Clark Montessori High School

Peter H. Clark Montessori Junior High and High School, usually referred to as Clark Montessori, is a junior and senior high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

Clark Montessori Junior High and High School
3030 Erie Ave.

Hyde Park

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United States
Coordinates39°11′20″N 84°31′13″W / 39.18889°N 84.52028°W / 39.18889; -84.52028Coordinates: 39°11′20″N 84°31′13″W / 39.18889°N 84.52028°W / 39.18889; -84.52028
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
School districtCincinnati Public Schools
SuperintendentLaura Mitchell [1]
PrincipalMr Eric Higgins
Enrollment707[2] (2014-15)
Color(s)Royal Blue Black White [1]             
Athletics conferenceMiami Valley Conference[1]
Team nameClark Cougars[1]
Assistant PrincipalBeth Schnell
Athletic DirectorJeffery Wiles

The school has around 700 students as of January 2018. Its location is in the Hyde Park–area woods, on the former estate of Ohio Governor Myers Y. Cooper (1929–1931), with trails in its "backyard".[3] Recently completed in these woods is a small, ancient-Greek–style amphitheatre. The school had been located in its temporary home in Winton Terrace from the 2007/2008 school year until the 2011/2012 School year. However, Clark has been back into its permanent home on Erie Avenue, since 2012.

Clark is a part of the Cincinnati Public Schools. Founded in 1994 as a seventh-grade extension of existing district Montessori elementary schools, Clark expanded with its first class to become a full junior and senior high school by the 1999–2000 school year, making it the first public Montessori high school in the United States.

Despite having no entrance exam, 99.5% of Clark seniors have graduated and 96.5% of graduates attended post-secondary education. Additionally, Clark is racially and socio-economically diverse—30-51% of students are in their family’s first generation to attend college, and 33% receive free/reduced lunch.

Each student must complete over 200 community service hours in order to receive a Clark diploma. These hours may be completed with any government recognized non-profit organization and previous stewardship projects include working with the Ohio State School for the Blind and Habitat for Humanity.

Four years of core classes at the honors level are required. An important aspect that outlines Clark Montessori’s curriculum is senior project. In order to graduate, each senior is required to complete a yearlong research project based on a question of their choice. This project entails a research paper, a physical product based off the students’ papers, and a detailed presentation and speech prepared for “senior project night” at the end of the year. This project’s purpose is to expand learning horizons for students, help prepare students for long-term papers in post-secondary school etc., and improve on speech and presentation skills. All of the core teachers at Clark are expected to host at least one "help night" a week where struggling students can get one to one attention and improve their understanding of the subject.

In the four years of high school, students participate in eight extensive, academically rigorous two-week (ten-day) field studies referred to as intersessions. All freshman must complete an introduction to high school intersession in the fall of their ninth grade year, while all sophomores complete community service, juniors look at post secondary options, and seniors go on job internships. In the spring all students choice an intersession. Choices for the spring intersession include: Appalachian trail, travels to Morocco, Spain, Costa Rica, and the Philippines, community service with Habitat for Humanity, Cincinnati History, film production, life on a farm, improvements to school's environment, and meditation. Each year the spring intersession options change and financial aid is offered.

Students and families, carefully guided through the college process, also receive individual support with the financial aid process. There is a college mentor for each the junior and senior class, of about one hundred students.

The school has been given a rating of "effective" by Cincinnati Public Schools, but has been given many higher honors by education magazines and was in the top three school selected in Barack Obama's 2010 Race to the Top.


  1. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  2. ^ "Clark Montessori High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Clark Montessori (2007-01-15). "About Clark". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-10.

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