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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE — A new school year is just underway, but admissions personnel at the Catholic high schools in the Cincinnati archdiocese are looking ahead to the 2011-12 school year.

A key tool in the recruitment of grade schools students is the annual high school open house. Such events allow prospective students and their parents to visit the schools’ facilities, talk to teachers and find out about each schools’ extracurricular activities. Visiting an open house helps prospective students determine which schools meet their needs and interests.

Likewise, open houses give schools the opportunity to show what they have to offer. Administrators say the events are a prelude to shadow visits, where eighth-graders spend a class day at the school.

High school open houses are geared toward students in grades six through eight. Some families have found it helpful to attend different open houses over two or more years. Several schools have their open house on the same day, so spacing visits out may allow for a more in-depth experience.

Here is a list of high school open houses in the Cincinnati archdiocese:

Archbishop Alter High School

940 E. David Rd., Dayton, 45429-5597
e-mail: [email protected]
Father James Manning, president
Nicole Brainard, principal
1 priest, 1 Sister for Christian Community, 47 lay teachers; 671 students; school colors: brown and gold; mascot: knight

Open house: Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. The day will include guided tours, discussion on the Alter scholars program and interaction with staff and current students.

“Our open house will provide families of prospective students an opportunity to receive a personalized tour of our newly renovated campus,” said Mary Shearer, director of admissions. “They will also be able to interact with current students, administration, faculty and parents. Guests will learn about our strong Catholic tradition, challenging academics, championship athletic program and the wide variety of extracurricular activities available to students. Information will also be available about programs that are unique to Alter, such as the Taylor College Resource Center, the Alter Scholars Program and our Conservatory for the Arts. Families will leave with an understanding that Alter is preparing today’s learners to be tomorrow’s leaders.”

Carroll High School

4524 Linden Ave., Dayton, 45432-3067
e-mail: [email protected]
Joseph R. Sens, principal
61 lay teachers; 851 students; school colors: red white and blue; mascot: patriots

Open house: Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. An informational presentation by the principal will be followed by tours of the school. Administrators, faculty, counselors and students will be available to answer questions. The program ends with valuable door prize drawings. Information regarding financial aid will also be available. For more information, call 937-253-3338.

“Open house and eighth-grade visitation days are so important in discovering why Carroll is the best high school option for so many students in the Miami Valley,” said Pam Tipps, director of admissions. “You won’t find an environment that blends faith, academics and extracurricular experiences like Carroll.”

Chaminade-Julienne High School   

505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton 45402-9847
John Marshall, principal
55 lay teachers; 760 students; school colors: blue and green; mascot: eagle

Open house: Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. Events include a welcome to all visitors, tours of the campus, a preview of the new student conditioning center, interaction with teachers and details on ministry and service programs. The day will also provide an opportunity to see the campus development program.

“It will allow families to come directly onto our campus and see the value of Catholic education in Dayton,” said Brett Chmiel, admissions coordinator. “We believe that CJ does an amazing job in providing a well-rounded education in a real world environment.”

DePaul Cristo Rey High School (opening in 2011)

1133 Clifton Hills Ave.,
Cincinnati  45220
Andrew W. Farfsing, principal

Open houses: Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, and Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. The events will feature the school’s work-study programs and information on technology, planned athletic programs and student life. Administrators will be available. The school will be offering the entrance test Nov. 20.

“It gives students the opportunity to envision themselves as being a part of DePaul Cristo Rey,” said Andy Farfsing, principal. “In our case, (it) also (helps students envision) being a part of something daring and brand new in our corporate work study programs.”

Fenwick High School

4855 State Rte 122, Franklin, 45005
Michael Miller, principal
e-mail: [email protected]
1 priest, 1 deacon, 1 Sister of Charity; 35 lay teachers; 555 students; school colors: crimson and gold; mascot: falcon

Open house: Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m. The open house will provide opportunities to tour the campus, meet current parents, faculty and staff, interact with current students and receive an introduction to extracurricular and sports activities.

“By attending our open house at Bishop Fenwick High School, you will have the opportunity to tour our exceptional 66-acre campus and see firsthand the true character of the community that is associated with our school,” said Michael Miller, Fenwick principal.

Elder High School

3900 Vincent Ave.,
Cincinnati, 45205-1699
email: [email protected]
Thomas R. Otten, principal
1 diocesan priest, 60 lay teachers; 900 boys; school colors: purple and white; mascot: panther

Open house: Oct. 17, noon-2:30 p.m. Campus tours, visits at the Panther Athletic Complex from 1-3:30 p.m., interaction with current students and staff, information on extra-curricular opportunities.

“Each high school has a unique charism or spirit,” said Maureen Regan, director of admissions. “Attending an open house gives you the chance to experience it personally.”

La Salle High School

3091 North Bend Rd.,
Cincinnati, 45239-7696
e-mail: [email protected]
Thomas A. Luebbe, principal
60 lay teachers, 1 diocesan priest; 735 boys; school colors: red and white; mascot: lancer

Open house: Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Events include interactive classroom presentations, science lab demonstrations, details on the school’s tablet PC program, student-led tours and information on extracurricular activities, clubs and programs.

“Open house is just a great way to see everything that is offered at LaSalle, all the good things happening,” said Jake Pucci, director of admissions. “It’s a great way to meet the faculty and see what it’s like to be part of our community.”

Lehman Catholic High School

2400 St. Marys Ave., Sidney, 45365-8902
e-mail: [email protected]
Michael Barhorst, president
Denise Stauffer, principal
1 archdiocesan priest, 1 Sister of Charity, 19 lay teachers; 240 students; school colors: blue and gold; mascot: cavalier

Open house: Nov. 21, 5-7 p.m., with a performance by Limelighters show choir at beginning at 7:30 p.m. Student ambassadors will lead tours and teachers will be available for questions. There will also be displays on the extracurricular activities available for students.

“I think the importance of our open house is it gives prospective students’ families the opportunity to talk with our students and find out what they enjoy about Lehman and Catholic education,” said Denise Stauffer, principal. “They can also ask questions of our teachers and administrators as well as see our facilities.”

McAuley High School

6000 Oakwood Ave., Cincinnati, 45224
e-mail: [email protected]
Cheryl A. Sucher, president
Christoper Pastura, principal
1 Sister of Mercy, 54 lay teachers; 699 girls; school colors: gold and reddish-brown; mascot: Mohawk

Open house: Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. The event includes interaction with faculty and students, campus tours, and alumni will be available to offer additional perspective. Students can register to take to the entrance test and for shadowing. Information on extracurricular activities and athletics will be available.

“McAuley’s open house is a terrific way for families to experience the excellence that awaits their daughters at McAuley their future ‘home away from home,’ ” said Kathy Dietrich, director of admissions. “We welcome sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.”

McNicholas High School

6536 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, 45230
Gregory R. Saelens, principal
e-mail: [email protected]
50 lay teachers; 675 students; school colors; green and gold; mascot: rocket

Open house: Nov 7, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Events include student-led tours of the campus, interaction with faculty, staff and students and faculty demonstrations. Faculty will be available for additional information and details on extra-curricular activities.

“The open house is an opportunity for future students and families to see firsthand McNicholas’ commitment to education and how to become a rocket, enabling students to focus on their future,” said Cathy Sherrick, director of admissions. “Come explore the school and take a student-led tour and interact with our faculty.”

Mother of Mercy High School

3036 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, 45211-7042
e-mail: [email protected]
Sister of Mercy Nancy Merkle, principal
1 Sister of Mercy, 58 lay teachers; 495 girls; school colors: royal blue and white; mascot: bobcat

Open house: Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Events include campus tours, interaction with current students and faculty. Details on extracurricular activities will also be available.

“We view open house as our annual opportunity to show our best face to prospective families,” said Lisa Fluegeman, the school’s public relations director. “It allows them to experience everything Mercy has to offer in person and experience the whole atmosphere of the school. Once open house is over we then encourage students to experience the real day-to-day Mercy by scheduling a shadow visit.”

Mount Notre Dame High School

711 E. Columbia Ave.,
Cincinnati, 45215-3998
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Rita Sturwold, president; e-mail: [email protected]
Maureen Baldock, principal; e-mail: [email protected]
4 Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 69 lay teachers; 700 girls; school colors: blue and white; mascot: cougar

Open house: Nov. 7, noon-3 p.m., with a theme of “MND: Your Passport to Success.” Prospective students and their parents will be offered guided tours, meet staff and students and obtain information on an array of extracurricular activities and athletics. Information on the new tablet PC program will be available.

“Attending open house events is a great way to get a feel for a school and to interact with the faculty and students,” said Cheri Stacey, director of admissions. “At Mount Notre Dame’s (MND) open house, prospective students and their parents will learn about our strong Catholic tradition and our top-notch academic program. Guests can also find out about our PC program, athletic, fine arts, service and extra-curricular offerings. MND’s open house is our opportunity to show families how we position our students for success in high school, college and in their future careers.”

Archbishop Moeller High School

9001 Montgomery Rd.,
Cincinnati, 45242
e-mail: [email protected]
Blane Collison, principal
3 Brothers of Mary; 1 Sister of Mercy; 67 lay teachers; 950 boys; school colors: blue and gold; mascot: crusader

Open house: Nov. 7, 2-5 p.m. Events include tours given by students, interaction faculty and staff and information on use of technology as a learning tool. There will also be information on Moeller’s house system.

“Open house is a chance for families to understand the culture of the school,” said Marianist Brother Ronald Luksic, assistant principal/director of admissions. “I think they will see the sense of welcoming and hospitality that is what our school’s about.”

Purcell Marian High School

2935 Hackberry St., Cincinnati, 45206
Al Early, president
Paul Ramstetter, principal
1 archdiocesan priest, 2 Brothers of the Society of Mary, 1 Sister of Charity, 1 Franciscan Sister, 28 lay teachers; 410 students; school colors: crimson, gold and blue; mascot: cavalier

Open house: Nov. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Highlights include school tours, interactive technology demonstrations, extracurricular and sports expo, classroom demonstrations, meeting the teachers.

“Open house is second only to a personal shadow visit as an opportunity to showcase our strengths in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and community,” said Tamny Peeden Reasoner, director of marketing and communications. “We hope our invitation to ‘discover the world inside’ encourages students to learn more about how Purcell Marian can help them discover the world of potential they hold inside.”


Roger Bacon High School

4320 Vine St., Cincinnati, 45217
e-mail: [email protected]
Father William Farris, OFM, president
Rick Sollmann, principal
3 Franciscan priests, 1 Franciscan brother, 42 lay teachers; 248 boys; 197 girls; school colors: brown and white; mascot: spartan

Open house: Oct. 17, noon-3 p.m. Events include Mass at 11 a.m., meetings with teachers, coaches, tours, science projects, student artwork on display and interaction with alumni.

“It’s great because you get to see the campus fully alive,” said Brandon Cowans, director of admissions. “It’s a great opportunity to come and see the entire Roger Bacon family.”

Seton High School

3901 Glenway Ave.,
Cincinnati, 45205-9986
Sister of Charity Patricia Cruise, president
Susan M. Gibbons, principal
7 Sisters of Charity, 45 lay teachers; 571 girls; school colors: green and white; mascot: St. Bernard

Open house: Nov. 4, 6-9 p.m. Highlights include personal tours, meetings with staff and teachers, performances throughout the building and demonstrations of the tablet PC used at the school. Representatives from the athletic teams will be available in addition to information on extracurricular activities.

“The biggest value of open house is for the students to get a feel for the atmosphere of the school,” said Sarah Cranley, admissions coordinator. “A big part of Seton is the welcoming atmosphere. By coming to our open house you see that firsthand.”

Stephen T. Badin High School

571 New London Rd.,
Hamilton, 45013-3654
e-mail: www.badinhs.org
Frank Margello, principal
1 diocesan priest; 35 lay teachers; 450 students; school colors: green and white; mascot: ram

Open House: Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. Events include individual student-led tours, faculty presentations, athletics and extracurricular sign-ups and interaction with parents of current students.

“Our open house is a great way to get an up-close and personal look at all things Badin,” said Dirk Allen, director of admissions and media relations. “Our facility is wide open, all faculty, staff, administration and coaches are on hand, and prospective students can see what we’re all about. We feel that students and families who come to our open house typically end up at Badin because they see the tremendous opportunities available.”

Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Rd., Cincinnati 45208
513- 871-4700, ext. 200     
e-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Patricia White director, upper school
Carol Boyd, director of communications
50 lay teachers; 391 students; school colors: blue, silver and white; mascot: silver knight

Open house: Nov. 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to interact with current students and an understanding of the five pillars of the school’s mission — spiritual, physical, academic, social and artistic. Teachers will also be available.

“We provide a very unique atmosphere for our open house,” said Barnard Baker, associate director of admission for the upper school. “We make it very interactive. We put in the hands of our teachers and our faculty.”

St. Ursula Academy

1339 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, 45206
e-mail: [email protected]
Judith Wimberg, president
Judy O’Donnell, principal
60 lay teachers; 660 students; school colors: blue and gold; mascot: bulldog

Open house: Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Events include campus tours, teacher demonstrations, opportunities to work with the school’s PC tablets on display and visits to the new student center.

“I think an open house is one of those experiences that bookends the admissions process,” said Sarah Catlin, director of admissions and student life at St. Ursula Academy. “Families will visit with sixth graders for a first look and often attend open house as an eighth grader as a last look. It’s a great way to see all that the school has to offer.”

Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati

5535 Pfeiffer Rd., Cincinnati, 45242
e-mail: [email protected]
Sharon L. Redmond, president
Thomas M. Barhorst, principal
1 priest, 2 Ursulines of Brown County, 65 lay teachers; 700 girls; school colors: green and gold; mascot: lion

Open house: Nov. 7, 11-1 p.m., with Mass beginning at 10 a.m. in the school theater. Highlights include tours, faculty presentations and overview of programs. Information on extracurricular activities and athletics will be available.

“Open house provides families the opportunity to meet the people of Ursuline — the faculty, staff and students,” said Molly McClarnon, admissions director. “While taking a student-led tour of the building, students will experience the sense of community and sisterhood present at our school.”


St. Xavier High School

600 North Bend Rd.,
Cincinnati, 45224-1499
e-mail: [email protected]
Father Timothy A. Howe, SJ, president
David B. Mueller, principal
4 priests of the Society of Jesus, 1 Sister of Divine Providence, 123 lay teachers; 1,550 boys; school colors: royal blue and white; mascot: bomber.

Open house: Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Events include campus tours, performances, live music throughout the building, science experiments and teacher presentations. Information on extracurricular activities will also be available.

“For families I think it’s a wonderful way for them to see St. Xavier and the vibrancy of life here,” said Mike Dehring, assistant admissions director at St. Xavier High School. “For us, it’s an exciting way to introduce people to our school and show not only the intellectual life that goes on here, but all the other ways that we educate.”

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