2020-2021 Admissions Guidebook

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Our Mission

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is a four-year, co-educational, college preparatory Marianist-sponsored and STEM-designated Catholic high school. In 1972, STVM was formed when St. Vincent High School (1906) and St. Mary High School (1897) merged, combining longstanding traditions to create a rich heritage for STVM. STVM has been an integral part of the Akron community, providing quality education rooted in Catholic faith. More than 19,000 alumni are proud to be a part of our school’s rich history. In alignment with our mission, STVM’s goal is to develop our students spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. When you choose St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, you are joining a family who will guide you in learning, growing and being your best. STVM builds a strong academic foundation that will ensure success through college, throughout your career and beyond. We look forward to helping you grow and flourish in your Catholic faith! STVM is governed by our Board of Trustees, in cooperation with the administrative team, faculty, parents, and support organizations and operates with the blessing and guidance of the Diocese of Cleveland. We meet all standards of the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association, Cognia/North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Ohio Department of Education. We are a Catholic school in the Marianist Tradition and the only STEM designated Catholic high school in Ohio.

In the spirit of the Gospel, we are committed to educate the whole person; to lead and to serve, enlightening the mind, developing the body, touching the heart and inspiring the soul. St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

You Belong Here!

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Our Catholic faith is central to all that we do. The Theology and Campus Ministry Departments offer unique opportunities to ensure that our students grow in their knowledge of the Catholic faith and experience the living presence of Christ in their lives.


In 2017, STVM offically became a Marianist-sponsored Cathiolic school. Aligning with the mission of STVM, the Marianists promote community building, social justice outreach, and inclusivity. The lived reality of Marianist spirituality, springing from the foundational charisms of Father William Joseph Chaminade, is to:





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Our students spread hope and justice through a minimum of 25 service hours per year in various projects and schoolsponsored opportunities. Beyond hours, students serve our community proudly.

As Marianists, we believe that we pray most effectively as a family. We accomplish this through weekly before-school Masses in our Chapel, monthly all-school Masses and the offering of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Students have the opportunity to lead campus ministry activities such as planning/ facilitating retreats, coordinating service projects and serving as a “Big Sib” mentor to our underclassmen.

Our grade-level focused “Day of Reflection,” junior overnight retreats, and the senior Kairos program help to engage our students in their faith and with their classmates and to prepare them for life after high school.



Hours of Christian Service completed

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion installed


STVM students served as Peer Ministers

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Families served through our Adopt-a-Family program


The focus of STVM’s academic program is to prepare students to be faithful, intelligent, life-long learners. Our goal is to inspire students to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. We set college-ready expectations for students to equip them with college-ready and life skills. To meet the educational needs of all students, we offer the widest range of curricular levels of any Summit Co. Catholic high school: • Advanced Placement • Honors • College Preparatory • Special Needs/Intervention Services Our faculty and staff work together with students each day to provide a core academic curriculum, which responds to the needs and personality of each student. We offer 30+ Honors and AP classes, and students may participate in the College Credit Plus program to earn high school and college credit. For a complete list of course offerings, view our Course Description Book at stvm.com/academics stvm.com/academics.. The rigorous and relevant coursework will prepare students for college and the experience will prepare them for life.


Percentage of 2020 graduates who earned college scholarships and grants

$13 M

Amount awarded to 2020 graduates in college scholarships and grants


Junior and senior students designated as “AP Scholars”



of seniors scored a 3 Students accepted to or higher on their AP serve in the National tests in 2020 Honor Society

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20 students have achieved National Merit advanced standing (finalist, semi-finalist or commendation) in the last five years.

Each year, our drama and music programs put on three amazing performances: a fall play, a winter mystery dinner, and a spring musical.

Our students shined in the NECO Scholastic Arts Competition as well as the Akron-Summit Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest.

Eleven STVM students qualified for State Science Day in Columbus. Seven of those students took home the highest rating of “superior.�

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is the only Catholic high school in Ohio to earn the Ohio Department of Education STEM designation A Catholic School in the Marianist Tradition

Student Support

The Counseling Department at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is committed to meet the unique intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of each student. We have a dedicated team of five licensed school counselors. Three of those counselors work specifically with students and parents on college and career placement. Within the department we have eight tutors, all of which have 20 plus years of teaching experience in the subject for which they tutor. We also have a speech therapist and school-based therapist who service qualified students. The STVM Counseling Department hosts two unique annual events in the fall semester that are key to preparing our students for success after graduation: • College Fair: Students can meet with admissions representatives from over 100 colleges and universities. • Career Connections: Students can visit with over 100 professionals from industries including healthcare, engineering, education, finance, government/law, and much more. WHY SEE A COUNSELOR? • Planning for college • Career navigation • Test-taking strategies • Study skills • Coping strategies COUNSELING IS PROVIDED THROUGH: • Individual counseling • Group counseling • Classroom counseling lessons • Tutoring • Naviance (online college and career tool)

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Senior Capstone The Senior Capstone Project provides our students with the opportunity to make connections and discoveries in various learning fields as they prepare for their future. Senior Capstone takes place during the first two weeks of May. Students create a project that fits with their learning desires and needs. During the project, seniors are exposed to real-world working situations and opportunities not found in the traditional classroom setting. A GLIMPSE AT SOME OF OUR SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCES:

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Student Activities

ACADEMIC & CO-CURRICULAR • Academic Challenge Team • Art Club • Book Club • Chinese Club • Creative Writing Club/Power of the Pen • Environmental Conservation Club • E-Sports • French Club • Fun in Engineering • Future Medics • Green Street Elite (Spirit Squad) • Journalism • Math Team • Mock Trial • Model United Nations • Multi­-Cultural Club • NASA/STVM Student Launch • Student Newspaper - Leprechaun Gold • Robotics Team • Rocket Team • Russian Club • Science Inquiry Team • Ski & Snowboard Club • Spanish Club

• Tech Team • Yearbook

HONORARY & LEADERSHIP • House Captains & Chaplains • International Thespian Society • Mu Alpha Theta • National Honor Society • Student Ambassador Team SPIRITUAL & SERVICE • Eucharistic Ministers • Irish Athletes for Christ • Lectors & Altar Servers • Liturgical Choir • Marianist LIFE • Marianist Ministries/Peer Ministry • Right to Life • St. Joseph of Arimathea Society PERFORMING ARTS • Concert Choir • Dance Troupe • Dramatic Mystery Dinner • Fall Play

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• Gospel Choir • Irish Dance Team • Jazz Band • Marching Band • Men’s Ensemble • Pep Band • Pit Orchestra • Show Choir • Spring Musical • Symphonic Band • Symphonic Choir • Women’s Ensemble



This fall, St. Vincent-St. Mary officially launched their “House System,” a strategic plan created to enhance the overall student experience. The House System allows for students to individually develop in their faith, leadership, community and service. It establishes new opportunities for the growth and formation of relationships with peers across all grade levels, which organically increases a student’s sense of identity and belonging. STVM students and faculty are assigned into four distinct houses, each having its own unique characteristics such as namesake, crest, colors, Scripture and symbols. Houses will compete throughout the school year in categories such as academics, community service, and attendance. At the end of each school year, the prestigious STVM House Cup will be awarded to the House earning the most points. This initiative is in alignment with STVM’s mission statement as well as the Marianist charisms that provide the foundation for the school’s beliefs and daily practices. “We are excited to see the positive impact that the House System will create for our entire school community. Our focus in planning this has been to provide our students with an intentional educational and social experience that allows them to thrive during their four years at STVM and beyond. The House System



will undoubtedly transform the student experience at our school,” said STVM Principal Kim Gorr. The House System model adopted by St. Vincent-St. Mary High School will provide the following benefits to the students in our Irish Family: • Builds community within the school • Engages students in campus life • Develops student leaders • Strengthens relationships across grades and interests • Creates discipleship opportunities • Provides consistent and varied social experiences • Establishes and maintains traditions • Provides service opportunities • Assimilates new students rapidly • Encourages positive behavior • Enhances school spirit • Provides positive competition • Cultivates camaraderie • Increases sense of identity and belonging Learn more about how initiatives of our student-led House System mirror the Mission of STVM at stvm.com/housesystem.

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St. Vincent-St. Mary has earned over 50 team and individual state championships in 10 different sports since the merger in 1972. STVM is currently ranked 8th all-time in Ohio with 31 team state championships. championships. In 2019-2020, four Irish teams competed at the State level before the COVID-19 shutdown. State-qualifying teams and individual athletes received the traditional “Shillelagh Award” at our state send-off assemblies. However, winning is not the only achievement of the STVM athlete. St. Vincent–St. Mary prides itself on educating our students to be leaders in the classroom, on the playing field and throughout our community. The average GPA of a STVM student athlete is 3.4. 3.4. Numerous athletic opportunities allow both male and female students to build their individual skills, learn critical components of a game, create life-long bonds, learn lessons that go beyond the sport they play, be team players and have fun!



Baseball Basketball Bowling Cross Country Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Wrestling

Basketball Bowling Cheerleading Cross Country Golf Gymnastics Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field Volleyball

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The girls cross country team finished 4th in the State in Division II while the boys cross country team finished 8th in Division II.

The boys basketball team advanced to the Division II regional semi-final game before the COVID-19 shutdown.

Five wrestlers qualified for the OHSAA State tournament in Columbus before the COVID-19 shutdown canceled the weekend.

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11 STVM student-athletes committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.



TUITION ASSISTANCE Deadline to apply for financial aid and scholarships: December 4, 2020 SCHOLARSHIPS • Irish Academic Scholarship • Irish Opportunity Scholarship • Family and Memorial Scholarships • Hanlon Family Scholarship (St. Sebastian recipients) • Wheeler Family Scholarships (St. Sebastian recipients)

TRANSPORTATION • Contact your local school district transportation office to inquire about busing to STVM for the 2021-2022 school year. • Transportation is available from Medina and Northfield for a fee.

Questions? Contact Director of Admissions Courtney Kellett Conley VM03 at (330) 253-9113 ext.115 or e-mail her at cconley@stvm.com cconley@stvm.com..

STATE OF OHIO SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS/STIPENDS • EdChoice Scholarship • The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship* • The State of Ohio Autism Scholarship* *copy of IEP/ETR to STVM Admissions required by November 15, 2020

For more information and for a complete explanation of scholarships and financial aid, visit stvm.com/admissions

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8th GRADE ADMISSIONS TIMELINE FAMILY OPEN HOUSES • September 20, 2020 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm • November 5, 2020 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm • March 24, 2021 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm SCHEDULE A SHADOW VISIT Schedule an “Irish for a Day” shadow visit on available Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from September 14-December 9. Contact Admissions for additional dates. 8th GRADE SCHOLARSHIP/PLACEMENT TESTS

(Parent Information Sessions offered promptly after testing begins)

Test Fee: $20 • Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm • Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm • Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm • Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00 to 4:30 pm • *Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm *Placement Only

PARENT INFORMATION NIGHTS • October 27, 2020 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm • March 2, 2021 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm 7th GRADE VISITATION • Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

HOW TO APPLY Application Process for Catholic School Students • In mid-January 2021, Catholic school students will receive the Diocesan application from their 8th grade teacher. • Complete the application and return to your 8th grade teacher with STVM as your first choice. • Only your first-choice Catholic high school will receive your records. • Acceptance letters will be mailed in mid-February 2021. Application Process for Public/Private School Students • Students who attend a non-Catholic school will receive a STVM application through the mail with the results from your STVM Scholarship/Placement Test. • Complete the application and return to STVM by December 4, 2020. • We will request your school records upon receipt of your application. • Acceptance letters will be mailed in February 2021.

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