilities is what sets Gilmour students apart from their peers. Rigorous academic programs challenge students to make deeper connections between ideas, subjects and themes. Our students learn to respect the process as much as the outcome.
Leadership comes in many forms. The cross-disciplinary, coed learning environment at Gilmour fosters student interaction with peers and faculty in a manner that is consistent with the â€œreal worldâ€? as they work together toward common goals. This experience allows students to conquer challenges and seize opportunities, giving them the confidence to positively impact the world around them.
Moral Responsibility Guided by the tenets of our Holy Cross tradition, Gilmour Academy empowers students of all faiths from an early age to ask tough questions, and to understand that they have both the talent and the responsibility to create a more humane and just world. We offer opportunities to grow spiritually, guiding students to find their sense of purpose, respond with courage and discover who they are called to be.
C U LT I VAT E YO U R C H I L D â€™ S I N D E P E N D E N C E A N D L AY T H E F O U N D AT I O N F O R E X C E L L E N C E
18 Months - Kindergarten From the very start of their educational journey, we nurture each childâ€™s interests and provide personalized opportunities. Children learn through hands-on experiences that incorporate a more thorough understanding of the world around them, they become effective problem solvers who trust in their own abilities.
PROFILE | MISSION IN AC TION
P R O F I L E | R E C E N T G R A D U AT E
Recent graduate “The variety of courses and overall academic rigor of Gilmour is what has truly prepared me for college-level work. Beyond AP courses, Gilmour offered interesting, real-world electives, such as Management and Entrepreneurship, which helped
expand my interests and sparked different ways of learning.”
Maddy Covington ’13 nursing and healthcare management University of Pennsylvania
LOWER SCHOOL MONTESSORI 18 months Kindergarten
Gilmour Academy is
1 of 6
programs in Northeast Ohio accredited by the American Montessori Association.
The skills developed in the Montessori program at Gilmour lay the foundation for the enduring competencies– effective communication, critical
starting at age 3
thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility. Working through challenges as a normal part of the learning process, children become self-disciplined learners with confidence, grit and tenacity. Learning in a mixed-age group, children naturally assume leadership roles that prepare them for real-world interactions. The Montessori experience fosters children’s curiosity and an understanding of the world around them. Children gain an awareness of faith through the Good Shepherd Catechesis. As they work together to solve problems, students naturally develop the lifelong skills of cooperation and concern for others.
Why Montessori: The Montessori method, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, uses an interdisciplinary approach driven by the child’s interests. Children learn by doing. They explore with sensory materials specially designed to translate abstract concepts into concrete understanding. Montessori materials encourage a child’s cognitive learning. For example, a 3-year-old may complete a math problem using colored beads. Children are guided by certified Montessori teachers who track individual progress and encourage children to master their skills through self-correction, allowing them to independently build their talents at their own pace. Mixed-age groups offer the opportunity for cooperative learning and peer modeling, which closely resembles real-world interactions.
LOW E R S C H O O L | N U R T U R E YO U R C H I LD â€™ S I N H E R E N T LOVE OF LEARNING
Grades 1-6 Our Lower School provides an engaging atmosphere in which education is approached holistically, developing a thriving, whole child. It connects academics with the arts, religion classes and athletics for a seamless, well-rounded experience. Students learn to succeed in a personalized setting using real-world, integrated tools and technologies. Content-area experts and caring support staff meet each child where they are and guide them to embrace questions and seek answers.
Experiential learning is woven through the curriculum daily. On any given day, our Lower School students can be found in a small-group music lesson, working with practicing scientists or engineers, or learning the intricacies of coding. Living a lesson rather than just reading about it allows for the deepest levels of engagement.
CODING COURSES BEGIN IN
The Lower School strives to be at the vanguard of innovation, incorporating best teaching practices and technology. The technology-rich environment provides 1st and 2nd graders access to iPads while 3rd through 6th graders each have their own device. Students at Gilmour Academy develop a passion for learning early on and embrace challenges in a safe and encouraging environment.
The enduring competencies -
LOWER SCHOOL Grades 1-6
effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility are integrated into the curriculum in the Lower School with an emphasis on engagement.
Teachers at the Lower School teach their discipline to the same children for 2 years fostering strong relationships with their students and providing more personalized and meaningful challenges.
Cooperative project learning requires students to work together and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to complete complex performance tasks. In grades 1-4, classrooms are open, promoting collaboration, self-awareness, respect for others and focus. Lower School students benefit from socializing with their older classmates, who help model kindness and respect. Cutting-edge lessons, research opportunities and hands-on projects taught by industry experts bring lessons to life. The religion curriculum encourages each student to grown in their faith journey, and fosters an atmosphere of compassion and dignity. Students learn how they may use their time and talents to serve others.
M I D D LE S C H O O L | E N C O U R AG E YO U R C H I LD â€™ S Q U E S T F O R G R O W T H Grades 7-8 Our Middle School environment develops confidence in students on their quest for personal growth, academic success and spiritual awakening. Our interdisciplinary approach to education ensures that students are able to apply knowledge across all subject matters. Communication skills are enhanced through reading, writing and presenting in all classes. Technology is integrated daily, creating
Gilmour Middle School students arrive at the Upper School with a distinct advantage. Those who qualify are given the opportunity to take advanced art, language, math and science coursework, earning high school credit for their efforts. Middle School students join Upper School students for Convocation in the Chapel and lunch in the Commons each day, making the transition to Upper School easier.
agile, forward-thinking students who know how to leverage the advantages of the digital age. And our block schedule provides teachers the opportunity to deeply engage students in the subject matter.
Our Middle School faculty members understand seventh and eighth graders and provide a safe and loving environment designed to foster confidence while also allowing their students the independence they crave.
P R O F I L E | M I S S I O N I N A C T I O N
PROFILE | ALUMNA
Alumna “To think creatively and progressively, to feel empathetic towards others, and to learn to teach myself; these are some of the most important life lessons I ever learned from Gilmour. They have carried me throughout my professional career and personal life, and I will be eternally grateful for the well-rounded education I received at GA.”
JinJoo Cho ’06 world-renowned violinist founder of Encore Chamber Music
MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 7-8
Our Middle School program helps students continue to cultivate the enduring competencies - effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility - which prepares them for higher-level learning and ensures a smooth transition to the rigors of high school.
The Middle School emphasizes a workshop model where students hone their craft by reading and writing more frequently, on topics that are most important to them. The small class setting creates an environment in which students feel safe extending themselves, trying new ideas and making occasional mistakes.
Students participate in self-assessments which provide them the opportunity to reflect upon personal goals and habits, academic successes and challenges, and spiritual development. Students share these reflections in a dialogue with their parents, teachers and counselors. Programs such as Student Council, the Entrepreneurship Club and the Newscasting Club, as well as participation in student-led Convocation each morning, provide Middle School students authentic opportunities to discover and exercise their voices and grow as leaders during these formative years. In the Middle School, students are encouraged to craft thoughtful questions about the world around them and identify ways to bring about justice. Service is embedded in the curriculum with projects designed to illuminate social justice issues for students and encourage a lived faith. During these formative years, we provide students with opportunities to see beyond themselves and develop empathy for others.
U P P E R S C H O O L | E M P O W E R Y O U R C H I L D T O D I S C O V E R WHO THEY ARE CALLED TO BE
Grades 9-12 Our Upper School furthers the education of Three Gilmour students received Ohio college scholarships totaling $30,000 at the state-level Believe in Ohio competition. Awards were given to 172 high school students whose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Commercialization and STEM Business plans excelled. Awardees included students from 44 schools in 24 counties. Nikhil ’17 received a scholarship for his commercialization plan for a slip prevention system for walking on icy surfaces.
the mind and heart. The learning is rigorous, relevant and vibrant, with students engaged in the present, preparing for the future and growing as persons on a journey of faith. Our Upper School students take ownership of their education with passion, focus and confidence. Gilmour students can leverage a variety of opportunities offered to pursue their interests. Choices include science research, entrepreneurship and civic engagement internships; domestic or international immersion trips; service projects; or our multi-year VECTOR program, which offers experiential learning opportunities in highly competitive fields of study. Whatever their passions, Gilmour students graduate ready for the future and confident they can make a difference in the lives of others.
UPPER SCHOOL Grades 9-12
Our Upper School students become masters of
the enduring competencies - effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility. Gilmour graduates are confident, articulate, independent thinkers who understand that they have both the talent and the responsibility to make the world a better place. Public speaking, attentive listening and the art of writing effectively are skills woven into every course at the Upper School. Through student-led Convocation, Socratic seminars and self-assessments, Gilmour students are taught to develop an opinion, respect those of others, and articulately defend their position orally and on paper. Small class sizes allow for dynamic student-teacher relationships that go far beyond the lessons learned in the classroom. Our teachers serve as role models, mentors and coaches and can be regularly found cheering in the stands at a soccer game, helping out at a Kairos retreat, volunteering together at a food bank or leading a mission trip during spring break. Whether serving on Student Council or the Honor Council, leading a retreat, captaining a team or heading a club, Gilmour students take on leadership roles in all aspects of the school. Gilmour students are thoughtful, aspirational leaders known for their competence and ability to take action.
A contemplative academic culture supports students as they challenge assumptions and come to terms with ambiguities. Gilmour Upper School students strive to make greater connections between ideas, subjects and levels of understanding. Math and science courses focus on practical applications and higher-order problem solving. Study of Scripture and tradition, inter-faith dialogue, and opportunities for reflection encourage students of all faiths to seek connections and find purpose. A semester-long social justice research project and integrated service program inspire empathy in students and demonstrate the power of action. Students in our dorm hail from 14 states and 5 foreign countries and their international perspective adds to the culture of our community.
A T H L E T I C S | STUDENT ATHLETES •
52 athletic teams
24 Varsity sports teams
2 Prep hockey teams that play a national schedule
17 Junior Varsity/Freshman sports teams
9 Middle School sports teams
85% of students participate in at least 1 sport
Many athletes continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level
Full-time athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach
Holistic development of student athletes through team prayer and service projects
WORLD CLASS FACILITIES ATHLETIC CENTER • • • •
16,400-square-foot arena Field house with 3 regulation courts 12,300-square-foot natatorium State-of-the-art training room
ICE ARENA •
75,000-square-foot arena with 2 NHL-sized hockey rinks
OUTDOOR SPACE •
Multi-use synthetic turf field
Baseball field with synthetic turf
Putting green with bunker
For a complete list of OHSAA Athletics, Gilmour Athletics and extracuricular activities on campus, please visit gilmour.org
PROFILE | MISSION IN AC TION
P R O F I LE | G I LM O U R PA R E N T
Gilmour Parent “As a family committed to service, we couldn’t be more grateful for our Gilmour experience. Through Gilmour, we were able to not only continue, but build upon this commitment with our children. At Gilmour, service is not simply a requirement to be checked off-
it is encouraged as a way of life. We have seen firsthand how this prepares students to succeed in college and beyond.”
Anna King mother of Andrew ’16 and Carly ’14
ATHLETICS GO LANCERS!
FAITH DEVELOPING MORAL RESPONSIBILITY
F A I T H | C A T H O L I C F A I T H A N D H O LY C R O S S T R A D I T I O N
As educators firmly anchored in a foundation of Catholic faith and Holy Cross tradition, our ultimate measure of success lies in how our students use their knowledge and talent to make the world a more humane and just place.
Gilmour’s mission encourges competence and courage and cultivates both mind and heart. Students in grades 7-12 gather for daily Convocation. The importance of service is stressed from a student’s first day on campus. Retreats are built into the curriculum at every grade level. Local and international service opportunities are available. Students of all religious and spiritual backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to grow in their personal journey of faith.
The Holy Cross principles of hospitality and inclusivity are at the core of Gilmour’s tight-knit community. Integration of the mission in all disciplines and collaboration across departments encourages students to live their faith.
T H E A R T S | C R E AT I V I T Y
THE ARTS CREATIVITY & PASSION
Drama and music are incorporated into the curriculum in classic and contemporary applications. PERFORMING ARTS Award-winning drama club Fall play and spring musical Nationally ranked speech and debate team
VISUAL ARTS A variety of fine art electives are offered. Some options include: film and digital photography, video game and graphic design, textiles and jewelry and 3D art. Students have the opportunity to create a personal portfolio. MUSIC Varied musical ensembles available beginning at the Lower School.
Construction of The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts is set to begin in
A rich band program spans classical and contemporary music beginning in grade 5. State-of-the-art audio visual media lab. Gilmour is in the process of becoming a Steinway Select K-12 school.
D TO A G L
CO M M
WITH ADVANCED DEGREES IN THEIR FIELD
16 COUNTRIES 5 CONTINENTS
R E A L WORLD
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
NATIONAL AND STATERANKED SPORTS TEAMS
STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO
EXTRACURRICULAR OFFERINGS OUTSIDE OF ATHLETICS
OF THE TOP
COLLEGES IN THE LAST 5 YEARS
- AS RANKED BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
STUDENTS FROM 14 STATES AND 5 FOREIGN COUNTRIES
INTERNSHIP PARTNERSHIPS WITH
CLEVELAND CLINIC CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY PARKER HANNIFIN NASA AND MORE
OF GILMOUR SENIORS ARE ACCEPTED TO 1ST, 2ND OR 3RD CHOICE COLLEGE
PROFILE | MISSION IN AC TION
PROFILE | CURRENT STUDENT
Current Student At Gilmour, I have seen a transformation of my character as an individual and as a student. I have found who I am and who I want to be. As a Gilmour Lancer, I am part of a huge family. I am working to become a group leader, team player and a morally responsible person. Gilmourâ€™s Holy Cross mission has given me a new perspective and I am proud of the person I am becoming morally and spiritually. I am not learning because I want a good grade but because I want to understand.
Anthony Patrick â€™19
OUR COMMUNNITY 18 months Grade 12
G E T S O C I A L | S E E T H E C O O L T H I N G S H A P P E N I N G AT G I L M O U R
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FIGGIE FIELD HOUSE
KELLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL & ART CENTER
12 ATHLETIC CENTER
11 27 6 UPPER SCHOOL
OUR LADY CHAPEL
GILMOUR CAMPUS | 14 4 ACRES 1
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
BROTHER RICHARD KELLER COMMONS
KELLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL & ART CENTER
OUR LADY CHAPEL
SCHOOL OFFICE | GUIDANCE | COLLEGE COUNSELING
ST. THOMAS MORE LIBRARY
CAMPUS 14 4 ACRES CONSOLO SOCCER FIELD
LOWER SCHOOL FIGGIE FIELD
LYLE J. SMITH ‘88 TRACK
PROPOSED LORRAINE AND BILL DODERO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
MURPHY RESIDENCE HALL
28 TUDOR HOUSE
ROCKNE LOCKER ROOMS
PROPOSED LORRAINE AND BILL DODERO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
FIGGIE FIELD HOUSE
LYLE J. SMITH ‘88 TRACK
HOLY CROSS HOUSE (OFF MAP)
ICE ARENA - 2 RINKS
CONSOLO SOCCER FIELD
MICHAEL J. PENDER ‘90 MEMORIAL GARDEN
TENNIS COURTS 28
MURPHY RESIDENCE HALL
ST. MARY’S LAKE LOWER SCHOOL
LETTER | FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dear Friends, How lucky I am to have the opportunity to welcome you to Gilmour â€“ a place that is as much a part of me as any other part of my life. While I began in my role as Head of School in 2015, my journey at Gilmour began in 1978. Over the years, I have served in a variety of capacities at Gilmour - as a classroom teacher, an administrator, a member of the institutional development team, and, perhaps, most importantly, as a Gilmour parent. I understand all that goes into choosing a school for your child. And I also know that this decision is not made lightly. But, I assure you that sending your child to Gilmour will be among the best decisions you ever make. The Holy Cross brothers model the Holy Cross core values upon which Gilmour was founded. Their influence has ensured that, from its first days in 1946 through now, the Holy Cross mission has been at the core of all that we do. The lay people with whom I have served embrace our mission and seem to view their careers more like vocations. Their passion for their students and the school we all love inspires me each day. I hope you enjoy getting to know Gilmour. Please donâ€™t hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions or be of any assistance to your family during the admission process. May God bless you and all you love,
Kathleen C. Kenny
Gilmour Academy is an independent, Catholic, coed school in the Holy Cross tradition. Montessori (18 months - Kindergarten) and Grades 1-12
Indepentd | Catholic | Coed