Clark Profile

Clark Montessori Profile and School Information

2017/2018 Profile 

School Information Description

School Information

School Code



3030 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208





Staff Roles

Staff Names


Dean Blase

Asst. Principal

Eric Higgins

Program Consultant

Marta Donahoe

School Counselor

Jenny Lutes, 363-7109

Post-secondary Advisor

Dawn Flanigan Johnson, 363-7153


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.


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


Clark has been identified by the Center for School Change as one of 22 Smaller, Safer, Saner, and 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.


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 2018 will have close to 100 graduating seniors.

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Ohio Department of Education and American Montessori Society Member


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.


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 is listed on the transcript and is cumulative from the first semester of ninth grade.

The GPA weighting for the current class of 2018 is as follows:

Course Weighting

Grading Scale

1.0 for Academic






1.25 for AA (Honors)






1.5 for AP Courses, College Credit Plus/Dual Enrollment






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.

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



8 semesters


8 semesters

Social Studies

8 semesters


8 semesters

Foreign Language

8 semesters

Fine Arts

2 semesters


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 2017/18 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

English Requirements:  English AA - 9, 10, 11, and 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.

English Electives:

  • Film Tech & Analysis (Film Production)
  • Computer Literacy
  • Speech
  • Journalism Production (Yearbook) (Not offered 2017/18)
  • AP Language and Composition
  • Drama
  • Creative Writing

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


  • Algebra 1 AA
  • Geometry AA
  • Algebra 2 AA 


  • Pre-calculus 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 2017/18)

SCIENCE – 4 credits or 8 semesters required


  • Physical Science AA
  • Biology AA
  • Chemistry AA
  • Physics


  • 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


  • Modern History AA
  • American History AA or AP U.S. History
  • American Government AA
  • Extended Essay AA** 
  • Theory of Knowledge AA **


  • Business Law (Not offered 2017/18)
  • Current Events (Not offered 2017/18)
  • Sociology (Not offered 2017/18)

** 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


  • French I OR Spanish I
  • French II OR Spanish II


  • French III/Spanish III
  • French IV/Spanish IV

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

Visual Art Courses:        

  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics 1, 2
  • Photography
  • Drawing/Painting 1
  • Art X (advanced, mixed media)


  • 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 2017 (73 students)


  • 75th percentile - 26


  • Total Mean - 1170           
  • 25th percentile - 18
  • Median - 23

AP Results for 2005-2017 (2004/05 was the pilot year) – (AP courses are available to any student)

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

Years of National Merit Recognition

  • National Merit Commended Students- 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 (5), 2013, 2014
  • National Achievement Semifinalist-2003
  • National Achievement Outstanding Participant- 2009, 2011, 2014
  • National Achievement Finalist- 2013
  • National Merit Finalist- 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017

College Acceptances for 2001-2018

♦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, Conserve. 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 ♦ Fairfield 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 ♦ Ursuline 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.