Academics

Overview

Rigorous academic preparation that leads students to achievement in college is the hallmark of Withrow University High School’s academic curriculum. Each student’s success is important, with every student focused on graduating with a college acceptance letter in hand.

Withrow University’s one-on-one College Center gives students and families extensive guidance on how to choose a college, gain admission and secure scholarships. Partnerships with Xavier University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College allow students to take courses for dual high school and college credits.

The Prep Academy, for 7th through 10th-graders, focuses on the transition into high school, with rigorous academics, and preparation for Ohio tests and college-entrance tests. Students gain a strong foundation in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, with the goal of passing the seven end-of-course exams on the first try. Technology courses also are integrated at each grade level.

Withrow's High School of Business offers rigorous business courses with a project-based curriculum, to help students excel in college-level business administration programs.

The Senior Institute, for 11th- and 12th-graders, provides students with pathways toward college:

  • College Preparatory courses — Students enter postsecondary education prepared for study in their fields of interest.
  • College Credit Plus — Students can receive high school and college credits for designated core and elective classes, including English, Math, Science, Spanish, Business, Sociology and Psychology.

The Withrow Advantage:

  • A disciplined and highly structured environment keeps students focused.
  • Students wear uniforms to keep the focus on class work.
  • Incentive programs promote academic achievement and good behavior.
  • A three-week Summer Bridge program helps incoming 7th- , 8th- and 9th-graders prepare for high school work.
  • Course work for 11th and 12th grades helps students explore interests for college majors.
  • Over 80 percent of graduating seniors receive college scholarships and grants.
  • Partnership with FamiliesFORWARD, a social service agency, provides support to students and families on issues that could impact students’ learning. MalesFORWARD encourages fathers to be involved.
  • Other partnerships: Western & Southern Financial Group, LensCrafters (Luxottica Group) and the Frost Brown Todd law firm.
  • Students are required to utilize Schoology and Google Apps for Education.

Advanced Placement Courses

  • Calculus AB
  • English Language and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

College Credit Plus Courses In-school Options (college-level classes)

  • English
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Financial Accounting

Career Technical Education

  • High School of Business

Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

High School Course Guide

Our High School Course Guide offers details about the opportunities and resources available to our high school students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.