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                               MONTESSORI SCHOOL
                              2009-2010 High School Profile
                                           SCHOOL CODE : 3 6 0 - 9 5 8
                                              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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio Department of Education and Member of Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling
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.

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 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.

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

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

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).

200 hours (50 hours per year) of service with a social service agency outside regular school hours is required of each
                    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
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

* 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 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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