The St. Edward curriculum combines the traditional aspects of a rigorous, college-prep education with innovative curriculum, pedagogy and programming designed to prepare students for the future world they will enter. At St. Edward, students are exposed to the highest quality college-prep curriculum in an academic environment built on innovation, collaboration and individualized support of every student.
The core of a St. Edward education takes place in the classroom, where students explore classic scholarship guided by expert teachers using the most current technologies. The rigorous core of traditional academic subjects challenges students to build a firm foundation for scholarship. Our curriculum also challenges students to thrive in environments requiring critical thinking, problem solving and creativity.
The St. Edward curriculum places an emphasis on authentic, project-based learning. Rather than passively consuming information, St. Edward students are challenged to actively apply that knowledge, just as they will in college.
In Spring 2022, St. Edward High School earned an accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). St. Edward High School met all ISACS Standards of Membership, conducted a comprehensive and thorough self-study in which all aspects of the school's program and practices have been disclosed and reviewed, and was visited by a team consisting of ISACS peer teachers and administrators for the purpose of observing congruence between mission and programs. ISACS recognizes St. Edward High School's commitment to the value of independent school education.
Maximum Options - A College Prep Pathway for Every Student
Every St. Edward student is engaged in a college-prep curriculum designed to ensure that he is prepared for success at whichever college or university he chooses to attend. Because St. Edward meets students where they are, courses are available to accommodate students at various ability levels, from the academically accelerated to those who may need additional support to achieve success. St. Edward also offers multiple pathways for students to earn college credit during their high school career, including the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus.
The International Baccalaureate Programme
St. Edward High School is the only Catholic high school in Northeast Ohio authorized to offer the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Programme, and has the largest IB Diploma Programme in the state of Ohio. The IB offers the most rigorous high school curriculum in the world and is considered the international standard of education, with global themes emphasized across the curriculum. Proven to be a differentiator for the world's most competitve students, the IB emphasizes critical thinking, college-level research and time management that prepare students for success at the most selective universities. Colleges and universities throughout the United States and around the world reward students who earn the rigorous IB Diploma with the eligibility to earn significant college credit. For detailed information on the benefits of the IB Programme, please click here.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Curriculum
The IB Middle Years curriculum is an internationally recognized educational program specifically tailored to sixth through tenth grade students focused around an experiential curriculum that emphasizes creative problem solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, global focus, and community service. The MYP consists of eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design. The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding as well as their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. To learn more about the IBMYP please click here.
Advanced Placement (AP)
The St. Edward High School Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers students 17 rigorous, college-level courses through which they can earn college credit.
St. Edward's AP Program is the ideal pathway for students who desire a high-level academic challenge, but seek flexibility in course offerings.
St. Edward High School is well-known nationally for its innovative pre-engineering program. Founded in 2001, St. Edward was one of the first secondary schools in the country to provide a college-prep engineering program. The pre-collegiate program introduces college topics and prepares students for the rigors of a college engineering study with a curriculum focused on problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and the application of STEM skills.
The St. Edward Pre-Engineering curriculum was designed by examining the common curricular themes in 32 courses of study at 8 top engineering universities and making those themes accessible to high school students. The program includes elective engineering courses for students at every level, from Freshman Intro to Engineering to advanced course in circuits, design and product development for upperclassmen. St. Edward is one of 5 schools in North America offering the advanced IB Design Technology curriculum, emphasizing the global implications of engineering.
The St. Edward Pre-Engineering Program is housed in the Joseph & Helen Lowe Pre-Engineering & Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility that includes 4 engineering labs, 4 classrooms and a makers space.
The Ken Layden Entrepreneurship Program
The Ken Layden Entrepreneurship Program is an elective course of study that introduces St. Edward students to the principles of innovation, product design, marketing, data analysis and sound business concepts. The courses are taught by a successful entrepreneur and feature mentorship from dozens of members of the local business community.
The St. Edward Entrepreneurship curriculum was designed to engage students in real world problems of practice with an emphasis on the business planning process, utilizing the Harvard Business Review case study series. Jonathan LaCoste '11 - the President of Jebbit, Inc. and a graduate from the St. Edward Entrepreneurship Program - was recently named to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 as a top entrepreneur in the United States.
Each year, St. Edward students compete on an annual basis to earn college scholarships ranging from $2,500 - $12,500. Each team develops a complete business plan with the assistance of a mentor from the local business community. Business plans are judged at the end of each year by a panel of successful entrepreneurs and scholarships awarded to successful business teams.
The St. Edward Film Program
The St. Edward Film Department echoes director Stanley Kubrick's adage that "the best education in film is to make one". Thus, through our elective and IB Film courses, we cultivate a love for the artform by empowering St. Edward's young artists to not only critically view and discuss great cinematic works from around the globe, but also write, light, film, and edit short films of their own design.
Graduates of the Film Department have been accepted into the most acclaimed film schools in the country (UCLA, NYU's Tisch School), have earned multiple accolades in national (The White House's Student Film Festival) as well as regional short film contests, and have worked as Production Assistants for commercial campaigns featuring Cleveland Cavaliers.
Data Sciences is an elective mathematics course that challenges students to recognize data patterns, critically analyze those patterns and use that analysis to develop real-world business strategies. St. Edward partners with local digital marketing firm, Precision Dialogue, to allow students to analyze real business data and receive expert feedback on their analysis.
St. Edward provides students with the full-time equivalent of 2.5 intervention specialists who work with students who have specific learning challenges on a daily basis, along with a specialized ADHD counselor who assists ADHD students in organizing their academic work and tracks their progress. Professional tutoring in language arts, math and science is available at no additional cost, along with daily peer tutoring and a commitment from faculty to meet with students before and after school to assist in any areas where remediation is needed.
The Jon Peterson Scholarship
St. Edward High School is a provider of the State of Ohio's Jon Peterson Scholarship for students with qualifying IEPs, making state funds available to support academic services and tuition at St. Edward. Jon Peterson Scholarships range from $9,600 - $20,000. St. Edward assesses a $3,500 tuition surcharge to Peterson Scholarship recipients to fund additional special support services.