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The Seven Hills School5
Posted September 29, 2014
- a parent
My child is thriving in his second year of pre-kindergarten at Seven Hills. This is a discovery-based education that empowers the children to inquire, collaborate and solve problems. Unlike many other early education programs, Seven Hills is not focused on classroom management or tedious academic tasks, but on each child's learning and development that emphasize the PROCESS of learning. The teachers are so dedicated and accessible to the parents. We looked at the top rated private schools in Cincinnati and hands down, we felt welcomed, informed and part of the community from our first visit to the school and we could not be happier with our choice to send our son to Doherty for his early childhood education.
As we start our 12th year at The Seven Hills School, I look back at how our son has grown. Through grade school at Lotspeich, he learned by doing. It isn't an environment that has a child sit in a chair and listen. It's hands on learning all the way. Middle School is tough everywhere. Over the three years in Middle School, we saw a boy who was unsure of himself, bloom into and engaging, self assured kid, who was not afraid to try new things and see the world differently. Now we are in search of a college and I see a young man who knows what he needs to achieve his goals in life. He has been challenged, became a leader, enjoyed both the arts and athletics. Has the academic ability to go to a great school and isn't afraid to spread his wings and fly further away than his mother would like. I thank Seven Hills for providing the skills and experience to help our son become the best person he can be.
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.