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Benedictine High School

Private | 9-12 | 344 students


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Posted February 16, 2014

An outstanding education that has been provided for nearly 100 years in the City of Cleveland. In my opinion, unprecedented value for a private school education; delivering a well balanced curriculum that truly focuses on the Benedictine mission, prayer and hard work, Ora et Labora. Students are challenged academically, and encouraged to participate in extracurriculars, sport, student government, music, drama, and others. A small school setting with personalized attention, and many socio-economic levels represented. The school values all types of students; you are not just a number at this school. Teachers will want to help you succeed, but fully expect a demanding curriculum. You have to work hard, but the opportunities are limitless if you do! Please take an afternoon to visit the school; walk the halls, meet the students, get a better understanding of why over 6000 active alumni are so proud to call ourselves 'Men of Benedictine' . BHS is a strong example of Catholic education; it is challenging academically and ensures spirituality remains central. It will be an excellent experience in preparing your son both for college and 'real life'. I welcome you to join us.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 8, 2013

Benedictine is an excellent school! My son has thrived academically & socially since his enrollment there. The teachers are very involved and go above and beyond to assist the young men in maintaining good academic progress. The school prides itself on turning boys into Men of Benedictine and the evidence of that is everywhere. The students are courteous and staff is helpful. I'm proud to be parent there: parental involvement is exceptionally high and I felt welcomed from the start! So much so that I've joined the Booster club as well as undertaking a leadership role with the Basketball Boosters.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2013

Academics-The curriculum is strong but many of the teachers need to update the teacher style. The teachers are caring and are willing to work with the students who need help. Athletics-Horrible. This program needs to be revamped! There is no development of athletes and the coaching staff lacks the skills to build championship teams. I find this very sad for a school that is known as the Home of Champions.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2013

I had a great 4 years at Benedictine and was well prepared to tackle the college curriculum at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. The teachers get very involved in each students education, and since it is a smaller school the classroom environment is more intimate and tailored towards each students style of learning. I was a quieter kid in the classroom but my fellow students and my teachers made it easy to participate and get involved, so much so there are many teachers (and classmates) I still keep in touch with to this day. My 4 years at BHS were transformational and in the best way possible.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 8, 2013

I am an upperclassman at Benedictine. I have loved my first two years at Benedictine. The teachers and coaches are great (especially the new football coaches). The teachers are more than willing to help you with anything. Fr. Michael is a very good academic dean. This past year, I was having trouble in two of my classes in the first semester. I talked to Fr. Michael about it, and he was very helpful. He helped choose a new class for me to take in the second semester in replace of the one class. For the other class I was having trouble in, he talked to me about it. Both of us then realized that I was not challenging myself enough to do well in the class. We decided to keep that course for the second semester, and I did much better. Another great thing about the school, is the family atmosphere there. Everyone is very nice, and bullying is not accepted. Benedictine is truly a great school.

Posted January 24, 2013

As a student at Benedictine, I am very pleased with everything going on at the Home of Champions. However, I could not help but notice the review posted before me. I would like to respond to a few of the claims made. First off, I am extremely sorry if you had a bad experience with Benedictine. No school is perfect. But, some of the things you say lead me to believe either 1. your post is badly outdated, or 2. you are "trolling." Your first claim is many "caring" teachers have left. Since I started at Benedictine and when my brothers went there, there have been less than 12 faculty moves. But still, that is not the point. The teachers are all dedicated, and can speak with a parent whenever; likewise, help a student in need. Your next claim is that the principle is not caring as well. Not true. I know he would respond to you and work with you the best he can. Next, the pc tablet program is not a "second rate." Yes , there are glitches, but that is because the program is not even 5 years old yet! Finally, you claim the academic dean was impossible to work with. This one is definitely a fabrication. He is a dedicated Benedictine monk and would work with you.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 21, 2013

After having one child go through the school, I sent my youngest. Big mistake. Many of the good, caring teachers have left. The principal has gone from being very involved to not even bothering to return calls. My son, who was in gifted classes through elementary, was struggling at this school. It's not that the curriculum is difficult, it's that their second rate pc program has glitches and is run by a teacher who is lazy and has little idea how to run an IT system. A few of the coaches are great; football and basketball namely. I have heard bad things about the others. The academic dean was impossible to work with. Very disappointing experience. My oldest had a relatively good experience but in retrospect, I believe he would have been better off somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2013

Wow! This school definitely impressed me. It is always an experience sending your first child to high school. There is a lot of uncertainty, and it isn't always an easy choice. Yes, there are many other Catholic high schools in Northeast Ohio (Walsh Jesuit, Padua, Holy Name, NDCL, Ignatius - to name a few), and they are all good schools. However, Benedictine was definitely an eye catcher. The campus of Benedictine is beautiful. The area around the school has seen better times, but the school brightens up the area. Benedictine's campus includes the school, St. Andrew Abbey, and the new football field they just installed. The school academics also impressed us. The teachers are extremely dedicated and help students whenever they need it. The school is small enough where the teachers can be more 1 on 1 with you. Recently, the school has had some major changes, but for the better. They started a tablet program a few years ago where every student carries around a tablet to take notes on. It is really a powerful educational tool that students and teachers find effective. The other chage is the priory system. It is kind of complicated to explain, but will benefit the school. We love it!
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Posted January 12, 2013

This is a fine school. The teachers are extremely helpful, and the administration is very personal. The school is heading in the right direction. This year's freshman class is the largest they have had in years. The football field is almost complete, and the priory system will be be going into effect this semester. Things are looking up at the Home of Champions

Posted April 7, 2010

Benedictine is an amazing school. What makes this school so special are the incredibly dedicated teachers and Administration. Many of the staff are graduates including the President and Principal who bleed blue and white. The Academic Dean wants every young man in the school to succeed and is continually monitoring students who need extra help. The door is always open with the Administration and each one of those men can be seen in the community and at all of the activities that Benedictine is involved. Most importantly, the school is located on the grounds of the St. Andrew Abbey and therefore the monks are in and around the school at all times. Not including the fact that there are more religious personnel on staff at Benedictine than other Catholic High School in Northeast Ohio. Please send your son to Benedictine and have them become a Man of Benedictine.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2008

What a stupendous place! The principal and vice principal are wonderful caring people who bend over backwards to accomodate families. Where else can I reach the top administrator within seconds? The new teachers, especially, are great. They are dynamic, caring, and geneous with their time. THe older teachers are good for sure, but don't quite have the spirit of the other guys. Watch out for art class, the only really big weakness in the system. In fact, it's wretched.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2007

This school has exceeded our expectations. I have never experienced teachers and staff that care so much about what their students will become. The classes are small and challenging. Extra help was available when needed. My son has been able to participate in many different activities. The boys are encouraged to volunteer for activities and join organizations.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2005

Benedictine is a great place. There has been bad press and stereotyping of the school. But that was a tragedy and out of the school. Benedictine will take kids from the suburbs or the city and try and mold them into better people, smarter people, spiritual people, and people ready to be men. A great and fun school to be at and very diverse in my opinion which will prepare you for the next steps in life.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 23, 2005

Benedcitine is awesome! The staff is close knit and from our first meeting with Admission Director Kieran Patton, we knew Bennie would be the ideal environment for our child! The English department is perhaps the best in the area! My son had no intrest in reading until he took Mr. Ricketts' American Writers course! My husband and I have been very pleased with the education our child has received, and we believe the school prepares young men not only for college, but also for the real world!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2005

Benedcitine is awesome! The staff is close knit and from our first meeting with Admission Director Kieran Patton, we knew Bennie would be the ideal environment for our child! The English department is perhaps the best in the area! My son had no intrest in reading until he took Mr. Ricketts' American Writers course! My husband and I have been very pleased with the education our child has received, and we believe the school prepares young men not only for college, but also for the real world!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 29, 2004

Benedictine gives young men a rock solid foundation in preparation for college and life. I sent two sons there, one who is a sophomore at a Catholic university with 3.8 GPA and the other is a senior at Benny who has flourished and has a great college experience ahead of him. My son currently in college was very well prepared and schooled at Benny. The diversity is one of the reasons we sent our boys there. Fr. Gerard and his staff have done a magnificent job of focusing on the fundamentals of a good education. The faculty is very dedicated. Yes, boys can and do fail here, but you (as in parents and students) only get out of Benny what you put into it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2004

Are there better private schools in Cleveland? Yes, but get ready to spend over $15,000 and go to a place with NO diversity. I'm a graduate of this school and went to a nationally ranked Liberal Arts College loaded with Prep School grads and the only difference I encounterd with them is I am used to diversity and they are not. Like any school you only get out what you put in and I came out fine. The teachers can be uneven but the good ones are accessible and in charge of some great clubs. If you want your son to be ready for the real world this is the place to go. If you want your son to live in a sheltered envirnoment then there are plenty other places out in the 'burbs.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 23, 2004

In giving our son no choice in attending a private school his first year of high school he picked Benedictine over N.D Cathedrall Latin, now as a junior at Bennie there is no way of him leaving, in our eyes yes it would be 'better' for the school to be run by a non Father, but we have to say if our son would of attended the Public School here he would never of been what he is today. If we had another son he would attend Bennie, you bet he would, we gave up on the Public Schools after they totally ruined our first 2 children. Do we recomand Private, yes we do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2003

i had a horrible time in this school. i was in the honors courses, which were far behind that of any in the area. The honors math class was algebra I and honors english was still working on basic grammar. parents beware: many use this as a place to send their child after public high school. i urge you to keep them in the public school system. i watched my grades go from a 3.9 in 8th grade to a 2.16 there. the teachers are not there for special help. i faced criticism when I withdrew and was insulted by the administration for leaving. Beware!
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 77%
Black 28% 19%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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  • Mr. Joseph E. Gressock
  • All boys
  • Roman catholic
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