St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School is located on North Bend Road in Monfort Heights, a suburban area northwest of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio and convenient to Interstate 74. The school is an integral ministry of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. St. Ignatius admits students of any race, color, and nationality or ethnic origin.
In 1946, St. Ignatius School was opened by the Sisters of Mercy in a four-room schoolhouse. St. Ignatius has 1,129 students enrolled in preschool through grade eight as of October 31, 2020. Students come from 18 different school districts in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Roughly eight percent of the students attending St. Ignatius receive special education services, primarily through the Jon Peterson or Autism Scholarships provided by the state of Ohio. With 40 homerooms and 20 additional educators who serve in administrative roles, intervention and enrichment, our student:teacher ratio is approximately 16:1.
St. Ignatius School complies with the Decree on Child Protection which is promulgated by the Archbishop of Cincinnati. Our fingerprinting policy includes manual fingerprinting for employees and electronic background checks for all employees and volunteers.
Saint Ignatius School enforces the Archdiocesan policy for protecting children. All employees of Saint Ignatius School adhere to the Child Protection Decree, get fingerprinted, and have a background check. Volunteers in our school must also adhere to the Child Protection Decree and have a background check prior to volunteering. All employees and volunteers must be current in our Virtus monthly child protection bulletins.
St. Ignatius School is accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accreditation Association. All 73 educators are fully licensed by the state of Ohio and follow a written plan for ongoing professional development. Thirty-five hold Masters Degrees and five are National Board certified. Among our current teachers are 14 licensed Inclusion Specialists. We are fortunate to have a very talented, dedicated, and stable award-winning faculty.
Our 31 instructional specialists include: Art, Computer Technology, Music, Spanish, Physical Education, Math, Language Arts, Theology of the Body, Speech/Language, Intervention, Occupational & Physical Therapists, Audiologist, Visual Impairment Specialist, School Counselor, and Psychologists.
A RECORD OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Our recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence supports our passionate belief that the entire community benefits from the wide diversity of gifts with which our students are blessed. Historically, graduating classes have received high school scholarships totaling $750,000.
Based on scores from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) standardized tests, students at all grades, in all subjects and subtests, typically score at or above predicted levels. Additionally, students’ average scores increase the longer the student attends St. Ignatius School. By the 6th grade, the average scores of students place St. Ignatius School in the top 15th percentile of the nation.
A COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION
Our philosophy and mission call us to serve all in our community. St. Ignatius School is committed to building an inclusive environment that can meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. Whenever possible, we follow an “inclusion” approach of instruction. In the 2020-21 school year, 79 of our students have identified disabilities, and formal accommodations are made to match the individual learning needs of over 243 students. St. Ignatius School was the recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Inclusion Network Leadership Award. We continue to grow as a community in our ability to meet the needs of all learners.
St. Ignatius School participates in both the Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarship programs offered by the state of Ohio.
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