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Clark Montessori High School

Public | 7-12 | 710 students

 

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Posted November 26, 2013

I put one star so that people would read this. First I would like to say that there is a new principal at Clark and he is a nice guy. Secondly, do not let the bad reviews of the former principal Rupa discourage you from seriously considering Clark as a future high school for your child. It is a great school that does have its good and bad things about it


Posted September 27, 2013

Absolutely terrific. Clark is a great place to send your children, because, if nothing else, Clark will provide a comfortable leaning environment for all types of students, and does its best with the things it has. While I agree with the fact that there are definite imperfections about Clark, most due to the fact that we do not have parents of students that are tripping over themselves trying to throw money at things, no one is willing to move forward and discover/experience the new Clark. Things are definitely looking up for Clark. I hope that more people, students, teachers, and parents alike, begin to see that.


Posted August 5, 2013

Pulled my son out of Clark and moved to another high school. Teachers unresponsive and not customer friendly, office staff not helpful, Principal Rupa is just terrible and the kids starting to come in at Jr. High are NOT what I'd expect at Clark based on its past.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

Thank God Rupa has been pushed out. Pity. Problems aare overwhelming at Clark, especially at 7-8. Types of kids entering and old teacher methods (inflexible) is a bad combo. Rupa has created a culture that does not value diversity in what is a very diverse school. Dont let the door hit ya in the buttoks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Clark montosorri rupa townsend is unprofessional and needs to find a new career. She is rude and untructworthy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

Clark Montessori is a wonderful school! It hosts visitors from around the world (Australia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Canada) and across the country each year. The emphasis is not on standardized testing, but it is not ignored either. The school is in a new GREEN building, and looks forward to bringing back it's chickens and bees, as well as small gardens.


Posted June 1, 2012

I have a student at Clark Montessori, that has been in the Montessori program since Kindergarten. While the Jr. High School Communities are outstanding, the High School is lacking. The courses are not and have never been the issue. The issue is that ethnic students are scrutinized and are not offered opportunities. Clark is in the SILENT process of weeding out students that are not 4.0 students. Basically, this public school wants to "hand pick" its students, unfairly. BEWARE if your student is not a 4.0, Clark will find a way to say your child does not belong there, regardless if it is a Cinti PUBLIC SCHOOL with NO ENTRANCE EXAM. The Principle has never related to the student body, in which whose parents lack the LARGE DONATION CHECKS. Very evident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

I am a parent of a seventh grader at Clark Montessori and just bought a house to stay in that school district. My child had a very serious issue with a teacher. The principal has handled things in a very unprofessional manner. Given the fact that we have many more years at this school I can say I totally regret sending my child here and buying a house to stay at the school. It's very important when issues arise to have good communication with the principal and that's not what your going to get. Be prepared to be ignored. My child passed the test to go to walnut but at the time we really felt that Clark was a great school. The teachers have been great but again when issues come up and they always do you have to be able to trust and communicate with the principal and I can tell you first hand you will not get that with the current principal. I'm in the process of now finding my child another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

Both schools have high academic rigor. It just depends what atmosphere your child will work best in. Walnut Hills is traditional, while Clark adheres to its Montessory philosophy. I knew my son would flourish in the Montessori environment and he is in tenth grade at Clark. He was in traditional schools prior to that and did okay but partially because I was always checking up on him. That is not the case now. He is genuinely interested in his assignments and grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

We are debating between Clark and Walnut. It is a tough choice. Any input is appreciated. We see the positives. I am hoping to hear the negative points, the things I do not see. Thanks


Posted August 10, 2010

Clark has clever students, but disrespectfull immature teachers. Poor leadership by the current principal. If the student wants to feel like their opinion does not matter go to Clark. Other than that the school does have great courses and a strong community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My children both graduated from Clark; one is about to graduate from College, the other is a Sophomore. They each were accepted into no less than 8 schools, scholarships offered at all. This is because they had a FABULOUS education at Clark and the colleges and university want THESE KIDS!!! They are so well rounded-, due to excellent teachers/education, community service oriented,diversified community, world field experiences etc. Both my children (and others I know) say that college was much easier than Clark and the kids were coming to them for help...:) It's an EXCELLENT school... go check them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Clark montessori is a great school. It combines classic academic teaching with contemperory methods and deliver them in a montessori way that promote the love of learning and enhance creativity. It is a diverse with students from all kind of ethnic and educational background. There is a significant parents involvement, which, at time, make for one big family. It is also very resourful with may extracuricular activity, giving the kids chance to excel in their favorite sports, music, or art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

This School was okay. My child did not learn as much as I wanted her to. She did get into a decent colege :P.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

There are always things to do and groups to join for the parents of a high school student. This is especially true at Clark Montessori. The parents are very much involved at this school. There is a very good cross section of talent and experience among the parents here that helps make this school succeed. Whether it is a capital campaign, help with driving, coaching a team or doing repairs to the building there is a group that will volunteer and do a great job. Clark Montessori is truly blessed with the best curriculum, teachers, staff and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

My daughters have had Montessori education since pre-school so when Clark Montessori came into existence and became the first public Montessori high school in the nation, they were overjoyed. They love it here and the teachers are well trained and inspiring. Because of the Montessori philosophy of self direction and meeting your true potential no matter what your academic talents, it has inspired students to blossom and go onto college that might not have even considered it had they gone to a traditional high school. More high schools should be like this. Clark is academic and rigorous for all students not just the gifted. Education is so important today and there are numerous distractions for the 21st century student so finding a high school that inspires a student and puts fun back into learning has got to be the best school on this planet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

Clark is a wonderful, diverse learning environment where teachers go beyond the call of duty to provide a rich, strong academic program. Our daughter is currently in the 9th grade. We expect to be as pleased with her high school experience as we have been for the past two years. This is a real gem of Cincinnati Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

I have been a member of the Clark Montessori community since 7th grade and I am now a senior still attending Clark. The teachers here are amazing. No matter what question you have they will try and help you and there is a certain personal connection that you develop with your teachers. Overall, Clark is the best school for any child who loves to learn and loves to have fun while thier doing it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2005

My daughter is a community-oriented leader as a result of her experiences at Clark. Teacher participation is exceptional-even camp with students. Excellent college prep. writing, history, science, and in-depth learning experiences during intersessions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

My daughter is a 2003 graduate of Clark Montessori. Now in her freshman year of college, she has found that she is much better prepared for her studies than her college peers who attended traditional high schools! Clark Montessori produces motivated and successful students who are very well prepared for college and the world at large. I am so grateful that my daughter had this wonderful educational opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male68%
Black, non-Hispanic55%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Disabled48%
Non-disabled74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female87%
Male75%
Black, non-Hispanic69%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial83%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled52%
Non-disabled87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Disabled49%
Non-disabled84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Black, non-Hispanic78%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Disabled55%
Non-disabled94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students68%
Female64%
Male72%
Black, non-Hispanic50%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Disabled33%
Non-disabled81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Met Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 7MetMet
Grade 8MetBelow

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black, non-Hispanic89%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Disabled68%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female>=95%
Male89%
Black, non-Hispanic94%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Disabled68%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students85%
Female82%
Male89%
Black, non-Hispanic83%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled64%
Non-disabled92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black, non-Hispanic92%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Disabled64%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic>=95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled86%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
97 (2011)
 
98 (2010)
 
95 (2009)
 
97 (2008)

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120

About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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ACT participation

99%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 48% 16%
White 42% 74%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 24%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • US News & World Report "Bronze" Medal (2007)
  • Ohio Department of Education "Excellent" rating (2007)
  • Ohio Department of Education "Excellent" rating (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45
School end time
  • 3:45
School Leader's name
  • Rupa Townsend
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (513) 363-7120

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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