CLARK MONTESSORI SCHOOL 2009-2010 High School Profile SCHOOL CODE : 3 6 0 - 9 5 8 WEBPAGE: http://clark.cps-k12.org/ 5425 Winton Ridge Lane Cincinnati, OH 45232 Ph: 513.363.7100 Fax: 513.363.7120 Rupa Townsend, Principal Steffanie Gentile, College Advisor Chris Collier, Assistant Principal Phone: 513.363.7153 Marta Donahoe, Program Consultant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org THE SCHOOL Clark Montessori, the first public Montessori high school in the nation, graduated its first class of 22 students in the spring of 2001. Students are admitted on a first come, first serve basis from the public and private Montessori elementary schools in the area. Clark has earned the highest possible rating, excellent, from the Ohio Department of Education. Clark has been identified by the William Gates Foundation as one of five model high schools in the United States. MISSION Our school's purpose is to seek not only the highest and most complete academic environment, but also to form a 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. COMMUNITY The student population is representative of the socioeconomic and racial mix within the Greater Cincinnati area. Students residing outside the district pay tuition to attend Clark Montessori. QUALITIES NURTURED Students sign a school contract each year in which they promise to work to build community within the school, and to work collaboratively in teams with other students and faculty. 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. ACCREDITATION Ohio Department of Education and Member of Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling FACULTY All teachers are certified by the state of Ohio, and depending on the specific position, have earned Montessori Certification or Montessori coursework as required by the school. There are 14 men and 14 women on the high school faculty and 80% have a master’s degree or beyond. ENROLLMENT Clark currently has 669 students enrolled in grades 7-12. The high school population is 405 students of which 45% are Caucasian, 47% African-American and 8% a combination of Asian, Hispanic, American Indian and multi-racial. Typically, in each class 30-50% of the graduates are first generation in their families to attend college. Class of 2010 82 Class of 2012 108 Class of 2011 95 Class of 2013 107 THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM The school year is comprised of two semesters, each lasting 18 weeks. The school day begins at 8:45 A.M. and ends at 3:45 P.M. Students attend seven periods a day which meet three times per week, and beginning in 2006-07, we have 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. Clark students need a minimum of 24 credits for graduation. Teachers clearly communicate objectives to students to more actively engage them in taking responsibility to achieve the grades they choose to receive in each class. GRADING SYSTEM A traditional (A, B, C, D, F) four point grade 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. Students are not ranked because the class has 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 weights for the GPA are as follows: 1.0 for Academic A=4.0 B=3.0 C=2.0 D=1.0 F=0 1.5 for AA (Honors) and AP courses A=6.0 B=4.5 C=3.0 D=1.5 F=0 INTERSESSION COURSES In addition to traditional academic studies, each Clark student must complete eight two-week intensive field study courses. Each “intersession” course includes rigorous academic requirements paired with hands-on learning experiences, often including travel and/or community service. Subjects range from marine biology to early American literature to Appalachian culture and hiking. Each grade level has one required intersession and one elective field study. A listing of elective field studies is on the next page. Students receive .5 credits for each intersession, and passing all eight is required in order to receive a Clark diploma. The required intersessions are: Freshman Orientation (9 th grade), Community Service (10th), Post secondary/College Prep & Tour (11th), and Career Internships (12th). COMMUNITY SERVICE 200 hours (50 hours per year) of service with a social service agency outside regular school hours is required of each student GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS MATHEMATICS 4 SCIENCE 4 SOCIAL STUDIES 4 ENGLISH 4 FOREIGN LANGUAGE 2 FINE ARTS 1 HEALTH ½ PHYSICAL EDUCATION ½ INTERSESSION ELECTIVES 4 200 COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS CLARK MONTESSORI HIGH SCHOOL 2009 - 2010 CURRICULUM All core courses are honors level, denoted by “AA” on transcript. Beginning in 2006-07, we have a block schedule two (2) days a week. Half of a student’s schedule is covered each day, extending class periods from 50 minutes to 105 minutes. * Required for Clark Montessori diploma ENGLISH – 4 credits or 8 semesters 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. Also: Poets and Writers Journ. Prod. (Yearbook) Computer Literacy Creative Writing 3 Speech Col. Sem. 1-RD (SAT prep) News Writing Digital Image/Photo (History of Film) MATHEMATICS – 4 credits or 8 semesters required *Algebra 1 AA (beg. 05-06) *Precalculus AA Functions and Statistics *Geometry AA (beg .05-06) Calculus AA Col. Sem. 1-MA (SAT prep) *Algebra 2 AA (beg. 05-06) Calculus AP-AB AP Statistics SCIENCE – 4 credits or 8 semesters required *Physical Science AA *Chemistry AA Environment. Science: Man/Env. Forensic Science *Biology AA *Physics AA Anatomy & Physiology Science Prof SOCIAL STUDIES – 4 credits or 8 semesters required *Modern History AA *Economics AA AP US History Ethnic Issues Community Service *US History AA *Extended Essay AA ** Psychology African-American History Public Issues *American Government AA *Theory of Knowledge AA ** Sociology Business Law ** 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, II, III, IV, V Spanish I, II, III, IV, V FINE ARTS – *1 credit or a minimum of 2 semesters required Art I, ll, lll, X Dig Imag/Photogr** Beginning Strings Music Related (Guitar) Intro to Activities Therapy Photography Instrum. Ensem (Steel Drum Band) Orchestra 2 Concert Choir Intro to Music Therapy Ceramics/Sculpture Intermediate Band Intro to Music Keyboard Basic Drama Percussion Survey Draw/Paint/Design Jazz Ensem Keyboard 1 Drama Tech ** Dig Imag/Photogr may reflect visual arts courses offered through Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center or our own History of Film class INTERSESSION COURSES (appears as EOP on transcript) Erdkinder: Sustainable Living Costa Rica: Biodiversity Outdoor Adventures Trail Blazing Sign Language Simple Gifts: Living a Simplified Life Ireland: History/Culture Sports Statistics Ghost Hunters Finance National Treasures: Washington, D.C. Fitness & Health Creative Writing/Poetry Bikekinder Service Exumas Sailing: Marine Biology of the Coral Reef Caving and Climbing Entrepreneurship Voices of Art Film Critique Exumas Sailing: Bahamian/Caribbean Literature Art in New York Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Organisms Space Camp New England Literary Tour Civil Rights March Tour Music Appreciation Acting Zoology Southwest Ecology & the Culture of the Hopi Drama Workshop Media Bridges: Film Art: Mosaics Eco Living Appalachian Trail Backpacking Habitat for Humanity Cincinnati History Basic Astronomy Art History Recording: Steel Drum Band CD Production France and Spain El Salvador Forensics Computer Graphics/Black & White Photography Diversity: Mexico NYC Awareness: Cultural Eco Design Fashion: Care What You Where Batik and Clay Explore Kentucky Coaster Physics Martial Arts and Japanese Culture Computer Literacy Film Production Meditation Developing a Benefit Concert: Steel Band Discovering Morocco Ethnic cooking Art: Sculpture City Structure: Chicago/Cincinnati Architecture Broadcast News Diversity: New York Green Cincinnati Let’s Eat Pie: Sustainable Agriculture Vermont/Bread of Life Exploring Mind and Body Silk Painting Stomp Cincinnati: Stomp and Drum Lines The Red River Gorge Intoduction to Engineering Wood Working Clark Follies: A Musical Production Music and Inclusion Ohio Islands Space Camp SENIOR PROJECT Senior Project is a yearlong course for seniors at Clark Montessori. 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. Previous Senior Products include portfolios of photographs, paintings, sculpture, dance performance, and scientific experiments. During Senior Project students become proficient in 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 are honors level courses. COLLEGE TEST SCORES Class of 2009 (79 students) Average scores: SAT (Critical Reading) 512 SAT (Math) 507 SAT (Total) 1019 ACT (75th percentile) 25 ACT (25th percentile) 18 ACT (Median) 21 AP Results for 2005-2009 (2004-2005 was pilot year) 67 students completed 110 exams with 70% receiving a score of 3 or higher 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED SCHOLAR AND 2002, 2008, 2009 NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES FOR THE CLASSES 2001-2009 Agnes Scott College Fairfield University Northland College University of California Santa Cruz Alabama A & M University Fisk University Northwestern University University of Charleston Alabama State University Florida A&M University Oberlin College University of Cincinnati Allegheny College Florida State University Oberlin College, Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati Business Scholars American University Fordham University Oglethorpe University Program Anderson University Freiburg Hochschule fϋr Music Ohio Northern University University of Cincinnati, Honors-PLUS Program Antioch College Georgetown College Ohio State University University of Cincinnati, College of Business Appalachian State University George Washington University Ohio State University, College of Engineering University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Arcadia University Georgia Institute of Technology Ohio University Music Auburn University Goucher College Ohio Wesleyan University University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP Aurora University Grambling State University Otis College of Art and Design University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering Baldwin-Wallace College Green Mountain College Otterbein College University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing Baldwin–Wallace College, Conserv. of Music Grinnell College Pace University University of Cincinnati, Pre-Pharmacy Ball State University Guilford College Paine College University of Dayton Bard College Hampshire College Pennsylvania State University University of Delaware Barry University Hampton University Philadelphia University University of Denver Bellarmine University Hanover College Point Park College, Conserv.of Performing Arts University of the District of Columbia Beloit College Harris Stowe State University Pratt Institute University of Evansville Bennett College Hartwick College Prescott College University of Findlay Berea College Heidelburg College Purdue University University of Georgia Boston University Hiram College Randolph-Macon College University of Hartford Bowling Green State University Hofstra College Rhode Island School of Design University of Indianapolis Bryn Mawr College Howard University Rhodes College University of Kentucky Butler University Illinois Wesleyan University Robert Morris University University of Louisville Calvin College Indiana University Bloomington Rochester Institute of Technology University of Maryland Capital University Ithaca College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology University of Miami Case Western Reserve University ITT Technical Institute Saint Louis University University of Michigan Central State University Jackson State University Saint Xavier University University of Missouri, Columbia Chatham University John Carroll University Salem College University of Nevada: Las Vegas Chicago State University Johnson & Wales University Savannah College of Art and Design University of New Orleans City College of New York Juniata College Savannah State University University of North Carolina, Asheville CUNY – Brooklyn Kalamazoo College School of Visual Arts University of Pennsylvania CUNY – Hunter College Kent State University Shawnee State University Univ. of Rochester, Eastman School of Music Clark University Kentucky State University Skidmore College University of South Florida Clark Atlanta University Kenyon College Smith College University of St. Andrews Clarkson University Knox College South Carolina State University University of Tampa Cleveland Institute of Art Lake Erie College Southern Illinois University University of Tennessee Cleveland Institute of Music Lake Forest College Southern University A&M University of Toledo Cleveland State University Lakeland Community College Southwestern University University of the Arts Coastal Carolina University Lane College Spelman College University of the Cumberlands Colby-Sawyer College Lawrence University Spring Arbor University University of Vermont College of the Atlantic Lewis & Clark College St. John’s University University of Virginia College of Charleston Lincoln Memorial University St. Lawrence University University of Washington College of Mount Saint Joseph Loyola College Maryland St. Olaf College University of Wisconsin College of Wooster Loyola University Chicago Stanford University Urbana University College for Creative Studies Loyola University New Orleans Syracuse University Ursuline College Columbia College Chicago Manchester College Taylor University Valparaiso University Columbus College of Art & Design Marietta College Temple University Vanderbilt University Cornell College Marion College Tennessee State University Villanova University Cornell University Marquette University The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Warren Wilson College Cumberland University Marshall University New York Washington University in St. Louis Curry College McGill University The College of Santa Fe Webster University Dartmouth College McDaniel College The College of Wooster Wellesley College Denison University Meredith College The School of Advertising Art Western Kentucky University DePaul University Miami University, Oxford Thiel College West Virginia Wesleyan University DePauw University Michigan State University Thomas More College Western Michigan Drew University Millikin University Tougaloo College Wheaton College Drexel University Monmouth University Transylvania University Wilberforce University Drury University Morehead State University Tulane University Wilmington College Duke University Morgan State University Tusculum College Winthrop University Earlham College Mount Holyoke College Tuskegee University Wittenberg University Eastern Kentucky University Muskingum College University of Advancing Technology Worcester Polytechnic Institute Eastern Michigan University New England College University of Akron Wright State University Eckerd College New England Conservatory of Music University of Alabama at Birmingham Xavier University Elmhurst College North Carolina A&T University University of Arizona Youngstown State University Elon University North Park University University of California Davis Emory & Henry College Northern Kentucky University University of California Los Angeles Eugene Lang College, New School University Northeastern University University of California Santa Barbara Clark graduated 100 % of the seniors in 2009. Since Clark’s first graduating class of 2001, 96.5% of the graduates have chosen to attend a post secondary educational institution.
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