Seven Hills is by far the best school in Cincinnati. My children attended Indian Hill and transferred and it was the best decision we could have ever made. Indian Hill was an excellent school but once we experienced the close-knit community and the care and consideration the teachers at Seven Hills gave my children - regardless if they were the brightest or not - built their self-confidence and allowed them to grow as learners. It is worth every penny and trust me, there is no comparison with the public schools.
this school is horrible the teachers give you no help and act as if you are stupid. when they do assist you they repeat the same directions and explanations.
This is the school in Cincy for the academic stars. Forget the country club schools...if your kid is smart and you want them to get everything out of that brain they can---send them to Seven Hills.
We are very happy that we selected Seven Hills for our children. The curriculum is great, giving the children access to a broad spectrum of academics, life applications and the facilitation of glodbal education. Children are valued here. Leadership is knowledgeable about what it takes to catapult our children into the next century and they move with the changing environment. Graduates are very well prepared for the collegiate experience. The teaching staff are awesome. I would like, though, to see an increase in the African American population.
We have 3 children who entered 7Hills in the middle of elementary school and have grown as people and students through their experience with teachers who took great pains to understand them and help them to grow in confidence and ability. Our most academic student is thriving in middle school where the opportunities to try new things, i.e. debate, newspaper writing abound, and our high schoolers are challenged, but supported as needed by faculty and administration who definitely approach each day with a passion for working with active learners. There are students with a wide range of abilities and this is a place for all of them! P.S. In the past year, the school has hired a new head of school and head of the middle school who have brought a lot of vision and made needed changes to make this an even better place to send your kids.
Both my sons have attended Seven Hills since preschool: one is a college freshman, the other is a junior. Our sons considered other schools as they progressed but were adamant about staying at Seven Hills (thankfully). Seven Hills is a wonderful school. The faculty and staff are fully invested in each student. They make a point of helping each student develop their individual gifts while supporting growth in areas of lesser strength. As a result, our boys are well rounded and feel known and appreciated for who they are. They are confident learners and leaders who love to learn and try new things and encourage their peers to do the same. The less glowing reviews have a lot to do with school fit. I've found if parents trust the school/teachers and get out of the way, the students do brilliantly and have fun in the process. I love 7H's community/family feel too!
Our child is new to Seven Hills Middle School this year and we can say that the school has been great. They have been very welcoming; always making sure our son is adjusting well. Even as parents, we've become part of a family here - everybody is so nice it almost feels strange. Academically, the school is challenging, but they have a good mix and also focus on community involvement, sports, and clubs. We highly recommend Seven Hills.
Love the multicultural and sustainability aspects of the cirriculum.
If you are considering sending your kids to Seven Hills, listen to what the students say about the school, in addition to what the parents say. I am what you may call a 'lifer'- I have been going to Seven Hills since kindergarten and I am now a rising senior. I went to Lotspeich for elementary school, and I had a wonderful experience there. And I can not speak enough about how much going to Seven Hills has affected me and my future for the better. I know that the education that I have received at Seven Hills will fully prepare me for college and life after that. I would like to offer a piece of advice to potential students/parents- visit and then decide what you think. The feel of the campus and the community is what makes Seven Hills so special.
I attended Seven Hills for fourteen years. While I love the friends I made and am gracious that my parents decided to put so much money into my education, I wish I could of grown up in a more cultured environment. An environment more inclusive of the performing and fine arts and a wider breath of subjects Anthropology and Sociology. When I attended Seven Hills(which was not long ago) minorities were always scarce. And the few minorities that were recognized were recognized after making achievements high above the standard. I found that students and teachers alike both struggled to recognize difference in ethnicity, class and interest in an open and constructive manor. I was ever out wordily offended, but when I think back to some of my experiences at Seven Hills I realize how naive I was. Ultimately, I felt unappreciated and am currently pursuing my interests outside the Academic field.
I have two daughters that currently attend the Seven Hills Upper School, and they absolutely love it. The teachers are phenomenal...I don't know where else in Cincinnati you will find a teacher that built an electric car. Teachers are sensitive to their needs and are always available for outside help. The English, Science, Math, and History programs are all very strong. Students consistently graduate to go onto the top colleges in the country. For those who say that the staff lack the 'interest or expertise to accommodate gifted students' obviously has not experienced the staff. Every teacher that I have encountered, (which is most of them, considering I have a boy as a senior and a girl as a junior, both with different strengths), has a great joy and passion for their job, and are highly qualified. I would HIGHLY recommend Seven Hills for your children.
As a recent graduate and a current undergrad at an Ivy League university, I absolutely loved my experience at Seven Hills. I am sorry to hear that people have had subpar experiences, but I graduated with an excellent education and a network of friends that I would not trade for the world. Yes, the school isn't perfect, and I do believe they are in a transition phase- but the faculty and college counseling staff are truly unique. I have compared experiences with my peers at college and haven't found anyone who enjoyed there elementary and highschool experiences as much as I did. Additionally, I had better SAT and AP scores than most students who attended expensive private schools in New York City and on the East Coast. Stop asking what parents what they think - talk to the students who attend! We love it!
I relocated my family to enroll my child for high school. This proved to be an inpenetrable group of educators and parent groups. Everything is their way or no way. For an institution of advanced ideas we were disappointed in the lack of student experience with technology at the high school level. This school required repitition of course work that had already been completed with A+ marks. This environment promotes the choice of their 'power of administration' over the accomplishments/needs of a student or family. The administration perpetuates gender bias with the attitude that 'boys will be boys' and young ladies carry the sole responsibility for the misconduct and advances that the aforementoned boys impose. We remain disconnected and disappointed in this experience.
Seven Hills is known as 'the best school in Cincinnati,' but our experience at Doherty left this emperor scantily clad. In particular, I strongly caution any parents of gifted children. The facilities are lovely, and the other families were friendly, but most everything of substance was lacking. One of the teachers (since retired) was very harsh with the children. The others were better intentioned but clueless with respect to our DD's advanced abilities. Head & counselor were uninformed about meeting the needs of the gifted. The head told us that the school emphasizes group activities over individual accomplishments, and that we wanted more differentiation than the school gave, which was funny in a bad way as we had chosen the school because the admissions director had sold us on the school's ability to differentiate. I hear it was better 20 years ago, but now it's just cruising on its reputation.
I used to attend Seven Hills. In fact, I wen there for my entire life. That is approximately fifteen years of education, and I would not trade any of it for the world... Contrary to what whomever wrote below, I did not have the greatest SAT scores, or grades for that matter. Yet Seven Hills still accepted me and helped me work toward improving my weaknesses, and toward getting better grades. Seven Hills genuinely prepared me for college, and I am certain that they did a better job than any private school in the area would. As another commentee reported, it is like a community. I am still friends with people that I met in the first grade... Seven Hills was an amazing experience overall and I am blessed that my parents awarded me the opportunity to be a life-long student and member of such a loving, caring community.
I have two children attending this school and we often think of changing to a different learning environment. I would advise that you consider other options before starting at Seven Hills. Its hard to pull your kids out of a school when there is no real emergency but I think they could be happier and get a more individualized education elsewhere.
My son has been at Seven Hills since Kindergarten. He is going into 5th grade. We are very happy with Seven Hills. Yes, we are in transition, and there are things that we would like to change, but for the last five years we feel that our son has gotten a very good education. The students love the school. Parents can be involved if they want to be. The school creates a family atmosphere. The teachers we have had still have the joy of teaching, it's not just a job to them. I feel secure that my son is getting a good base to continue into middle and upper school and succeed to his fullest potential.
Seven Hills is in a state of change- no headmaster, no leadership and no real direction. I hope things work out but, for now, this is NOT a school in which to start an education. The staff lack the interest or expertise in accommodating creative, intelligent children with learning differences of ANY kind. Watching the admission process from the inside, it seems Seven Hills seeks only to admit students most likely to score well on standardized tests instead of students most likely to achieve or to demonstrate any original thought. This is a school for future followers and ardent conformists.
I have gone to this school from 5th to 9th grade and wouldn't change a single thing about the learning enviorment or the people there. We are not a school, but rather a community.
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