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Clark Profile

2016/17 Profile

School Code 360-958
Address 3030 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Phone 513-363-7100
Fax 513-363-7120
Principal Dean Blase
Asst. Principal Carlos Blair
Program Consultant Marta Donahoe
School Counselor Jenny Lutes, 513-363-7109
Post-secondary Advisor Steffanie Gentile, 513-363-7153

History

Clark Montessori, the first public Montessori high school in the nation, graduated its first class of 22 students in the spring of 2001. Read more about Clark Montessori's history.

Admission

Students are admitted on a first come, first serve basis from the public and private Montessori elementary schools in the area.

Recognition

Clark has been identified by the Center for School Change as one of 22 Smaller, Safer, Saner, Successful Schools in both its 2001 and 2007 reports. Clark was selected as one of three finalists among public high schools in the United States in the President’s 2010 Race to the Top competition.

Enrollment

Since its first graduating class, the population of the high school has more than quadrupled.  Clark currently has 425 students enrolled in grades 9-12, and the class of 2017 will have close to 100 graduating seniors.

  • Class of 2017 – 92
  • Class of 2018 – 92
  • Class of 2019 – 126
  • Class of 2020 – 115

Vision

Montessori’s essential priorities involve creating an environment that enhances the adolescent’s ability to...

  • find one’s place in society
  • understand the connection between finding one’s place in society and the nobility of all types of work
  • experience and learn the lessons of living in community
  • believe in the dignity of humans and that the world is a place of hope and progression of the human spirit.

Mission

To fulfill this vision, our school seeks the highest and most complete academic environment for each student and to form a human community that nurtures an atmosphere of caring and sets a thoughtful social climate. We strive to be a community of adults and teenagers who respect each other's deepest personal and human qualities.

Goals

Through the Montessori Philosophy, we have come to have several goals:

  • LEARNING - We ask and expect commitment to learning in the broadest sense of the word.
  • COMMUNITY - We ask and expect commitment to the fostering and nurturing of relationships that builds community.
  • HARD WORK - We ask and expect commitment to the effort and willingness to meet difficult challenges, both personal and academic.
  • RESPECT - We ask and expect commitment to manners that show our respect and caring for others.
  • PEACE - We ask and expect commitment to building a community that values the complex global and personal aspects of peace.

Community

The student population is representative of the socioeconomic and racial mix within the Greater Cincinnati area.

Education

Students learn to manage long-term projects including an intensive year-long research project in senior year. Students are coached in leadership skills such as group development, decision-making models, and conflict resolution. Students and teachers engage in an alternative assessment of the student's knowledge, such as self-evaluation of work based on clearly defined objectives, presentations, and cumulative portfolios. Clark's environment clearly acknowledges diversity and the adolescent need for greater autonomy. In this setting students succeed in learning and decision-making situations that minimize rote learning and encourage independence. This approach cultivates student ownership in his or her education. Clark’s well-designed academic program challenges students to work responsibly and perform well on standardized tests.

Clark is home to one of Cincinnati's most highly regarded special education programs for students with multiple handicaps. These students may continue their Clark education through age 22, and as a result are not included here for high school graduation or college examination statistics. However, they are included in Ohio's State Report Card statistics.

Accreditation

Ohio Department of Education and American Montessori Society Member

Faculty

All teachers are certified by the state of Ohio and, depending on their position, have earned Montessori Certification or done Montessori coursework as required by Clark. There are 15 men and 16 women on the high school faculty, and 80% have a master’s degree or beyond.

Population

The student population is representative of the socioeconomic and racial mix within the Greater Cincinnati area. The high school population is 425 students of which 50% identify as black, 39% as white, 7.5% as multi-racial, and less than 3% as Asian or Hispanic. Typically, in each class 30-40% of the graduates are first generation in their families to attend college.

Academic Program

Time Periods

The school year is comprised of two semesters, each lasting 18 weeks. The school day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm. Students attend seven periods a day, which meet three times per week; and beginning in 2006-07, we began a block schedule two days a week. On block days, half of a student’s schedule is covered each day, extending class periods from 50 minutes to 105 minutes.

Graduation Credits

Clark students need a minimum of 24 credits for graduation.

Grading System

A traditional (A, B, C, D, F) four-point grading system is used:  A = 90 - 100    B = 80 - 89     C = 70 - 79     D = 60 - 69     F = 0 - 59

Grade Point Average

All courses are averaged for GPA. Clark students are not ranked because classes usually have fewer than 100 students. Both the weighted and unweighted GPA are listed on the transcript and are cumulative from the first semester of ninth grade.

The GPA weighting for the current class of 2017 is as follows:

1.0 for Academic A=4.0 B=3.0 C=2.0 D=1.0 F=0
1.25 for AA (Honors) A=5.0 B=3.75 C=2.5 D=1.25 F=0

1.5 for AP Courses, College Credit Plus/Dual Enrollment

A=6.0 B=4.5 C=3.0 D=1.5 F=0

Community Service

200 hours (50 hours per year) of service is required of each student, preferably done with a social service agency and outside of regular school hours.

Intersession Courses

In addition to traditional academic studies, each Clark student must complete eight, two-week intensive field study courses, or "intersessions"--one in the fall and one in the spring of each year. Each intersession course includes rigorous academic requirements and hands-on learning experiences, often requiring community service and/or travel, as well. 

The fall intersessions are organized by grade level, but students have a choice of intersession courses for spring. Students receive .5 credits for each intersession, and passing all eight is required in order to receive a Clark diploma. 

The required fall intersessions are as follows: Freshman Orientation (9th grade), Community Service (10th), Post-Secondary/College Prep & Tour (11th), and Job Shadow (12th).

Spring intersession courses range from marine biology to early American literature to Appalachian culture and hiking. The courses below are a sampling of current and past course offerings. Not all courses are available every year. (See a current list of spring intersession courses here.)

Simple Gifts: Living a Simplified Life Southwest Ecology & the Culture of the Hopi City Structure: Chicago/Cincinnati Architecture
Trail Blazing Needlecraft Art France: Paris in Depth
From Earth to Table: Scratch Cooking & Community National Treasures: Washington, D.C. Costa Rica: Biodiversity & The Tropical Rainforest in Peril 
Creative Writing/Poetry Genealogy Cincinnati History
Caving and Climbing Media Bridges: Film Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Woman/Man Versus Wild: How to Navigate without GPS Explore the Dominican Republican Computer Graphics/Black & White Photography
Habitat for Humanity Space Camp Sign Language
Who Do You Think You Are? Exploring Your Roots Appalachian Trail Backpacking On Your Own: An Independence Bootcamp
Roller Coaster Physics Discovering Morocco Basic Astronomy
Urban Gardening/Sustainable Planet The Red River Gorge Clark Follies: A Musical Production
Diversity: Mexico New Orleans: All That Jazz Batik and Clay
Exploring the Big Island: Hawaii France & Spain It’s a Zoo Out There: Organisms
Coming to America Intro to Engineering Peace & Inclusion Through Music
Iron Person Training Forensics Diversity: New York
Kiln Formed Glass Fashion: Care What You Wear Art: Sculpture
Meditation Ohio Islands Creativity Boot Camp
Civil Rights March Tour El Salvador Cincinnati Sports History
Fitness & Health Computer Literacy Broadcast News
Creating Vegan Meals Vermont/Bread of Life CD Recording & Production
New England Literary Tour Outdoor Adventures Film Critique and Production
Exploring Mind and Body Beginning Golf Food/Sustainability
On the Move Woodworking Art: Mosaics
Ethnic Cooking Acting Sports Statistics
Ghost Hunters Eco Living Art in New York
Art History Finance Drama Workshop
Explore Kentucky Cooking Love Silk Painting
Eco Design Voices of Art Zoology
     

Senior Project 

Senior Project is a yearlong course for seniors. Students must pass Senior Project in order to graduate from Clark. They complete research on a topic and write the Senior Paper (typically 15-20 pages typed) by the end of the first semester of senior year. They spend the third quarter editing the paper and the first part of the fourth quarter formally defending the project before Clark teachers and parent-student community.

Seniors also develop a product illustrating their topic. Previous products have included portfolios of photographs, paintings, sculpture, dance performance, and scientific experiments.

During Senior Project, students become proficient at using a college library for research, organizing research information, evaluating different sources for accuracy and bias, developing a formal research paper to support a single thesis, incorporating non-written presentation aids into a research paper, and making an oral defense of one’s research. The Senior Project courses appear on the transcript as Theory of Knowledge AA and Extended Essay AA, both of which are honors level courses.

Core Course Curriculum

Graduation Requirement

Credits
Mathematics* 8 semesters
Science 8 semesters
Social Studies 8 semesters
English 8 semesters
Foreign Language 8 semesters
Fine Arts 2 semesters
Health 1 semester
Physical Education 2 semesters
Intersession Electives 8 semesters
Community Service 200 Hours

*one course required each year in grades 9 through 12 even if math credits are earned in 7th and/or 8th grade.

Clark Montessori High School 2016/17 Curriculum

What follows is a description of the required and elective courses that Clark students must or may take.

  • We have a required Core Course Curriculum. Core courses are listed below as "required,' non-core are listed as "elective"
  • All core courses are honors level, denoted by “AA” on transcript.
  • “DY” after a course denotes a year-long course that counts for dual-enrollment at Ohio public universities, beginning 2014/15.
  • For some courses, the actual course content is in parentheses, but the course is listed as it appears on the transcript.
  • For math, the 3rd and/or 4th year of required math may vary by student depending on teacher recommendation; so courses that may be taken the 3rd or 4th year are listed as "Elective." However, even though students earn high school math credits in 7th and/or 8th grades, a math course is still required all four years of high school.

ENGLISH – 4 credits or 8 semesters required

Required English AA - 9, 10, 11, 12 - integrated with Social Studies for a blocked schedule Humanities course to create greater depth in the curriculum. Literary analysis and writing skills are emphasized.
Elective

Film Tech & Analysis (Film Production)

Computer Literacy

Speech

Journalism Production (Yearbook) (Not offered 2016/17)

AP Language and Composition

Drama

Creative Writing

MATHEMATICS – 4 credits or 8 semesters required in 9-12

Required

Algebra 1 AA

Geometry AA

Algebra 2 AA 

Elective

Precalculus AA 

Functions and Statistics 

AP Calculus AB 

College Probability & Statistics DY

College Algebra/Trigonometry DY 

INTRO COMP PR (Beg. coding thru electr.)

Geometry in Art (Not offered 2016/17)

 

SCIENCE – 4 credits or 8 semesters required

Required

Physical Science AA

Biology AA

Chemistry AA

Physics

Elective

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

Zoology

General Chemistry/Lab 1, 2 DY

Forensics

Environmental Science

Science Prof. (OGT Prep.)

 

SOCIAL STUDIES – 4 credits or 8 semesters required

Required

Modern History AA

American History AA or AP U.S. History

American Government AA

Extended Essay AA** 

Theory of Knowledge AA **

Elective

Business Law (Not offered 2016/17)

Current Events (Not offered 2016/17)

Sociology (Not offered 2016/17)

** Extended Essay AA and Theory of Knowledge AA combine for the Senior Project curriculum.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – *2 credits or a minimum of 4 semesters required

Required

French I    OR    Spanish I

French II   OR    Spanish II

Elective

French III/Spanish III

French IV/Spanish IV

 

FINE ARTS – *1 credit or a minimum of 2 semesters required

Visual Art

Sculpture

Ceramics 1, 2

Photography

Drawing/Painting 1

Art X (advanced, mixed media)

Music

Jazz Ensemble

Concert Band

Steel Drum Band 9/10, 11, 12

Percussion Survey (Drumline)

AP Music Theory

 

College Test Scores

Average SAT/ACT scores for Class of 2016 (73 students)

SAT  ACT

Total Mean - 1170

75th percentile - 26

25th percentile - 18

Median - 23

AP Results for 2005-2016 (2004/05 was the pilot year) – (AP courses are available to any student)

400 exams with 54% receiving a score of 3 or higher

National Merit Recognition

2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 (5), 2013, 2014 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS

2003 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SEMIFINALIST

2009, 2011, 2014 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANT

2013 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FINALIST

2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS

 

College Acceptancees for 2001-2016

Agnes Scott College ♦ Alabama A & M University ♦ Alabama State University ♦ Allegheny College ♦ American University ♦ Anderson University ♦ Antioch University ♦ Appalachian State University ♦ Arcadia University ♦ Art Institute of Cincinnati ♦ Art Institute of Pittsburgh ♦ Auburn University ♦ Augsburg College ♦ Aurora University ♦ Baldwin-Wallace College ♦ Baldwin-Wallace College, Conserv. of Music ♦ Ball State University ♦ Bard College ♦ Barry University ♦ Bellarmine University ♦ Belmont University ♦ Beloit College ♦ Benedict College ♦ Bennett College ♦ Berea College ♦ Birmingham-Southern College ♦ Bluffton University ♦ Boston University ♦ Bowling Green State University ♦ Brown University ♦ Bryn Mawr College ♦ Butler University ♦ Calvin College ♦ Canisius College ♦ Capital University ♦ Carleton College ♦ Carnegie Mellon University ♦ Case Western Reserve University ♦ Cedarville University ♦ Central State University ♦ Centre College ♦ Chatham University ♦ Cheyney Universtiy ♦ Chicago State University ♦ Cincinnati Christian University ♦ City College of New York ♦ CUNY – Brooklyn ♦ CUNY – Hunter College ♦ Clark University ♦ Clark Atlanta University ♦ Clarkson University ♦ Clemson University ♦ Cleveland Institute of Art ♦ Cleveland Institute of Music ♦ Cleveland State University ♦ Coastal Carolina University ♦ Colby-Sawyer College ♦ College of the Atlantic ♦ College of Charleston ♦ College of William and Mary ♦ College of Wooster ♦ College for Creative Studies ♦ Colorado College ♦ Columbia College Chicago ♦ Columbus College of Art & Design ♦ Cornell College ♦ Cornell University ♦ Covenant College ♦ Cumberland University ♦ Curry College ♦ Dartmouth College ♦ Defiance College ♦ Denison University ♦ DePaul University ♦ DePauw University ♦ Drew University ♦ Drexel University ♦ Drury University ♦ Duke University ♦ Earlham College ♦ Eastern Kentucky University ♦ Eastern Michigan University ♦ Eckerd College ♦ Elmhurst College ♦ Elmira College ♦ Elon University ♦ Emory & Henry College ♦ Eugene Lang College, New School University ♦ Fairfiled University ♦ Fashion Institute of Technology ♦ Fayetteville State University ♦ Fisk University ♦ Flagler College ♦ Florida A&M University ♦ Florida Southern College ♦ Florida State University ♦ Fordham University ♦ Franciscan University ♦ Freiburg Hochschule fϋr Music ♦ Georgetown College ♦ George Washington University ♦ Georgia Institute of Technology ♦ Goucher College ♦ Grace College ♦ Grambling State University ♦ Green Mountain College ♦ Grinnell College ♦ Guilford College ♦ Hampshire College ♦ Hampton University ♦ Hanover College ♦ Harris Stowe State University ♦ Hartwick College ♦ Heidelburg University ♦ Hiram College ♦ Hofstra College ♦ Hope College ♦ Howard University ♦ Illinois College ♦ Illinois Institute of Technology ♦ Illinois Wesleyan University ♦ Indiana University, Bloomington ♦ Iona College ♦ Iowan Central University ♦ Ithaca College ♦ Jackson State University ♦ John Carroll University ♦ Johnson & Wales University ♦ Johnson C. Smith University ♦ Juniata College ♦ Kalamazoo College ♦ Kent State University ♦ Kentucky State University ♦ Kentucky Wesleyan College ♦ Kenyon College ♦ Knox College ♦ Lake Erie College ♦ Lake Forest College ♦ Lakeland Community College ♦ Lane College ♦ La Salle University ♦ Lawrence University ♦ Lewis & Clark College ♦ Limestone College ♦ Lincoln Memorial University ♦ Loyola College, Maryland ♦ Loyola University, Chicago ♦ Loyola University, New Orleans ♦ Macalester College ♦ Manchester College ♦ Marietta College ♦ Marion College ♦ Marquette University ♦ Marshall University ♦ Mary Baldwin College ♦ McGill University ♦ McDaniel College ♦ Meredith College ♦ Miami University, Oxford ♦ Michigan State University ♦ Middlebury College ♦ Millikin University ♦ Mills College ♦ Monmouth University ♦ Morehead State University ♦ Morehouse College ♦ Morgan State University ♦ Mount Aloysius College ♦ Mount Holyoke College ♦ Mount St. Joseph University ♦ Mount St. Mary's College ♦ Muskingum University ♦ New England College ♦ New England Conservatory of Music ♦ North Carolina A&T University ♦ North Carolina Central University ♦ North Park University ♦ Northern Kentucky University ♦ Northeastern University ♦ Northland College ♦ Northwestern University ♦ Notre Dame College ♦ Oberlin College ♦ Oberlin College Conservatory of Music ♦ Oglethorpe University ♦ Ohio Northern University ♦ Ohio State University ♦ Ohio State University, College of Engineering ♦ Ohio University ♦ Ohio Wesleyan University ♦ Otis College of Art and Design ♦ Otterbein College ♦ Pace University ♦ Paine College ♦ Pennsylvania State University ♦ Pepperdine University ♦ Philadelphia University ♦ Philander Smith College ♦ Pitzer College ♦ Point Park College, Conservatory of Performing Arts ♦ Pratt Institute ♦ Prescott College ♦ Purdue University ♦ Radford University ♦ Randolph-Macon College ♦ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ♦ Rhode Island School of Design ♦ Rhodes College ♦ Roanoke College ♦ Robert Morris University ♦ Rochester Institute of Technology ♦ Rockhurst University ♦ Rollins College ♦ Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology ♦ Roosevelt University ♦ Saint Louis University ♦ Saint Mary’s College ♦ Saint Xavier University ♦ Salem College ♦ Sarah Lawrence College ♦ Savannah College of Art and Design ♦ Savannah State University ♦ School of the Art Institute of Chicago ♦ School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ♦ School of Visual Arts ♦ Scripps College ♦ Sewanee,The University of the South ♦ Shawnee State University ♦ Skidmore College ♦ Smith College ♦ South Carolina State University ♦ Southern Illinois University ♦ Southern University A&M ♦ Southwestern University ♦ Spelman College ♦ Spring Arbor University ♦ St. John’s University ♦ St. Lawrence University ♦ St. Olaf College ♦ Stanford University ♦ SUNY – College of Env Science and Forestry ♦ Syracuse University ♦ Taylor University ♦ Temple University ♦ Tennessee State University ♦ The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York ♦ The College of Santa Fe ♦ The College of Wooster ♦ The School of Advertising Art ♦ Thiel College ♦ Thomas More College ♦ Tiffin University ♦ Tougaloo College ♦ Transylvania University ♦ Trine University ♦ Trinity Washington University ♦ Tufts University ♦ Tulane University ♦ Tusculum College ♦ Tuskegee University ♦ Union College ♦ University of Akron ♦ University of Alabama at Birmingham ♦ University of Arizona ♦ University of California, Berkeley ♦ University of California, Davis ♦ University of California, Los Angeles ♦ University of California, Santa Barbara ♦ University of California, Santa Cruz ♦ University of Charleston ♦ University of Chicago ♦ University of Cincinnati ♦ University of Cincinnati, Business Scholars Prog. ♦ University of Dayton ♦ University of Delaware ♦ University of Denver ♦ University of the District of Columbia ♦ University of Evansville ♦ University of Findlay ♦ University of Florida ♦ University of Georgia ♦ University of Hartford ♦ University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne ♦ University of Indianapolis ♦ University of Kansas ♦ University of Kentucky ♦ University of Louisville ♦ University of Maryland ♦ University of Miami ♦ University of Michigan ♦ University of Missouri, Columbia ♦ University of Montana, Davidson Honors Coll. ♦ University of Nevada, Las Vegas ♦ University of New Orleans ♦ University of North Carolina, Asheville ♦ University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ♦ University of North Carolina, Charlotte ♦ University of North Texas ♦ University of Oklahoma ♦ University of Oregon ♦ University of Pennsylvania ♦ University of Puget Sound ♦ University of Richmond ♦ Univ. of Rochester, Eastman School of Music ♦ University of South Carolina, Honors ♦ University of South Florida ♦ University of St. Andrews ♦ University of Tampa ♦ University of Tennessee ♦ University of Toledo ♦ University of the Arts ♦ University of the Cumberlands ♦ University of Vermont ♦ University of Virginia ♦ University of Washington ♦ University of West Virginia ♦ University of Wisconsin ♦ Urbana University ♦ Utrsuline College ♦ Valparaiso University ♦ Vanderbilt University ♦ Villanova University ♦ Warren Wilson College ♦ Washington State University ♦ Washington University in St. Louis ♦ Webster University ♦ Wellesley College ♦ Western Kentucky University ♦ West Virginia University, Institute of Technology ♦ West Virginia Wesleyan University ♦ Western Michigan University ♦ Wheaton College ♦ Wheeling Jesuit University ♦ Wilberforce University ♦ Williams College ♦ William Peace University ♦ Wilmington College ♦ Winston-Salem University ♦ Winthrop University ♦ Wittenberg University ♦ Worcester Polytechnic Institute ♦ Wright State University ♦ Xavier University ♦ Youngstown State University

 

Other significant facts about Clark 

Clark graduated 100 % of the seniors in 2016.

Since Clark’s first graduating class of 2001, 93 % of the graduates have chosen to attend a post-secondary educational institution.