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The schools listed on the following pages provide some of the best education in the Tristate. From the large networks of schools operated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (the eighth largest network of Catholic schools in the U.S.) and the Diocese of Covington to independent schools for gifted children, there are literally hundreds of private school options in the area.

And with the dissolution of assigned recruiting district boundaries for high schools within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, schools are competing as never before. As of last summer, after nearly 50 years of restricted recruiting, all Catholic high schools in the archdiocese are allowed to recruit students from across the Tristate. Students have always been able to attend the high school of their choice, but inter-parochial high schools could not lure students from outside their assigned districts.

Now that schools like McAuley and LaSalle must compete with schools across town like Badin and Moeller, say goodbye to the term “feeder school” and hello to slick marketing campaigns by these high schools. According to Cheryl Sucher, principal at McAuley High School in College Hill, “We don’t know yet whether [the boundary dissolution] will have a positive or negative effect on the archdiocese’s high schools, but it is really making everybody up the sophistication of their programs. And that is better for everyone.”

Across the Tristate area, local private school affiliations include independent and archdiocesan Catholic schools on both sides of the river, to various other religions and denominations, as well as a variety of secular schools. Mission trips and community service play a vital role in many of these institutions, providing a unique sense of kinship.

Barb Coyle, co-director of community outreach at Roger Bacon High School in St. Bernard, says “Our mission is to educate the minds and the hearts of our students. When students learn about social justice issues in their classes and, as a result, take action to serve the people affected by the injustice, real change occurs. Positive service experiences have the potential to empower students to see and believe they can be instrumental in making a difference in the world. Our goal is to have our graduates leave Roger Bacon with a better understanding of how powerful compassion, understanding, acceptance and service can be when exercised in their daily lives.”

Extracurricular activities such as sports and fine arts also figure prominently as part of the private school education. For instance, St. Ursula Academy in East Walnut Hills won its third Division I state championship soccer trophy in 2007. And The New School in Avondale recently incorporated fine arts elective courses like creative drama and ansari yoga into its core elementary program. A well-rounded, caring atmosphere is a real goal for these schools.

The area’s private schools also have smaller classes, which means more individual attention and top-notch academics. Their students are constantly impressing the community. For instance, two seniors at Covington’s Notre Dame Academy received the Presidential Scholar award this year. This award is only given to up to 141 students each year and recognizes the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service. In other news, St. James the Greater School in White Oak was named a “2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School.” It’s the only elementary school in the United States to have earned this distinction four times.
Whatever your creed or location, whether you want traditional or Montessori teaching methods, the Tristate has a rich tradition of private education. Dozens of churches even run their own small schools, especially for younger children. New schools are opening all the time, and others have a history spanning more than 150 years.